You may remember Patrick Avenell as that triple j Hottest 100 “enthusiast” who unveiled what he believed was an accurate prediction of this year’s Hottest 100 top 10, naming Major Lazer’s ‘Lean On’ as the one to win it come January.
After extensive research, Avenell listed his predictions in a blog post, discovering several fascinating tidbits about the Hottest 100 along the way. For example, did you know an artist with only one entry topping the countdown has only happened three times?
Avenell also reckoned Courtney Barnett, Tame Impala, The Wombats, and Florence & the Machine have the best shot at scoring multiple entries in this year’s list, with Florence poised to break Wolfmother’s record of most entires in a single list.
Now, the journalist and triple j commentator has further cemented his reputation as one of the foremost experts on the Hottest 100 by compiling a graph that shows the fluctuations in genre preferences throughout Hottest 100 history.
In other words, if you reckon there’s been less alternative and indie music in recent countdowns and way more electronic dance music, you might be onto something there. According to Avenell’s graph, indie’s Hottest 100 representation has been dropping since the mid-2000s.
Avenell told Tone Deaf he made the graph as prep for one of his segments broadcast on triple j last night and it not only provides a fascinating insight into the changes in the Hottest 100 and triple j, but also the tastes of young Australians through the last two decades.
So what else did Avenell find? Well, while pop music remained at a flatline of 0 entries from the countdown’s launch in 1993 and well into the 2000s, its inclusion began to rise as the current decade approached and looks poised to rise further.
Meanwhile, the inclusion of hip-hop hit a peak in the mid-2000s as alternative and indie music suffered a sharp decline, coinciding with the highest number of entries by electronic artists since the countdown began.
Voting for the Hottest 100 is still open so head on over to triple j’s official Hottest 100 portal to cast your votes now and don’t forget to leave a cold coin or two for this year’s official partner, AIME.
Check out the graph below.
— Ollie Wards (@OllieWards) January 3, 2016