Triple J’s hottest 100 is an annual countdown of tracks touted by the radio station as the world’s biggest musical democracy. The vote this year has been shrouded in controversy after it emerged that Taylor Swift fans were voting en mass to propel her single Shake it Off to the top of this year’s poll in a move providing yet more evidence that, if you want something done properly, it’s best not to put it to a popular vote.
The development has sparked outrage among loyal fans of Triple J, who have declared that it goes against the spirit of the popular voting music competition to vote in a popular song.
Loyal listener Jason Beardgrass told The (un)Australian: “If we wanted the competition to be about the most popular music, we’d be listening to Triple M not Triple J,” before adding, “I traditionally listen to the broadcast by serving quinoa and kale at an invasion day barbeque, but this year I’ll be too embarrassed.”
Political scientist Desmond Vetovic advised The (un)Australian: “In democratic process the most votes usually wins the day, but as politics shows us, no matter who wins, everybody loses.”
The Hottest 100 has had to bear the spectre of a popular song winning its popular vote before, with previous winners including Oasis for Wonderwall, Denis Leary for Asshole and in the Hottest 100 of All Time competition Nirvana with Smells Like Teen Spirit — a track which used to be edgy but is now mainstream paff that no self-respecting hipster would raise a jam jar to.
But even if Taylor Swift were to take out the crown of the hottest track of the year, it still wouldn’t be the best evidence that democracy doesn’t work. For that we still have Tony Abbott.