Seven things learnt from triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2016
"Women rule" and "EDM is here to stay"... two of the seven takeaways from triple j's Hottest 100 from 2016 and telling signs of where popular music in Australia is headed for in 2017.This article originally appeared on The Standard
Amy Shark, who reached #2 with her track Adore.
GIVEN that this is being written while enjoying Double J’s replaying of the Hottest 100 of 1996 (the first one I voted in), it’s fair to say I’m no longer in triple j’s target demographic.
But each year, the countdown provides a fascinating snapshot of the musical tastes of Australia’s youth (and an opportunity for older people to complain about the musical tastes of Australia’s youth and, by extension, how triple j ain’t what it used to be). Did I mention how awesome the 1996 countdown was?
So here’s what we learnt this year.
Women rule, ok?
The Hottest 100 finally got the girls to the front. While getting a solo woman artist at #1 remains elusive, women featured on the top four tracks, which had never happened before. There were seven tracks featuring females in the top 10 – also a record, with the previous best being six in 2011 and five in 2004. There were 34 songs featuring women across the 100 and it’s only the fifth time a woman has been on the #1 track. Amy Shark’s #2 equals Lorde’s record of best finish by a solo female artist.
EDM is here to stay
EDM (or electronic dance music) has become one of the main targets for haters of the triple j playlist (the others are Aussie hip hop and whatever the hell they call metal these days … metalcore? Post-melodic deathcore?) and Flume’s win was the first EDM track to win the countdown. There were four EDM tracks in the top 10 this year, but the genre has been increasingly dominating the poll in recent years. Although the haters may be surprised to learn just how prevalent electro and dance have been in previous Hottest 100s. This is not a new thing people. Get used to it...