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It’s now 364 days until the next triple j Hottest 100 countdown which means there’s ample time to reflect the choices made by voters this year and look at some of the deserving tracks that somehow didn’t make the cut.
Artists like St Vincent, Royal Blood, The Presets, Little Dragon, The Delta Riggs and Kimbra all now strangely have at leats one thing in common with Taylor Swift – they all missed out on places in the annual triple j poll.
There are many lessons we can take away from this year’s results, 12 at least, so for the sake of giving these artists the recognition they deserve, we’ve taken a look back at the year that was and collated the 21 tracks that should have, but didn’t, make the Hottest 100 of 2014.
If you missed it the first time round, the Hottest 100 of 2014 will be replayed on triple j from 10am on Saturday, 31st January. The station will then count down the 200th to 101st hottest songs of 2014 from 10am on Sunday, 1st February. Hopefully some of the following will make then cut.
Porter Robinson – ‘Lionhearted’
Considering Porter Robinson has been to Australia six or seven times now and features quite a bit on triple j, it’s unusual that this spacey synthpop track by the EDM star didn’t resonate with voters enough to crack the Hottest 100.
Montaigne – ‘I’m a Fantastic Wreck’
Quite a few triple j Unearthed alum made it into this year’s Hottest 100, and if Sydney’s Montaigne, a finalist for Unearthed High in 2012, continues to release beautifully quirky singles like this one she’s surely a shoe in for Hottest 100s to come.
Art Of Sleeping – ‘Crazy’
Brisbane’s Art of Sleeping may have been a late contender for the top 100, having only released this single in December 2014, but it’s worth a mention for its emotionally soaring vocals, guitars and unrelenting percussion. Stay tuned for their forthcoming debut LP due out mid-2015.
Harts – ‘When A Man’s A Fool’
Having a fan and mentor in Prince, the Purple One, is a pretty decent career kick-starter. This track would have injected some much needed guitar-flavour into the Hottest 100, and the fact that all that is coming from a one-man Melbourne musical machine makes it that much more impressive.
St. Vincent – ‘Digital Witness’
The lack of any St Vincent on the Hottest 100 was a shock. Annie Clark delivered one of 2014’s most universally acclaimed albums with her self-titled fourth release but failed to capture triple j voters, even with this fantastic track about our addiction to social media.
The Presets – ‘Goodbye Future’
This house anthem from the Sydney duo was one of the most played songs on triple j in 2014 but failed to land even in the top 100. It seems a certain other electro duo are knocking The Presets off their throne.
Art vs Science – ‘Create//Destroy’
Similarly, Create//Destroy was the second most played song on triple j in 2014 but somehow failed to crack the top 100. Not only is this track from the Sydney trio a catchy, and thumping certified dance hit, it also has some fairly poignant lyrical content.
Wave Racer – ‘Streamers’
Despite being the the 5th-most-played track on triple j in 2014, Wave Racer’s bright cut Streamers just couldn’t break into the top 100. We’re suspecting you might find the Sydney producer sitting in the next batch of the Hottest 200 of 2014 when they are broadcast.
The Horrors – ‘So Now You Know’
UK outfit The Horrors released their first full-length in four years in 2014 with Luminous, with the aim of making music “you can dance to”. This track with its ethereal guitar noise, synth sounds and a bouncy backbeat achieves that goal but just didn’t rate high enough for triple j voters.
Little Dragon – ‘Klapp Klapp’
Little Dragon sold-out an Australian headline tour last year, stopped by triple j for Like A Version and are back now for a Laneway slot and still, somehow, failed to get any Nabuma Rubberband songs in the Hottest 100.
Rustie – ‘Attak’ (feat. Danny Brown)
As you’ve read in the gallery above, this year’s list was filled with songs with guest vocalists but it seems soon-to-be children’s author Danny Brown and his spit-fire rhymes on this Rustie track was maybe too aggressive for voters.
Northlane – ‘Rot’
2014 was undoubtedly a big year for Northlane – with their frontman leaving the band and holding public, open auditions for a new one. Their very first single with new singer Marcus Bridge was received pretty well upon release but just couldn’t garner enough votes to get in the top 100.
Kimbra – ’90s music’
Any song that’s described as feeling like “Deerhoof hanging on Sesame Street”, deserves a Hottest 100 spot. It’s that simple. Still, this euphoric Matt Bellamy-featured ode to youth and the music of a past decade was one of the many songs by female artists that failed to make the the Hottest 100, yet again.
The Delta Riggs – ‘The Record’s Flawed’
2014 wasn’t the year for guitars, that much is clear and so the sword also fell on Melbourne rockers The Delta Riggs and their protest song. Jimmy Page would not be pleased.
Mac DeMarco – ‘Passing Out Pieces’
Not even having a grotesque, murder-filled accompanying video could sway voters enough to throw enough support behind Mac DeMarco’s otherwise very pleasant Salad Days single.
Foster The People – ‘Are You What You Want To Be?’
To the delight of many fans, last year Foster The People finally delivered the follow up album to their hit 2011 debut. While they scored a number of Hottest 100 spots with tracks from that album, their 2014 release didn’t manage a single one.
The Black Keys – ‘Fever’
Here the rockers lost out again and not a single track from The Black Keys’ 2014 release Turn Blue was deemed to be amongst 2014’s top tracks for triple j voters. Not even this bluesy, foot-stomper with a psychedelic bent.
Royal Blood – ‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’
Royal Blood’s lack of presence anywhere at all on the countdown was shocking to many listeners. This guitar-driven track by the UK rockers, and Mercury Prize nominees, somehow did not resonate with voters.
Slipknot – ‘The Devil In I’
2014’s Hottest 100 wasn’t a good year for Soundwave acts and despite coming back reenergised after six years with new band members and an album inspired by their late bassist Paul Gray, Slipknot just couldn’t crack the top 100.
RL Grime & What So Not — ‘Tell Me’
Social Hottest 100 predicted this collaboration between the US’ RL Grime and Australia’s What So Not, which was an internet sensation, would nab the 54th spot on this year’s poll, but it did not even manage to crack the top 100.
Interpol — ‘All The Rage Back Home’
Interpol have found themselves on Hottest 100s multiple times in previous years, but the New York post-punk revivalists just couldn’t quite crack this year’s top 100 with their surf-rock inspired El Pintor single.