Hottest 100, 2013 Volume 21
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Riptide Vance Joy 3:24 ““ Australia
2 Royals Lorde 3:10 ““ New Zealand
3 Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell Williams) Daft Punk 6:10 ““ France
4 Do I Wanna Know? Arctic Monkeys 4:33 ““ England
5 Drop The Game Flume & Chet Faker 3:42 ““ Australia
6 Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? Arctic Monkeys 2:41 ““ England
7 Young And Beautiful Lana Del Rey 3:58 ““ USA
8 Resolution Matt Corby 4:18 ““ Australia
9 Is This How You Feel? The Preatures 3:35 ““ Australia
10 Strong London Grammar 4:35 ““ England
11 The Wire Haim 4:06 ““ USA
12 Tennis Court Lorde 3:19 ““ New Zealand
13 Retrograde James Blake 3:44 ““ England
14 Covered In Chrome Violent Soho 3:35 ““ Australia
15 Team Lorde 3:13 ““ New Zealand
16 Reflektor Arcade Fire 7:34 ““ Canada
17 Lose Yourself To Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams) Daft Punk 5:54 ““ France
18 Arabella Arctic Monkeys 3:27 ““ England
19 Given The Chance The Kite String Tangle 3:57 ““ Australia
20 Black Skinhead Kanye West 3:08 ““ USA
21 Take Me RÜFÜS 4:02 ““ Australia
22 Lanterns Birds Of Tokyo 4:23 ““ Australia
23 When A Fire Starts To Burn Disclosure 4:44 ““ England
24 Waiting All Night (feat. Ella Eyre) Rudimental 4:53 ““ England
25 Your Body Is A Weapon The Wombats 4:00 ““ England
26 Step Vampire Weekend 4:14 ““ USA
27 Falling Haim 4:18 ““ USA
28 Recover Chvrches 3:46 ““ Scotland
29 My Number Foals 4:01 ““ England
30 Alive Empire Of The Sun 3:25 ““ Australia
31 Diane Young Vampire Weekend 2:42 ““ USA
32 Smiles Don't Lie Thundamentals 4:03 ““ Australia
33 Ways To Go Grouplove 3:36 ““ USA
34 Desert Night RÜFÜS 5:25 ““ Australia
35 Hey Now London Grammar 3:22 ““ England
36 Ratchet Bloc Party 3:18 ““ England
37 Gun Chvrches 3:54 ““ Scotland
38 Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive 5:49 ““ Australia
39 Get Lucky San Cisco 3:45 ““ Australia
40 Born To Die The Amity Affliction 4:12 ““ Australia
41 Southern Sun Boy & Bear 4:41 ““ Australia
42 White Lies Max Frost 2:59 ““ USA
43 3005 Childish Gambino 3:54 ““ USA
44 The Breach Dustin Tebbutt 4:16 ““ Australia
45 Global Concepts Robert DeLong 4:38 ““ USA
46 If I Had A Tail Queens Of The Stone Age 4:56 ““ USA
47 Free (feat. Emeli Sandé) Rudimental 5:06 ““ England
48 Stand Still (feat. Micky Green) Flight Facilities 4:20 ““ Australia
49 Doin' It Right (feat. Panda Bear) Daft Punk 4:11 ““ France
50 Love Me Again John Newman 3:35 ““ England
51 Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat (feat. Beardyman) Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr 5:26 ““ England
52 Scar Cloud Control 3:44 ““ Australia
53 Ohio Kingswood 3:48 ““ Australia
54 Afterlife Arcade Fire 5:53 ““ Canada
55 Harlequin Dream Boy & Bear 4:20 ““ Australia
56 If I Could Change Your Mind Haim 3:51 ““ USA
57 Keep On Running Andy Bull 3:45 ““ Australia
58 Instant Crush (feat. Julian Casablancas) Daft Punk 5:38 ““ France
59 Bound 2 Kanye West 3:49 ““ USA
60 Lies Chvrches 3:41 ““ Scotland
61 Wasting My Young Years London Grammar 3:20 ““ England
62 Embrace Goldroom 4:33 ““ USA
63 You & Me (feat. Eliza Doolittle) (Flume Remix) Disclosure 4:43 ““ England
64 Graceless The National 4:37 ““ USA
65 Melt (feat. Kilo Kish) Chet Faker 4:22 ““ Australia
66 Ausmusic Month Medley Illy 5:20 ““ Australia
67 Act Your Age Bliss N Eso 2:40 ““ Australia
68 Sweet Nothing Something For Kate 3:36 ““ Australia
69 White Noise (feat. AlunaGeorge) Disclosure 4:38 ““ England
70 Australia Street Sticky Fingers 3:39 ““ Australia
71 Changing Of The Seasons Two Door Cinema Club 3:43 ““ Ireland
72 I Sat By The Ocean Queens Of The Stone Age 3:56 ““ USA
73 Thank You (feat. Q-Tip, Lil Wayne & Kanye West) Busta Rhymes 4:02 ““ USA
74 Jessica (feat. Ezra Koenig Of Vampire Weekend) Major Lazer 4:14 ““ USA
75 I Spy Mikhael Paskalev 2:39 ““ Norway
76 Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues SAFIA 3:51 ““ Australia
77 Youngbloods (feat. Ahren Stringer) Illy 3:30 ““ Australia
78 Fantasy MS MR 3:28 ““ USA
79 Fuckin' Problems (feat. Drake, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar) A$AP Rocky 3:59 ““ USA
80 Always Panama 3:39 ““ Australia
81 Baby I Am Nobody Now Andy Bull 3:45 ““ Australia
82 Dojo Rising Cloud Control 4:21 ““ Australia
83 The End The Jezabels 4:00 ““ Australia
84 Summer Forgive Me British India 3:57 ““ Australia
85 Sangria Remi 3:19 ““ Australia
86 Sleepwalking Bring Me The Horizon 3:50 ““ England
87 Only One The John Butler Trio 3:39 ““ Australia
88 Leeward Side Josh Pyke 2:47 ““ Australia
89 Brighter Than Gold The Cat Empire 3:20 ““ Australia
90 Unbelievers Vampire Weekend 3:25 ““ USA
91 Tonight RÜFÜS 3:47 ““ Australia
92 Shadow Moses Bring Me The Horizon 4:03 ““ England
93 Elevate St. Lucia 5:08 ““ USA
94 House Of Dreams Bliss N Eso 4:26 ““ Australia
95 Play With Fire Vance Joy 4:23 ““ Australia
96 Luck Now Big Scary 3:56 ““ Australia
97 My God Is The Sun Queens Of The Stone Age 3:55 ““ USA
98 Dead Star Shine Horrorshow 4:38 ““ Australia
99 Without You (feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) Dillon Francis 4:06 ““ USA
100 We Are Karnivool 5:56 ““ Australia

Facts for 2013

The 2013 Hottest 100 was the twenty-first annual Hottest 100 countdown since the change of the format which allowed only songs from the previous year to be voted for.

The Countdown

The countdown took place in January of 2014 and featured a mixture of 69 different artists. 1,492,619 were counted in the countdown, a decrease of 24,146 votes from the 2012 countdown which saw 1,516,765 votes counted.

Following on from the controvery from 2012's countdown and the advent of The Warmest 100, it was announced by Triple J that new measures would be taken to ensure that information relating to Hottest 100 votes could not be accessed via social media. As a result, the creator of the Warmest 100, Nick Drewe, announced to the website Gizmodo on January 17th that the Warmest 100 would not be returning due to Triple J's efforts to avoid the events of 2012. However, soon after that article was posted, Drewe was contacted by Australian-born economist David Quach about investigating other social media avenues as a means to predict the Hottest 100 again. Resultantly, on January 20th, the 2013 edition of the Warmest 100 was posted online.
It was discovered that the 2013 Warmest 100 list was far less accurate than the previous year. In 2012, 92 of the predicted songs made it into the list, with 8 being correctly predicted to their correct positions. However, for 2013, 85 of the predicted songs made it into the list, with only 4 being correctly predicted to their correct positions.
For more information on the 2013 Warmest 100, click here.

Vance Joy's winning song marks the first time since Triple J Unearthed began in 1995 that an Unearthed artist has reached the #1 position. In a somewhat strange phenomenon, Unearthed artists had only ever reached the #2 position. It had happened 5 times prior, with Killing Heidi in 1999, Grinspoon in 2002, Missy Higgins in 2004, Art vs. Science in 2009 and Little Red in 2010.
Additionally, Vance Joy marks the first time that an artist reached the #1 position without first releasing an albumm with 'Riptide' coming from Vance Joy's debut EP 'God Loves You When You're Dancing'. Vance Joy is one of the few #1 placegetters to be a solo performer. In addition to his appearence, Denis Leary (1993), Alex Lloyd (2001), Bernard Fanning (2005), and Chet Faker (2013) also topped the chart as a solo performer.

The 2013 countdown is one of three countdowns to feature two versions of the same song. Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' was voted into the #3 position, while the cover by San Cisco reached #39. This happened previously in 1998 when Something For Kate charted with their cover of Jebediah's 'Harpoon', and again in 2004 when Scissor Sisters charted with their cover of Franz Ferdinand's winning track 'Take Me Out'. This had also happened in the 1989 All Time countdown when Art Of Noise charted with their cover of Prince's 'Kiss'.

At #32, Thundamentals charted with their song 'Smiles Don't Lie. The song includes the line "She is conversation, elation, some wine to drink, listening to Q-Tip, you're my vibrant thing." Q-Tip featured earlier in the countdown at #73 in a collaboration with Busta Rhymes in his song 'Thank You'.

At #40, The Amity Afflcition's cover of Lana Del Rey's 'Born To Die' charted. The original version of the song had charted at #34 in 2012.

At #66, Illy featured with his 'Ausmusic Month Medley', which was recorded as a Like A Version performance in November of 2013 as part of Triple J's Ausmusic month special. The song itself features various lyrical references to, and partial covers of, numerous Australian songs, many of which have also charted in a previous Hottest 100.
The songs borrows a chorus from Silverchair's 'Tomorrow' which reached #5 in 1994. Hilltop Hoods' breakout song 'The Nosebleed Section', which reached #9 in 2003, is referenced frequently throughout, with the chorus and other musical and lyrical segments of the song being performed during the medley. The Hilltop Hoods' MC Pressure and MC Suffa are also mentioned directly when Illy references their song 'What A Great Night', which made it to #41 in 2006. The Avalanches are referenced via a line which includes the words "since I left you". This could be a reference to either their song of the same name, which reached #8 in 2000, or their debut album, also named 'Since I Left You'. This album also spawned two other charting songs; 'Frontier Psychiatrist', which reached #6 in 2000, and 'Radio', which reached #76 in 2001.
Three #1 songs are also mentioned, Powderfinger's 'My Happiness' from 2000, Angus & Julia Stone's 'Big Jet Plane' from 2010, and Gotye's 'Somebody That I Used To Know' from 2011. The John Butler Trio's 'Something's Gotta Give', which reached #7 in 2004, is referenced, as is Flume's 'On Top', which reached #67 in 2012. Other songs referenced which didn't make a Hottest 100 include Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls' 'To Her Door' and Crowded House's 'Better Be Home Soon'. However, both of the albums that these songs came from mde it into the 2011 Australian Albums countdown, with Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls' 'Under The Sun' reaching #101, and Crowded House's 'Temple Of Low Men' reaching #109. Incidentally, a slight lyrical reference is made to Eminem's 'Lose Yourself' which, while not Australian, did reach #7 in the 2002 countdown.

At #67, Bliss N Eso charted with their song 'Act Your Age' is named after, and heavily samples, Bluejuice's song 'Act Yr Age', which charted at #19 in 2011. The song also includes the line "It's a cooler summer, dive in like Kendrick and drink some rum in the pool, bitch." This is a direct reference to Kendrick Lamar's song 'Swimming Pools (Drank)' which reached #71 in 2012. Additionally, the song also includes the line "I'm a runnin' on air, anchorman, and I never land like 'Bangarang'." This line is a direct reference to Skrillex's song 'Bangarang' which also charted in the 2012 countdown, reaching #25.

At #68, Something For Kate's cover of Calvin Harris' 'Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)' charted. The original version of the song had charted at #11 in 2012.

At #77, Illy featured with 'Youngbloods', which featured guest vocals from Ahren Stringer from The Amity Affliction. Stringer's vocals are re-recorded portions of The Amity Affliction's song 'Youngbloods', which reached #193 in the 2010 countdown.

Artists Featured

Daft Punk and Ezra Koenig were the best performers in the countdown, with 4 tracks each. 3 of Koenig's appearances came from his work with Vampire Weekend, while one appearance came from a collaboration with Major Lazer. A further 9 artists reached 3 tracks each, while 15 artists appeared twice.

Artists With Multiple Entries

4 Tracks
  • Daft Punk (3, 17, 49, 58)

  • Ezra Koenig (26, 31, 74, 90)
    (Three times with Vampire Weekend and once through a collaboration with Major Lazer)
3 Tracks
  • Arctic Monkeys (4, 6, 18)
  • Chvrches (28, 37, 60)
  • Disclosure (23, 63, 69)
  • Haim (11, 27, 56)
  • London Grammar (10, 35, 61)
  • Lorde (2, 12, 15)
  • RÜFÜS (21, 34, 91)
  • Queens Of The Stone Age (46, 72, 97)
  • Vampire Weekend (26, 31, 90)

  • Kanye West (20, 59, 73)
    (Twice solo and once through a collaboration with Busta Rhymes)
2 Tracks
  • Andy Bull (57, 81)
  • Arcade Fire (16, 54)
  • Bliss N Eso (67, 94)
  • Boy & Bear (41, 55)
  • Bring Me The Horizon (86, 92)
  • Cloud Control (52, 82)
  • Illy (66, 77)
  • Rudimental (24, 47)
  • Vance Joy (1, 95)

  • Ahren Stringer (40, 77)
    (Once with The Amity Affliction and once through a collaboration with Illy)
  • Chet Faker (5, 65)
    (Once solo and once through a collaboration with Flume)
  • Flume (63, 5)
    (Once through a collaboration with Chet Faker and once through a remix of Disclosure)
  • Ian Kenny (22, 100)
    (Once with Birds Of Tokyo and once with Karnivool)
  • Nile Rodgers (3, 17)
    (Appeared twice through his collaborations with Daft Punk)
  • Pharrell Williams (3, 17)
    (Appeared twice through his collaborations with Daft Punk)

Countries Featured


The 2013 Hottest 100 featured artists from 9 countries, including 43 from Australia, 24 from USA and 19 from England.

France's contribution of 4 tracks is a current record for the country.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Get Lucky', at #3, was a collaboration between Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams who are French and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as a French entry for simplicity.

‘Lose Yourself To Dance', at #17, was a collaboration between Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams who are French and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as a French entry for simplicity.

‘Doin' It Right', at #49, was a collaboration between Daft Punk and Panda Bear who are French and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as a French entry for simplicity.

‘Instant Crush', at #58, was a collaboration between Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas who are French and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as a French entry for simplicity.

‘You & Me', at #63, was a collaboration between Disclosure and Flume, who are English and Australian, respectively. However, the track is counted as an English entry for simplicity.

‘Melt', at #65, was a collaboration between Chet Faker and Kilo Kish, who are Australian and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.

‘Fuckin' Problems', at #79, was a collaboration between A$AP Rocky, Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar who are all American, with the exception of Drake, who is Canadian. However, the track is counted as an American entry for simplicity.

‘Without You', at #99, was a collaboration between Dillon Francis and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, who are American and English, respectively. However, the track is counted as an American entry for simplicity.


Countries Represented in the 2013 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 43
Canada 2
England 19
France 4
Ireland 1
New Zealand 3
Norway 1
Scotland 3
USA 24

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