Triple J Hottest 100

Who will top the Triple J Hottest 100 chart in 2015? Winner announced on Australa Day!

Triple J Hottest 100

Triple J. The J’s. It’s everyone’s favourite radio station (unless you’re not cool anymore) and every Australia Day across the country, millions of Aussie’s tune in to the insitution that is the Triple J Hottest 100 while they swelter in the summer heat with the crew, smash chops for uncle Sam and put away a few cold ones. Day sorted.

Kicking off in 1989, The Hottest 100 is the world’s largest music poll, attracting over 2 million votes from Australia and across the globe to determine the most popular song of the year. Once the votes are tallied, each song is played in order of popularity from 100 right down to number one. In it’s formative years, the Hottest 100 was actually a poll of the 100 greatest songs of all time, but organisers quickly realised that it would not change significantly from year to year, so in 1993 turned it into a poll of the previous year’s best songs. Turned out to be a bloody good move, and the Hottest 100 has gone from strength to strength ever since.

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The History of the Triple J Hottest 100

Originally, the Triple J Hottest 100 poll started in Sydney by DoubleJay in the 1980s, before Triple J became a national DJ. It was originally named the Hot 100 and was played on New Year’s Day. Brisbane radio Station 4ZZZ had run a poll under the same name and the same day since 1977, in which they also owned the rights to the name Hot 100. Triple J then changed the name of the poll to Hottest 100.

In 1989 to 1991, there were no restrictions to the eligible songs. The first winner to top the poll in 1989, and again 1990 was Joy Division, with “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. The song was originally released 9 years prior to the poll in 1980. In 1991, Nirvana won the song of the year gong with “Smells Like Teen Spirit” which happened to be released on that year.

The Triple J Hottest 100 poll had to take a break in 1992 as the organisers thought that Nirvana and Joy Division would top the poll again on that year. Therefore, new rules were implemented and the popular poll returned in 1993. The rules were changes so only songs released that year could enter the poll. That year, American actor, comedian, writer and film producer topped the poll with his song ‘Asshole’.

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What happened in the 2013 Triple J Hottest 100?

Triple J Hottest 100 Fast Facts

  • The Foo Fighters have featured the most with 21 songs
  • Powderfinger have the most appearances of any Australian act, with 20.
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division won the first two polls (1989 & 1990), leading to a rule change that only allowed voting on songs released that year.

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