MUSIC: Triple J’s #Hottest100 Top 10 Review

The Hottest 100 is a yearly event held by Australian radio station Triple J where they play the top 100 songs from the past year as voted by the Australian public. Here’s my review of the top ten!

10. Magnets – Disclosure ft. Lorde

Give The Flak Rating: 7.5/10, Postive

English electronic duo Disclosure and New Zealand artist Lorde kick it off with “Magnets”. The tune’s generically modern electronic but in a good way, and Lorde’s voice complements the song well. It’s fun to dance to whenever you’re a bit bored.

9. Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd

Give The Flak Rating: 7.5/10, Positive

Considering this song was at the top of the Billboard charts for so long, I wasn’t surprised that it was so high in the list. The hit single from 2015 has a chill, groovy vibe over which The Weeknd boasts his voice in all ways possible. However, the song sounds a bit flat and boring to me, sticking to the same pattern throughout.

8. Hermitude – The Buzz (feat. Mataya & Young Tapz)

Give The Flak Rating: 6.5/10, Mediocre

A song from a spin-off genre of electronic called “Trap”, it has a bouncy and fun chorus which would appease the ears of most people. The song has very little when it comes to lyrics, only having seven different lines throughout the almost four minute song, and is kind of a representation of how little lyrics matter in comparison to sounding cool.

7. Do You Remember – Jarryd James

Give The Flak Rating: 8.5/10, Positive

Australian artist Jarryd James’ debut single features him singing in a light, high-pitched but palatable voice over a rather beautiful mix of R&B and electronic, weirdly reminding me of a more mundane Justin Timberlake.

6. The Trouble With Us – Marcus Marr & Chet Faker

Give The Flak Rating: 9/10, Rave

Australian artist Chet Faker’s debut album “Talk Is Cheap” is one of my favourites, and in this song he collaborates with English DJ Marcus Marr to produce something not incredibly far from a masterpiece. Taken from their “Work” EP, Faker’s versatile voice, a fun and funky tune and some decent lyrics make for something great to listen and dance to.

5. Let It Happen – Tame Impala

Give The Flak Rating: 9/10, Rave

Tame Impala’s “Currents” was a favourite of many last year, and this single from that album is one great song. A soft voice hits over the top of some neat repetitive drum beats and keyboard notes, mixed in with some occasional guitar. It’s seven minutes and fifty seconds in a near reverie.

4. The Less I Know The Better – Tame Impala

Give The Flak Rating: 9.5/10, Rave

More upbeat then the previous song on this list, the same soft voice goes over the top of a more groovy and upbeat tune, something I would expect to get a lot of people in one room dancing. It’s a pretty and fun song.

3. Lean On – Major Lazer & DJ Snake ft. MØ

Give The Flak Rating: 7.5/10, Positive

This song was one of the biggest of last year, and if you forget the ridiculous music video, it was a pretty good one too. Something about the chorus makes you feel happy, and MØ’s voice complements the song well (if you forget the stupid name). While it’s not my favourite, it’s still pretty good.

2. King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar

Give The Flak Rating: 9.8/10, Rave

The singe from the absolute masterpiece “To Pimp A Butterfly”, the song manages to tell a story brilliantly while still be catchy and funky. There’s no reason why this shouldn’t be so close to the top.

1. Hoops – The Rubens

Give The Flak Rating: 8.5/10, Rave

The number one on this list goes fittingly to an Australian band “The Rubens” with their single “Hoops”. It has some nice lyrics with some nice beats and some nice vocals. It’s just a really nice song.

-KT

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