Female Representation in Triple J’s Hottest 100

Every year in Australia on January 26, it’s Australia Day—or for most of the younger Aussies, it’s the day known as the Triple J Hottest 100 countdown.

The Aussie radio station Triple J plays a broad section of alternative and independent music that would never find a place on any of the commercial stations. Triple J is a place for unearthed artists to be played and uncovered.

And every year, a buzz is created and excitement amounts as the polls are opened to the biggest music democracy in the world and listeners from all over the globe register votes for their top 10 songs for the Hottest 100 list.

In its 22-year history, the Triple J Hottest 100 has showcased a plethora of songs from new and old artists, artists that call Australia home, and those that live abroad—the only requirement is that the song had to be released in that specific year.

This year as predictions began to circulate about the winner of that title, a hashtag presented itself on the World Wide Web and looked like it was going to stay: #tay4hottest100.

The ever growing crowd support for pop princess Taylor Swift to be including in the list—despite never having been played on the station—caused plenty of concerns for long-time, short-time, and any of those planning their Hottest 100 Australia Day party. We were all interested to see it unfold.

In 1995, Canadian Alanis Morissette, entered the list three times despite none of the songs from her album Jagged Little Pill receiving any airtime. So why such a stir?

Well… apparently she was endorsed commercially, by KFC nonetheless, and as Triple J wrote in its rather unique press release, taking off the exact social media site that started the controversy in the first place, there are a bunch of other reasons too…

While we may or may not agree with the terms and conditions and eventual banning of Tay Tay in the countdown, what we would have really loved to see was more females getting the gong.

Of the 100 artists, only 23% were female (solo or group), and even though Triple J announced that it was happy with female representation in this year’s list, the question begets answering: is 23% really enough?

What we do know is that all 23% are a fab bunch of talented ladies, many who have been featured in SheRa Mag, and we suggest you start listening to them now!

Here’s a list some of the home-grown Aussie female artists to check out:

Sia, Courtney Barnett, Tkay Maidza, The Preatures, Meg Mac, Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Alison Wonderland, Thelma Plum

And just because we love him and think he’s a most deserving winner, getting three songs in the top 10, we present Chet Faker, another rocking Aussie artist and winner of the Triple J Hottest 100 for 2014.


Title image source: Thelma Plum via Facebook


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