With the Hottest 100 run and done for another year, Triple J is now looking back on the decade that was.
The radio station has opened voting for its Hottest 100 of the decade, which will look back at the best songs from the 2010s.
triple j group music director Richard Kingsmill said: “It’s remarkable that two of the biggest songs of the decade came from Australian artists, Gotye and Tones and I. Add to that the international achievements of other Aussie acts like Tame Impala, Flume, Courtney Barnett, Gang Of Youths, Tash Sultana and Alison Wonderland, you realise how important the 2010s have been to the Australian music scene.
“This past decade also saw hip hop explode, kicking off with a Kanye West masterpiece, followed by the rise of Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Childish Gambino, Denzel Curry, Stormzy and our own Sampa the Great and Baker Boy. We witnessed incredibly individual talents like Lana Del Rey and Frank Ocean, as well as some decade-defining moments like Beyonce’s Coachella performance. It’s been an enormous decade for music. We’re now excited to find out what songs resonated the most with triple j listeners.”
And, with the Hottest 100 of the decade, comedian and writer James McCann is calling for the resurgence of #Tay4Hottest100.
As he wrote in the SMH: “On Tuesday, Triple J will open voting for The Hottest 100 of the Decade, a bigger and better version of the annual competition.
“It is a time reflect on the past 10 years, to relive precious memories, and to argue fruitlessly with friends, family and colleagues about popular music. “But it is more than that. It is a shot at redemption. The Hottest 100 of the Decade is an opportunity to rectify a national disgrace.”
The national disgrace he refers to is Triple J banning Taylor Swift from its annual countdown five years ago.
McCann wrote: “It was a miscarriage of justice, a perversion of democracy, and a middle finger to devoted listeners who wanted their voices heard. And let us not pretend that it was not an attack on women, too.
“At the time of Triple J’s interference in the vote, no female solo artist had ever won the Hottest 100. It would take another five years to break that glass ceiling.”
Now, McCann is calling on Aussies to set history right and bring back the #Tay4Hottest100.
“In doing so, we can take the mistakes of the past, and shake them off,” he said.
Voting officially opens today (11 February) and closes on Monday 9 March.
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