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The Rubens top an unsurprising and safe Hottest 100

The Rubens, who topped Triple J's Hottest 100, might disagree but sometimes a silly attempt to sneak in a pop star into the poll can be just what a popular vote needs to add some spice.

Trailer: Triple J's Hottest 100

Music's finest ham it up in front of the camera to promote Triple J's online poll for the best songs of 2015.

Without some website or betting agency gaming the system with a rogue Taylor Swift or Justin Bieber entry, the radio network's popular vote for favourite songs of the past year spread itself through the afternoon of Australia Day with few surprises and absolutely no controversy. Or risk.

To be fair, that's much like the surprisingly conservative station and its equally safe listeners. This is the voting public which returned 2014's winner, the amiable Vance Joy, to the top 20 with a song slightly more lively than his winning Riptide, and probably listened to the countdown with their parents and grandparents everyone enjoying the friendly rock of The Rubens and the bubblegum hooks of Major Lazer almost as much as "the kids".

The Rubens's Hoops voted the most popular song on Triple J in 2015
The Rubens's Hoops voted the most popular song on Triple J in 2015 Photo: supplied

The closest thing to danger was that listeners might throw something at their radios at the frequent interruptions during the countdown from "strong language" alerts whenever a bit of swearing was on its way, such as Kendrick Lamar's. Given the target audience hears the songs regularly, and presumably uses the language themselves, it wasn't clear who needed warning or protection. Maybe it was the foreign listeners.

As the voiceovers told us often, more than two million votes were lodged from 172 countries, the latter figure a claim which had some of the "yes we're important" feel of Channel 9's assertions that State Of Origin games are being watched in territories all over the globe.

But who is to say that Germans, Albanians, Mongolians and Americans still digging themselves out of Snowmaggedon weren't tuned in on the internet to the countdown? And if they were listening they would have recognised a good number of the songs with international acts such as R&B star, The Weeknd (two entries in the top 20), Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Drake strongly represented alongside 53 Australian releases including four from Courtney Barnett, the most represented artist but yet another female artist who missed out on the top spot.

But then picking a woman atop the Hottest 100 may be a bit too dangerous for this safe constituency.

Hottest 100 Top 20

1. The Rubens - Hoops

2. Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta

3. Major Lazer – Lean On

4. Tame Impala – The Less I Know The Better

5. Tame Impala – Let It Happen

6. Marcus Marr and Chet Faker – The Trouble With Us

7. Jarryd James – Do You Remember?

8. Hermitude – The Buzz

9. The Weeknd – Can't Feel My Face

10. Disclosure - Magnets

11. Meg Mac – Never Be

12. Rufus – You Were Right

13. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive

14. Drake – Hotline Bling

15.Violent Soho – Like Soda

16. Vance Joy – Fire And Flood

17. DJ Snake – Middle

18. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis - Downtown

19. The Weeknd – The Hills

20. Foals – Mountain At My Gates