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Triple J Hottest 100 countdown begins with Tones and I, Billie Eilish and Denzel Curry tipped to win

Australians across the country have begun their long-weekend festivities by letting their hair down for the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown. 

The national radio station’s top songs of 2019 – as voted by listeners – was underway at midday on Saturday, with the winner to be crowned by the evening.

The countdown was traditionally held on Australia Day but was moved from its January 26 slot in 2018 after increased debate about changing the country’s national day.   

Australians across the country have begun their long-weekend festivities by celebrating the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown

Perfect weather! Some Australians stripped down to their bikinis on Saturday, with highs of 29C in Sydney, 30C in Brisbane and 24C in Melbourne

Perfect weather! Some Australians stripped down to their bikinis on Saturday, with highs of 29C in Sydney, 30C in Brisbane and 24C in Melbourne 

Saturday's countdown is the first day of the Australia Day long weekend, with the national day falling on Sunday and the public holiday on the Monday. This woman appeared to twerk for her friend as festivities got underway

Saturday’s countdown is the first day of the Australia Day long weekend, with the national day falling on Sunday and the public holiday on the Monday. This woman appeared to twerk for her friend as festivities got underway 

Music lovers typically come together for the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown by throwing parties and enjoying the alternative tunes

 Music lovers typically come together for the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown by throwing parties and enjoying the alternative tunes

One thrifty listener decided to make a game out of Saturday's countdown by judging different songs rankings

One thrifty listener decided to make a game out of Saturday’s countdown by judging different songs rankings

The countdown was traditionally held on Australia Day but was moved from its January 26 slot in 2018 after increased debate about changing the country's national day

The countdown was traditionally held on Australia Day but was moved from its January 26 slot in 2018 after increased debate about changing the country’s national day

Revellers threw parties, lounged by the pool or hit the beach as they turned up their radios for the best tunes of 2019.  

According to the bookies, Australian artist ‘Tones and I’ is tipped to top the annual poll with her hit track Dance Monkey.

However, snapping at the song’s heels is Denzel Curry’s Bulls on Parade, which could be the unlikely contender to take the top position. 

The website 100 Warm Tunas, which bills itself as ‘the internet’s most accurate prediction of Triple J’s Hottest 100’, has Denzel’s cover of the Rage Against The Machine classic coming in at number one.

According to Sports Bet, Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy is pegged to make the top five for this year’s countdown.  

The betting agency has also said G Flip’s Drink Too Much and Mallrat’s Charlie are contenders for the big numbers. 

According to the bookies, Australian artist 'Tones and I' is tipped to top the annual poll with her hit track Dance Monkey

According to Sports Bet, Billie Eilish's Bad Guy is pegged to make the top five for this year's countdown

According to the bookies, Australian artist ‘Tones and I’ is tipped to top the annual poll with her hit track Dance Monkey. According to Sports Bet, Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy is pegged to make the top five for this year’s countdown

Denzel Curry's Bulls on Parade, could be the unlikely contender to take the top position from Tones and I. The website 100 Warm Tunas, which bills itself as 'the internet's most accurate prediction of Triple J's Hottest 100', has Denzel's cover of the Rage Against The Machine classic coming in at number one

Denzel Curry’s Bulls on Parade, could be the unlikely contender to take the top position from Tones and I. The website 100 Warm Tunas, which bills itself as ‘the internet’s most accurate prediction of Triple J’s Hottest 100’, has Denzel’s cover of the Rage Against The Machine classic coming in at number one

Two music lovers decorated their white t-shirts with their guesses for the top 10 songs in Saturday's countdown

Two music lovers decorated their white t-shirts with their guesses for the top 10 songs in Saturday’s countdown

The past year has been a whirlwind for Toni ‘Tones and I’ Watson, who won Best Female Artist, Best Pop Release, Best Breakthrough Artist and Best Independent Release at the ARIA Awards in November.  

Dance Monkey reached No. 1 in several countries, including Australia, Canada and the UK. It also reached the top ten of the American Billboard charts.

In Australia, it has topped the ARIA charts for 22 non-consecutive weeks so far.

Music steaming platform Spotify recently announced that Dance Monkey was the ‘most repeated song to come out of the Southern Hemisphere’ in 2019.  

The ABC decided to host the countdown on the fourth weekend of January after moving it from Australia Day. 

It came after a series of surveys in 2017 found 60 per cent of people were in favour of a change in date. 

‘It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world,’ the ABC said at the time. 

Some Hottest 100 listeners decided to cool off and enjoy the tunes from the beach, pool or lake on Saturday

Some Hottest 100 listeners decided to cool off and enjoy the tunes from the beach, pool or lake on Saturday

A group of friends settle in for Saturday's annual countdown, as voted by Triple J listeners

A group of friends settle in for Saturday’s annual countdown, as voted by Triple J listeners 

 

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