The Wiggles takes out Triple J’s Hottest 100

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Rangi HiriniThe West Australian
The Wiggles.
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A fruit salad fusion has rocketed The Wiggles to the top spot in this year’s Triple J Hottest 100.

In a surprise win the kids entertainers beat Sydney rapper The Kid Laroi, who was tipped to be No.1 with his collaboration with Justin Bieber, into second place.

They weren’t the only surprise in the top five, with Gang of Youths missing out despite proving popular with the bookies.

Instead WA’s Spacey Jane and US stars Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo rounded out the top five.

Before Saturday’s countdown Laroi, an Aboriginal rapper, and Bieber were considered a pretty safe bet by both critics and bookies alike.

But the lure of an upbeat version of an indie favourite proved too strong.

The Wiggles performed a cover of WA’s Tame Impala’s Elephant on Triple J’s Like a Version - a segment which sees artists play two songs live in the studio, one of their own and a cover - in March 2021.

The performance fused Tame Impala’s hit with the Wiggles classic Fruit Salad, to the delight of audiences.

“We’re so absolutely chuffed! Number 1 in @triplej‘s #Hottest100 in 2021! A big thank you to everyone who voted for us. We loved singing “Elephant” by @tameimpala and we’re so glad you all loved it too! #TheWiggles,” the group tweeted.

It’s the first time a Like a Verison cover has taken out the top spot in the annual countdown.

“It’s surreal ... This is one of the biggest things to ever happen to us,” Anthony told the station.

“I heard about the hottest 100 last year... walking down the street today, people were coming up going, ‘good luck’... Thank you to Kevin Parker for writing that amazing song.”

Laroi also made history, with the No. 2 win the highest ever entry of any Indigenous artist in the countdown’s 32 years.

Spacey Jane’s Lots of Nothing rounded out the top three.

“Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hearts. It’s f...... insane to be here - what a dream come true, we love you all so much,” the group wrote on Instagram.

Plenty of artists had more than song make the countdown.

Spacey Jane had two other entries including Lunchtime which came in at number 12, and their Like A Version cover of Here Comes the Sun which landed at 30.

Olivia Rodrigo took out fourth spot with Good 4 U. She also nabbed 13th spot with Driver’s Licence and had three other tracks feature, albeit outside of the top 20 - Deja Vu (33), Brutal (60) and Traitor (67).

But it was not only a day for musicians. Superstar of Australian racing Daniel Ricciardo can add an appearance on the countdown to his list of formidable achievements after making a surprise appearance.

Ricciardo is credited on the Gang of Youths track The Man Himself under percussion. The song came in at 57.

This year’s countdown had a lot of TikTok dance songs in the top 100 including female rapper Doja Cat who had five entries.

Other TikTok craze songs included Sam Fender’s Seven Going Under (No.16), SZA’s Good Days (No.22), Willow Smith’s t r a n s p a r e n t s o u l (No.36), and bbno$’s edamame (No.24).

THE TOP 10:

1. The Wiggles- Elephant [triple j Like A Version 2021]

2. The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber- Stay

3. Spacey Jane- Lots of Nothing

4. Olivia Rodrigo- Good 4 U

5. Billie Eilish- Happier Than Ever

6. Gang of Youths- the angel of 8th ave.

7. DojaCat ft SZA - Kiss Me More

8. Lil Nas X and Jack Harlow - INDUSTRY BABY

9. RÜFÜS DU SOL - On My Knees

10. Lil Nas X- MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)

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