WORDS AND IMAGE BY ANDREW BRASSINGTON
It’s that time of year filled with wild summer nights and sticky, sweat soaked mornings where you’re likely to hear the distant cry of ‘Hilltop, Hilltop, Hilltop’ as Adelaide’s favourite Hoods make their way up triple j’s Hottest 100 countdown. The Aussie rap royalty may be heading into their 40’s but that only seems to escalate their reign over the country’s popular music scene. Hilltop Hoods are just one of the hundred acts expected to place in triple j’s Hottest 100 of the last decade.
Announced today, the national youth broadcaster is amping up to count down the 100 greatest songs released between 2010 and 2019, as voted by listeners. Voting will occur in February with the countdown taking place sometime in March. This continues the station’s push on moving Hottest 100 countdowns away from the Australia Day weekend.
This isn’t the first-time triple j have deviated away from their yearly formula either. In fact, the very first Hottest 100 in 1989 was based on all tracks released prior to the year, with Joy Division’s harrowing 1980 classic Love Will Tear Us Apart taking out the top spot. This formula continued for a few years until they realised it was no surprise Smells Like Teen Spirit would constantly place at number 1.
Since then they’ve sporadically done more random countdowns, including the Top 100 Australian Albums Of All Time and a 20 year Hottest 100 retrospective in 2013. Only 8 songs out of that entire countdown had come from the current decade at the time. It will be interesting to see how many of those same songs stick around in this new countdown.
A lot of the songs that were big at the beginning of the early 2010’s seem to have aged quite poorly in the public mind. After all, the station’s main demographic are those that grew up being rebellious by singing the curse words of Macklemore’s Thrift Shop at their year 6 school disco. Will some of the runner up tracks from previous countdowns place higher than their former number 1’s?
Either way, look forward to hearing a day full of nostalgic bops with everything from Kendrick to Gambino and all the Riptide’s and Royals in between!
AUTHOR: ANDREW BRASSINGTON INSTAGRAM: @Brasso82 TWITTER: @andrewbrasso