10 songs that should have totally cracked the Hottest 100 of 2016
The dust has finally started to settle on this year’s Hottest 100, and what a bloody ride it was. Flume pipped newcomer Amy Shark at the post to claim victory with his globe-conquering track ‘Never Be Like You’ – the first dance track ever to top the poll.
Across the board it was a fairly even mix of songs: 23 artists made their countdown debut, while others – like Radiohead, Birds Of Tokyo and Illy – are now becoming rusted-on regulars. There was pop, there was hardcore, there was dance – there was even a goddamn brilliant cover of Cher.
As always though, there were some surprising omissions. Here are 10 tracks that definitely should have made it into the count.
Julia Jacklin – ‘Leadlight’
Julia’s debut album Don’t Let The Kids Win ostensibly was suited for a station she shares initials with, but its sheer brilliance should have transcended to the three-J equivalent. With a stunning Like A Version, along with a Laneway tour run, it might have been a case of the countdown being a little too premature for that crossover. Album number two, however: look out.
Olympia – ‘Smoke Signals’
A ripper mix of ornate and powerful, ‘Smoke Signals’ has all the makings of Hottest 100 material. Instead, much like the J Award Album Of The Year nominees, Olympia has been snubbed.
Anderson .Paak feat Schoolboy Q – ‘Am I Wrong’
Huge tune this, but its very early 2016 release meant it might have faded a touch in voters’ minds. You can make amends by giving it a solid rinse this summer. Anderson .Paak did get a guernsey with a Mac Miller feature, clocking in at 46.
Middle Kids – ‘Edge Of Town’
A breezy slice of soaring indie rock, ‘Edge Of Town’ had the potential to give Middle Kids’ ascension another lil’ rocket boost. They’re still on the up, but it’s surprising not to see a placing here.
Beyonce – ‘Freedom feat. Kendrick Lamar’
While her track ‘Hold Up’ snuck in the countdown at #66 (sandwiched between two Amity Affliction songs no less), the absence of her incendiary single ‘Freedom’ was surprising – given the amount of love it has received on triple j over the year.
M-Phazes & Alison Wonderland – ‘Messiah’
Melbourne producer M-Phazes enlisted Alison Wonderland for help on ‘Messiah’ – the first cut of his upcoming debut album. The track is a banger – something that this countdown was particularly lacking in.
Kaytranada – ‘Glowed Up’
Kaytranada’s debut album 99.9% was a standout of 2016, and ‘Glowed Up’ was in turn its best single – but it received no love from triple j’s audience.
Alex Lahey – ‘Let’s Go Out’
Alex Lahey had a blinder of a year with the release of EP B-Grade University and performances at a heap of festivals across the country. Her track ‘You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me’ got in early at #97, but her other single ‘Let’s Go Out’ failed to make the grade.
Camp Cope – ‘Jet Fuel Can’t Melt Steal Beams’
The Melbourne favourites did make it in with ‘Lost: Season One’ at #74, but the absence of arguably their biggest song ‘Jet Fuel…’ was genuinely puzzling.
The Jezabels – ‘Pleasure Drive’
The Jezabels released an excellent comeback album in Synthia early in 2016, spawning a couple of huge singles in ‘Come Alive’ and ‘Pleasure Drive’. Usually The Jezabels are consistent Hottest 100 appearances, but this year marked a no-show from the band.