Triple J Hottest 100 vs ARIA 100 Top Selling for 2016 comparison

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With the annual Australia Day Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown list now in our hands, we thought we would compare it against the top 100 songs people are actually buying.

For many young Australians, January 26 is just as well known for the Triple J Hottest 100 Countdown as it for the arrival of the First Fleet. At the very least, it is the soundtrack that defines one’s catch up with friends and family around eskies and barbies on the country’s national day. Triple J is the government-funded radio station that has supplied the voice of the alternative music scene for generations of locals, and the fan-voted top 100 is a coveted list for artists across the nation and abroad.

Every Triple J Hottest 100 song since 1989 available on Spotify & Apple iTunes Music

But do Triple J listeners buy the music they love? In the modern era of easily accessible music through downloadable and streaming services, it can be hard to tell, but when you compare this year’s hottest 100 (which includes songs from 2016) against the official sales charts for 2016, some startling differences unfold.

Here are our key findings

  • Only 11 out of the Hottest 100 songs also appeared in the top 100 best sellers of 2016
  • Of the 11 songs that appear in both lists, 10 of those are in the Top 20 of the Hottest 100
  • Only 1 song appeared in the Top 10 of both lists
  • Only 3 songs appear in the Top 20 of both lists
  • The number 1 song, Hoops by The Rubens, did not appear in the Top 100 bestselling singles
  • Only 4 Australian songs appear in both Top 100 lists
  • The two artists with the most entries in the Hottest 100 (Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett with four each), did not have a single song in the 100 best sellers.
  • 21 of the artists in the Hottest 100 had an album in the Top 100 sellers
  • Of those 21 Artists, 15 (including Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett) had their albums in the top 100 bestselling, but not the singles from the Hottest 100 to the top 100 bestselling singles.
  • Triple J listeners are almost twice as inclined to buy an album over a single
Triple J Rank Song Name Artist Aria Single Rank Aria Album Rank
1 Hoops The Rubens na 70
2 King Kunta Kendrick Lamar na 23
3 Lean On Major Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ 6 83
4 The Less I Know the Better Tame Impala na 28
5 Let It Happen Tame Impala na 28
6 The Trouble with Us Marcus Marr & Chet Faker 99 na
7 Do You Remember Jarryd James 22 na
8 The Buzz Hermitude featuring Mataya & Young Tapz 100 43
9 Can't Feel My Face The Weeknd 12 15
10 Magnets Disclosure featuring Lorde na na
11 Never Be Meg Mac na na
12 You Were Right RÜFÜS na na
13 Ocean Drive Duke Dumont 59 na
14 Hotline Bling Drake 43 57
15 Like Soda Violent Soho na na
16 Fire and the Flood Vance Joy 46 16
17 Middle DJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshine na na
18 Downtown Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz 11 na
19 The Hills The Weeknd 19 15
20 Mountain at My Gates Foals na na
21 Magnolia Gang of Youths na na
22 Keeping Score L D R U featuring Paige IV na na
23 Embracing Me SAFIA na na
24 Some Minds Flume featuring Andrew Wyatt na na
25 Shine On The Amity Affliction na na
26 I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaan na na
27 Young Vallis Alps na na
28 Like an Animal RÜFÜS na na
29 Greek Tragedy The Wombats na 60
30 Say My Name Peking Duk featuring Benjamin Joseph na na
31 Loud Places Jamie xx featuring Romy na na
32 Leave a Trace Chvrches na na
33 Long Loud Hours Urthboy featuring Bertie Blackman na na
34 Eventually Tame Impala na 28
35 Counting Sheep SAFIA na na
36 All My Friends Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance the Rapper na na
37 Alright Kendrick Lamar na 23
38 Delilah Florence and the Machine na 10
39 Swear Jar Illy na na
40 Ship to Wreck Florence and the Machine na 10
41 Puppet Theatre Claptone featuring Peter Bjorn and John na na
42 Hold Me Down Halsey na 88
43 Pedestrian at Best Courtney Barnett na 39
44 Something About You Hayden James na na
45 Throne Bring Me the Horizon na 37
46 Go The Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tip na na
47 Dynamite Asta featuring Allday na na
48 Crushed Parkway Drive na 44
49 Too Much Time Together San Cisco na na
50 Deception Bay Boo Seeka na na
51 Clearest Blue Chvrches na na
52 Cream on Chrome Ratatat na na
53 Monday Matt Corby na na
54 Working for It ZHU, Skrillex and THEY na na
55 Multi-Love Unknown Mortal Orchestra na na
56 Alive Sia na 14
57 Foolish Alpine na na
58 Vice Grip Parkway Drive na 44
59 Run Alison Wonderland na 72
60 Kamikaze na na
61 Cause I'm a Man Tame Impala na 28
62 Omen Disclosure featuring Sam Smith na na
63 Walk the Wire Boy & Bear na 92
64 L$D ASAP Rocky na 100
65 Don't Wanna Fight Alabama Shakes na na
66 M.O.B. Tkay Maidza na na
67 Give Me a Try The Wombats na 60
68 Shutdown Skepta na na
69 Forces Japanese Wallpaper featuring Airling na na
70 What Kind of Man Florence and the Machine na 10
71 Flesh without Blood Grimes na na
72 Anchor Birds of Tokyo na na
73 Once Ngaiire na na
74 Powerful Major Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley 68 83
75 Elevator Operator Courtney Barnett na 39
76 Suddenly British India na na
77 Lay Down DMA's na na
78 Weathered Jack Garratt na na
79 Wolves The Cat Empire na na
80 Everyday ASAP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronson na 100
81 Big Jet Plane (Like a Version) Tuka na na
82 Depreston Courtney Barnett na 39
83 Down to Earth Flight Facilities na 94
84 Delete (Like a Version) Sticky Fingers na na
85 Heart Attack Flight Facilities featuring Owl Eyes na 94
86 Happy Song Bring Me the Horizon na 37
87 Begin Again Purity Ring na na
88 Party Machine The Bennies na na
89 High by the Beach Lana Del Rey na 74
90 Gemini What So Not featuring George Maple na na
91 Be Your Shadow The Wombats na 60
92 No One Golden Features featuring Thelma Plum na na
93 Indian Summer Jai Wolf na na
94 Ghost Halsey na 88
95 Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the Party Courtney Barnett na 39
96 Rumour Mill Rudimental featuring Anne-Marie and Will Heard na na
97 Twilight Driving Methyl Ethel na na
98 Be Together Major Lazer featuring Wild Belle na 83
99 True Friends Bring Me the Horizon na 37
100 Hell Boy Seth Sentry na 65
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