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Every year, there are a lot of anecdotal discussions about triple j’s Hottest 100. Just so you’re a little better armed, I’ve compiled some key stats. Come on, be the most informed at the party.
These numbers are based on the songs that made it into the countdown, as well as some ancillary data pulled from a listening tool called MAP, by Sysomos (for social breakdowns). Triple j did their own graph, with some similar and some different data. It’s worth looking at.
People talk about gender in music a lot - and as this graph points out, rightly so. Only 21% of the songs in this year’s Hottest 100 were performed by bands with one or more female member. Even more poignantly, there were only four songs by solo female artists - and three of them by one artist, the undeniably ground-breaking Lorde.
The first solo female artist was Lorde, at number 15. So while they don’t appear often in this year’s countdown, women did poll very highly - just, not enough.
NB: for simplicity’s sake, I only included permanent members of bands when considering whether or not a band “had a woman” in it.
As you can see, Australians love Australians. Our long-term colonial feelings remain strong, but we can’t break the feeling that America are doing something really good for us.
Our love affair with the European mainland has waned, but New Zealand rises triumphant, under the rule of all-powerful demi-goddess Lorde.
Canada pokes its head in for a friendly hello.
Importantly, this shows that being Australian isn’t going to hurt your chances of getting into the Hottest 100, so maybe we can stop having that discussion.
There were only four covers in this year’s Hottest 100 - as usual, triple j’s Like A Version did well, taking out three of the four covers spots. However, Amity Affliction are the real winners, making it into the list with a cover not recorded by triple j. Good on you, guys!
Biggest Gap - Vance Joy
The biggest single gap between an artist’s songs in the Hottest 100 was 94, for Vance Joy, who polled at 95 (Play With Fire) and number 1 (Riptide). This says two things - people love that one song by Vance Joy, and maybe-kinda-sorta-like-that-other-song-by-Vance-joy-but-since-Riptide-is-so-good-here-are-two-votes.
Most Frequent Appearance - Daft Punk
Given the tremendous hype and ongoing commercial success of their album, it’s not that surprising to see the French duo polling so often in the Hottest 100.
It’s worthy noting that while there were a number of artists who pulled of three songs in this year’s list, the only Australian artist to nail down three gongs was RÜFÜS.
Social Media Breakdown
The next couple sets up data relate directly to social media and (as a result) have bearing only on how people talk about the hottest 100, not on the songs themselves. All this data was generated from tweets using the hashtag #hottest100 over the duration of the 26th of January.
Unlike the male/female artist split, the gender breakdown of people talking about the Hottest 100 was actually quite even, which is a pleasant surprise.
In another twist, the only people who really talked about the Hottest 100 live in Australia. I don’t know if that means only Australian’s care about it, but I have to assume not.
It’s really important, to everyone. In the whole world.
The above graph shows the different kinds of tweets. As you can see, people love to retweet. I mean, why add your opinion to the conversation when you could just share someone elses.
Wordclouds are not data. They’re confusing lumps of words and odd sentiment but goddamn I love them.
You can see that people love talking to bands (and tagging them directly) as well as talking about Australia Day. Wow. Such insight. Much data.
How many songs that I voted for got into the list?
Turns out I am not a tastemaker. One of my top ten got in - Scar, by the infallible Cloud Control, but the rest were spurned (for whatever reason). And that’s okay. Not getting hung up on what people think about my music taste is my jam.
Thanks to my lovely girlfriend Mary for helping me count these numbers, and all credit to triple j for any of their images and links used. Graphs were made by me, using something boring.
Arnie offers some assistance (This is the most important video on the internet today. Perhaps, ever.)