Billie Eilish Makes History With Triple J Hottest 100 Win
The teenager is the first ever solo woman and the youngest person to be awarded the top position in triple j's Hottest 100 countdown.
Billie Eilish has beaten out a tight race to win the Hottest 100, the annual music listener poll hosted by national radio station triple j.
The 2019 poll saw record participation from music fans, with more than 3.2 million votes.
Prior to the poll's kick-off, triple j revealed only a few hundred votes had separated the songs at first and second spot.
Eilish's "Bad Guy" is the fifth single from her Grammy-nominated album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which debuted in March.
The album also scored the top vote from triple j listeners in 2019, and while numerous songs from the 18-year-old have made the Hottest 100 in recent years, none enjoyed the success of "Bad Guy".
The song reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as Australia, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, New Zealand, Norway and Russia.
Flume's 'Rushing Back' ft. Vera Blue snagged second spot, and Charlie by 'Mallrat' rounded out the top three.
Tones and I's 'Dance Monkey', which had been pegged as a crowd favourite missed out on the top three, placing fourth in the countdown.
The first ever Hottest 100 was held on March 5, 1989 and the countdown didn’t regularly match up with Australia Day (January 26) until 1998.
In 2017, triple j announced they would hold 2018's Hottest 100 on January 27, instead of Australia Day. The national radio station cited "growing dialogue around Indigenous recognition and perspectives on January 26".
The radio station recently announced it will also be doing a Hottest 100 of the Decade countdown, airing in March.