Triple J's Hottest 100: Glass Animals Heat Waves tops Australia's annual album poll
On a largely local chart that also includes Victorian premier Daniel Andrews, the English group reached No 1
With their song Heat Waves, the UK band Glass Animals have taken top spot in the Triple J Hottest 100.
In Australia's biggest song poll, which was broadcast on Triple J on Saturday, the pop group beat out a host of heavily tipped local artists to reach No. 1. One of three songs from the party to put in the countdown this year was Heat Waves.
The majority of the top five consisted entirely of Australian artists. With the track Booster Seat, the standout single from the group's debut album Sunshine, Perth four-piece Spacey Jane put at No 2. For the band, the record has been a big hit, hitting No 2 on the Aria charts and winning the year's Triple J album. In 2020, Spacey Jane was also one of Triple J's most-played musicians.
With his Toro y Moi collaboration, The Difference, Sydney-bred electronic music producer Flume reached third place, and with Cherub, Brisbane band Ball Park Music put at No 4.
Glass Animals aside, in this year's top 10, there were only two other foreign tracks. Last year's winner, Billie Eilish, took the No 10 spot with Therefore I Am. WAP, the rap collaboration of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion that topped the Australian Aria charts, placed at No 6. The above marks the first time in the Top 10 and the highest ranking track from a woman of color to date that a female rapper has appeared.
All the way up, 66 songs came from local artists in this year's Hottest 100. In the countdown, Sydney pop-rock band Lime Cordiale featured four times, while Perth's Tame Impala had three singles in the poll, peaking with Lost In Yesterday at No 5. Amy Shark, G Flip and the Jungle Giants were other homegrown names who made numerous appearances. Sydney band DMA's, who celebrated their seventh year running in the countdown, had another success story this year.
Even Daniel Andrews, the Victorian premier, was included in the poll. Comments from his March 2020 press conference were sampled in their novelty song Get On The Beers by electronic duo Mashd N Kutcher, which was put at No 12, possibly owing in part to a social media push to get the track into the Hottest 100.
Also included in this year's countdown were a number of posthumous updates. With songs from his final album, Circles, Mac Miller, whose death in 2018 sent shockwaves through the rap world, featured twice. Four times in the countdown, three with his own songs and once as a guest artist on the Kid Laroi track Go, the US rapper Juice WRLD, who died aged 21 in 2019, appeared.
The Hottest 100 this month comes after a tough year for the music industry in Australia. In 2020, the closure of Covid-19 forced the widespread cancellation of music festivals and live tours, costing the livelihood of thousands of industry professionals. Many artists decided to postpone album releases until 2021, which may partially explain why more songs were released in January in this year's poll than every other month before the pandemic altered life in Australia.
This is the fourth year on 26 January that Triple J has not held the Hottest 100, a date that marks the arrival of the First Fleet and is considered by many Australians to be a day of mourning. Between 2004 and 2017, the station kept the countdown on the public holiday of 26 January, but moved the date from 2018 after a nationwide survey in which 60% of respondents voted in favor of shifting the poll.
Triple J will air the Hottest 200 on Sunday, revealing the songs that put 200-101 in the poll this year.