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Final yr was an odd one for Australia’s largest music ballot – believed to be the most important music ballot on the earth.

A youngsters’s group who fashioned greater than 30 years in the past topped Triple J’s chart with a canopy of a decade-old tune, whereas Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat made up 10% of the overall record between them – regardless of neither being the fare we’d count on from the choice youth station.

A tune that includes Justin Bieber positioned second, as the assorted campaigns to incorporate/exclude Taylor Swift in/from the 2014 countdown light quick from our collective reminiscence. And, as if to attract a line within the sand, for the primary time ever, a compilation CD didn’t comply with the countdown.

So, who will high the 2022 Hottest 100? The most recent earworm from Harry’s Home? The Hooley Dooleys masking Know Your Product? Maybe it is going to be a extra apparent summer time banger, such because the 61-second traditional Southern Brooding Gastric Frog – monitor 55 from this yr’s chart-topping Australian Frog Calls charity album, for the uninitiated.

Both that or it can simply be a preferred tune from a preferred band. In accordance with Heat Tunas – a prediction website with a pattern measurement of greater than 250,000 voters, and a very good monitor document of triangulating the yr’s high tunes – the sharp finish of the record shall be populated by Australian artists. This yr on the rostrum, skivvies shall be optionally available.

A well-recognized Prime 10

A neighborhood tune will inevitably high the countdown this yr, in keeping with the early numbers. Flume, Gang Of Youths, Ball Park Music and Spacey Jane will all battle it out for first place.

If this explicit native lineup is giving deja vu, you want solely solid your thoughts again to the 2020 countdown, topped by UK band Glass Animals’ tune Warmth Wave. Spacey Jane got here in at No 2 (for Booster Seat), Flume at No 3 (The Distinction), and Ball Park Music at No 4 (Cherub). Gang Of Youths didn’t have a brand new launch that yr, however landed at No 6 the next yr with The Angel Of eighth Ave.

Of the aforementioned frontrunners, Flume seems to be the slight favorite at this level, together with his February single Say Nothing, that includes younger Sydney artist Maya Cumming, more likely to rating the producer his second No 1.

The producer actually has type within the high 5; in truth he has beforehand taken out each slot. Flume hit No 1 in 2016 with By no means Be Like You, No 2 in 2019 with Speeding Again, No 3 with The Distinction in 2020, No 4 with Holdin On in 2012, and No 5 with Drop The Recreation in 2013. Might this be the yr he lands that feted No 6 spot?

Fremantle foursome Spacey Jane are an out of doors likelihood at touchdown No 1 with the cracking Hardlight, however appear extra more likely to land someplace decrease inside the Prime 5. Sitting Up additionally has a good likelihood of reaching the Prime 10, each songs come from the band’s second album Right here Comes Every part.

Spacey Jane have robust current type, touchdown at No 3 in 2021 with Numerous Nothing (behind the skivvies and the Bieb) and No 12 with Lunchtime. The earlier yr, Booster Seat reached No 2, blocked by the aforementioned Warmth Waves.

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Stars In My Eyes by Ball Park Music can also be a powerful likelihood for No 1. Their tune Cherub’s No 4 inserting in 2020 stays their greatest displaying, however the Brisbane five-piece have beforehand landed a whopping 12 entries within the chart – together with final yr’s kaleidoscopic Sunscreen, which reached No 21.

Gang of Youths to lastly hit No 1?

Evangelical rockers Gang Of Youths are trying more likely to get the No 1 spot, with the tender In The Wake Of Your Go away: a dirge lamenting the passing of frontman David Le’aupepe’s father.

The band utterly swamped the 2017 countdown, touchdown No 2, No 5, and No 10 with Let Me Down Simple, The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows (can a shadow be frank?) and What Can I Do If The Hearth Goes Out?

Gang of Youths might have dominated in 2017, however Kendrick Lamar’s not-so-humble Humble took out the highest place that yr by a large margin.

For a person who launched 19 songs into the world in 2022, the rapper is conspicuously absent from this yr’s predictions, regardless of the five-year break between his final document (which had 4 songs within the 2017 Hottest 100) and this yr’s Mr. Morale and the Large Steppers.

In accordance with Heat Tunas, only one Kendrick tune will enter the 200 – N95 – which is tipped to land within the mid-30s. Maybe it’s a matter of voting decisions being unfold too skinny over a double album.

Different tunes in with an out of doors likelihood of hitting No 1 embody New Gold by Gorillaz, that includes Tame Impala and Bootie Brown; Delilah (Pull Me Out Of This) by Fred Once more; and B.O.T.A. by Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Felony.

If current elections have taught us something, it’s that pre-polling is beneficial, however finally flawed. This yr’s Hottest 100 is anybody’s for the taking.

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