It’s coming up to that time of year again where we start to ponder just who could take out the title as triple j’s Hottest 100 winner. Whilst punters may have their elaborate theories as to what influences the massive countdown, the power of airplay can’t be denied. 2017’s winner,’HUMBLE.’ by Kendrick Lamar clocked in a total of 115 plays by June, off an album released in early April. By this time last year, ‘Green Light’ by Lorde was the station’s second most played track, and Gang Of Youths’ ‘What Do We Do When The Fire Goes Out’ was the third.

Even though its only June you’re probably already thinking that you’ve heard a few of the same songs over and over again. Whether it’s a indie-pop banger tailor-made for the summer festival stages or an electronic groove that evokes a dance-at-your-desk moment, there’s no denying there a more than a few earworms that have captured the hearts of the nation begging to be heard this year.

Without further ado, here are triple j’s 50 most played tracks of 2018, according to JPlay. 

The most played track of the year so far is The Vaccines’ ‘I Can’t Quit’ off their fourth studio effort Combat Sports, clocking in at 159 plays. Despite taking out the top spot, The Vaccines as a band have ranked as the 50th most played artist overall.

Producer Yaeji has come in at second with 156 plays for the track ‘raingurl’, released in 2017 and hip hop superstars Migos have come in at number 3 with ‘Stir Fry’ off their 2018 effort Culture II. 

Jack River’s electrifying ‘Ballroom’  is the most played Australian track of the year, alongside six other Aussies in the top ten including, G Flip, Camp Cope and Mallrat. Overall, 27 out of the top 50 most played tracks were by Australian artists.

The top artist of the year so far is Wollongong’s very own Hockey Dad. Fresh off the release of their album Blend Inn,  Hockey Dad are the only band to have two tracks, ‘I Wanna Be Everybody’ and ‘Join The Club’ feature within the top 25 most played tracks of the year.

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triple j’s 50 most played tracks of 2018:

1. I Can’t Quit – The Vaccines – 159
2. raingurl –  Yaeji – 156
3. Stir Fry – Migos – 142
4. Ballroom – Jack River –  139
5. How To Socialise & Make Friends – Camp Cope – 137
6. Polygraph Eyes – Yungblud – 135
7. Missing Me – Angie McMahon – 133
8. About You – G Flip – 132
9. Disappear (feat. Lynn Gunn) – Tonight Alive – 131
10. UFO (feat. Allday) – Mallrat – 130
11. Fake ID – Riton & Kah-Lo – 125
12. Chasing Stars (feat. Bertie Blackman) – Alice Ivy – 125
13. Need You (feat. NÏKA) – Flight Facilities – 124
14. Church – Alison Wonderland – 124
15. Mainland – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – 123
16. Confidence – Ocean Alley – 123
17. All The Stars (feat. SZA) – Kendrick Lamar – 123
18. Dominos – Last Dinosaurs – 122
19. Loving Is Easy (feat. Benny Sings) – Rex Orange County – 121
20. Hear This – Jarami – 121
21. I Wanna Be Everybody – Hockey Dad – 121
22. Wasted – Peking Duk – 121
23. We’re Going Home – Vance Joy – 121
24. Stuck In Orbit (feat. BUOY) – What So Not – 120
25. Join The Club – Hockey Dad – 120
26. In The City – Nyxen – 120
27. Further Than The Planes Fly – Eves Karydas – 120
28. Hey Heartbreaker – Dream Wife – 118
29. Ritalin – Ruby Fields – 117
30. Get Out – Chvrches – 117
31. Symphony (feat. Teddy Jackson) – Towkio – 116
32. Mistake – Middle Kids – 116
33. God’s Plan – Drake – 114
34. Get To Know (feat. Winston Surfshirt) – Cosmo’s Midnight – 113
35. Changed My Mind – Tove Styrke – 113
36. Panic Room – Au Ra & Camelphat – 113
37. Nameless, Faceless – Courtney Barnett – 113
38. Sweet Dreams – BØRNS – 113
39. 1950 – King Princess – 112
40. Falling Out – Golden Features – 112
41. Cheetah Tongue – The Wombats – 112
42. Pineapple Skies – Miguel – 110
43. After The Storm (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins) – Kali Uchis – 110
44. WOW – Kwame – 110
45. Don’t You Know I’m In A Band – Confidence Man – 109
46. Trigger Bang (feat. Giggs) – Lily Allen – 109
47. Short Hair – Tiny Little Houses – 109
48. 14U+14ME – The Presets – 109
49. White Flag – Bishop Briggs – 108
50. Carrie (I Want A Girl) – Moaning Lisa – 108

triple j’s top 50 artists of 2018:

1. Hockey Dad
2. Ocean Alley
3. The Wombats
4. Camp Cope
5. Middle Kids
6. DMA’s
7. Superorganism
8. Vance Joy
9. Alison Wonderland
10. Chvrches
11. Ball Park Music
12. Courtney Barnett
13. Gang of Youths
14. Drake
15. Wolf Alice
16. Confidence Man
17. Tonight Alive
18. BØRNS
19. The Presets
20. Peking Duk
21. Tired Lion
22. What So Not
23. Flight Facilities
24. City Calm Down
25. Tiny Little Houses
26. DZ Deathrays
27. BROCKHAMPTON
28. Lorde
29. Jack River
30. Angus And Julia Stone
31. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
32. Kali Uchis
33. Kendrick Lamar
34. Anderson .Paak
35. Pnau
36. Fisher
37. Post Malone
38. Gengahr
39. Angie McMahon
40. Hatchie
41. Odette
42. Alex Lahey
43. G Flip
44. Yungblud
45. West Thebarton
46. The Rubens
47. Blessed
48. Mallrat
49. Parkway Drive
50. The Vaccines