All about Like A Versions in Triple J’s Hottest 100

Like A Version is a Triple J concept whereby an artist of varying degrees of renown performs two tracks, an original and a cover. It currently takes place during the breakfast program on Friday mornings, either side of the 8am news.

Since the first Like A Version in the mid-2000s, LAVs have been eligible for the Hottest 100. Only three covers in the first six years of the concept cracked the countdown, but the launch of streaming services, more comprehensive voting lists, greater promotion of LAV voting and a general overhyping of the covers (for example, lotsa music blogs will write up a story about Like A Version every single Friday morning) has seen a steady increase in LAVs make the Hottest 100.

All told, 21 Like A Versions have charted (correct to the Hottest 100 of 2017):

2005 (#1 Wish You Well — Bernard Fanning)

#18 I Was Only 19 — The Herd (Redgum)

2006 (#1 One Crowded Hour — Augie March)

#70 Such Great Heights — Ben Folds (Postal Service)

2007 (#1 Knights of Cydonia — Muse)

#29 Real Love — Regina Spektor (John Lennon)

2011 (#1 Somebody That I Used To Know — Gotye & Kimbra)

#28 Pumped Up Kicks — Owl Eyes (Foster The People, #32 in 2010)

2012 (#1 Thrift Shop — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis & Wanz)

#49 Brother — Thundamentals (Matt Corby, #3 in 2011)
#69 Lonely Boy — Matt Corby (Black Keys, #2 in 2011)

2013 (#1 Riptide — Vance Joy)

#39 Get Lucky — San Cisco (Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams, #3 in 2013)
#66 Ausmusic Month Medley — Illy (multiple artists)
#68 Sweet Nothing — Something For Kate (Calvin Harris & Florence Welch, #11 in 2012)

2014 (#1 Talk Is Cheap — Chet Faker)

#21 (Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good (Chet Faker — Sonia Dada)
#54 Do I Wanna Know? — CHVRCHES (Arctic Monkeys, #4 in 2013)
#91 Bridges — Meg Mac (Broods)

2015 (#1 Hoops — The Rubens)

#81 Big Jet Plane — Tuka & Thelma Plum (Angus & Julia Stone, #1 in 2010)
#84 Delete — Sticky Fingers (DMAs, #48 in 2014)

2016 (#1 Never Be Like You — Flume & Kai)

#6 Believe — DMAs (Cher)
#45 Dumb Things — AB Original, Paul Kelly & Dan Sultan (Paul Kelly)
#52 Love Yourself — Halsey (Justin Bieber)
#56 Keeping Score — Paces & Guy Sebastian (LDRU & Paige IV, #22 in 2015)

2017 (#1 Humble — Kendrick Lamar)

#41 Blood — Gang Of Youths (Middle East, #64 in 2009)
#78 Electric Feel — Tash Sultana (MGMT, #2 in 2008)
#88 Edge Of Town — Paul Dempsey (Middle Kids)

Funky Facts and Nice Notes

  • 2016 had the most Like A Versions with four, including the highest ever LAV at #6.
  • No artist has twice charted LAVs into the Hottest 100, though Tuka and Paul Dempsey have appeared as solo artists and as members of, respectively, Thundamentals and Something For Kate.
  • No original artist has had two different songs covered for Like A Version make the countdown.
  • Matt Corby and DMAs are the only two acts to chart a Like A Version and be covered for a placing entry.
  • 17 of the 21 entries are by Australian artists, three are from the United States and one is from the United Kingdom.
  • There is a much greater nationality spread for the song being covered. Nine original artists are Australian, six are from the United States, three from the United Kingdom, one each from Canada and New Zealand, and one transatlantic collab between France and the United States.
  • Paul Kelly is the only original artist credited with a charting Like A Version cover, though I vaguely remember Redgum, or members of Redgum, helping out The Herd on I Was Only 19.
  • Get Lucky is the only Like A Version cover to appear in the same chart as the original.
  • Chet Faker is the only Hottest 100 winner to score a Like A Version into the countdown.
  • Big Jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone is the only Hottest 100 winning song/artist to be covered into a charting Like A Version.
  • Of the 11 LAV covers of originals that also placed in the Hottest 100 only Owl Eyes (+4) and Gang Of Youths (+23) improved on their inspiration’s position.
  • Paces and Guy Sebastian are the only artists who can boast a Like A Version cover as their sole Hottest 100 hit (and on the same Like A Version).
  • In the years when Gang of Youths and Chet Faker charted their Like A Versions, they both had three songs in the Top 10.
  • The median position for a Like A Version in the Hottest 100 is #54.
  • All 21 Like A Versions are at different numbers in the countdown.

I will update this post after the Hottest 100 of 2018, scheduled for Sunday 27 January 2019, to reflect any new developments!

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