Hottest 100, 2016 Volume 24
# Title Artist Time Country
1 Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) Flume 3:53 ““ Australia
2 Adore Amy Shark 3:05 ““ Australia
3 Jungle Tash Sultana 5:16 ““ Australia
4 1955 (feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum) Hilltop Hoods 3:59 ““ Australia
5 Redbone Childish Gambino 5:27 ““ USA
6 Believe DMA's 3:10 ““ Australia
7 Papercuts (feat. Vera Blue) Illy 4:16 ““ Australia
8 Say It (feat. Tove Lo) Flume 4:23 ““ Australia
9 Stranger (feat. Elliphant) Peking Duk 3:26 ““ Australia
10 Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) The Weeknd 3:51 ““ Canada
11 Chameleon Pnau 3:18 ““ Australia
12 Cocoon Milky Chance 4:14 ““ Germany
13 Love$ick (feat. A$AP Rocky) Mura Masa 3:12 ““ Guernsey
14 Viceroy Violent Soho 3:15 ““ Australia
15 Genghis Khan Miike Snow 3:32 ““ Sweden
16 January 26 (feat. Dan Sultan) A.B. Original 3:18 ““ Australia
17 The Opposite Of Us Big Scary 4:23 ““ Australia
18 All Night (feat. Knox Fortune) (Kaytranada Extended Joint) Chance The Rapper 4:37 ““ USA
19 7 Catfish And The Bottlemen 4:16 ““ Wales
20 On Hold The xx 3:44 ““ England
21 Death To The Lads The Smith Street Band 3:32 ““ Australia
22 Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance The Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price & Kirk Franklin) Kanye West 5:21 ““ USA
23 Catch 22 (feat. Anne-Marie) Illy 3:42 ““ Australia
24 Come On Mess Me Up Cub Sport 3:24 ““ Australia
25 Because I Love You Montaigne 3:38 ““ Australia
26 Make Them Wheels Roll SAFIA 4:06 ““ Australia
27 Drive Gretta Ray 5:00 ““ Australia
28 Frankie Sinatra (Extended Mix) The Avalanches 4:28 ““ Australia
29 Our Town Sticky Fingers 3:17 ““ Australia
30 Innerbloom (What So Not Remix) RÜFÜS 4:37 ““ Australia
31 One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla) Drake 2:54 ““ Canada
32 Notion Tash Sultana 5:41 ““ Australia
33 Bullshit Dune Rats 3:01 ““ Australia
34 Scott Green Dune Rats 2:11 ““ Australia
35 World Of Our Love Client Liaison 4:31 ““ Australia
36 Sad Songs Sticky Fingers 3:26 ““ Australia
37 Smoke & Retribution (feat. Vince Staples & Kučka) Flume 4:01 ““ Australia
38 Youth Glass Animals 3:51 ““ England
39 Step Up The Morphine DMA's 2:55 ““ Australia
40 Surfin' (feat. Pharrell Williams) Kid Cudi 3:58 ““ USA
41 I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk) The Weeknd 4:29 ““ Canada
42 Heartlines Broods 3:17 ““ New Zealand
43 Final Song 3:56 ““ Norway
44 Satan D.D Dumbo 4:36 ““ Australia
45 Dumb Things (feat. Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan) A.B. Original 4:33 ““ Australia
46 Dang! (feat. Anderson .Paak) Mac Miller 5:05 ““ USA
47 Walrus D.D Dumbo 3:11 ““ Australia
48 Creepin Kingswood 3:46 ““ Australia
49 Higher (feat. James Chatburn) Hilltop Hoods 4:30 ““ Australia
50 Strange Diseases Gang Of Youths 3:22 ““ Australia
51 Outcast At Last Sticky Fingers 2:34 ““ Australia
52 Love Yourself Halsey 4:35 ““ USA
53 Blanket Violent Soho 3:50 ““ Australia
54 Bored To Death Blink-182 3:56 ““ USA
55 Say A Prayer For Me RÜFÜS 4:37 ““ Australia
56 Keeping Score (feat. Guy Sebastian) Paces 3:17 ““ Australia
57 Twice Catfish And The Bottlemen 3:17 ““ Wales
58 Girlie Bits Ali Barter 3:13 ““ Australia
59 Solo Frank Ocean 4:17 ““ USA
60 Drinkee Sofi Tukker 4:59 ““ USA
61 Gamma Knife King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard 4:22 ““ Australia
62 Marinade DOPE LEMON 3:58 ““ Australia
63 Life Itself Glass Animals 4:41 ““ England
64 Alaska Maggie Rogers 3:09 ““ USA
65 All Fucked Up The Amity Affliction 3:50 ““ Australia
66 Hold Up Beyoncé 3:41 ““ USA
67 I Bring The Weather With Me The Amity Affliction 4:36 ““ Australia
68 Next To You (feat. Savoi) L D R U 2:56 ““ Australia
69 So Sentimental Violent Soho 4:09 ““ Australia
70 Wolfie (feat. Julia Stone) Golden Features 3:24 ““ Australia
71 Free Broods 3:44 ““ New Zealand
72 Famous (feat. Rihanna) Kanye West 3:15 ““ USA
73 No Shade Violent Soho 4:12 ““ Australia
74 Lost: Season One Camp Cope 3:48 ““ Australia
75 Because I'm Me The Avalanches 4:13 ““ Australia
76 This Could Be Heartbreak The Amity Affliction 3:54 ““ Australia
77 Soundcheck Catfish And The Bottlemen 4:22 ““ Wales
78 Settle Vera Blue 3:38 ““ Australia
79 Burn The Witch Radiohead 3:41 ““ England
80 Gemini Feed Banks 3:06 ““ USA
81 Panda Desiigner 4:07 ““ USA
82 Think About It (feat. Peta & The Wolves) Thundamentals 3:54 ““ Australia
83 Simulation Tkay Maidza 3:26 ““ Australia
84 Pink + White Frank Ocean 3:05 ““ USA
85 My Love Is Gone SAFIA 4:17 ““ Australia
86 Dopamine (feat. Thief) Bliss N Eso 3:33 ““ Australia
87 Uptown Folks DOPE LEMON 4:48 ““ Australia
88 Me And Your Mama Childish Gambino 6:19 ““ USA
89 Over You SAFIA 3:08 ““ Australia
90 Anything Near Conviction Luca Brasi 3:48 ““ Australia
91 Subways The Avalanches 3:11 ““ Australia
92 How To Taste Violent Soho 4:19 ““ Australia
93 High And Low Empire Of The Sun 3:45 ““ Australia
94 Fading Vallis Alps 4:40 ““ Australia
95 Lose It (feat. Vic Mensa) Flume 3:46 ““ Australia
96 Hanging By A Thread (feat. Natalie Foster) Elk Road 3:24 ““ Australia
97 You Don't Think You Like People Like Me Alex Lahey 3:48 ““ Australia
98 Season 2 Episode 3 Glass Animals 4:04 ““ England
99 Too Good (feat. Rihanna) Drake 4:23 ““ Canada
100 Brace Birds Of Tokyo 4:49 ““ Australia

Facts for 2016

The 2016 Hottest 100 was the twenty-fourth 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 2017 and featured a mixture of 66 different artists. Over 2.2 million votes were counted in the countdown, which was considered to be a current record.

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In the lead-up to the countdown, there were calls from various groups for Triple J to change the date of the Hottest 100 from January 26th (which is usually celebrated as Australia Day), to a day that is more inclusive of Australia's Indigenous cultures. Much attention was given to these calls, especially by way of a petition which aimed to get A.B. Original's 'January 26' to the #1 position. Since the track focuses heavily on the aspect of changing the date and lists the reasons why it should be changed to a more inclusive date, this petition gained much momentum. Ultimately, the track reached the #16 position.

On September 13th, 2016, Triple J released a statement in which they outlined the reasons as to why, at this stage, the countdown was going to stay on January 26th. However, they did note that despite the date remaining on January 26th in 2017, it is still under review and the station may look at moving the countdown in future years.

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Flume's #1 track gives Australia it's 4th consecutive winning track, while the top 3 consisted entirely of Triple J Unearthed artists, which is also a new first.

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DMA's Like A Version cover of 'Believe' brings the highest position a Like A Version cover has reached to #6, while the highest position any cover version has reached is one position higher, at #1.

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At #20, The xx featured with their track 'On Hold'. Announcers noted the fitting position of the track, due to the fact that the Roman numerals for '20' are 'XX'. Likewise, some listeners noted the irony of Illy's 'Catch 22' reaching #23, and how the second time that Catfish And The Bottlemen made the countdown was with a song called 'Twice'.

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Incidentally, Illy's 'Catch 22' at #23 features the following lyrics: "And for all the easy ways out, the harder that it gets/Now isn't that ironic? No Alanis Morissette." While Alanis Morissette's song 'Ironic' never made a Hottest 100 countdown, 3 other songs from that album charted in the 1995 countdown, with 'You Oughta Know', 'Hand In Pocket', and 'All I Really Want' reaching positions #39, #85, and #90, respectively.

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RÜFÜS' 'Innerbloom' appeared at #30 by way of What So Not's remix of the track. In the 2015 countdown, the original version reached #103.

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At #45, A.B. Original charted with their Like A Version cover of Paul Kelly & The Coloured Girls' 'Dumb Things'. Paul Kelly's appearance in the 2016 means that he is now the current record holder of the longest gap between countdowns. Paul Kelly had last appeared 16 years earlier in the 2000 countdown with 'Every Fucking City', which reached #9.

Ironically, the record had actually been beaten earlier in the countdown by The Avalanches, who had appeared for the first time since 2001, a gap of 15 years. Prior to this, the record was jointly held by Robert Smith of The Cure, Ben Folds Five, and Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against The Machine, who had previously appeared after gaps of 13 years.

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At #49, Hilltop Hoods charted with 'Higher'. The song features the following lyrics: "She don't want you to bounce too soon man, I feel like Andy Kaufman, the Man on the Moon." The lyrics refer to infamous American comedian Andy Kaufman, who died in 1984. Due to his comedic style, many fans believe his death was staged as an elaborate hoax. Kaufman's life is the subject of the 1999 film Man On The Moon, whose title is taken from the 1993 R.E.M. song 'Man On The Moon', which is itself written about Kaufman. In the 1993 countdown, that song charted at #93. In 2000, R.E.M's song 'The Great Beyond', written for the soundtrack of the film, reached #55 in that year's countdown.

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At #56, Paces charted with his Like A Version cover of L D R U's 'Keeping Score', which charted the previous year at #22. The track featured guest vocals from Guy Sebastian, the winner of the inaugural Australian Idol season. While the Hottest 100 had featured previous Australian Idol contestants, such as Lisa Mitchell, or Matt Corby, this is the first time that an Australian Idol winner has featured in a countdown.
Ironically, at the end of the 2003 Hottest 100, breakfast hosts Adam Spencer and Wil Anderson announced that the winning track was 'What About Me?', by the second-place getter in the inaugural Australian Idol season Shannon Noll. After playing a portion of the song, the announcers stopped the song and announced the real winner.

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DOPE LEMON appeared twice in the countdown, with 'Marinade' at #62, and 'Uptown Folks' at #87. DOPE LEMON is the pseudonym for Angus Stone, who had previously appeared in numerous countdowns as part of the duo Angus & Julia Stone, in which he performs with his sister. At #70, Golden Features charted with the song 'Wolfie', which features guest vocals from Julia Stone.

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At #66, Beyoncé featured with her song 'Hold Up'. Triple J had in fact been subject to a lot of criticism from listeners who accused Triple J of being too 'mainstream' by playing her music. When 'Hold Up' was announced to have made the countdown, announcers noted how it was in fact the 'first time' she had made it into a countdown. In fact, she had actually appeared 18 places previously, as an uncredited guest vocalist on Frank Ocean's 'Pink + White' at #84.

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At #100, Birds Of Tokyo featured with their song 'Brace'. This marks the second time that singer Ian Kenny had reached #100, the first time being in 2013, when his other group Karnivool opened the countdown with 'We Are'.

 

Artists Featured

Violent Soho was the best performing group of the countdown, with 5 tracks, while Flume charted 4 times. A further 6 artists reached 3 tracks each, while 22 artists appeared twice.

Artists With Multiple Entries

5 Tracks
  • Violent Soho (14, 53, 69, 73, 92)
4 Tracks
  • Flume (1, 8, 37, 95)
3 Tracks
  • The Amity Affliction (65, 67, 76)
  • The Avalanches (28, 75, 91)
  • Catfish And The Bottlemen (19, 57, 77)
  • Glass Animals (38, 63, 98)
  • SAFIA (26, 85, 89)
  • Sticky Fingers (29, 36, 51)
2 Tracks
  • A.B. Original (16, 45)
  • Broods (42, 71)
  • Childish Gambino (5, 88)
  • DMA’s (6, 39)
  • DOPE LEMON (62, 87)
  • Drake (31, 99)
  • Dune Rats (33, 34)
  • Frank Ocean (59, 84)
  • Hilltop Hoods (4, 49)
  • Illy (7, 23)
  • Kanye West (22, 72)
  • RÜFÜS (30, 55)
  • Tash Sultana (3, 32)
  • The Weeknd (10, 41)

  • Beyoncé (66, 84)
    (Once solo and once with Frank Ocean)
  • Chance The Rapper (18, 22)
    (Once solo and once with Kanye West)
  • Daft Punk (10, 41)
    (Twice with The Weeknd)
  • Dan Sultan (16, 45)
    (Twice with A.B. Original)
  • Montaigne (4, 25)
    (Once with Hilltop Hoods and once as a solo artist)
  • Nick Littlemore (11, 93)
    (Once with Pnau and once with Empire Of The Sun)
  • Rihanna (72, 99)
    (Once with Kanye West and once with Drake)
  • Vera Blue (92, 81)
    (Once with Illy and once as a solo artist)

Countries Featured


The 2016 Hottest 100 featured artists from 10 countries, including 66 from Australia, 16 from the USA, and 5 from England.

Australia's 66 entries breaks the record of set in 2014, of 59 entries in a countdown.
Likewise, the 5 entries by England is a current record low for the country, with the 1998 countdown previous low, with 8 tracks that year.

A Couple Of Notes

‘Never Be Like You', at #1, was a collaboration between Flume and Kai, who are Australian and Canadian, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.

‘Say It', at #8, was a collaboration between Flume and Tove Lo, who are Australian and Swedish, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.

‘Stranger', at #9, was a collaboration between Peking Duk and Elliphant, who are Australian and Swedish, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.

‘Starboy', at #10, was a collaboration between The Weeknd and Daft Punk, who are Canadian and French, respectively. However, the track is counted as a Canadian entry for simplicity.

‘Love$ick', at #13, was a collaboration between Mura Masa and A$AP Rocky, who are from Guernsey and America, respectively. However, the track is counted as an entry from Guernsey for simplicity.

‘Catch 22', at #23, was a collaboration between Illy and Anne-Marie, who are Australian and English, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.

‘One Dance', at #31, was a collaboration between Drake, Wizkid, and Kyla, who are Canadian, Nigerian, and Filipino respectively. However, the track is counted as a Canadian entry for simplicity.

‘Smoke & Retribution', at #37, was a collaboration between Flume, Vince Staples, and Kučka, who are Australian, American, and Australian, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.

‘I Feel It Coming', at #41, was a collaboration between The Weeknd and Daft Punk, who are Canadian and French, respectively. However, the track is counted as a Canadian entry for simplicity.

‘Famous', at #72, was a collaboration between Kanye West and Rihanna, who are American and Barbadian, respectively. However, the track is counted as an American entry for simplicity.

‘Lose It', at #95, was a collaboration between Flume and Vic Mena, who are Australian and American, respectively. However, the track is counted as an Australian entry for simplicity.



Countries Represented in the 2016 Countdown


Flag Country Entries
Australia 66
Canada 4
England 5
Germany 1
Guernsey 1
New Zealand 1
Norway 1
Sweden 1
USA 16
Wales 3

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