With Triple J’s 2019 Hottest 100 countdown happening soon on January 25th, I look through my crystal ball to make some educated guesses about what we’ll see in the Hottest 100 this year, and what we’ll see in its fallout.
1. Dance Monkey, baby.
Tones & I will more than likely take out the top spot with the world-beating ‘Dance Monkey,’ and if it doesn’t outright win the countdown, it’ll definitely be somewhere in the top ten. Basically, I’ll eat my fuckin’ shoes if it’s not up there. After the year she and that song have had in terms of success, there are few other tracks that will beat it out honestly. But no matter where it lands, I can’t wait to see people complain about it, either way, the day afterward online.
2. The Reality
Look, most of the heavy and alternative stuff that you voted for won’t get into the Hottest 100. Just go listen to The Faction’s Hardest 100 instead if that’s what you’re looking for.
3. But there’s still some hope…
While a vast majority of the heavy and alt songs that you voted for probably won’t get into the top 100, let alone the later top 200 countdown, one or two may slip through. At best, we may see a Northlane track from ‘Alien,’ Bring Me The Horizon getting in with either ‘Ludens‘ or ‘Medicine‘ and ‘nihilist blues‘. Hell, Polaris may crack into it with ‘Masochist,’ or Slowly Slowly and Violent Soho may also get a mention too.
4. Like A Version dominates
If there are any artists that you backed heavily in your votes, it’s more likely that their Like A Version covers (if they had any) will get in instead. Likewise, Denzel Curry’s ‘Bulls On Parade‘ rendition will more than likely be in the top ten tracks, potentially far above his own material, like ‘Ricky.’ It’s one of the most viewed Like A Version’s around and also one of the most well-liked covers of recent memory to come from the platform. Mainly because of the huge goodwill Rage Against The Machine still has, and the fact that it was a surprise choice from Denzel and a pretty faithful cover, therefore it wasn’t hit with the usual “wah wah, they changed it too much” bollocks that most LAV covers get struck by.
5. Boomers & Zoomers
Either you, a mate, or an older family member will make it known on the day whilst listening that they don’t know half of the songs/artists that made it into the top 100. You did it last year with the same conversational outcome and will probably do it all over again for the 2020 Hottest 100 as well. Such is the Aussie way.
You’ll most likely have some form of BBQ while you listen to the countdown with mates and family.
7. “Sydney’s Realest”
With all of the insane free press that the NSW police force gave them, I think we can all safely expect to hear the odd OneFour track creep into the 2019 Hottest 100 countdown. So much for censoring the drill-rap group, I guess.
8. No one’s happy
No matter who takes out the top spot or the top ten, many will complain about the Hottest 100 being a “shit list” for the foreseeable week after it’s wrapped up, confirming their own bias that pop or new music is bad and that their own little bubble of music is better. (It’s probably not.) And if that’s not what the internet was made for, then I don’t know what was.