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It’s that time of year again! The Hottest 100 is on triple j and we’re bringing you all the latest as a perfect listening companion.

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Obsessed with Lil Nas X! Completely unapologetic queer Black man. Icon.

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6: Angel of 8th Avenue by Gang of Youths

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7: Kiss Me More by Doja Cat (feat. SZA)

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Doja’s gotta be feline herself with her fifth song of this year’s countdown. SZA not having a bad 100 either.

Another TikTok anthem for the list. I personally don’t Tok, but I have Instagram and they all end up their anyway, so…

If you don’t recognise the name of the song, I promise you’d recognise some of the five-second clips.

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8: Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow’s Industry Baby

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This has one of those beats that you just know will be used as pump-up music for years to come.

Fort Minor and Lose Yourself areas.

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9: RÜFÜS DU SOL has a third

It’s On My Knees.

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The Aussie-bred, US-based trio released this as their third single last year, so it’s fitting it’s their third entry this year.

Here’s what Al Newstead had to say about this one…

This one’s a darker, thumping tune. The group say they drew references to the industrial sounds of Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor (last heard producing Halsey’s latest opus), contrasting the yearning vocals of Tyrone Linqvist with ominous digital crunch, far-off singers, and what sounds like a heavily processed elephant blowing through its trunk. Take a listen below.

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10: Lil Nas X kicks us off with Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

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Not much more to be said about this gay anthem. Just watch the video…

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OK. Top 10. The real pointy end.

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11th spot goes to Tom Cardy

HYCYBH (Have You Checked Your Butthole)

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I don’t care if it’s base-level comedy, but this still makes me laugh.

Oh, strong language warning on this one, including a big ol’ C-bomb.

“My mum hates this song,” Tom says on the Js.

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Spacey Jane get their first original song of this year’s countdown in at number 12

Their Like A Version of Here Comes The Sun came in at #30 and now Lunchtime is just on the outside looking in at the top 10. 

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Lucky number 13: And it’s Drivers License!

The saddest, Gen Z-est song on the countdown(?) with the bridge that you just can’t not belt.

Let’s have a quick chat while Olivia Rodrigo does her thing.

Firstly, don’t do drive-bys of your ex’s house or street after a break-up. Just don’t do it.

Secondly, at 18, all relationships feel like the end of the world, but you’ll be OK Olivia.

One sec … bridge.

RED LIGHTS! STOP SIGNS!! I STILL F***ING LOVE YA BABE!!!!!!

OK, and thirdly, damn this song is emotional.

Also, big top-10 contender off the board. Good4U still alive though.

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Cordi Elba is back with Apple Crumble

The most random collaboration in the countdown is in the 14th spot.

We spoke a bit about how they came together earlier in the countdown, so just enjoy this film clip…

Such a fun tune with a bit of swing on the piano. Turns out Idris Elba really can do anything.

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Vance Joy’s Missing Piece comes in at 15

He got a mention earlier in this blog with someone slandering his 2013 win, but he has overcome and here he is at number 15.

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So long as Stay not no. 1, we good. Need more Halsey though…

-Hugh

Oh Hugh, you may be in for a disappointing finish here. I don’t know anything, but that’s a good chance of topping.

6 in so far – was surprised about Kitchen and Edamame – but Clarkson got in that’s all I care about

-LW

Happy for you, LW.

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Seventeen Going Under by Sam Fender, comes in at 16

God, that’s frustrating. So close.

But I guess this is just under 17, so maybe it still works?

Nah, the symmetry was almost perfect and now it’s ruined.

Great job by the voters to almost organise this though.

Sam Fender joins triple j from the UK, with his beautiful northern accent.

Says he’d love to come out to Australia soon, especially because the weather is cooked over there. Who’s gonna break the La Niña news to him?

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Tom Cardy at 17 with Mixed Messages and a strong language warning

Who doesn’t love a comedy song?

This is a real pep-up tune. Here’s a little taste of the lyrics, posing as a love sign…

I send you a littlе smiley face

So you send me back a little smiley face

And then I say, “Hey, ” and so you write back, “Hey”

And I say, “Hey what?”

And you say, “You said ‘hey’ first”

And I say, “Okay”

‘Croissant emoji’, f*** you”

A bit like Bo Burnham’s Sexting from Inside.

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Jungle Giants are in again at 18, with Love Signs

What are your love signs/love language?

As someone who just received a shoulder massage as I head towards my eighth hour of blogging, I think maybe physical contact is one for me.

I know love, break-ups and relationships are always a popular subject for songs, but it really feels like he lost love part of it features strongly this year.

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RÜFÜS DU SOL gets their second in the countdown, coming in at 19 with Alive

Another low-key start to a song that hints at a fat, chunky beat drop.

And it eventually came in, though perhaps not as aggressively as you might like.

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Ocean Alley is back to kick off the top 20

Touch Back Down, the title track off their latest album.

This was written last minute after Bluesfest was cancelled.

Again, from Al Newstead…

Touch Back Down finds the six-piece playing to their strengths, with snappy, sun-soaked groove lapping against guitars both springy and spacious. The inviting vocals of frontman Baden Donegal ties it all together.

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Number 21 is Sunscreen by Ball Park Music

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I hope you’ve all been slip, slop, slapping all day long. Even if it’s cloudy, you still need your SPF50+.

Anyway, love Ball Park Music.

But Al Newstead writes more eloquently than I can about them…

It’s got that ‘eve of summer’ sensation, with bright ‘aaah-ah-aah’ sing-alongs and the lyrical visual of sitting in a hot car, looking out ‘through the windscreen over the people covered in sunscreen.’ But there’s also a less-than-sunny melancholy to some of Sam Cromacks’s words. ‘I give life four out of ten’ he deadpans; ‘At first the water was warm but it went so cold, so fast’ goes the chorus.

“I think it’s trying to tackle how badly addicted we all are to our phones,” the frontman tells triple j Breakfast for the first play anywhere of the new single.

“I’ve recently attached a giant lobster to my phone to try and stop me using it so much and it’s really working out well… So, put your phone down and enjoy the track!”