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J Play Reveals Triple J's Most-Played Tracks For 2012

News posted Thursday, January 3 2013 at 11:00 AM.
Related: Triple J, Parachute Youth.


J Play has compiled a list of Triple J's most-played tracks for 2012, and anyone who has listened to the station will be unsurprised to hear that the list is topped by a track with a four-to-the-floor beat, ‘chilled’ synths and a filtered, autotuned vocal. The only real surprise is that the number one spot is occupied by Australian duo Parachute Youth, with ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’. Released in January, ‘Can’t Get Better Than This’ had plenty of time to bump up its stats.

The rest of the upper places are a mix of blah (‘Get Free’) and execrable (‘Water Bombs’, ‘Bangarang’). Beyond that, the list is refreshingly diverse – over half the entries are Australian, but it’s neither a skip-hop ghetto nor a zeitgeist-y indie limp-fest. Ok, so it’s a little limp, but still.

Honourable mention to POND for finally turning the tables on sister-band Tame Impala, trumping ‘Elephant’ at #53 with a #52 finish for ‘Moth Wings’.



Triple J’s Most-Played 2012
1. Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This
2. Major Lazer – Get Free
3. Twinsy – Water Bombs
4. Skrillex – Bangarang (feat. Sirah)
5. Electric Guest – This Head I Hold
6. Django Django – Default
7. Loon Lake – Cherry Lips
8. Dialectrix – New Generation
9. Regina Spektor – All The Rowboats
10. The Preatures – Take A Card
11. Flume – Holdin On
12. The Shins – Simple Song
13. Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine
14. The Bamboos – I Got Burned (feat. Tim Rogers)
15. Disclosure – Latch (feat. Sam Smith)
16. Matt Corby – Brother
17. Ball Park Music – Surrender
18. Gossling – Wild Love
19. Allday X C1 – So Good
20. Wolf And Cub – See The Light
21. Grimes – Oblivion
22. Emma Louise – Boy
23. Yacht – Le Goudron
24. Kid Cudi – Just What I Am
25. Diafrix – Running It
26. San Cisco – Rocket Ship
27. Full Tote Odds – Southern Wind
28. The Hives – Go Right Ahead
29. Illy – Heard It All
30. The Griswolds – Heart Of A Lion
31. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
32. MS MR – Hurricane
33. The Cribs – Come On, Be a No-One
34. Dappled Cities – Born At The Right Time
35. Alt-J – Breezeblocks
36. Citizens! – Reptile
37. Metric – Youth Without Youth
38. Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way
39. Silversun Pickups – Skin Graph
40. DCUP – I’m Corrupt
41. St. Lucia – September
42. Best Coast – The Only Place
43. White Rabbits – Temporary
44. Sticky Fingers – Caress Your Soul
45. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – Following
46. Flux Pavilion – Daydreamer (feat. Example)
47. Birds Of Tokyo – This Fire
48. Alpine – Gasoline
49. Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings
50. YesYou – Frivolous Life (feat. Marcus Azon)
51. Lisa Mitchell – Spiritus
52. Pond – Moth Wings
53. Tame Impala – Elephant
54. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (feat. Florence Welch)
55. Miike Snow – Paddling Out
56. Jinja Safari -Toothless Grin
57. Oh Mercy – Drums
58. Plan B – Ill Manors
59. Cosmo Jarvis – Love This
60. Mystery Jets – Someone Purer
61. The Trouble With Templeton – Six Months In A Cast
62. Ben Kweller – Mean To Me
63. Chet Faker – I’m Into You
64. Skryptcha – Dance
65. The Cast Of Cheers – Family
66. Art Of Sleeping – Empty Hands
67. Nantes – Unsatisfy
68. Rudimental – Feel the Love
69. Children Collide – Sword To A Gunfight
70. Illy – Where Ya Been (feat. Pez)
71. World’s End Press – Second Day Uptown
72. Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
73. Eagle & The Worm – Give Me Time
74. Yung Warriors – Standing Strong
75. The Aston Shuffle – Can’t Stop Now
76. Bloc Party – Octopus
77. Kimbra – Warrior (feat. Mark Foster & A-Trak)
78 .Rufus – This Summer
79 .Jack White – Love Interruption
80 .Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
81. Tyler Touché – Baguette?
82. Owl Eyes – Crystalised
83. Snakadaktal – Dance Bear
84. Millions – Nineteen
85. Grinspoon – Passerby
86. The Gaslight Anthem – 45
87. Hunting Grounds – Flaws
88. Chasm – Soldier And A Thinker
89. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Tapes & Money
90. Knife Party – Internet Friends
91. Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun
92. Winter People – Gallons
93. Purity Ring – Fineshrine
94. Rudimental – Not Giving In
95. The Presets – Promises
96. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz)
97. Alpine – Seeing Red
98. DZ Deathrays – Dollar Chills
99. Buchanan – Run Faster
100. The Rubens – Don’t Ever Want To Be Found

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Your Comments

electricsound  said about 1 year ago:
  1. Django Django – Default

well at least they're playing something good


chrisj  said about 1 year ago:

some pretty good stuff in there, can't say my dial hit triple j once.


dumbspud  said about 1 year ago:

I don't think I've heard more than three of those songs. 2012 was a good year.


klaximopark  said about 1 year ago:

Plenty of good stuff right there.


seahunt  said about 1 year ago:

Parachute Youth – Can’t Get Better Than This

Never heard of this before today. I'm so not youth.

I'll laugh if this list is replicated in the hottest 100.

Speaking of lists, where is the M+N article on 4ZZZ's Hot 100, in which only a handful of international bands got in, eh, eh? :-D


Cooperative Music  said about 1 year ago:

''Get Free'' isn't blah.
It's YEAH!
Cracking tune.


Dan_Crad  said about 1 year ago:

The number of Triple J plays an Australian act receives compared with their live ticket sales would be interesting.

I doubt that acts and their management would hand over this data, but it'd be interesting to see the actual correlation between airplay and attendance, broken down by genre, act etc.


chrowens  said about 1 year ago:

Django Django – Default
well at least they're playing something good

It gets my vote for the most irritating song of the year


gabbo  said about 1 year ago:

seahunt - funny compared to the 1976 list where practically every band is international (and the list is shared between about 20 acts)


unvisible  said about 1 year ago:

Speaking of lists, where is the M+N article on 4ZZZ's Hot 100, in which only a handful of international bands got in, eh, eh? :-D

4ZZZ's Hot 100 should have been retired years ago. It is ridiculously easy for unheard-of bands to place highly, or even win, by voting for themselves multiple times. Does anyone think that fucking Transvaal Diamond Syndicate band was the most popular thing on 4ZZZ in 2010? or that terrible Flanelette band that came in at #2 this year - I don't think that song had even been played on ZZZ all year. The whole thing is a depressing sham that makes 4ZZZ look like a joke.


flukazoid  said about 1 year ago:

I'm with Mr Co-op on Get Free.


mule  said about 1 year ago:

Hmm a song by the preachers about schmoozibg with industry folk gets no. 10. They have worked hard and good on em, but cant stand their music/attitude. Good luck with the 5 record deal rocknrollrs...


ghoti-max  said about 1 year ago:

The whole thing is a depressing sham that makes 4ZZZ look like a joke

Yeah, it is a real shame...that list is bizarre and APPEARS rigged. It's bad for 4ZZZ, but it even makes Brisbane look bad. Can't be that hard to find a programmer who can tighten up poll security...


daverh  said about 1 year ago:

Say wuuuut about Get Free?


blacklight  said about 1 year ago:

Apparently the Best Coast gig in Melbourne last night was half full. There isn't always a correlation between sales and airplay. Nobody knows what will work.


Cooperative Music  said about 1 year ago:

Yes, there is.
JJJ didn't back the 2nd Best Coast album, so you could argue it's not surprising the show wasn't that busy.


seahunt  said about 1 year ago:

And also they've played here about 10 times in the last two years.


lolsmith  said about 1 year ago:

Yeah, it is a real shame...that list is bizarre and APPEARS rigged. It's bad for 4ZZZ, but it even makes Brisbane look bad. Can't be that hard to find a programmer who can tighten up poll security...

Hm, Flannelette probably just got all their Facebook friends to vote for them and made fake emails to vote for them. Please see here for evidence of this sorta behavior and behold the comments - http://www.triplejunearthed.com/Flannelette

Anyway, I'm being snarky. They're trying.

Either way I don't think the list is too bad. Even my shitty band made it in there somehow.

I think it really just shows the variety of people who listen to 4ZZZ. The number of crappy West End conservatorium-funk bands may be high, but that's because hippies and 4ZZZ often walk hand in hand.


seahunt  said about 1 year ago:

I may be bias given my involvement at the station, but I'm with Lolsmith on this one. Yes, there is going to be the odd high ranking band that may get there on the strength of being social media/tech savvy, but the station does do work to cull obvious instances of poll rigging, but in the end it's supposed to be a democratic vote, meaning those with large fanbases, or those more organised bands may have an advantage say over a band who does absolutely fuck all to press their case.

There are many songs on there in the top area of the list that I don't personally like but there are many songs there that wouldn't get a look in say a poll done by listeners of Triple J, or FBi or 3RRR. Bands like Texas Tea, Velociraptor, HITS and Violent Soho are very popular at the station and in Brisbane as well, so I can understand why they're all in the top 10, and I think it's a bit of a long-bow to draw to say that those places are no their on respective merits, considering the purpose of the poll. the announcer's list, which will be up soon, probably would align more to the interests of those here - from memory I think Boomgates came first, Lower Plenty 4th and Blank Realm were in the mix as well.

Personally, I'm glad the likes of Kitchen's Floor and Per Purpose and a few others that I voted for made the Hot 100list. There is lots of good stuff in there, and lots of good stuff that you might not hear about necessary even on the likes of M+N and other music news sites.


lolsmith  said about 1 year ago:

The point is 4ZZZ is great and sure, it doesn't have the clout of 3RRR or FBi, but we're lucky to have it.

Does anyone think that fucking Transvaal Diamond Syndicate band was the most popular thing on 4ZZZ in 2010?

Who said you have to be good to get popular? ;)
(PS they're baaad)


fivefootnothing  said about 1 year ago:

Surprised that ''My Gun'' by The Ruebens didn't make it on there. It seems to be on the air every second time I tune in.
Triple J is a bigger deal in regional centres than it is in places like Sydney and Melbourne.
When I lived in Rockhampton, all the people who fancied themselves as too alternative for the local Austereo stations were total JJJ devotees.


bebop  said about 1 year ago:

Errr, Get Free is blah?


flukazoid  said about 1 year ago:

I think we're all agreed there must have been a gross oversight in the editorial dept that day.


sinbad  said about 1 year ago:

what a piece of shit. almost like a list of music to avoid


klaximopark  said about 1 year ago:

Yeah, music sucks. All of it. I hate everyone.


klaximopark  said about 1 year ago:

And everyone hates me.


Wonky  said about 1 year ago:

Weird, I listen to TripleJ a couple of hours a week and I don't think I've ever heard that #1 song. Meanwhile Thriftshop seems to be on every time I switch the radio on.


stevereich  said about 1 year ago:

keep in mind that this is over the last calendar year, so there is a bias towards tracks released at the start of 2012 over those released later in the year eg rubens. Parachute youth's track was released 28 Jan according to wiki. Also co-written by Sam Littlemore


BigBoysSocks  said about 1 year ago:
  1. Xavier Rudd – Follow The Sun

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