100 Warm Tunas, the website that has been predicting the results of the annual triple j Hottest 100 since 2016 with decent success, has revealed their picks for the upcoming Hottest 100 in 2022.

The frontrunner for the number one position, according to the site, is Gang of Youths’ ‘in the wake of your leave’ from their 2022 album ‘angel in realtime’.

Ball Park Music’s ‘Stars in My Eyes’, Flume’s MAY-A collaboration ‘Say Nothing’, Spacey Jane’s ‘Hardlight’ and Gorillaz’ Tame Impala and Bootie Brown-assisted ‘New Gold’ round out the top five.

Gang of Youths appear several times in the predicted 100, with album cuts ‘goal of the century’ and ‘the kingdom is within you’ at 76 and 84 respectively. Flume also appears several times, including at 22 for his Toro y Moi featuring cover of Bag Raiders ‘Shooting Stars’ for Like a Version.

If 100 Warm Tunas’ algorithm is correct, it will also be another successful year for Spacey Jane – whose song ‘Booster Seat’ came in second on the Hottest 100 of 2020, with ‘Lots of Nothing’ coming in third on the Hottest 100 in 2021 In addition to ‘Hardlight’ at four, 100 Warm Tunas also predicts ‘Sitting Up’ at six, ‘It’s Been a Long Day’ at 17, ‘Pulling Through’ at 78 and ‘Yet’ at 88.

Elsewhere, King Stingray make two appearances in the predicted top 20 – with ‘Camp Dog’ at number seven and ‘Let’s Go’ at number 11. Their Like a Version cover of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ is also at 48. Peace again.. i meanwhile , appears three times on the overall chart, including ‘Delilah (Get Me Out of This)’ at number nine and the Future-assisted Swedish House Mafia collaboration ‘Turn on the Lights Again’ at 28.

See the top 20 below – and go to the website 100 Warm Tunas for its full projected top 200.

100 Warm Tunas is the project of Nick Whyte, a front-end software engineer and Hottest 100 enthusiast. His algorithm is based on the Python programming language, collecting images shared from Instagram and Twitter tagged with #Hottest100, as well as text data from a voting thread on the r/triplej subreddit.

It then uses optical character recognition software to extract songs and artist names from the images, and after some additional data cleaning and processing, updates the website with the new voices.

“As the years go by, I think we’re capturing a little bit less data despite the fact that we’re capturing it across different media,” Whyte told NME ahead of the hottest 100 in 2020. “For me, I’m a little more concerned with how accurate it will be, but I think overall it will give a good ballpark of the top ten, as it usually does.

“As the years go by, I’m less sure what will really be number one.”

100 Warm Tunas’ current predictions for Saturday’s countdown are based on a sample size of less than two percent, with 39,189 votes counted. That’s better than both its sample size for the 2020 (1.25 percent, based on 36,156 votes) and 2021 (1.02 percent, based on 25,877 votes) editions.

The countdown to the Hottest 100 of 2022 starts from midday (AEDT) on January 28 via triple j on radio, online or via the triple j app. The 2021 countdown took place last January and the list was topped by The Wiggles with their As a version cover of Tame Impala’s ‘Elephant’.

100 Warm Tunas’ predictions for the Hottest 100 of 2022 are:

1. Gang of youth – ‘in the wake of your leave’
2. Ball Park Music – ‘Stars in My Eyes’
3. Flume – ‘Say Nothing’ (ft. MAY-A)
4. Spacey Jane – ‘Hardlight’
5. Gorillaz – ‘New Gold’ (ft. Tame Impala/Bootie Brown)
6. Spacey Jane – ‘Sitting Up’
7. King Stingray – ‘Camp Dog’
8. Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers – ‘Girl Sports’
9. Peace Again.. – ‘Delilah (Get Me Out Of This)
10. Paramore – ‘This Is Why’
11. King Stingray – ‘Let’s Go’
12. Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal – ‘BOTA (Baddest of Them All)’
13. Genesis Owusu – ‘Be Inspired’
14. Steve Lacy – ‘Bad Habit’
15. Thelma Plum – ‘Backseat of My Mind’
16. Joji – ‘Glimpse of Us’
17. Spacey Jane – ‘It’s Been a Long Day’
18. Peach PRC – ‘God Is a Freak’
19. Skegss – ‘Stranger Days’
20. Bring Me the Horizon – ‘Strangers’

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