Excitement is building in the lead-up to the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2021, which will be broadcast this Saturday, January 22.

For those who don’t know, the Hottest 100 is a publicly-voted countdown hosted by Australia’s national youth broadcaster in January every year.

This year, it will be heard on radio waves on Saturday, January 22 from 12 pm AEDT.

Things are looking a little different this year compared to previous years, as Triple J is playing the songs voted 200 to 101 from 10am local time the day before the Hottest 100.

To round out the weekend, Triple J will broadcast the Hottest 100 of 2001 on Sunday, January 23.

In the voting process, the public selected up to 10 songs released between December 1, 2020, and November 30, 2021, either by browsing the song list on the Hottest 100 website or inputting songs manually.

We found outwhich songs the Australian music industry voted for; now we've decided it's our turn to share what Edge of the Crowd's journalists selected on their shortlists - and who they think will finish on top of the countdown.

Edge of the Crowd's 2021 Hottest 100 votes and predictions

Rebecca Ruthven

The Wiggles -Elephant[triple J Like A Version 2021]

Halsey -Easier Than Lying

Spacey Jane -Lunchtime

The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber -Stay

Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow -INDUSTRY BABY

Lorde -Stoned at the Nail Salon

King Princess -House Burn Down

daine -Salt[feat. Oli Sykes] 

CHVRCHES -How Not To Drown[feat. Robert Smith] 

Wolf Alice -Smile

Number One Prediction: The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber -Stay

Elly McNerney

Halsey -Honey 

Halsey -Girl is A Gun 

The Wiggles -Elephant[triple J Like A Version 2021]

G Flip -Not Even in Vegas[feat. Thomas Headon]

girl in red -You Stupid Bitch 

Candy Moore & Abbie Chatfield -I know you do ketamine 

girl in red -serotonin 

Teenage Dads -Cheerleader 

The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber -Stay 

G Flip -Waiting Game[feat. renforshort]

Number One Prediction:The Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber -Stay 

Ariana Silver

BENEE -Doesn’t Matter

Samia -Show Up

Hippo Campus -Boys

Hippo Campus -Bad Dream Baby

Dominic Fike, Paul McCartney -The Kiss Of Venus

Orla Gartland -Zombie!

Wallows -I Don’t Want To Talk

The Wombats -Everything I Love Is Going To Die

The Wombats -If You Ever Leave, I'm Coming With You

Muroki -Still Care

Number One Prediction: Olivia Rodrigo -good 4 u

Jason Irvine

Alex Lahey -Spike The Punch

Bakers Eddy -21

Between You & Me -Go To Hell[feat. Yours Truly]

Down For Tomorrow -Sentimental

RedHook -Bad Decisions

Slowly Slowly -Comets & Zombies

Stand Atlantic -deathwish[feat. nothing,nowhere]

The Wiggles -Elephant[triple j Like A Version 2021]

Trophy Eyes -27 Club

Yours Truly -Walk Over My Grave

Number One Prediction: Olivia Rodrigo -good 4 u

Sarah Wildy

George Alice -Mid Years

Spacey Jane -Here Comes the Sun[triple j Like A Version 2021]

Spacey Jane -Lots of Nothing

Baker Boy -My Mind[feat. G Flip]

Boy & Bear -Don’t You Forget About Me[triple j Like A Version 2021]

King Stingray -Milkumana 

The Wiggles -Elephant[triple J Like A Version 2021]

The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber -Stay

Olivia Rodrigo -drivers license

Billie Eilish -Happier Than Ever

Number One Prediction:The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber -Stay

Rory Denis

The Wiggles -Elephant[triple J Like A Version 2021]

Alex Lahey -Spike The Punch

Amy Shark -All the Lies About Me

Olivia Rodrigo -good 4 u

Lime Cordiale & Idris Elba -Apple Crumble

Lil Nas X & Jack Harlow -INDUSTRY BABY

AJR -Weak

Ed Sheeran -Bad Habits

Elton John, Dua Lipa, PNAU -Cold Heart[PNAU Remix]

Weezer, AJR -All My Favorite Songs[feat. AJR]

Number One Prediction:Olivia Rodrigo -good 4 u

Dani Brown

Between You & Me -Go to Hell[feat. Yours Truly]

Chasing Ghosts -Summer

Eliza & the Delusionals -YOU

Gretta Ray -Cherish

Pacific Avenue -Easy Love

Pridelands -Heavy Tongue

Teenage Joans -Wine

Turnstile -BLACKOUT

Yours Truly -Walk Over My Grave

Ziggy Ramo -Little Things[feat. Paul Kelly]

Number One Prediction: The Wiggles -Elephant[Triple J Like A Version 2021]