Hottest 100 2018: Our picks for the top spot

We’re less than 3 weeks away from The Hottest 100 and with all of the incredible new music in 2018,  it’s looking pretty hard to pick a clear winner. Last year saw Kendrick Lamar take top spot with HUMBLE, edging out Aussie darlings Gang of Youths to become only the second hip hop artist in the history of the countdown to win.

This year we’re keen to see more female artists in the top spots after only two ladies (Lorde and Julia Stone) featured in the top ten last year. But with massive hits from Amy Shark, Wafia, Mallrat, Ruby Fields and more in 2018, we don’t reckon it’ll be too much of a struggle.

So without further ado, here’s who we’re betting on for top spot in this year’s countdown…


Is there anything Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, cannot do? His hit single “This is America” debuted at number one in the charts back in May and hasn’t lost any momentum since. While we’d love to see an Aussie take out top spot this year and his recently cancelled Australian tour left fans disappointed, there’s no denying he’s still a hot favourite to win.


Dance tracks haven’t had huge luck in the Hottest 100 but we reckon “Losing It” by Gold Coast surfer turned DJ Fisher has got a pretty huge chance. Previously the other half of Cut Snake, Fisher has gone from strength to strength this year – scoring a Grammy nomination for Best Dance Recording and filling clubs with his unique dance tracks and huge online following.


Local girl and superstar talent Amy Shark dominated 2018 with her indie-pop style smashing our airwaves and Aussies couldn’t get enough of her track I Said Hi. The Queensland talent was runner-up in the 2016 Hottest 100 with her chart-topping single Adore. Can she score the #1 spot in this year’s Hottest 100? We’ll have to see.


Brisbane-based legend Wafia has been getting some serious airtime with her perfect break-up song “I’m Good” and we’re gunning for her to score a top spot in this year’s countdown. She sold out shows on her Australia tour, supported CHVRCHES earlier in the year and has just wrapped up a tour in the States so it’s safe to say that this lady’s off to huge things.


A music video featuring the beloved Red Wiggle – what more could you ask for? DZ Deathrays brought some good old rock ‘n’ roll with their album Bloody Lovely and the single “Like People” is slated for a top spot.


Self described “average chick” Ruby Fields has proven that her songwriting is anything but average this year with the release of her hit single “Dinosaurs”. After releasing her EP Your Dad’s Opinion for Dinner back in March, Fields went on to sell out shows across Australia and we reckon she’ll almost certainly be in the top three this year.


What would this list be without Ocean Alley’s absolute tune “Confidence”. Since the release of their album Chiaroscuro earlier this year, they’ve absolutely dominated the airwaves and you’d be pretty hard pressed to find someone who didn’t know them. For those keen for an Aussie win this year, we reckon Ocean Alley are a pretty safe bet.

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