TODAY if you listened carefully you would've heard the other race that stops the nation: Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown.
Bookies favourite Gotye, featuring Kimbra, took out first place with Somebody I Used to Know.
Fellow members voted in the top five tunes were M83 with Midnight City; Boy & Bear with their smash hit Feeding Line; Matt Corby with the growl and falsetto of Brother and, coming in second place, the ever-funky Black Keys with Lonely Boy.
Broadcast every Australia Day, the countdown is one of the largest public music polls in the world.
It has recorded millions of individual votes since it started in 1989, with 1.3 million votes gathered this year.
Over its 23 year history the Hottest 100 has wound itself into the Australia Day tradition of music fans both here and overseas.
Chef Andy listened to the broadcast from work in Coffs Harbour, and later from home.
"We're going to listen in the kitchen as much as we can before we get out, then we're going back to my place for drinks and a barbecue," he said this morning.
"Undoubtedly Gotye is a frontrunner, by my personal pick is Jebediah's She's Like A Comet."
In Sydney, lawyer Melissa and friends were listening at home, with a complex handwritten chart documenting votes.
"I just cracked the first glass of Moet," she said this afternoon, "and I've got a betting ring happening."