Last weekend’s Triple J Hottest 100 songs of the last 20 years could be the poll that finally brings down the Gillard government.
“The Hottest 100 results signal the death knell of Labor federally,” says ABC election analyst Antony Green. “It is a very conservative list of songs and not just in terms of the music. If you look at the Top 10, seven of the songs are from the Howard era. It’s a very clear indication of the mood of Australian voters.”
“Some Gillard supporters might latch on to the fact that the number 1 song, Wonderwall by Oasis, was released during the Keating years but I think that’s grasping at straws. Let’s be honest, Wonderwall sounds like something people listened to in the 1960s when the Coalition was in power all decade.”
According to Green, just as damning for the Prime Minister was what wasn’t voted for.
“The complete rejection of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ Thrift Shop is a clear indication that voters have had enough of Labor’s economic policies. Furthermore, the relegation of Gotye’s Somebody That I Used To Know to number 9 can only be seen as a personal slap in the face for Julia Gillard. This song was one of the great successes of her government but she hasn’t been able to sell this strongly enough to the voters.”
The notable absence of women from the Triple J list will also be of concern to Gillard supporters.
“Depending on the method you use, there were seven songs at most in the 100 that were sung by women,” says Green. “Artists like Björk and PJ Harvey must be filthy with the way that Gillard has cost them votes. I wouldn’t be surprised that if the poll were conducted in a couple of years’ time, under an Abbott government, there would be a lot more women in the 100.”
Labor MPs are said to have reacted angrily to the poll results and are meeting this week to discuss Gillard’s future. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is actively campaigning for a return to the leadership, arguing that he is the only person in the party who can make Labor-era music hot again.