Triple J Hottest 100 vs. ARIA 100 Top Selling for 2016 Comparison

Information verified correct on December 10th, 2016

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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 RankSong NameArtistAria Single RankAria Album Rank
1HoopsThe Rubensna70
2King KuntaKendrick Lamarna23
3Lean OnMajor Lazer and DJ Snake featuring MØ683
4The Less I Know the BetterTame Impalana28
5Let It HappenTame Impalana28
6The Trouble with UsMarcus Marr & Chet Faker99na
7Do You RememberJarryd James22na
8The BuzzHermitude featuring Mataya & Young Tapz10043
9Can't Feel My FaceThe Weeknd1215
10MagnetsDisclosure featuring Lordenana
11Never BeMeg Macnana
12You Were RightRÜFÜSnana
13Ocean DriveDuke Dumont59na
14Hotline BlingDrake4357
15Like SodaViolent Sohonana
16Fire and the FloodVance Joy4616
17MiddleDJ Snake featuring Bipolar Sunshinenana
18DowntownMacklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz11na
19The HillsThe Weeknd1915
20Mountain at My GatesFoalsnana
21MagnoliaGang of Youthsnana
22Keeping ScoreL D R U featuring Paige IVnana
23Embracing MeSAFIAnana
24Some MindsFlume featuring Andrew Wyattnana
25Shine OnThe Amity Afflictionnana
26I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)Jamie xx featuring Young Thug & Popcaannana
27YoungVallis Alpsnana
28Like an AnimalRÜFÜSnana
29Greek TragedyThe Wombatsna60
30Say My NamePeking Duk featuring Benjamin Josephnana
31Loud PlacesJamie xx featuring Romynana
32Leave a TraceChvrchesnana
33Long Loud HoursUrthboy featuring Bertie Blackmannana
34EventuallyTame Impalana28
35Counting SheepSAFIAnana
36All My FriendsSnakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance the Rappernana
37AlrightKendrick Lamarna23
38DelilahFlorence and the Machinena10
39Swear JarIllynana
40Ship to WreckFlorence and the Machinena10
41Puppet TheatreClaptone featuring Peter Bjorn and Johnnana
42Hold Me DownHalseyna88
43Pedestrian at BestCourtney Barnettna39
44Something About YouHayden Jamesnana
45ThroneBring Me the Horizonna37
46GoThe Chemical Brothers featuring Q-Tipnana
47DynamiteAsta featuring Alldaynana
48CrushedParkway Drivena44
49Too Much Time TogetherSan Cisconana
50Deception BayBoo Seekanana
51Clearest BlueChvrchesnana
52Cream on ChromeRatatatnana
53MondayMatt Corbynana
54Working for ItZHU, Skrillex and THEYnana
55Multi-LoveUnknown Mortal Orchestranana
56AliveSiana14
57FoolishAlpinenana
58Vice GripParkway Drivena44
59RunAlison Wonderlandna72
60Kamikazenana
61Cause I'm a ManTame Impalana28
62OmenDisclosure featuring Sam Smithnana
63Walk the WireBoy & Bearna92
64L$DASAP Rockyna100
65Don't Wanna FightAlabama Shakesnana
66M.O.B.Tkay Maidzanana
67Give Me a TryThe Wombatsna60
68ShutdownSkeptanana
69ForcesJapanese Wallpaper featuring Airlingnana
70What Kind of ManFlorence and the Machinena10
71Flesh without BloodGrimesnana
72AnchorBirds of Tokyonana
73OnceNgaiirenana
74PowerfulMajor Lazer featuring Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley6883
75Elevator OperatorCourtney Barnettna39
76SuddenlyBritish Indianana
77Lay DownDMA'snana
78WeatheredJack Garrattnana
79WolvesThe Cat Empirenana
80EverydayASAP Rocky featuring Rod Stewart, Miguel and Mark Ronsonna100
81Big Jet Plane (Like a Version)Tukanana
82DeprestonCourtney Barnettna39
83Down to EarthFlight Facilitiesna94
84Delete (Like a Version)Sticky Fingersnana
85Heart AttackFlight Facilities featuring Owl Eyesna94
86Happy SongBring Me the Horizonna37
87Begin AgainPurity Ringnana
88Party MachineThe Benniesnana
89High by the BeachLana Del Reyna74
90GeminiWhat So Not featuring George Maplenana
91Be Your ShadowThe Wombatsna60
92No OneGolden Features featuring Thelma Plumnana
93Indian SummerJai Wolfnana
94GhostHalseyna88
95Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go to the PartyCourtney Barnettna39
96Rumour MillRudimental featuring Anne-Marie and Will Heardnana
97Twilight DrivingMethyl Ethelnana
98Be TogetherMajor Lazer featuring Wild Bellena83
99True FriendsBring Me the Horizonna37
100Hell BoySeth Sentryna65
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