Australian DJ and music producer Flume has beaten hundreds of artists to win the 2022 triple j Hottest 100 with his track Say Nothing featuring MAY-A.
It’s the second time Flume, whose real name is Harley Streten, has won the countdown, having previously taken out the 2016 top spot with Never Be Like You featuring Kai.
The win makes Streten the second artist to ever win the annual countdown twice, a record which was previously only held by Powderfinger who won in 1999 and 2000.
Australia DJ and producer Flume won his second triple j hottest 100 on Saturday.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer
English DJ and music producers Eliza Rose and Interplanetary Criminal narrowly missed out on the win, with their dance track B.O.T.A. (Baddest Of Them All) coming in second.
Australian indie-rock band Spacey Jane had an extremely successful top 10 campaign, with their much-loved song Hardlight closing out the podium. It’s the third song the band had in the top 10, with their songs Sitting Up placing sixth and It’s Been A Long Day in fifth.
Flume’s track had long been a hot contender for the top spot, with Hottest 100 predictor website Warm Tunas – a reliable predictor of the countdown – keeping the artist in their top spot for most of the past week.
Fifty-seven songs in the 2022 countdown were by Australian artists, while 23 acts made their debut in the countdown, including Pacific Avenue from Gerringong on the NSW South Coast, whose song Leaving for London came in at No.57.
“Very emotional, we have all our family and friends hanging out. It’s very special. It feels amazing,” the band told presenters Lucy Smith and Dave Woodhead.
“We just put it [the song] out there, and this is one of the childhood dreams – to actually get it in the Hottest 100.”
Music festival favourites and long-time countdown staples the Hilltop Hoods broke a Hottest 100 record when their song A Whole Day’s Night featuring Montaigne and Tom Thum came in at No.54. The hip-hop group, who made their countdown debut in 2003, are the only artist or group with 23 songs across the countdowns, eclipsing Foo Fighters and Powderfinger who have 22 songs each.
Last year’s title was awarded to childhood-favourites-turned-music-festival-regulars The Wiggles, whose playful rendition of Tame Impala’s Elephant became the first cover song to top the countdown. In the 2022 countdown the highest cover to make the list was Dune Rats with their cover of The Angels’ classic Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
To date, the only solo female artist to win is Billie Eilish, who won the 2019 edition with Bad Guy. American singer-rapper and flutist Lizzo was this year’s highest-ranked solo female artist with her song About Damn Time which came in at No.7.
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