Australian musician Flume has taken out Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2017 with his song 'Never Be Like You [Ft. Kai]', capping off a big year for Australian music and an even bigger year for the annual countdown.
Flume overcame the likes of Amy Shark, Tash Sultana and Hilltop Hoods who also featured in the top 10 songs for 2016 and 2017 and a list that Triple J confirmed as having the highest number of Australian songs within the top 100, ever.
"I'm incredibly grateful, it's been a huge year, I honestly couldn't be happier," he told Triple J following the countdown.
Having only launched his career in 2012, 2016 and 2017 have been huge years for Flume after he took out six ARIA Awards in November, with 'Never Be Like You' only taking out the 'Best Pop Release' category.
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This year's Hottest 100 was also confirmed to be the biggest year ever for the countdown with voting records broken. Over 2.2 million votes were lodged in the 2016 ballot -- a 7.6 per cent voting increase on the 2015 votes.
The top 10 for 2017's countdown also featured two female artists in Amy Shark and Tash Sultana -- an increase from the 2016 count, which had none.
This year's poll also comes after the Hottest 100 was the centre of controversy for deciding to maintain the January 26th, Australia Day date for the countdown following a Change.org petition with more than 3000 signatures calling for a change to the date.
Among some of the Australian standouts was Indigenous Australian rap group A.B. Original with their song 'January 26' coming in at number 16.
Appropriately titled, the song criticises Australia Day and takes a look at the date of the national celebration in relation to the Indigenous issues that surround the day each year.
"Australia Day is a very apprehensive day and that's putting it mildly for the Indigenous people of the country," the group told Triple J on Thursday.
"The main objective, and what we're all striving for, is to move forward and to move forward in a way that is respectful and understand why we need to move forward."
The group's cover of Aussie rock legend Paul Kelly's song 'Dumb Things' also came in at number 45 and raises contentious issues currently facing Australia including complacency towards racism, death in custody, Australia's refugee policy and "Black Face".
This year also marked the second consecutive year in which a partnership between the Hottest 100, Triple J and Indigenous student educational program body AIME was run concurrently with the countdown.
At the moment of the launch of the number one song, Triple J and AIME had managed to fundraise over $220,000 for the program throughout the course of Australia Day.
You can check out artists that made the top 10 below.
- Number 1: Never Be Like You [Ft. Kai] - Flume
- Number 2: Adore - Amy Shark
- Number 3: Jungle - Tash Sultana
- Number 4: 1955 [Ft. Montaigne/Tom Thum] - Hilltop Hoods
- Number 5: Redbone - Childish Gambino
- Number 6: Believe [Triple J Like A Version 2016] - DMA'S
- Number 7: Papercuts [Ft. Vera Blue] - Illy
- Number 8: Say It [Ft. Tove Lo] - Flume
- Number 9: Stranger [Ft. Elliphant] - Peking Duk
- Number 10: Starboy [Ft. Daft Punk] - The Weeknd
The full list of songs from this year's Hottest 100 can be viewed here.Suggest a correction