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Triple J Just Dropped Some Juicy Stats About This Year’s Hottest 100

It's going to be the biggest year in triple j history.

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Well, the Hottest 100 is but days away, so you know what that means: it’s stats time!

Yep, the lead-up to triple j’s unbelievably massive music ranking provides a perfect opportunity to trawl over this year’s statistics. The most important takeaway? The Hottest 100 gets even bigger literally every year.

3,211,596 votes were cast for this year’s competition, a 16.4 percent increase from last year. That fits with an ongoing trend for the annual ranking — never once have the numbers slid backwards.

Of particular interest to lovers of local tunes will be the stats on Aussie artists. 65 percent of the songs ranked come from our own shores, niftily equalling the number for 2018 and 2017. Unfortunately, that’s still not the highest number of Aussie artists ever recorded in the countdown — that particular honour goes to 2016, when 66 artists out of the 100 were local.

The stats also suggest that the best time to drop a song and make it into the ranking is May: that’s the month with the highest number of Hottest 100 hits released in it.

In more sweary numbers, the total iterations of the f-bomb that appear on the countdown are 31. Unfortunately, triple j haven’t provided figures on which other curse words appear in the countdown, so all you fans of left-of-centre insults will have to wait till the actual day to find out how many other dirty words appear.

Rounding out the stats on offer is the number of new artists appearing in the countdown — 17 — and the number of artists appearing in the countdown for a third year in a row — 9.

All in all, it’s been a pretty killer year for music — and for triple j, of course.

Get ready for the full countdown this forthcoming Saturday January 25. In the meantime, why not check out our article on fascinating Hottest 100 ephemera? Or take our extremely difficult Hottest 100 quiz?