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WINNING SONG: Rush (Troye Sivan)

The two best guides for the Hottest 100 is finding an Australian artist and finding one that tops google search lists. It hit again last year with Flume, giving Australia 17 No.1s in the last 26 Hottest 100s. There are three big runners this year and Troye Sivan is the only truly Australian contender. It is the most searched song in Australia. It has a controversial edge. Boxes ticked everywhere. Tops the ‘100 Warm Tunas’ list too, a site with a great historical record of hitting the winner.


WINNING SONG: Rhyme Dust (MK & Dom Dolla)

Second favourites have a dire history in Hottest 100 betting so this is a natural lay spot. They are historically severely under the odds and do not win often. Ranks only fourth on 100 Warm Tunas. Rhyme Dust was also released last February and songs released in the early part of the year also don’t historically perform well.


TOP 5 SONG: Not Strong Enough (Boygenius)

This is one of the biggest discrepancies between the 100 Warm Tunas list and the market. Not Strong Enough sits No.2 on the list yet is 6th/7th in betting. Country is hot right now and fancy this one has been severely underrated. At black odds, a Top 5 finish is a magnificent bet.


TO HAVE A SONG IN 2023 HOTTEST 100: Blink 182

‘More Than You Know’ currently sits at No.40 on 100 Warm Tunas and there is increasingly more and more of a nostalgia kick in the Hottest 100 (see Arctic Monkeys and Hilltop Hoods last year). Being back in the public zeitgeist through Travis Barker dating a Kardashian does not hurt either.


Triple J’s Hottest 100 is an enormously popular annual music poll run by the Australian youth-focused radio station Triple J. Each year, the station invites listeners to vote for their favourite Australian and alternative music from the year in an online poll. Voting is usually open for about two weeks, with the Hottest 100 songs compiled and then played on a nominated day in reverse order until the No. 1 tune is revealed. What started as a modest pursuit in the late-1980s to find the greatest songs of all time has grown into a genuine national phenomenon, with millions of votes each year for what punters believe is the best song of the year. More than 7 million people engage with the Hottest 100 each year by voting and/or listening to the countdown, which runs for around eight hours. The massive participation in the poll in recent times led to it being dubbed “the world’s greatest music democracy”.

In line with the rising popularity of the poll, punters have in recent years developed a healthy appetite for wagering on the Hottest 100 and other popular culture events including reality TV programs. Betfair offers several markets for punters keen on Hottest 100 betting, with bettors able to wager on the winner, the top 3, the top 10 and head to head for certain songs. Like it does for all events it frames markets for, Betfair offers punters expert analysis, data-driven information and betting tips that can enhance their Hottest 100 predictions.

The Hottest 100 has certainly come a long way. Pre-internet, listeners were asked to write a selection of their favourite all-time songs on the back of an envelope and post their entries via regular mail. The format was updated in the early-1990s, with listeners asked to vote for their favourite songs released in the previous 12 months, initially by phoning in and then later via text messaging. To be eligible for the Hottest 100 each year, a song must have been released between December of the previous year, and November of the current year (eg. December 1, 2021 and November 30, 2022 for the 2022 Hottest 100).

Early on, particularly when listeners were asked to nominate their all-time favourite tunes, international artists dominated the countdowns. In 1996, Spiderbait became the first Australian act to top the Hottest 100 when fans voted for Buy Me a Pony as the best song. The Whitlams made it two in a row for Aussie musos when No Aphrodisiac was No. 1 in the 1997 poll. In total, 16 songs written and/or performed by Australian acts have been voted best overall song including Are You Gonna Be My Girl by Jet in 2003, Somebody That I Used To Know by Goyte (featuring Kimbra) in 2011, and Confidence by Ocean Alley in 2018.

The 2021 Hottest 100 drew tremendous mainstream media interest when popular Australian children’s entertainers The Wiggles’ cover of Tame Impala’s Elephant was picked as the best song.  “The bizarre but beautiful novelty of hearing the world’s biggest kids’ act putting a family-friendly stamp on a stoner rock anthem had both an immediate and long-lasting impact,” said the Triple J website.

The Hottest 100 countdown takes place in January of every year. Punters keen to enhance their Hottest 100 betting strategies and refine their Hottest 100 tips can take advantage of the detailed analysis and expert information Betfair provides for the annual event. As well as providing bettors with the optimum data and insights to make their Hottest 100 predictions, Betfair – Australia’s largest betting exchange – gives punters further opportunities to capitalise by allowing them the choice of backing or laying all selections. To find out more about these wagering options and to get the latest Triple J’s Hottest 100 odds, sign up to Betfair today.

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