Four out of every five artists appearing on Saturday’s jams are Australian.
Ahead of this Saturday’s Live A Version Hottest 100, triple j has dropped some major hints about who you might be hearing on the countdown.
Voting for the Hottest 100 of Like A Version closed at noon on Monday. The countdown will air on Saturday, 15 July, at 12 pm AEST on the triple j and Double J airwaves, as well as the triple j app. A livestream is also going ahead on the triple j YouTube channel if you want to keep up with the fun in video form.
The national broadcaster has crunched the stats and issued the following teaser: 17 artists are making their debut on the Hottest 100 for Like A Versions, with one debutant appearing on the countdown twice. In addition to that very cool statistic, triple j reports that 2019 was the most popular year of Like A Versions, according to voters.
Other cool facts include four out of every five artists appearing on Saturday’s jams are Australian, three of the covers are from 2008 or earlier, and there are two covers of covers that feature on the countdown.
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Lissie Turner created Like A Version under the name Mel Bampton in 2003. On ABC’s look back on all things Hottest 100, she revealed that the original concept title was Wrong Way To The Top.
“As the name suggests, it was very much about really terrible AC/DC covers, of which there are thousands. And what ended up happening over time through Wrong Way To The Top is that I started to discover a lot of really fantastic covers,” Turner said.
She added, "For me, it was very much born from this metamorphosis of letting go of this purist idea that covers were no good, [and] realising that you could actually see more deeply into an artist through the songs that they not only loved, but they loved to play."
Who got your ten votes? This year marks the 20th anniversary of the now-iconic early morning Friday segment, with over 800 Like A Versions made available for fans to vote for on Saturday’s event. It’s also the 30th anniversary of the Hottest 100, hence the extra celebrations.