Billie Eilish has topped the annual triple j’s Hottest 100 list with her global chart-smasher, ‘Bad Guy’, from her 2019 debut album ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’.
The voting for the poll closed on Monday (January 20) and received over 3.2 million votes this year, breaking last year’s tally by 16 per cent. ‘Bad Guy’ came in first place making Eilish the youngest act and first-ever solo female artist to hit Number One in the Hottest 100 history. Flume’s Vera Blue-assisted single ‘Rushing Back’ and ‘Charlie’ by Mallrat took the second and third spot, respectively.
Watch Eilish’s reaction to winning triple j’s Hottest 100 below:
Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’, a song bookies predicted earlier this week to top the list, came in at Number Four. It was followed by Denzel Curry’s 2019 cover of Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Bulls On Parade’ on triple j’s Like A Version, which ranked at Number Five. Curry is the only other international artist aside from Eilish to make the Top 10.
According to the station, this year’s list featured 65 songs from Australian acts. Among the locals who dominated the poll with more than two entries were G Flip, Thelma Plum, Holy Holy, Lime Cordiale, Flume, Dean Lewis, Baker Boy, Ocean Alley and more.
NME Awards 2020 Australian winner Tame Impala also made the list. Their song ‘Borderline’, which won Best Australian Song at the NME Awards, came in at Number 18. Their other song ‘Patience’ made it to Number 52.
International acts such as Post Malone, Sofi Tukker and Benee managed to clinch spots in the top 20. The Hottest 100 countdown was rounded out by Dune Rats’ ‘No Plans’, a single from the Brisbane band’s forthcoming third album ‘Hurry Up And Wait’. See the full list here.
On Thursday (January 23), triple j announced the first-ever Hottest 100 of the Decade countdown, which will compile the top songs of the 2010s as voted by fans. A statement on triple j’s website encouraged listeners to submit “the bangers that soundtracked your finest festival moments, the tunes that made your trips to school bearable, the songs that will make you remember what a killer decade it really was”.
Voting for the Hottest 100 of the Decade opens next month and the countdown will take place in March. More info to be released soon.