A radio station will run its own Australia Day 'Hottest 100' and people are ultra furious.

Last month, Aussies were applauding radio station Triple J after announcing it would move its yearly Hottest 100 countdown from Australia Day to January 27.

The move came after increased controversy surrounding the date, which is referred to as ‘Invasion Day’ for Indigenous Australians.

The government-funded, national radio station said that although they didn’t take a view on such discussions, the decision to move the countdown’s air date was made to all Australians “could enjoy the event together”.

“It’s fair to say there’s been increasing debate around 26 January and there are a lot of perspectives on what it means to different Australians,” a statement from the station read.

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“In recent years the Hottest 100 has become a symbol in the debate about Australia Day. The Hottest 100 wasn’t created as an Australia Day celebration. It was created to celebrate your favourite songs of the past year.

“It should be an event that everyone can enjoy together – for both the musicians whose songs make it in and for everyone listening in Australia and around the world.”


But now, controversy has been stirred up all over again after rival station Triple M saw the announcement as an opportunity, and declared it would hosting an Australia Day countdown of its own.

On Wednesday, the dedicated rock music station revealed it would air an ‘Ozzest 100’ on Australia Day, as a tribute to the hits that have defined and impacted Australian music.

“So, the taxpayer-funded FM has decided that there’ll be no soundtrack for Australia Day,” Triple M’s announcement read.

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"Let's face it, that's usually full of hipsters or kids making music on a Mac. At Triple M we're going to give you what you asked for. The perfect Australia Day soundtrack."

Naturally, people are pretty pissed that the station has so clearly and quickly made the decision to profit from Triple J's decision.

"Not angry, just disappointed," one Twitter user wrote.

Others said the station had found itself on "the wrong side of Australian history".



Others said the countdown - which will rely on votes from the public - was the "perfect opportunity" to troll the station and make sure Yothu Yindi's Treaty made the top spot, and to make sure other Indigenous artists also made the list.


Aussie music fans also called on iconic Australian acts to withdraw their support from the station and demand their songs not be played during Australia Day.


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