The Winners and Losers of the Hottest 100

All the winners and losers of the Hottest 100 poll.

Winner – Australia

It would be Un-Australian to suggest that voters lean on Australian acts because the poll has become an Australia Day tradition… but with 44 local songs on the list it does appear that many voters may have been swayed by patriotism. Or maybe almost half of the best songs released last year simply were written by locals acts. Maybe.

Loser – Australia

Which brings us to the next point – How did so many bloody foreigners manage to get played in our national poll on Australia Day?!

Even if we claim Kimbra as a newly adopted local there were still far too many songs on the list that weren’t written while solemnly gazing at the Southern Cross and downing a locally brewed beer. It’s a national disgrace and Rodney Hogg is appalled by your voting choices.

Winner – Scorpios

Songs that were released under the heavenly guidance of the Scorpion fared remarkably well in the top tiers of the poll. Of the top ten tracks on the poll six tracks – Hilltop Hoods – I Love It {Ft. Sia}; 360 – Boys Like You; San Cisco – Awkward; Lana Del Rey – Video Games; Matt Corby – Brother; and The Black Keys – Lonely Boy – were released under a Scorpio moon.

The success of these songs is obviously due to direct influence from the heavens rather than because the songs were released between the 23rd of October and November 21st and freshly in the minds of listeners when voting opened.

Winner – Idiot Proof Song Titles

Almost a quarter of the songs on the countdown feature one word titles which is a distinct advantage for voters who were keen to fit their full list of track names into a single tweet. Voters who had a top ten that featured Killer, Arnold, Rope, Mary, Bounce, China, Money, 1996, Jungle and Air still had half a tweet left to announce ”#hottest100 fkn rules mate. Can’t wait to hear all me faves on Aus Day.”

Winner – Kimbra

Kimbra has won the inaugural Ian Church award for being a “lass who can hold her own with the boys” with four entries on the chart including three of her own tracks – Two Way Street, Good Intent Cameo Lover. Although no doubt everyone’s (least) favourite reviewer Mr Church is happy to see that her highest placing contribution to the list – first place holder Somebody That I Used To Know – came via a cameo appearance on a man’s track.

Gals who weren’t quite strong enough to “hold their own with the boys” and score a place on the chart on their own included Sia (collaborating with Hilltop Hoods), Gossling (with 360), Kelis (with Calvin Harris) and Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano (with SBTRKT).

Winner – Big Day Out

Despite the many issues that have dogged the Big Day Out this year the festival lineup did impressively well with Boy and Bear, Kanye, Kimbra, Nero, Kasabian, Foster the People, Hilltop Hoods, Art Vs Science, The Jezabels and Bluejuice all making the cut. Perhaps Ken West was using fake user names to vote for his favourite acts.

Loser – Soundwave

Not a single Soundwave band made the cut on the Hottest 100 poll. No Mastodon, no Limp Bizkit, no Black Veil Brides ?!

Loser – Heatwave

Shockingly no songs from Heatwave acts made the Hottest 100 cut either. No love for Chamillionare’s latest banger?

Winner – The Black Keys

Twelve months ago the Black Keys were on the receiving end of an out pouring of internet hate after they “bailed on the Big Day Out tour at the last minute citing “exhaustion””: They still haven’t made up for those missed shows, but it appears that all is forgiven with the duo scoring a second place on the Hottest 100 countdown.

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