Music fans are urged to start reminiscing about the past ten years, with voting officially opening today for triple j’s Hottest 100 of The Decade.
Though it’s only been a few weeks since the annual Hottest 100 countdown, triple j are doing something they’ve not done since 2013 and asking music-lovers to case their votes in a second poll. This time though, you’re not restricted to songs released within the previous year, rather, any track released between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2019 is eligible.
Though it’s been a few years since triple j opened the doors for a retrospective poll such as this, it seems logical that this coming countdown will again serve as a record-breaking effort for the station. Last month’s 2019 countdown saw the broadcaster bring in a massive 3,211,596 votes; a 16.4% increase from the year previous.
While triple j have themselves been offering fans a look back at some of the musical highlights they might have forgotten about, a number of artists have already begun to kick off their own campaigns to get their songs voted in. Notably, Violent Soho recently shared a video of their 2013 song “Covered in Chrome” (which reached #14 that year) while urging fans to show it some love once the polls open.
Now, the day has come, with triple j letting fans have their say from 9am this morning. The polls will remain open for close to a month, closing at 12pm AEDT on Monday, March 9, before the full list is counted down on Saturday, March 14.
If you’re having trouble working out what to pick, triple j have helpfully offered up a list of eligible songs on their website.
Notably, the list also shows that songs such as Ou Est Le Swimming Pool’s “Dance the Way I Feel” (which made the 2010 countdown after being issued as a single in 2009, and released on an album the following year) are in the running, meaning that even if your favourite song just missed the cutoff by being issued in December 2009, there’s still a chance they could be eligible.
“It’s remarkable that two of the biggest songs of the decade came from Australian artists, Gotye and Tones and I,” explained Richard Kingsmill, triple j Group Music Director. “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.”
Voting is now open over at the Hottest 100 section of the triple j website, so don’t miss out on having your say in the world’s biggest musical democracy.
triple j Hottest 100 of the Decade Key Dates:
9am AEST, Tuesday, February 11th: Voting opens
12pm AEDT, Monday, March 9th: Voting closes
Saturday, March 14th: Hottest 100 of the Decade countdown