The Rubens’ "Hoops" has taken top prize in Triple j’s Hottest 100, one of the world’s biggest fan-voted annual music competitions.
The hook-laden song, the title track from the homegrown indie band’s sophomore album (via Ivy League Records), came in at No. 1 on the countdown, which coincides with Australia Day (Jan. 26), the official national day when hundreds of thousands of Aussies typically flock to water and tune in to Triple J.
Hoops opened at a new career high of No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart last August. It’s the follow-up to the Menangle, New South Wales band’s 2012 certified platinum self-titled debut, which peaked at No. 3 on the national chart and helped the group to a coveted APRA Award.
"Dropping in July 2015, the song’s four to the floor beat and sing along lyrics make it a total earworm for triple j listeners,” comments triple j’s Ollie Wards on the winner. “Despite it being a slower song for the band, ‘Hoops’ always gets the crowd moving at their awesome live shows. After just a few listens the song makes you feel like you’ve been hearing it for years. That familiarity combined with the Rubens' trademark RnB-meets-blues-rock swagger got it to 2015’s Hottest 100 No. 1.”
"Hoops" beat out Kendrick Lamar’s "King Kunta" and Major Lazer’s “Lean On” (with DJ Snake and MØ) for top honors, while a pair of Tame Impala tracks completed the top five: "The Less I Know the Better" and "Let It Happen," respectively. Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett were the artists with the most songs in the countdown, with four songs each.
— The Rubens (@therubensmusic) January 26, 2016
More than 2.094 million votes were cast on the latest poll, which asked listeners of the state-funded Triple J network to decide on the most popular songs for 2015.
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