Embrace the heat this Aus Day with Triple J's Hottest 100
While the 26th of January is foremost a day to spend celebrating the Australian culture and the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy as a nation; for the Australian music industry it is also a day that very often marks the culmination of a year of hard work, for it's the day that the ABC's premier station for Australian alternative music, Triple J, announces its annual Hottest 100 chart results.
The Triple J Hottest 100 is designed to recognise the top 100 songs played on Triple J from the previous year (as voted by the listeners), and has been known to play an important part in supporting unearthed and independent music artists in Australia. It is annually hosted by Tom and Alex, the comedic duo from the Triple J morning show, and has become one of the most influential charts (if not THE most influential chart) for Australian artists to strive to be a part of. In fact with last year as an extraordinary example, I'm sure the results of this year's Hottest 100 will be considered very seriously, as the extent of the chart's influence continues to grow.
As a recap for those who aren't already aware, after taking out the top spot last year, Gotye's single 'Somebody that I Used to Know' went on to win Song of the Year and Best Video at the ARIA Awards, while Gotye and the song's featuring artist Kimbra, also won the Best Male and Female Artist. Meanwhile overseas the song grew rapidly in popularity and topped both the American and UK charts, and made the top 10 in 30 countries in total. Today, nearly one year on, the song has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and has become one of the best selling digital singles of all time.
On account of this magnitude of power and support, the chart has over the years developed what can only be described as a cult following, with listeners being encouraged to celebrate the announcement with Triple J inspired parties and events. Merchandise and party packs can be downloaded on the Triple J site and competitions are held on the station for the best party, with the award being a yearly VIP pass to all Triple J hosted music gigs and festivals for that year (a coveted prize for any music lover). Bets can also be taken on Sportsbet and of course amongst friends.
So if you're into music of any kind, why not incorporate the Triple J Hottest 100 into your Australia Day festivities this year and tune in on the day. The announcements usually kick off around 11:00am and continue on throughout the day until around 7:00pm. A house party remix of the chart often follows and interviews with the chart artists and the usual radio commentary are played throughout the day also.
Voting closes on the 20th of January, which leaves you with just less than 2 weeks to go before you'll miss out, so make sure you get online and start planning your shortlist!