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Flume achieves a record-breaking win in this year's questionable Hottest 100

The Aussie DJ took out the top spot, but many listeners weren't thrilled about other inclusions

Adena Maier
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Adena Maier

For the last three decades, Australians across the country have weighed in on their favourite Aussie and indie tracks of the year for the Triple J Hottest 100. It's a big deal, with audiences nationwide gathering around the radio for the big reveal that takes place on the fourth weekend of January each year.

This year, an all-time high of 2.5 million votes were submitted and electronic golden boy Flume topped the list with his track 'Say Nothing' featuring May-A. Viral TikTok track 'B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All)' by Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal came in second, followed by Spacey Jane's 'Hardlight', Steve Lacy's 'Bad Habit' and Spacey Jane's 'It's Been A Long Day'. 

It's Flume's second time topping the list after bagging the coveted spot in 2016 with his track 'Never Be Like You' featuring Kai. He's the only artist in the list's history to rank a song in every position of the top five, and he's also now just one track away from tying with Tame Impala for the most Hottest 100 song tallies, with Kevin Parker's project sitting at an impressive 18 inclusions.

There were also ten tracks from First Nations artists, smashing the previous record of six. And with their tracks 'Show Business' and 'A Whole Day's Night', Aussie hip-hop legends Hilltop Hoods clocked in at 23 entries, snatching the title of most entries on the list from Powderfinger and Foo Fighters. 

This year was record-breaking in a number of ways, but not all listeners were pleased and many took to social media to decry the results. 

Many listeners took issue with mainstream artists like Drake, Beyoncé and Machine Gun Kelly making the list, as it's meant to highlight Aussie and independent artists. Drake and Beyoncé both earned two appearances on the list, with Machine Gun Kelly coming in at number 69 for his track 'Maybe' featuring Bring Me the Horizon. Regardless, the list is created by democratic vote, so if you count yourself among those displeased with the results, then be sure to vote again next year. 

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