Triple J Hottest 100 Australia Day Decision Doesn’t Deter Voters with Record Year

The ABC’s Triple J Hottest 100 is officially the “biggest” one ever, with the most votes cast in the rankings than ever despite the ABC’s decision to shift the annual countdown away from Australia Day out of respect to Indigenous Australians.

Triple J announced in November its Hottest 100 would no longer be played on Australia Day after a nationwide survey voted in favour of changing the date.

Instead, listeners will be able to tune into the Hottest 100 on Saturday, January 27 while on Sunday the radio station will back it up with the top 101 to 200 songs.

“In recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day,” triple J said in a statement.

“The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration, it was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year.

“It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world.

Voting for the countdown closed on Monday at 9am and Triple J has revealed the upcoming countdown is the biggest ever.

“After a lot of shortlisting, agonising and culling songs so many of you have voted that you’ve broken a record. We can reveal that 2,386,133 votes have been cast, which is up 5.81% from last year, making it the biggest Hottest 100 ever on record,” a press release from the youth broadcaster trumpeted.

According to the ABC, more women than men cast votes this year – 51 percent compared to 48 percent (rounded out by 1 percent for ‘Other’ and ‘no answer’).

New South Wales led the charge on votes, accounting for 29 percent, followed by Victoria (23 percent), Queensland (20 percent), Western Australia (11 percent), South Australia (8 percent), ACT and TAS (3 percent) overseas voters (2 percent) and NT (1 percent).

As expected the bulk of voters were millennials and Gen Z with the most common age of voters 21 years old.

About half were aged 18-24 and around 80 percent of voters were under 30.

For those wanting to listen to the countdown on January 27, you can listen to it on Triple J FM and digital radio, you can stream it on the Triple J website and on your phone via the Triple J or ABC Listen app.

Kick off times for the states are as follows:

12pm – NSW, ACT, VIC + TAS
11:30am – SA
11am – QLD
10.30am – NT
9:00am – WA

Meanwhile, for those punters still wanting a countdown to listen to on Australia Day, Triple M will be holding its annual Ozzest 100 on January 26 despite some of its high-profile talent condemning the move.

While the Ozzest 100 is an annual part of Triple M’s Australia Day broadcasts, radio stars Mick Molloy and Jane Kennedy distanced themselves from their employers after it took a jab at Triple J for changing the date of its Hottest 100 countdown.

“I’m speaking for myself here, but I would like to see Australia Day moved so everyone can enjoy it,” Molloy told Melbourne listeners. “If you want to do it, include everyone. Keep the public holiday, remove the date and everyone can enjoy it together.”

It followed on from Triple M Melbourne breakfast star Wil Anderson also questioning the move after an email newsletter urged fans to get their requests in by December 31, while also taking a pot-shot at the “taxpayer funded FM [Triple J]” over its decision that “there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day”.

He tweeted: “Extremely shocked and disappointed by it all and have made that clear to management yesterday and will continue to hold and prosecute why I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

It is unclear just how many “requests” were logged for Triple M’s Ozzest 100.

Triple M isn’t the only one to object to Triple J’s decision with South Australian Senator Cory Bernadi also questioning the move, creating his own Australia Day playlist on Spotify.

His party, Australian Conservatives, launched its own song list, with Bernardi slamming Triple J’s decision as “complete BS” in his ‘Weekly Dose of Common Sense’ blog.

“So if you like Australian music and want to celebrate Australia Day with some great home-grown tracks, the team at Australian Conservatives have put together the AC100 playlist on Spotify. It’s a collection of some of our favourite Aussie music to help you celebrate Australia Day,” he wrote.

“You can even cast a vote for your favourite track and be in the running for a prize.”

But, not all Aussie artists want to be included, with former Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes leading the attack.

Hayes tweeted: “Hi @CoryBernadi and @AuConservatives. I do not want to be associated with you, your party or your views. Remove my music from this stunt or expect contact from my publisher @SonyATV.”

Bernardi wasn’t bothered, firing back: “Get over yourself @darrenhayes. Music is for everyone.”

It was then reported the playlist had been pulled by Spotify, however that was not the case.

“Spotify has actively supported marriage, gender and indigenous equality initiatives over the last five years, and believes in a diverse and multicultural Australia,” a statement from Spotify said.

“We want to make clear we do not endorse this playlist, nor do we have any official ties to the Australian Conservatives party nor any other political party.”

Bernardi has claimed on Twitter Spotify sent an email “saying the playlist was to be removed for ‘offensive content’ but then told us ‘upon further review the content was reported in error. You are therefore free to repose the content if you wish’ will be following all the Australia Day long-weekend action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.