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Triple J Launches Hottest 100 For Like A Versions

18 May 2023 | 8:32 am | Mary Varvaris

Voting opens on Tuesday, 23 May, at 8 am AEST.

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Photo of triple j's Like A Version graphic (Source: Supplied)

It’s official: fans have been asking for this for years, and the triple j team has listened – we’re getting a Hottest 100 of Like A Version!

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the now-iconic early morning Friday segment, with over 800 Like A Versions available for fans to vote for. Some Like A Version clips that have been posted to YouTube this week haven’t been seen since their original broadcast.

Get ready to vote for your favourite Like A Versions by watching back over videos you might have missed or rewatching a classic like DMA’S take on Cher’s Believe. For the songs to be eligible, they must have been performed on Like A Version up until 30 November 2022.

Voting opens on Tuesday, 23 May, at 8 am AEST and ends on Monday, 10 July, at 12 pm AEST. Triple j’s Hottest 100 of Like A Version will air on Friday, 15 July, from 12 pm. You can choose your picks here when voting opens.

You can vote for as many as ten songs to enter the triple j Hottest 100 of Like A Version. While over 850 covers on the segment exist, some may be missing from the list for various reasons or the triple j team might have missed a few.

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Lissie Turner created Like A Version under the name Mel Bampton in 2004. On ABC’s look back on all things Hottest 100 to celebrate today’s announcement, she revealed that the title for the original concept was called Wrong Way To The Top.

“As the name suggests, it was very much about really terrible AC/DC covers, of which there are thousands. And what ended up happening over time through Wrong Way To The Top is that I started to discover a lot of really fantastic covers,” Turner said.

She added, "For me, it was very much born from this metamorphosis of letting go of this purist idea that covers were no good, [and] realising that you could actually see more deeply into an artist through the songs that they not only loved, but they loved to play."

What Like A Versions are getting your votes?