Weekly Haiku Challenge: #Tay4Hottest100

If the hipsters fail

Pop music comes out on top

Gotta Shake It Off!

Ronovan’s weekly haiku challenge has provided a surprisingly relevant challenge with the words ‘pop’ and ‘fail’.

While I’m not big into music, I am big into watching indies completely lose their sh*t over #Tay4Hottest100

This isn’t because I’m a horrible and vidictive person (…well, that isn’t THE reason) I just think it will be funny.

For those who don’t know, every Australia Day (that’s January 26th, the landing of the First Fleet, so there’s plenty of controversy surrounding that day without this mess but this isn’t the time for that…) Triple J (which is an old and hugely popular alternative radio station that airs across the country) counts down their Hottest 100 list of songs from the previous year. Triple J is for indies, hipsters, and people who enjoy alternative music, but it’s become something of a tradition that every Australia Day EVERYONE MUST (along with the older traditions of getting drunk, eating lamb, and sitting in a blow-up pool #straya) listen to the Triple J countdown and complain about it.

It’s pretty rare for any ‘popular’ song to make the list. I think the three times I took part in this two decade old tradition I couldn’t recognise any of the songs played, except for that one time when Thrift Shop took the top spot.

Taylor Swift’s Aussie fans have collectively decided to rort the system by voting “Shake It Off”, the poppiest pop song ever, into what is pretty much the anti-pop charts. See, anyone can vote online for the Hottest 100, but the list of song choices are made up of what Triple J has played in the last year, which does not include any Taylor Swift song. Being liberally minded folk, Triple J has a loop-hole where you can type in the name and artist of the song you want to vote for. What has usually been the domain of Triple J die-hards has now attracted the focus of people who want prove their dedication to Taylor Swift, just because they can.

This sh*t has made the news in Australia repeatedly for the past month. I kind of hope these Swifties win, just to see peoples reactions to it 🙂