Charts, privilege, merit: “What the debate around Triple J’s Hottest 100 misses about privilege”

Some reflections on gender in music charts over at the Gender and Authority Blog!

Gender & Authority

It was Australia Day on the 26th (a date that provokes and will continue to provoke necessary outrage as it commemorates the first landing of the British colonisers, leading many to label it Invasion Day and many more to call the date of the holiday to be changed). Apart from BBQs and beer, a major tradition for music lovers is the Triple J Hottest 100, an annual chart voted for by the general public. Like many cultural spaces, this one is dominated by white (straight, middle class, cis) male artists, as Erin Riley has recently pointed out on Twitter and discussed in this article. She notes:

“The Hottest 100 has been won by more men who went to the same private boy’s high school than it has been won by women. But don’t tell Twitter”

A common defence of the unrepresentative nature of the chart is that…

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