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The triple j Hottest 100 is done for another year, with British band Glass Animals taking out the top spot with their track Heat Waves.
Young WA guitar band Spacey Jane were at number two with Booster Seat while Sydney producer Flume, a perennial Hottest 100 favourite, took number three.
Australian acts Ball Park Music, Tame Impala, G Flip, The Jungle Giants and Hilltop Hoods also featured in a mostly local top 10.
It was rounded out by American rapper Cardi B, for WAP, her collaboration with Megan Thee Stallion, and last year's winner, Billie Eilish.
1. Glass Animals - Heat Waves
2. Spacey Jane - Booster Seat
3. Flume - The Difference ft. Toro Y Moi
4. Ball Park Music - Cherub
5. Tame Impala - Lost In Yesterday
6. Cardi B - WAP ft. Megan Thee Stallion
7. G Flip - Hyperfine
8. The Jungle Giants - Sending Me Ur Loving
9. Hilltop Hoods - I'm Good?
10. Billie Eilish - Therefore I Am
What sort of year was 2020 for music?
With venues largely closed or running at reduced capacity, many artists had to improvise.
Shows were either seated or streamed via social media or other platforms.
International acts were not coming to our shores and the return of domestic and international touring could be one of the last aspects of "normal life" to return.
While it was a tough year, music was still made and released — in some ways, it was the only avenue left for artists to connect with fans.
Heck, Taylor Swift released two albums, so for some at least, lockdown was fruitful.
Which songs might place near the top?
Several songs have made big splashes this year and will likely feature high up — possibly separated by just a few votes.
At the end of last week, there were less than 350 votes between the number 1 and 2 songs.
That could make it one of the closest polls in Hottest 100 history. (In the 2007 countdown, Muse beat Silverchair by 14 votes.)
We asked the ABC News Messenger audience for their thoughts about what songs might place near the top.
A few tracks got repeat mentions:
Spacey Jane — Booster Seat - Came in at #2 !
Young WA four-piece Spacey Jane have been building a solid following over the past few years, playing hundreds of shows and appearing at big festivals, including Splendour In The Grass.
Their plans for heavy international touring in 2020 were dashed, but they pressed on regardless with their debut album, Sunlight, which came out in June.
It was nominated for a J Award and voted by the station's listeners as the best album of the year, which is a good indication of their prospects for the countdown.
The band's modus operandi is essentially "making summery songs out of sad situations".
Sunlight, an album of bright chords and glittering melody lines, is topped by singer Caleb Harper's confessional lyrics, which cover uncertainty, guilt and anxiety.
"Generally speaking, negative emotions are easier to write about than positive ones," Harper told triple j earlier this year.
"It's hard to write when you're really happy; it always feels cheesy."
There was a lot of support for the Australian band among the Messenger audience:
"I hope Spacey Jane win this year with Booster Seat! Aside from being a gorgeously summery song touching on deeper topics of mental health, supporting Aussie acts is super important especially this year as the industry gets back to playing live shows." — Claire
"Would love to see the top slots go to local acts. Even though WAP was a huge track, a spot in the countdown means way more for the careers of acts like Spacey or Bugs than it does for Cardi." — Aleisha
Glass Animals — Heat Waves - The winner - (Play the video above)
The British band's third album Dreamland was Richard Kingsmill's favourite of 2020, and they were ninth most-played artist on the station last year.
The album catalogues a tumultuous time for the Oxford quartet, following a cycling accident in 2018 that nearly killed drummer Joe Seaward.
As a result, Dreamland has a range of vibes, from the modern and introspective It's All So Incredibly Loud to Hot Sugar, which is a straight-up sex jam (and a nod to the 90s hip-hop of singer Dave Bayley's childhood in Texas).
But of all the tracks, Heat Waves seems to have resonated the most.
It also owes a lot to hip-hop, from the beat to the modulated vocals — Bayley has worked as a producer with 6lack, Khalid and others — and its bold chorus feels instantly memorable and relatable.
Many in the Messenger audience picked this one for the win & they where right !
"Glass Animals is a band that's been bubbling away just far enough under the surface that it hasn't broken into the mainstream. However, their latest album Dreamland is a gold pot of hot tracks and my money is on them to take out the top spot and many more." — Gabriella
"I reckon Spacey Jane's Booster Seat is the underdog but ultimately I think Glass Animals' Heat Waves will come out on top." — Monique
Story By | Paul Donoughue