Posted On Jul 20, 2017
Undoubtedly, triple j are one of the biggest influences on Aussie music today. Just think, who would we be listening to if we didn't have triple j helping to bring fresh Aussie talent out into the spotlight, and providing them with a stage on which to get noticed? Well, we're not sure, mainly because we wouldn't want to image a world that bland.
That being said, we've decided to take a look back through triple j's playlists and work out exactly what has been the most-played song over the last decade. Was it the perpetual Hottest 100-placers the Foo Fighters? Or was it Gotye, whose 2011 hit 'Somebody I Used To Know' was completely inescapable for almost two years after the fact? Well the answers might just surprise you, so let's take a look back at the five most-played songs on triple j over the last decade.
Ah yes, 'Pumped Up Kicks', the perpetually sweet-sounding song that hides a dark meaning. While many Australians fell in love with the carefree summer vibes of this track, few actually realised at the time that this track was actually about a school shooting. Sort of takes the wind out of the sails on that one, eh? Regardless, at 334 airings, 'Pumped Up Kicks' remains one of the most-played songs on triple j, even though many will probably tell you ">they prefer Owl Eyes' cover of the track.
Scraping in at #4, with one more play than the previous track, is Flight Facilities' 'Crave You', with 333 airings. Released as a single four years prior to their debut record being released, Flight Facilities soundtracked every Australian's summer with this track. A perfect mixture of good vibes and relatable relationship feelings, Flight Facilities' awesome track managed to utilise Giselle's gorgeous vocals to turn this track from a summery instrumental into a veritable Aussie classic.
The Presets' 'My People' is one of those tracks that almost every Australian remembers hearing for the first time. Heck, even if they don't remember the first time they heard it, they would probably have a pretty memory of one of the 348 times that triple j has played this one over the last decade. Written abut asylum seekers in Australian detention centres, 'My People' managed to combine politics with the sound of a club banger to give us one of Australia's biggest songs of the last 10 years.
Muscles has always had a different way of approaching his music-making. He's always managed to find instruments, phrases, and sounds that you wouldn't expect to work in a track, and turn it into a massive hit. That's exactly how the somber 'Ice Cream' came about. While everyone was shouting the cathartic chorus of "ice cream is going to save the day," there was something sad bubbling under the surface. 364 airings later, and the sadness is forgotten, leaving only a memory of an instant Aussie independent classic. If you're in the mood to feel a bit mellow though, ">give the acoustic version of the track a spin.
Crikey, remember when 'Vitriol came out? There was no escaping it, and for good reason. It's feel-good nature, mixed with a positive, life-affirming chorus - "Good luck, and don't dare give up, give it a little bit of vitriol" - made it the perfect track for Aussies to get around. What's better is that it gave everyone their first real taste of Bluejuice. Sure, they'd been around for a bit before, but this was when Australia managed to wake up and give their music taste a little bit of 'Vitriol'.
While Bluejuice are sadly no longer with us, their music remains, and with 395 plays in the last decade, it seems as though we're probably set to be hearing a lot of 'Vitriol' in the future as well. As an added bonus too, make sure you check out the brilliant film clip for the track as well, which provided everyone with a great insight into the fantastic humour employed by the lads in the band.
Just in case it wasn't enough taking a look at the most-played songs of the last decade, we dug even deeper to get the most-played artists as well.
With their track 'My People' accounting for 348 of the 3,312 plays The Presets have had in the last ten years, it's hardly surprising to see them on a list like this, is it?
At 3,412 plays, Birds Of Tokyo have certainly earned a spot on this top five. After all, how many times have you heard 'Broken Bones', 'Silhouettic', or 'Plans' in the last decade? Quite a few, we'd wager. But ponder this, how far would Ian Kenny rank on a list like this if we took his work with Karnivool into account? Could he be number one?
As yes, the irresistible Arctic Monkeys swagger their way into the third position with 3,650 plays. It's sort of crazy to look back and think of how far they've come in the last decade, from their early days with 'I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor' to the phenomenally popular 'Do I Wanna Know?'. Who knows where they'll be in another ten years?
Let's be fair, you had to expect that Tame Impala were going to be in a list like this. Unlike the others though, Tame Impala only really started gaining popularity nine years back, a bit later than some of the other bands on this list, which makes it even more impressive. Regardless, we'll take as much of Kevin Parker as we can get!
Let's work this out: 4,280 plays over ten years, why that's... 1.17 plays per day. That has to be some sort of record, right? Either way, this constant play is probably part of the reason why the Hilltop Hoods have been one of the most popular Aussie groups of the last decade. Trailblazers of the Aussie hip-hop genre, and one of the most successful bands to ever come from Adelaide, if you've thought you've heard a lot of the Hilltop Hoods over the last decade, you're not imagining it at all.