New York, NY (Top40 Charts) We're coming to the end of another fantastic year in music. This means that all Australian music fans will be looking ahead towards taking their votes on the year's best song in the Triple J Hottest 100 contest. This competition has been held nearly every year since 1989 on Australia's national public radio station Triple J.
Last year saw over 2.75 million Australians voting for their favourite tracks, and such is the popularity of the contest that many Australian betting sites now feature odds for the Triple J Hottest 100. Resources like aussiebet.com can help you find a legal bookmaker offering odds for this competition. So let's take a look at who these betting sites think will win the next Triple J Hottest 100 contest.
Billie Eilish - Lovely
17-year old Billie Eilish has done the unthinkable in getting mainstream appeal without being a sugary-sweet pop star like Selena Gomez. Her song Lovely has been massive this year, and it marked a breakthrough moment from the young star.
Her musical template manages to provide a downbeat anthemic quality that's the perfect middle ground between Lana Del Ray and Lorde. Plus she's shown an impressive resolve not to play the star game like many other teen idols.
Proof that even glitchy club tracks can make it massive on Australian radio came when Flume released the masterful Hyperreal. With plenty of the skipped beats, weirdly auto-tuned vocals and unnerving distortion, it showed that four-to-the-floor dance music doesn't have to be boring.
The Australian musician known as Flume already has a good pedigree thanks to critically-revered albums like Skin. But Hyperreal takes things to the next level thanks to the effortlessly strange vocals of the indie star Kucka. Whether this track is too weird to crack the Triple J Hottest 100 remains to be seen.
Hilltop Hoods - Clark Griswold
Who didn't love Hilltop Hoods in 2019? This song was a true summer anthem for many people with its upbeat hip-hop beats nicely contrasted with a deft lyrical tribute to the star of the National Lampoon's movies. Not many hip-hop tracks manage to address themes of fatherhood in their lyrics, but Hilltop Hoods are clearly not like other groups.
Mallrat is another Australian teen who's taking on the world with her own synth-laden pop. Her debut EP Uninvited showed us what she's made of, especially with strong tracks like For Real.
But Better really took things up to the next level. Gone is the overdriven bass of previous releases, and instead we get just a hyper-melodic song that's already become a sleeper hit around the world. The Brisbane native recently made her first US television appearance, and it's clear that she's one of Australia's hottest stars.
Better doesn't have the attention-grabbing appeal of some of the songs on the Triple J Hottest 100 shortlist. But it's a handy reminder of the fact that sometimes people just want a pretty melody with nicely ambiguous lyrics to add the perfect soundtrack to their lives.