Ben & Liam announce Golden Ticket Winner plus all the Hottest 100 stats

Former Assistant Editor

It was a massive weekend for triple j.

Not only did the national broadcaster count down its publicly voted Hottest 100 on Sunday (with Northern Beaches band Ocean Alley coming up trumps), but on Monday counted down the songs that didn’t quite make it (numbers 200-101).

Yesterday also saw triple j’s digital sister station Double J count down the Hottest 100 of 1998, pleasing many listeners with the throwback.

The weekend of festivities wrapped up this morning as Brekky duo Ben and Liam announced the winner of triple j’s Golden Ticket.

Everyone who voted in the countdown had the opportunity to enter the competition, with the winner nabbing entry to every triple j supported gig and festival in 2019.

It was an emotional moment for Jardine, who couldn’t believe she’d won.

Hottest 100 stats:

65 songs were from Australian artists and 21 artists appear in the Hottest 100 for the very first time.

The second highest source of songs was the US (22), followed by the UK (8), New Zealand (2), Canada (2) and Scotland (1).

26 songs by 21 artists made their debuts on the Hottest 100.

31 artists were first heard on triple j Unearthed and 6 songs were uploaded to triple j Unearthed in 2018.

A record 2,758,584 votes were cast.

67 songs were from male artists, 22 from female artists, 8 from acts including both male and female artists, and 3 from artists who identify as Non-Binary or Genderqueer.

There were 55 solo acts to 45 bands.

February was the ‘Hottest Month’ with 14 songs released in that month, including 3 from Ocean Alley.

2 artists in the countdown had back-to-back entries: RÜFÜS DU SOL (#22 ‘Underwater’, #23 ‘Treat You Better’) and Vance Joy (#53 ‘We’re Going Home’, #54 ‘Saturday Sun’).

Both Peking Duk and DMA’S celebrate their 5th consecutive appearance in a countdown, while Amy Shark, Cub Sport, Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Vera Blue and Drake appear for the 3rd consecutive year.

Hilltop Hoods now have 19 songs in the Hottest 100, catching up with record holders Powderfinger and Foo Fighters (22 each).

The shortest song was ‘Up In The Clouds’ by Skegss (2:30min) and the longest song is ‘Underwater’ by RÜFÜS DU SOL (5:49min).

Music truly came from all over Australia, with regional Hottest 100 hometowns including Byron Bay, Forster, Forbes, Windang, Castlemaine, Blue Mountains, Arnhem Land, Delungra, Newcastle, Gympie and Menangle.

Over the course of the countdown, triple j listeners helped to raise over $630K for lifeline. Donations are still being taken here.

The ABC has also broken down the way that triple j’s Hottest 100 reflects the changing nature of popular music over the years.

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