Summer in Australia means many things: holidays, the unbearable overplaying of Christmas carols, and reminiscing over music of the year to vote in triple j’s Hottest 100.
Sitting in the lounge room, my housemates and I started our shortlists immediately after voting opened. And let me just say, choosing only ten of our favourite songs from this year was harder than deciding which hangover meal to get Deliveroo’d to our house on a Friday morning.
Their votes were pretty solid, and basically the soundtrack of our household over the past year: a lot of Methyl Ethyl, Gang of Youths, and Angus and Julia Stone.
My prediction is these artists will all top really high in this year’s countdown. Methyl Ethyl’s “Ubu” has been the anthem of every drinking event I’ve been to in 2017, and Gang of Youths album Go Farther In Lightness picked up four ARIAs out of their seven nominations this year, including Album of the Year.
There’s been some amazing albums released this year, like Lorde’s Melodrama which got a Lizzie-certified 4.5/5 at its release. But the soundtrack of my entire year has to be Alex Lahey’s I Love You Like a Brother. Two minutes in to selecting a shortlist, I already had ten songs, and they were all between these two records.
Despite being so proud that these girls absolutely killed it this year, I had to kill my darlings and promise to only pick one track per artist. But I was determined get the girls to the front and select an all-female lineup, which, to an odd satisfaction, was harder than I thought.
1. Alex Lahey – “Awkward Exchange”
Alex Lahey’s debut album makes me feel all the things I didn’t know I could feel, and I’m angry and confused that I didn’t write it myself. A whole album about being ready to jump into love with someone who is ready to jump right back out? Sounds uncomfortably familiar.
I’m sure the upbeat anthems “I Haven’t Been Taking Care of Myself”, “Everyday’s the Weekend” and “Lotto in Reverse” are all gonna place this year, so I went with her lesser-known, equally as relatable and upbeat tune “Awkward Exchange”. It’s basically about seeing your ex for the first time while you’re still in the middle of getting over them. I’ll let Alex articulate a bit better:
2. Alex The Astronaut – “If I Could Start Today Again” (Like A Version)
It’s no secret that Alex the Astronaut is one of the best songwriters to grace our ears this year, singing about coming out to her friends and ‘billionaires for president, and parking fines at hospitals.’
But the song that got my vote was her raw cover of Paul Kelly’s tear-jerker “If I Could Start Today Again”. Recorded for triple j’s Like a Version in August, Alex did this song such justice, her soft voice and simple guitar chords capturing the pure emotion that Paul aimed for when he wrote the song in 2010.
3. Lorde – “Green Light”
I’m sure everyone in my