2018 Triple J Hottest 100 Betting Preview

We preview the favourites to take out Triple J's Hottest 100 top spot in 2019.

Mon, 21 Jan, 12:00 AM


It’s been another brilliant year in music and this weekend we get to relive the top 100 songs of 2018 as voted by the Australian public on the Australia Day weekend. We preview the top songs that will be vying for the coveted number one position on Sunday.

Confidence – Ocean Alley

It’s all about confidence, baby! The band from Sydney certainly made sure we got the message with their track ‘Confidence’. The six piece released their album Chiaroscuro in 2018 after singles ‘Overgrown’ and ‘The Comedown’ had premiered in 2017, but it was ‘Confidence’ that gained instant popularity and was soon peaking in the top 20 of the ARIA charts and was playing regularly on the airwaves of Australian radio.




Why it will win: Locals have taken home the number one spot in four of the past five years and this certainly fits the bill to continue that trend. The band has a number of other songs that will chart like Gang of Youths last year and Chet Faker in 2014.


Why it won’t win: The song was released way back in February and may not be top of mind for the punters when they submit their votes.

This Is America – Childish Gambino

This Is America is a powerful and important song that has had critical acclaim since it’s release. Along with the music video, which has been viewed over 460 million times on YouTube and was recently ranked 10th in the greatest music videos of the 21st century. The song is also nominated for a Grammy for song of the year. What more do you want?



Why it will win: Everyone loves Donald Glover AKA Childish Gambino. The man is a freak of a talent and has already had a top five finish in the countdown with ‘Redbone’ being voted in 5th in 2016. It also reached #1 on the ARIA charts in May.


Why it won’t win: The song is a politically charged piece that targets gun violence in America. Will it resonate with our audience? We think it will but there is some doubt.

I Said Hi – Amy Shark

Since Amy Shark burst onto the scene in 2016, the Queenslander has been a mainstay on Australian radio and that was no exception after ‘I Said Hi’ was released. Shark’s track ‘Adore’ reached #2 in 2016 and recently won ARIA Award’s for Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Pop Release. 



Why it will win: Her Countdown pedigree having already finished #2 and also her ARIA wins kept her single playing on the radio deep into the year, keeping her top of mind for punters.


Why it won’t win: If Shark couldn’t win with Adore, surely this track doesn’t reach the summit. While it certainly has every chance to give Shark another top five finish, does the song have the mass appeal to help her reach #1?

Sicko Mode – Travis Scott

Sicko Mode netted rapper Travis Scott his first ever #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was in the top 10 for 17 weeks. The track peaked at #7 on the ARIA charts and is another example of a hip-hop artist starting to make waves down under after Kendrick Lamar took out the #1 spot last year and #2 in 2016.



Why it will win: It features Drake... It was the latest released song of the aforementioned. While we don’t think it can win, you can certainly get good value for the song to finish in top 10 (currently $1.75 with Sportsbet). That is a lock!


Why it won’t win: It features Drake... Not enough plays on mainstream radio to achieve a huge popularity.

Losing It - Fisher

Former surfer turned DJ, Fisher first performed this song at Coachella in 2017 before releasing it officially in July. It peaked #1 on the ARIA Club Tracks chart and has even been nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.



Why it will win: It’s a genuine banger. What better way to celebrate your Hottest 100 party than with this playing deep into the day. Unlike the other top songs of the year, this is a heavy upbeat dance tune.


Why it won’t win: Is it mainstream enough? Club goers and avid Triple J fans will know the track well, but does it attract wider appeal to the mass voters?

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