Staff Writer

It’s done and dusted for another year, in its 22nd year triple j provided the soundtrack to Australia Day counting down the Hottest 100.

A record 2,099,707 votes were cast by 258,762 music fans from 188 different countries. Not one of those 2 mil plus votes included any Taylor Swift devotees. It went near equal spilt genders with the voting – 52% Male – 48% Female.


They also clocked up 3829 Hottest 100 parties in in 80 countries, all making triple j’s Hottest 100 the world’s biggest music poll.   Who took out the top spot if you missed it?

At the end of it all, the top spot went to independent Melbourne musician Chet Faker with Talk Is Cheap -. It go the most votes from triple j listeners.

triple j’s Music Director Richard Kingsmill said:  “Talk Is Cheap dropped right at the start of 2014. By year’s end, it was still sounding as fresh as the first day we played it. Chet played and produced the whole album himself (bar one guitar solo). The way the sax starts the song is just magical and sucks you right in. The song sounds simple, until you hear all the instruments and voices at work. You’re kept there right until the end, when Chet Faker’s layered vocals bring the song to a fitting close.”

Chet Faker is only the second ever artist to get 3 songs in the Top 10 – the first was Powderfinger in 03. His other songs making the Top 10, Gold came in at #7, with 1998 right behind it at #8.  

triple j have sliced and diced the results further with this year’s countdown seeing the most Aussies to make it in, with 59 tracks.  

35 new faces were in the mix making their debut in the Hottest 100, including Meg Mac, Peking Duk, DMA’s, FKA twigs, Milky Chance, Banks, Future Islands, ZHU, Glass Animals and Asgeir.

41 tracks in the list came from solo artists, including Vance Joy, Lorde, Thelma Plum, Tkay Maidza and Briggs.  There were plenty of guest appearances too, with 17 tracks having feature artists, from SBTRKT to Mark Ronson.

There are always a handful of popular cover songs that make it in; this year saw 3 Like A Versions make it into the list, including Chet Faker’s cover of Sonia Dada’s 90s jam ‘Lover’ at #21.

And the number of Taylor Swift tracks that appeared in the countdown? Zero. You can read the list of reasons why here.

Missed it? From 10am Sat 31 Jan triple j will replay the Hottest 100. 

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