Last year, Nick Drewe and his Warmest 100 team utilised triple j's social media voting feature to accurately predict 92 of the 100 songs in the Hottest 100. Drewe's crew even predicted the top three songs in order (although, let's face it, there weren't any huge surprises there).
The youth broadcaster battened down the hatches on social media this year in an effort to avoid the 100 being spoiled again, and it looked like they'd succeeded — until recently, Drewe had no plans to repeat his experiment this year.
However, The Vine's Matt Shea — who broke the Warmest 100 story last year — is reporting that Drewe has had a change of heart.
After some encouragement from Chicago-based economist David Quach and a poke around Twitter and Instagram, Drewe found that, despite Triple J's best efforts, people just can't stop sharing their Hottest 100 votes.
At the close of voting, Drewe and his team — including Tom Knox and Jack Murphy — had managed to collect over 17,800 votes, giving them roughly 1.2% of the total count. Not as large a percentage as they had access to last year, sure, but enough to give them a solid idea of how this year's Hottest 100 might look.
If you're willing to risk spoiling an Australia Day institution by taking a gander at their predictions for the Top 10, scroll down…
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10. London Grammar - 'Strong'
09. Rüfüs - 'Take Me'
08. Lorde - 'Royals'
07. James Blake - 'Retrograde'
06. The Preatures - 'Is This How You Feel?'
05. Violent Soho - 'Covered In Chrome'
04. Arctic Monkeys - 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?'
03. Flume & Chet Faker - 'Drop The Game'
02. Arctic Monkeys - 'Do I Wanna Know?'
01. Vance Joy - 'Riptide'
Is it just us, or is this year's prediction not so… warm? It's difficult to see Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' falling out of the top 10 altogether, even once you factor in a certain degree of backlash, and we just don't live in a world where Violent Soho are more popular than Lorde.
Regardless, all will be revealed on January 26. To check out the full list of predictions, head to warmest100.com.au.
(Via The Vine)