Posted December 06, 2018 18:13:36
Next year's Hottest 100 will again take place the day after Australia Day, triple j has confirmed.
The decision to schedule the countdown for Sunday January 27 comes after this year's Hottest 100 was held on the same date.
The radio station decided in 2017 to no longer hold the poll on Australia Day amid increasing debate about January 26 and its meaning for Indigenous Australians.
However, the station's announcement that the poll would take place during the final weekend of January left a slim chance it could still fall on January 26.
The move to change the date has been subject to controversy, with some politicians accusing the ABC of seeking to "delegitimise" Australia Day.
Triple j said it wanted to review the tradition of holding the countdown on Australia Day in 2016.
At the time, triple j said it was "heavily involved in the growing dialogue around Indigenous recognition and perspectives on January 26".
In a statement on its website in 2017, the station said: "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."
Since launching in 1989, the Hottest 100 has grown into the world's largest music poll with more than 2 million votes cast every year.
Voting for next year's countdown starts next week, with the polls set to close on January 22.