Every year Australian radio station triple j announces their “Hot 100” list – the best songs of the year, voted on by the fans. As EDM lovers know, a fan-powered vote can be tumultuous and usually a farce, but triple j remains well above that. This year, indie group The Rubens took the top spot with their song “Hoops,” but dance music was well-represented in the countdown (see full results here).
Major Lazer’s – “Lean On” was the highest entry for dance music, coming in at number three behind Kendrick Lamar’s “King Kunta.” But they weren’t the only electronic act in the top 10. Hermitude’s “The Buzz” took the #8 spot, and Disclosure’s “Magnets” ft. Lorde peaked at #10. Homegrown acts dominated the list (54 total), including electronic champion Flume, who made his 4th consecutive appearance with “Some Minds” ft. Andrew Wyatt (#24). Both Disclosure and Major Lazer appeared on the list more than once with “Omen” (#62) for Disclosure’s 2nd placement, and “Powerful” (#74) and “Be Together” (#98), 2nd and 3rd for Major Lazer respectively. DJ Snake also performed admirably as a collaborator on “Lean On” and a #17 placement on “Middle.”
Unlike DJ Mag, or some of the other worldwide recognized polls, triple j holds a lot more weight for being a credible thermometer for indie, hip/hop and electronic music. They famously banned Taylor Swift from the poll last year after Buzzfeed tried to launch a viral campaign to sway the fan-elected list, so you won’t see many mainstream pop songs on the list. In fact, none of Justin Bieber’s hit songs, including Jack Ü’s “Where Are Ü Now?” even made the list. You also won’t see any Dutch DJs – none of their tracks made the cut for this year’s triple j Hot 100. But there are plenty of Australian house and bass acts – most notably What So Not and Alison Wonderland.
Parent company ABC announced that the countdown itself broke a record, for having the highest ever number of voters in the countdown’s history – over 2 million votes cast by almost 300k people in 172 countries. Check out more stats below.
— triple j (@triplej) January 26, 2016