Triple J announced in December 2017 that they were moving the date of the Hottest 100 to any other date than January 26. From now on it’ll be on the fourth Saturday in January.
Which means, sometimes, it’ll still be on January 26, but it’s a powerful move in support of moving the date of Australia Day.
There’ll no doubt be some uproar from the usual suspects, but the countdown of our nation’s favourite songs actually moved around the calendar until 1998 – and in 2004 it was on January 25 for some reason, so there’s plenty of precedent.
The true reason why we love the Hottest 100
“Every time there’s a change to something people love, it gets a reaction,” Ollie Ward, tiple J host says. “[But just] think about it for a little while. We’re going to be having an awesome party and everyone is invited.
“I know change can be difficult, but when they’re ready we’ll be here having the same old music countdown.
“Whether it’s this week or next Hottest 100, people can talk about it and hopefully debate the music and not debate the date it’s on. We don’t want the Hottest 100 to be part of the big political debate happening now.”
Wards says he is proud of everyone at Triple J for “getting on with the job” amid the strong opinions on all sides of the January 26 debate.
But we don’t need to argue the toss here, especially since Triple J did extensive community consultation and published the results of their findings – plus a Q&A – here. All we need to do is argue about which tune deserves the top spot… I’ll be writing this one in:
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