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Does the Hottest 100 reflect what triple j plays?

Where was Silversun Pickups, Metric and Oh Mercy? No Pond, DZ Deathrays or Worlds End Press? What triple j flogs on a daily basis has little bearing on the Hottest 100 voting – and this year’s count confirms it.

Much of the debate following the Hottest 100 has focussed on how it stacked up to the Brisbane maths boffins’ Warmest 100 list, but comparing it to J Play’s list of the station’s most-played tracks yields arguably more telling results.

Fifty-one acts featured in the J Play list missed out on a place in the publicly voted Hottest 100 songs of the year. That number only increases by 13 when you take into account the next 100 selections, which were counted down for the first time ever by triple j on Saturday.

Of the 10 most played tracks last year on triple j, none of those made the Hottest 100 top five, with the highest place going to Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’, which came in at #6. The fifth most played song according to J Play, ‘This Head I Hold’ by Electric Guest, came in at #164, while Dialectrix’s ‘New Generation’ (#8) and The Preatures’ ‘Take A Card’ (#10) didn’t even make the Hottest 200 cut.

There were some strange anomalies, too. Of Monsters and Men’s ‘Little Talks’ managed to finish in second place in the Hottest 100 voting, but is nowhere to be seen on the list of most played songs. And Lana Del Rey had five songs in the Hottest 200 – ‘Summertime Sadness’, ‘Born To Die’, ‘Ride’, ‘Off To The Races’ and ‘National Anthem’ – yet her most played song on triple j, ‘Blue Jeans’, was one of many notable absentees.

As for the winner of the Hottest 100? Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ ‘Thrift Shop’ was the 96th most played track of the year according to J Play, meaning you only have yourselves to blame.

This year’s triple j Hottest 100 countdown was reportedly the biggest yet, with 187,975 voters casting 1,516,765 votes.

Below is the full list of J Play’s most played tracks of 2012, with their Hottest 200 positions indicated in parentheses.

The J Play 100

#1 Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This(33)

#2 Major Lazer – Get Free (6)

#3 Twinsy – Water Bombs(163)

#4 Skrillex – Bangarang (25)

#5 Electric Guest – This Head I Hold (164)

#6 Django Django – Default (28)

#7 Loon Lake – Cherry Lips (29)

#8 Dialectrix – New Generation (N/A)

#9 Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats (72)

#10 The Preatures – Take A Card (N/A)

#11 Flume – Holdin On (4)

#12 The Shins – Simple Song (74)

#13 Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine(40)

#14 The Bamboos – I Got Burned (54)

#15 Disclosure – Latch (21)

#16 Matt Corby – Brother (ineligible)

#17 Ball Park Music – Surrender (27)

#18 Gossling – Wild Love (142)

#19 Allday X C1 – So Good (91)

#20 Wolf And Cub – See The Light (N/A)

#21 Grimes – Oblivion (38)

#22 Emma Louise – Boy (114)

#23 Yacht – Le Goudron (N/A)

#24 Kid Cudi – Just What I Am(62)

#25 Diafrix – Running It (N/A)

#26 San Cisco – Rocket Ship (N/A)

#27 Full Tote Odds – Southern Wind (N/A)

#28 The Hives – Go Right Ahead (N/A)

#29 Illy – Heard It All(76)

#30 The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion(141)

#31 Alabama Shakes – Hold On (39)

#32 MS MR – Hurricane (42)

#33 The Cribs – Come On, Be a No-One (N/A)

#34 Dappled Cities – Born At The Right Time (154)

#35 Alt-J – Breezeblocks (3)

#36 Citizens! – Reptile(N/A)

#37 Metric – Youth Without Youth (N/A)

#38 Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (N/A)

#39 Silversun Pickups – Skin Graph (N/A)

#40 DCUP – I’m Corrupt (126)

#41 St. Lucia – September (196)

#42 Best Coast – The Only Place (177)

#43 White Rabbits – Temporary(N/A)

#44 Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul (61)

#45 The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Following (N/A)

#46 Flux Pavilion – Daydreamer (N/A)

#47 Birds Of Tokyo – This Fire (51)

#48 Alpine – Gasoline (31)

#49 Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (148)

#50 YesYou – Frivolous Life (183)

#51 Lisa Mitchell – Spiritus(92)

#52 Pond – Moth Wings (N/A)

#53 Tame Impala – Elephant (7)

#54 Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (11)

#55 Miike Snow – Paddling Out (36)

#56 Jinja Safari – Toothless Grin (N/A)

#57 Oh Mercy – Drums (N/A)

#58 Plan B – Ill Manors(134)

#59 Cosmo Jarvis – Love This (59)

#60 Mystery Jets – Someone Purer (178)

#61 The Trouble With Templeton – Six Months In A Cast(N/A)

#62 Ben Kweller – Mean To Me (N/A)

#63 Chet Faker – I’m Into You(24)

#64 Skryptcha – Dance (N/A)

#65 The Cast Of Cheers – Family (N/A)

#66 Art Of Sleeping – Empty Hands (180)

#67 Nantes – Unsatisfy (N/A)

#68 Rudimental – Feel the Love (20)

#69 Children Collide – Sword To A Gunfight (N/A)

#70 Illy – Where Ya Been (113)

#71 World’s End Press – Second Day Uptown(N/A)

#72 Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards (9)

#73 Eagle & The Worm – Give Me Time(138)

#74 Yung Warriors – Standing Strong(N/A)

#75 The Aston Shuffle – Can’t Stop Now (N/A)

#76 Bloc Party – Octopus (150)

#77 Kimbra – Warrior (98)

#78 Rufus – This Summer(N/A)

#79 Jack White – Love Interruption(60)

#80 Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans(N/A)

#81 Tyler Touché – Baguette?(188)

#82 Owl Eyes – Crystalised (N/A)

#83 Snakadaktal – Dance Bear(93)

#84 Millions – Nineteen (N/A)

#85 Grinspoon – Passerby (120)

#86 The Gaslight Anthem – 45 (94)

#87 Hunting Grounds – Flaws (N/A)

#88 Chasm – Soldier And A Thinker (N/A)

#89 Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Tapes & Money (N/A)

#90 Knife Party – Internet Friends (55)

#91 Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun (44)

#92 Winter People – Gallons (N/A)

#93 Purity Ring – Fineshrine (85)

#94 Rudimental – Not Giving In (16)

#95 The Presets – Promises (70)

#96 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop (1)

#97 Alpine – Seeing Red(194)

#98 DZ Deathrays – Dollar Chills (N/A)

#99 Buchanan – Run Faster (N/A)

#100 The Rubens – Don’t Ever Want To Be Found (162)

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