Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ takes out #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018 | radioinfo

Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ takes out #1 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018

Monday 28 January, 2019
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As triple j wraps up another massive Hottest 100, the winner is... Australian music, with local heroes Ocean Alley topping the poll with their song ‘Confidence’ snagging the majority of the record breaking 2,758,584 votes.
The Sydney six-piece built up a solid fanbase over the 12 months prior, touring their blistering live show after claiming their first Hottest 100 entry with ‘The Comedown’ at #38 in 2017. Then in February 2018, while gearing up for the release of their second album Chiaroscuro, they dropped a slinky little number called ‘Confidence’ on the nation. Almost a year later, proving its mass appeal and lasting power, it tops the poll as your fave song in the 2018 Hottest 100.
triple j’s Music Director Nick Findlay says of the song, “Dripping with a level of sun-drenched soul that’s straight out of a ‘70s surf flick, ‘Confidence’ proved to be such an earworm that it transcended the usual garage-ska scene and straight into the hearts of the nation. It’s a song that led the votes from day one of polling and never stopped its huge trajectory to success. ‘Confidence’ is Ocean Alley at their finest and a well-deserved jam to take out the #1 spot in the 2018 Hottest 100, baby."

Looking at the rest of the countdown, here's some interesting stats… 

  • Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ marks the 15th Aussie song to hit #1 in the Hottest 100
  • Ocean Alley placed with 4 songs, followed by Billie Eilish, Hockey Dad, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Post Malone & DMA’S at 3 songs each
  • Ocean Alley bookend the countdown with #1 ‘Confidence’ and #100 ‘Bones’. That’s the second time ever, after Powderfinger did it in 1999 with #1 ‘These Days’ and #100 ‘Passenger’
  • 65 songs are from Australian artists and 21 artists appear in a Hottest 100 for the first time
  • 31 artists were first heard on triple j Unearthed and 6 songs were uploaded to triple j Unearthed in 2018
  • 67 songs are from male artists, 22 from female artists, 8 from acts including both male and female artists, and 3 from artists who identify as Non-Binary or Genderqueer
  • February was the ‘Hottest Month’ with 14 songs released in that month, including 3 from Ocean Alley!
  • 2 artists in the countdown had back-to-back entries: RÜFÜS DU SOL (#22 ‘Underwater’, #23 ‘Treat You Better’) and Vance Joy (#53 ‘We’re Going Home, #54 ‘Saturday Sun’)
  • Both Peking Duk and DMA’S celebrate their 5th consecutive appearance in a countdown, while Amy Shark, Cub Sport, Tash Sultana, Thundamentals, Vera Blue and Drake appear for a 3rdconsecutive year
  • Hilltop Hoods now have 19 songs in a Hottest 100, catching up with record holders Powderfinger and Foo Fighters (22 each)
  • The shortest song is ‘Up In The Clouds’ by Skegss (2:30min) and the longest song is ‘Underwater’ by RÜFÜS DU SOL (5:49min)
  • Music truly came from all over Australia, with regional Hottest 100 hometowns including Byron Bay, Forster, Forbes, Windang, Castlemaine, Blue Mountains, Arnhem Land, Delungra, Newcastle, Gympie and Menangle.

For stacks more stats and a deep dive into Ocean Alley’s winning song ‘Confidence’, hit the triple j website.

triple j listeners helped raise over $630K for Lifeline. You can still donate or snag one of our collectable Hottest 100 x Lifeline ice cream t-shirts. Money raised will make it possible for their trained volunteers to reach an extra 16,000 calls – ultimately saving more Australian lives.

10am Mon 28 Jan: 
Hottest 200-101 on triple j
12pm Mon 28 Jan: Classic Hottest 100 of 1998 on Double J
6-9am Tues 29 Jan: Ben & Liam announce the winner of the Golden Ticket on triple j
10am Sun 3 Feb: Hottest 100 replay on triple j
On demand: Hottest 100 playlists on SpotifyApple Music and YouTube
Pre-order now: triple j’s Hottest 100 Volume 26 CD


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