The triple j Hottest 100 is a music poll held yearly and voted by the listeners of the radio station to find the favorite song of the year. The votes are based on the previous years songs and voting starts two weeks prior to the new year. Then, on Australia Day, the 100 most popular songs are counted down on air.
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The Hottest 100 songs most commonly involve non-mainstream artists. Not Top 40 artists, not ‘on trend’ artists, not ‘what everyone else is listening to’, and most definitely not American Taylor Swift.
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In early January a former triple j newsreader, Mark Di Stefano, wrote an article titled ‘Why Isn’t Everyone Voting For “Shake It Off” In The Hottest 100?’. Before we knew it the hashtag #tay4hottest100 was trending right before the voting period for the poll started. This sent the internet crazy.
Die hard, dedicated fans and followers of this annual poll couldn’t understand why anyone would want an artist like Taylor Swift on the triple j Hottest 100 – especially the potential to be Number 1 on the list!
At time of writing, triple j still hadn’t confirmed if T-Swizz was on the list or not. However, according to former triple j presenter Angela Catterns, she’s been booted due to the involvement of a fast food chain.
Triple J’s rules for the countdown say the station “reserves the right to remove artists from the list who have benefited from competitions or commercial campaigns that entice fans to vote for them”.
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The fast food company hasn’t been revealed, but people are guessing that it is a KFC campaign that has a picture of Taylor with the hashtag #tay4hottest100 splashed on top next to an offer to receive a gift voucher when you mention your favorite song by her.
Other artists who have a big possibility of their songs playing alongside Taylor’s, have come out in defense of her.
“Who cares – she makes great songs, everyone needs to chill out!” says singer/songwriter Megan Washington. “The Hottest 100 is a snapshot of the zeitgeist and there’s no denying Taylor Swift is firmly in the zeitgeist. “I see absolutely no problem with that being reflected in the Hottest 100.”
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Sticky Fingers bassist Paddy Cornwall, ( whose band has a strong chance of its best ever place with single Gold Snafu), is also in favour of Taylor in the countdown.
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“If on Australia Day, Taylor Swift is number one in the Hottest 100 it would be f—ing hilarious. I’d burst out laughing, it’d be a cringeworthy moment. There a lot worse things in this world to be worried about and so if that does happen lets all have a laugh with our mates like you’re supposed to do on that day. “Besides, it’s far from the first time a crappy song would have won the Hottest 100.”
What are your thoughts? Should Taylor Swift be allowed in the triple j Hottest 100?