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It has been an institution for two decades - ever since 1993, people have been tuning in to Australian radio station Triple J (the youth station of the ABC) to listen to the 100 most-voted-for-tunes of the previous year. This annual music poll is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, racking up millions of votes from listeners, listened to globally (although this is mostly Australian expats) and catapulting already popular songs into a stratosphere beyond belief (Note: I'm talking sold-out shows and huge climbs in music sales). While it originally began in 1989 (when the station was called 2JJJ), the poll didn't have the same voting rules, and it wasn't until 1993 that the station launched a revamp of the countdown. It is from this revamp that the 20 year anniversary has been derived.
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Traditionally held every Australia Day (except for in its first few years of existence), the Triple J Hottest 100 has become a stalwart on the music calendar and this year, to celebrate 20 years, the radio station has decided to hold the ultimate poll - 20 Years of The Hottest 100. Far greater than the other 'side polls' that have been conducted in recent years, such as the Hottest 100 Australian Albums Of All Time and the Hottest 100 Of All Time, this playlist is meant to be the ultimate in music celebration.
Any song that was initially released after January 1, 1993 and before December 31, 2012 is eligible for votes
Listeners are invited to vote for their favourite songs from the last two decades, although there are some rules that they have to abide by, of course. The songs have to have been initially released after January 1, 1993 and before December 31, 2012. They don't have to have been in a previous years' Hottest 100, which opens up a whole lot of possibilities and, understandably, you cannot vote for the same song more than once. You may think that this already sounds like a difficult feat (to choose your favourite songs from the last 20 years), but to make things even more challenging, you can only vote for a maximum of 20 songs.
Everyone who votes in the poll gets the chance to win the ultimate muso's dream - the chance to fly anywhere in the world and see your favourite artist perform live. Of course, there are conditions to this prize (there must still be tickets available for the gig, the performance needs to be held before the end of the year and you need to make sure all passports/visas etc are organised ahead of time) but it's hard to find a drawback to the prize (unless your favourite artist is no longer touring, in which case you'll have to consider potentially seeing somebody else).
Tune your radio to Triple J's frequency on June 8 and June 9 to hear the results of the poll
Voting opened on May 14, closes on June 2, and the 20 Years of The Hottest 100 poll will be held over the Queen's Birthday Long Weekend (Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June). So what are you waiting for? Listen to some music, pick your favourites, and get voting before time runs out.