Meet the top 20 most-played acts on triple j this week

Posted On Jan 09, 2018

As usual, it’s been a pretty big week for music on triple j, with some of the finest local and international acts getting some pretty solid airplay. But just what were listeners loving the most this week? What were the tunes that dominated the airwaves, and who were the artists that now have heaps of new fans after plenty of exposure on triple j?

Well, we’ve decided to take a look at the charts for the last week and give you a quick run-through as to which artists saw the most airplay. Just looking at this list of artists though, it’s amazing to think that music fans in this country have access to such a wide-reaching and diverse range of music available to them – we’re incredibly lucky!

20. Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana has had an amazing couple of years, and despite the fact that we’re still waiting for that long-awaited debut record, her music has a timeless quality that warrants countless repeat listens – and triple j are just giving the people what they want.

19. JOY.

JOY. has been on the scene for a few years now, having scored an Unearthed feature artist spot back in 2015. Now, the good things keep on happening for Olivia McCarthy, with tracks like ‘Smoke Too Much’ scoring some well-deserved airplay this week.

18. Lil Uzi Vert

Lil Uzi Vert released his debut album, Luv Is Rage 2, back in August after plenty of holdups, and it seems that it was totally worth the wait. Thanks to tracks like ‘The Way Life Goes’, this exceptional muso has been getting plenty of love from triple j lately.

17. N*E*R*D

Remember when Pharrell Williams wasn’t a huge star in the world of music? No? Well, remember when he used to be in N*E*R*D? After seven years between drinks, N*E*R*D returned with their long-awaited fifth album, No One Ever Really Dies, at the end of last year. Based on the strength of tracks like ‘Lemon’, you can expect plenty more of this record on the airwaves.

16. Ball Park Music

Following a year in which Ball Park Music dominated with their endearing indie banger ‘Exactly How You Are’, the band closed out 2017 with the release of ‘The Perfect Life Does Not Exist’. While we’re loving these new tunes, we’re just really keen on that new album, guys!

15. Tiny Little Houses

Having made us fall in love with them a few of years back with their endearing indie-rock, Tiny Little Houses are now ready to drop their debut album, Idiot Proverbs, in just a couple of days. With ‘Entitled Generation’ just cracking the list of most-played tracks for the week, get ready for more of these guys real soon.

14. Tia Gostelow

Having first captured our hearts a couple of years back with her brilliantly-crafted tunes, Tia Gostelow has been on the rise lately, thanks to the release of huge tracks like ‘Hunger’. Get ready for Tia Gostelow to take over the world, because it’s not far off.

13. Pnau

Following a huge year in 2016 with ‘Chameleon’, Pnau spent the majority of 2017 dominating with their album Changa. Now, the band’s popularity continues to maintain, as tracks like ‘Go Bang’ prove that even almost 20 years after they first formed, they’re still a huge force to be reckoned with.

12. Tame Impala

It’s been two years since Tame Impala last released a record, but thanks in part to the recent Collector’s Edition reissue of Currents, they’re back on top of the popularity pile. Let’s face it though, they were never too far away.

11. Samsaruh

Samsaruh had an absolutely amazing year in 2017, with countless tunes being spun on triple j, triple j Unearthed, and plenty of collaborations with big name musos. Given how good tracks like ‘Beautiful Killer’ are, it’s hardly any wonder why she’s been getting major airplay.

10. Basenji

Having risen in popularity for a couple of years now, it’s no surprise that a collab with Adelaide’s Tkay Maidza was going to be the key to success for Basenji. Currently the 14th most-played track on triple j this week, we reckon this one could be a pretty strong contender for the 2017 Hottest 100.

9. The Killers

The Killers had a pretty huge year as well in 2017, thanks to a number one album, a secret show in Melbourne, and performances at the AFL Grand Final. Now, with the Las Vegas rockers set to return to Australia in just a matter of months, they’ve scored some pretty impressive airplay on triple j once again.

8. Wolf Alice

A few months back, you couldn’t look at this list without seeing Wolf Alice near the top. But after a while away, the group released their second record, Visions Of A Life. Featuring the triple j favourites ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ and ‘Beautifully Unconventional’, Wolf Alice are undoubtedly one of the most popular acts on triple j lately.

7. Franz Ferdinand

Five years since their last studio effort (and three years after a collab album with Sparks), Franz Ferdinand are getting ready to release their fifth album, Always Ascending. Preceded by the highly-popular title track, get ready for plenty more of these guys real soon.

6. LPX

Having drifted away from MS MR for a while, Elizabeth Plapinger has been making music as LPX, and people are loving it. With ‘Slide’ currently the fourth most-played track on the station this week, we’re real excited to hear as much as possible from this new project.


Five years on from the release of their self-titled third record, MGMT are getting ready to release Little Dark Age. Following the release of a few tastes of the new album, including the title track, which is the third most-played track on triple j this week, we couldn’t be more keen for this one to drop.

4. Hatchie

Brisbane’s Hatchie is the shoegaze lover’s dream. With indie-pop sensibilities, and firsthand experience at writing killer tunes, such as the second most-played track of the week, ‘Sure’, Hatchie is one act that is undoubtedly going to be a new favourite of yours in no time.

3. Gang of Youths

Following an immensely huge 2017, Gang Of Youths are still continuing to dominate, with plenty of airplay from the brilliant tunes from their second LP. It says a lot about the band’s consistent quality that they’ve managed to be the third most-played act of the week without any of their songs cracking the top 20 songs of the week. They’re versatile musos!

2. Lily Allen

Lily Allen is currently hard at work at her fourth record, the tentatively-titled The Fourth Wall. With her new single, ‘Trigger Bang’, currently the most-played track for the week, it seems as though fans can’t wait for this one to drop.

1. Meg Mac

In much the same way as Gang Of Youths, despite having none of her songs make the top 20 for this week, Meg Mac’s wide variety of brilliant tracks have seen her rise to the status of this week’s most-played artist. With an uncanny ability to write some stunningly gorgeous songs, it’s hardly any surprise, is it?


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