Another year down, another January 27th with more than a few sore heads around the country. This year over 2.2 million music fans from around the world voted for their top 10 tracks and Triple J kindly compiled a list of the Top 100 for our enjoyment. Not only this, but over $200,000 was raised for AIME – an organisation supporting the education of young Indigenous Australians.
With a massive 66 home grown Australian acts in the countdown this year’s was one to remember. If you did however, ahem, overindulge a little yesterday and need a quick refresher of the Top 10 then we’ve got just the thing for you:
Number 10 – Starboy (ft. Daft Punk), The Weeknd
This one was released pretty late last year so no wonder it was at the forefront of voters’ minds. One of two international acts in the top 10, The Weeknd’s Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) had anyone still sitting in their chairs getting up for a dance (“Look whatcha done…!”).
Number 9 – Stranger (ft. Elliphant), Peking Duk
Peking Duk are no strangers to the Hottest 100 and this year they brought us Stranger. Combining their classic electro sound with Swedish singer Elliphant’s edgy vocals? A recipe for success, making this an anthem of 2016!
Number 8: Say It (ft. Tove Lo), Flume
Ahh Flume. We always knew he’d do well this year. His groundbreaking album, Skin, has gone 5 times platinum in Australia and had similar levels of success all around the world. Say It (ft. Tove Lo) is his third song in the countdown so far…does he have more to come?!
Number 7: Papercuts (ft. Vera Blue), Illy
Did we mention the countdown this year was heavy on Aussie artists? Illy doing Aussie hip hop proud here with Papercuts, featuring Vera Blue to produce a song even those who aren’t normally fans can’t help but dance along to.
Number 6: Believe (Triple J Like a Version 2016), DMA’s
‘Wait, Believe? As in Cher?’ I hear you asking. Yep, that’s right. Sydney band DMA’s covered Believe for their Like a Version last year (artists covering a song by a different artist) and really, it speaks for itself. What do you think?
Number 5: Redbone, Childish Gambino
The second and final international act in the top 10 – that’s right, it’s all Aussie from here on out. But first lets take a moment to appreciate the genius that is Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino. Redbone comes in at number 5 and with those vocals? We’ve got shivers!
Number 4: 1955 (ft. Montaigne/Tom Thum), Hilltop Hoods
Ok it’s time for a moment of South Aussie pride – from right here in Adelaide the Hilltop Hoods come in at number 4! Let’s not overlook the beautiful vocals of Montaigne and Tom Thum who you can catch at Womad and Adelaide Fringe respectively in February/March.
Number 3: Jungle, Tash Sultana
Hailing from Melbourne, Tash Sultana burst on to the scene in 2016 after publishing a video of herself on social media and amassing an incredible amount of likes. Well, with these smoky vocals and that talent on the guitar it’s no wonder she’s at number 3! She’ll be at Laneway Festival next week and is seriously worth checking out.
Number 2: Adore, Amy Shark
Ahh the dark horse of the Hottest 100. Amy Shark from the Gold Coast has brought us Adore – vocally and instrumentally it makes our heart’s sigh. Enough said.
Number 1: Never Be Like You (ft. Kai), Flume
So it might not be a surprise to many (except Flume himself apparently – check out the video of him realising he won) that Flume’s Never Be Like You (ft. Kai) takes out the number one spot of 2016. WHAT A SONG! It’s not often that something released so early in the year is still so popular this long after, but this is one special track.
And there it is. The Top 10 tracks of 2016! But before we go we just want to give a massive shout out to another South Aussie act – coming in at number 83 with Simulation was our very own Tkay Maidza.
Add this to your playlist and you’ll be dancing through to Monday!