Music shapes a lot of our interaction with the world – from choosing a track for our new TVC, to setting the mood when hosting dinner to cutting the rug in an impromptu lounge room dance party.

The marketing team at Careers Australia have very diverse music taste, but many of us listen to Triple J.  To celebrate a great year of sharing musical memories with them, and dancing our hearts out every Friday morning, I share my Top 10 for the #hottest100.

Love the ‘whoop whoop’ in the back of the track – like an audible wobble.  And the yellow-shirted kid in the video has some serious moves.

Minus the banjo (which I did love on their previous albums) this album, and this song. have been a great evolution for Mumford & Sons.  The chorus has a great build which is great for belting out sitting in your car (with the windows closed of course!).

Brilliant track (sound quality isn’t great on youtube hence the Soundcloud link) that has several great layers and I have danced to this on repeat in my loungeroom many a night after a long day.  My neighbours must love me!

Possibly my favourite band of the year, Gang of Youths made it into my Top 10 twice.  Radioface swirls beautifully in a musical space, transporting me above the crazy.

Jazz is my absolute favourite style of music, so this loose, fresh track from Dylan Joel bringing together some truly epic Australian performers and hip-hop artists almost makes me cry.  Video is as good as the track.

God bless Shazam (where I keep track of my fave tracks throughout the year in preparation for the #hottest100) because I might have forgotten this track.  Looking at my list now Gordi is the only chick to make the cut.  Several others came close, but I look for music to transport and transcend, and this year I think the other artists did that really well.

A longtime lover of The Rubens I was excited for their new release this year.  A great success story for Triple J Unearthed.  My favourite story around this song is the most commonly misheard lyric: ‘And the ink ran red’ is often heard as ‘And they ate brown bread’.  Snort.

Love this Brisbane band, and the film clip was produced by my very talented friend Benjamin Evans.  Heavy guitar sound that encourages you to thrash it out!

In total contrast to Violent Soho, we have Vance Joy.  Loved this song – almost was my number one.  Don’t need the video really to add to the beauty of this song.

And my number one track:

Listening to the track for 3+ hours yesterday confirmed it’s number one place.   And as a child of the 90s, some of Dave Le’aupepe’s dance moves are reminscent of Heath Ledger in 10 Things I Hate About You.  And you can’t go wrong there.  This band is going to be absolutely HUGE.

I absolutely, passionately, irrevocably love Australian music right now.

What was your number one track for the year?


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