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Triple J’s Hottest 100 Voting Now Open!

Words by Scenewave Australia - Published on December 19, 2012

It’s that time at last! Triple J Hottest 100 voting has opened. For those that don’t let their musical intelligence be insulted by Triple J, this year promises to be another hard slog at getting those 10 tracks perfectly right, so that you can just tick them off as they come up one by one on the 26th January.

Well… at least that’s what it used to be like. It’s been only 10 years ago now, that Queens of the Stone Age held the number 1 spot with their mental track “No One Knows”, and only five years since “Knights of Cydonia”. For fucks sake – “Take Me Out”! Now that’s a number 1. I’m not going to go into specific tracks, but let’s just say that since then it’s been massively underwhelming. The top spot has been mostly dominated by tracks that people know are going to win months in advance, and on the day of, we just wait around until our worst nightmares become reality.

But nostalgic bitterness aside, this year has been an amazing year for music. We’ve gone to town on records from great acts including Alpine, Jack White, The Cast Of Cheers, Yeasayer, Ball Park Music, Jungle Giants, St Lucia, Tame Impala, Frank Ocean, The xx, Grizzly Bear, Sigur Ros, Father John Misty, Jessie Ware, Band of Skulls, Two Door Cinema Club, Mystery Jets, Flume, Alt-J, Band of Horses, The Killers, Howler, DZ Deathrays, Passion Pit, Django Django, Jake Bugg, Cub Scouts, Purity Ring, TEEEEEEEEEEDDDD, Bloc Party, Zulu Winter, The Rubens, Of Monsters and Men, Hot Chip, The Hives, Beach House, Deep Sea Arcade, Miike Snow, Grimes & plenty more. That’s even without recognising the singles released from Foals, Local Natives, Major Lazer, and more than I care to mention.

It’s hard to establish a frontrunner this year (AT LAST!), which is such a good thing. I’d like to state on record an early call of “Breezeblocks” by Alt-J, to take out the #1 spot, and would be well deserved. I’m feeling like “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” by Tame Impala, “Thinkin About You” by Frank Ocean, and Tongesy’s call of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters And Men, will all give it very stiff competition, but we’ll see how we go. It’ll be interesting to see how this late run from “Thrift Shop” will play out as well. Don’t know how I feel about that one…

Voting opens today, so head to the Triple J site to have a look through your options. Let us know your top 10 picks and share and discuss on facebook site!

We’ll have our Top 10s up on the site over the next few weeks.

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