Final yr was an odd one for Australia’s largest music ballot – believed to be the most important music ballot on the earth.
A kids’s group who fashioned greater than 30 years in the past topped Triple J’s chart with a canopy of a decade-old track, whereas Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat made up 10% of the overall listing between them – regardless of neither being the fare we’d anticipate from the choice youth station.
A track that includes Justin Bieber positioned second, as the assorted campaigns to incorporate/exclude Taylor Swift in/from the 2014 countdown pale quick from our collective reminiscence. And, as if to attract a line within the sand, for the primary time ever, a compilation CD didn’t comply with the countdown.
So, who will prime the 2022 Hottest 100? The newest earworm from Harry’s Home? The Hooley Dooleys protecting Know Your Product? Maybe will probably be a extra apparent summer season banger, such because the 61-second traditional Southern Brooding Gastric Frog – observe 55 from this yr’s chart-topping Australian Frog Calls charity album, for the uninitiated.
Both that or it would simply be a well-liked track from a well-liked band. In accordance with Heat Tunas – a prediction website with a pattern dimension of greater than 250,000 voters, and observe file of triangulating the yr’s prime tunes – the sharp finish of the listing might be populated by Australian artists. This yr on the rostrum, skivvies might be elective.
A well-recognized Prime 10
An area track will inevitably prime the countdown this yr, in response to the early numbers. Flume, Gang Of Youths, Ball Park Music and Spacey Jane will all battle it out for first place.
If this explicit native lineup is giving deja vu, you want solely solid your thoughts again to the 2020 countdown, topped by UK band Glass Animals’ track Warmth Wave. Spacey Jane got here in at No 2 (for Booster Seat), Flume at No 3 (The Distinction), and Ball Park Music at No 4 (Cherub). Gang Of Youths didn’t have a brand new launch that yr, however landed at No 6 the next yr with The Angel Of eighth Ave.
Of the aforementioned frontrunners, Flume seems to be the slight favorite at this level, together with his February single Say Nothing, that includes younger Sydney artist Maya Cumming, more likely to rating the producer his second No 1.
The producer definitely has type within the prime 5; in truth he has beforehand taken out each slot. Flume hit No 1 in 2016 with By no means Be Like You, No 2 in 2019 with Speeding Again, No 3 with The Distinction in 2020, No 4 with Holdin On in 2012, and No 5 with Drop The Recreation in 2013. Might this be the yr he lands that feted No 6 spot?
Fremantle foursome Spacey Jane are an out of doors probability at touchdown No 1 with the cracking Hardlight, however appear extra more likely to land someplace decrease throughout the Prime 5. Sitting Up additionally has a good probability of reaching the Prime 10, each songs come from the band’s second album Right here Comes All the things.
Spacey Jane have sturdy latest type, touchdown at No 3 in 2021 with A lot of Nothing (behind the skivvies and the Bieb) and No 12 with Lunchtime. The earlier yr, Booster Seat reached No 2, blocked by the aforementioned Warmth Waves.
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Stars In My Eyes by Ball Park Music can also be a powerful probability for No 1. Their track Cherub’s No 4 inserting in 2020 stays their finest exhibiting, however the Brisbane five-piece have beforehand landed a whopping 12 entries within the chart – together with final yr’s kaleidoscopic Sunscreen, which reached No 21.
Gang of Youths to lastly hit No 1?
Evangelical rockers Gang Of Youths are wanting more likely to get the No 1 spot, with the tender In The Wake Of Your Depart: a dirge lamenting the passing of frontman David Le’aupepe’s father.
The band fully swamped the 2017 countdown, touchdown No 2, No 5, and No 10 with Let Me Down Straightforward, The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows (can a shadow be frank?) and What Can I Do If The Hearth Goes Out?
Gang of Youths might have dominated in 2017, however Kendrick Lamar’s not-so-humble Humble took out the highest place that yr by a large margin.
For a person who launched 19 songs into the world in 2022, the rapper is conspicuously absent from this yr’s predictions, regardless of the five-year break between his final file (which had 4 songs within the 2017 Hottest 100) and this yr’s Mr. Morale and the Massive Steppers.
In accordance with Heat Tunas, only one Kendrick track will enter the 200 – N95 – which is tipped to land within the mid-30s. Maybe it’s a matter of voting selections being unfold too skinny over a double album.
Different tunes in with an out of doors probability of hitting No 1 embody New Gold by Gorillaz, that includes Tame Impala and Bootie Brown; Delilah (Pull Me Out Of This) by Fred Once more; and B.O.T.A. by Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Prison.
If latest elections have taught us something, it’s that pre-polling is beneficial, however finally flawed. This yr’s Hottest 100 is anybody’s for the taking.