Could some records tumble during triple j’s 2022 Hottest 100 countdown?

The triple j Hottest 100 is an Australian institution, and this Saturday’s countdown will be a future time capsule of the greatest tunes of 2022.

It’s also going to be a thriller — voting in the annual poll closed on Monday, and it’s been a tight race, with the national broadcaster reporting in recent weeks that fewer than 125 votes separated #1 and #2.

This year’s countdown also has the potential to see some long-standing Hottest 100 records broken, though not without their share of controversy.

Here are some records to keep an eye on as triple j counts down the Hottest 100 (and simultaneously raises money for the Australian Conservation Foundation).

Who has the most entries (or appearances) ever?

The record for the act with the most entries in Hottest 100 history is jointly held by two bands – Powderfinger and Foo Fighters.

Powderfinger reached 22 songs in 2009 when their track All Of The Dreamers lobbed in at #49, while Foo Fighters caught up in 2014, with Something From Nothing giving Dave Grohl’s band its 22nd entry.

The two bands have since dropped off the triple j playlists, paving the way for a challenger in the form of Adelaide hip hop icons Hilltop Hoods.

Brisbane 5 piece band, Powderfinger
Powderfinger shares the record for most entries in the annual countdown.(Supplied)

Hilltop Hoods, with 21 entries overall, have a good chance to equal or even break the record, with two songs listed in this year’s voting guide.

But depending on how you want to look at it, Hilltop Hoods may already be equal to Powderfinger and Foo Fighters.

Entries vs appearances

In 2017, Hilltop Hoods were featured artists on the Thundamentals track 21 Grams, which reached #61. If this was counted for Hilltop Hoods, they would be on 22 songs.

But triple j Hottest 100 Tally Room host Dave Ruby Howe says that track was counted as a Thundamentals track — not Hilltop Hoods — as it was released by Thundamentals under that band’s name.

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Hilltop Hoods have 21 entries in the Hottest 100 and 22 “appearances”.(Supplied: Ashley Jones)

He says triple j goes by how songs are credited upon release, which often comes down to decisions made by artists’ managers, not triple j.

For example, collaborations such as the track Otis (#33 in 2011) by Kanye West & Jay-Z featuring Otis Redding counts towards Kanye West’s and Jay-Z’s individual tallies as the artists who released the song, but not the late great Redding who is only listed as “featuring”.

Ruby Howe says the delineation is a way “to make it as easy to follow as possible”.

“An entry would be classified as a song that an artist has released themselves,” he says.

“So Hilltop Hoods have 21 ‘entries’ — 21 songs they’ve put out themselves since 2003 when they first charted — but they do have 22 ‘appearances’ if you count it that way because they featured on a track by Thundamentals.

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