Triple J Hottest 100 Votes for 2015

Hottest 100 2015

So there hasn’t been much writing of late, but that doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been gigging and listening aplenty in that time.

And in celebration of all things listening came the annual challenge of selecting 10 favourite songs to vote for in the annual Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. Admittedly, the contribution of my votes to the 100 most popular songs was nothing short of dismal this year, with a mere two songs from my votes making their way into the countdown. But I stand by my votes wholeheartedly because I like them, particularly after the usual agony of getting the first cut of songs down to the ten. So here they are….



At #1 on my list (and proudly at #76 in the countdown!) was Suddenly by British India, being the track that was played on endless repeats throughout the year.

And the remaining nine votes made, in no particular order other than forming a decent little playlist:

2Drive – Ainslie Wills

3Cuffed & Collared – Bad//Dreems

4The Love Within – Bloc Party

5Restraint & Release – Gang of Youths

6Hourglass – Catfish & The Bottlemen

7You Cannot Call for Love Like a Dog – Holy Holy

8Golden – Szymon

9Rabbit Run – City Calm Down


10Anchor – Birds of Tokyo

(The second appearance of a nominated song, at #72!)

As always, there are a few honourable mentions for those tracks that just missed out because I still can’t work out a way to make 10 songs account for 15 or so…

Dreams – Beck

The Children Came Back – Briggs, Gurrumul, Dewayne Everttsmith

Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart – Chris Cornell

Why Generation – FIDLAR

Beeping – Polish Club

Then of course there were all the other songs that made it to the first cut of the shortlist as well (the not so short version) to begin the culling process. On the positive side, it offered some good listening for a few hours…and for that alone they deserve a small mention in gratitude:

Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes

Limousine – Beach Baby

Voices – The Belligerents

Heaven Sent – Best Coast

I’d Go With You Anywhere – Birds of Tokyo

Burn (And Shine) – Bonjah

Walk The Wire – Boy & Bear

Wolves – The Cat Empire

Son – City Calm Down

I Feel Love (Every Million Miles – The Dead Weather

Snakeskin – Deerhunter

Third Eye – Florence & The Machine

Vital Signs – Gang of Youths

Magnolia – Gang of Youths

Grinder – Gary Clark Jr.

Summer – The Grenadiers

Sentimental and Monday – Holy Holy

Do You Remember – Jarryd James

Songlines – Josh Pyke

Short Movie – Laura Marling

Coming Home – Leon Bridges

Smooth Sailin’ – Leon Bridges

Just Now – Look Lake

Hello Miss Lonesome – Marlon Williams

Once – Ngaiire

Human – Of Monsters and Men

Sandy – Oh Mercy

Tourists – Olympia

Danger in the Club – Palma Violets

Better With You – Sarah Blasko

I’d Be Lost – Sarah Blasko

Only One – Sarah Blasko

Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens

Medusa – Szymon

Cupcake – Teeth & Tongue

Tattoo – Tuka

Handsome – The Vaccines

20/20 – The Vaccines

Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Random Name Generator – Wilco

Come People – Xavier Rudd and The United Nations


And in 12 months’ time, we’ll be doing this all over again with a truckload of different tracks 🙂

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