Let's do the Time Warp again!

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Ross

Welcome again to Triple J Hottest 100 Facts! Last year I looked at what factors contribute to a song’s popularity. This year I want to turn the focus on you, the voting public. Following the methodology of Warm Tunas, I pulled people’s votes from Instagram to amass a data set of 2,584 ballots totalling 24,695 votes. Last year there were 2.25 million votes cast, so this represents a sample of about 1%.

To be eligible for entry into the Hottest 100 this year, a song must ‘premiere’ between December 2016 and November 2017. Triple J lists 1887 songs for you to choose from on their website, but this did not stop some impassioned aficionados from writing in their own choices. Specifically 2.5% of people voted for a song that was eligible last year. One in six people of those people voted for more than one. I even found one special person who wrote in five songs from last year. So without further ado, I present the hottest songs of 2016, as voted for in January 2018.

  1. Middle Kids - Edge of Town (This was covered by Paul Dempsey for Like a Version in 2017, which may explain the popularity)
  2. Smith Street Band, The - Death to the Lads (#21)
  3. Teskey Brothers, The - Pain and Misery
  4. Dean Lewis - Waves
  5. Thundamentals - Never Say Never (#168)
  6. Skeggs - Spring has Sprung (#170)
  7. Pnau - Chameleon (#11)
  8. Dune Rates - Bullshit (#33)
  9. Big Sean - Bounce Back
  10. Alex the Astronaut - Already Home

These people seem to have all made an honest mistake, but there are some people who don’t even care. I leave you with this gem