Triple J’s Hottest 100 is done and dusted for another year, but its impact is banging on in the national singles survey.
The latest ARIA Singles Chart is awash with tracks which appeared in the broadcaster’s annual countdown, many of which enjoy sharp spikes, hit peak positions or appear for the first time.
None perform better than Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” which came in at No. 3 on the Hottest 100 and rises six places to No. 3 this week, its best position in 26 weeks on the chart. It’s just behind Post Malone & Swae Lee’s Sunflower Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hit “Sunflower,” which holds at No. 2 on the ARIA list after slotting in at No. 27 on the ABC’s countdown.
Also making a big splash on the official chart this week is Ocean Alley’s cruisy track “Confidence,” which blasts into the top 10 after taking out the Hottest 100. “Confidence” is new at No. 9, cracking the chart almost a full year after its release (it’s also the only homegrown song in the top 10 of this week’s ARIA chart).
The party’s not over for Billie Eilish, the rising U.S. pop singer whose catchy tune “When The Party’s Over” leaps 31-23 in its 15th week on the ARIA chart. “When The Party’s Over,” lifted from the teenager’s forthcoming debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Universal), due out March 29 March, came in at No. 8 on the Hottest 100.
At final count, 28 tracks on this week’s ARIA Singles Chart were blasted in the Hottest 100, which went live Jan. 27 and clearly resonated. Ariana Grande, arguably the biggest pop star on the planet right now, rules the ARIA chart with “7 Rings,” a track too recent to quality for the Hottest 100, and too “commercial” to get any love from Triple J or its followers.
What does it all mean? The obvious takeaway: the Hottest 100 has a tangible, measurable effect on the best-sellers survey. And it continues to do so, despite Triple J’s flagship countdown no longer soundtracking the Australia Day celebrations (this was the second successive year the countdown took place after January 26, following a consultation with listeners, the music industry and indigenous groups).
The shift hasn’t hurt Triple J; as previously reported, an-all time record number of votes were cast, with a notable gain from overseas listeners.
Chris Scaddan and his team will no doubt keep a record of this week’s chart, apply the appropriate ink, and tuck it away for the next time a politician threatens to scrub-out funding.