Sorry Buzzfeed, but Taylor Swift has no chance of cracking the Hottest 100

Buzzfeed Australia have started a grassroots social media campaign to get Taylor Swift into the Hottest 100.

The Aussie-bound artist – who put out the 18th best record of 2014 according to us – is not currently included in the shortlist for the annual Australia Day poll. While the system allows for additional entries, history tells us that un-shortlisted songs rarely poll well, if at all. According to triple j only songs that have been played on the station in 2014 are eligible for the official shortlist – and that’s really pissed Buzzfeed off. “WHY WASN’T SHAKE IT OFF PLAYED ON TRIPLE J THIS YEAR?!” yelled news reporter Mark Di Stefano. And he has a point.

While triple j is generally averse to commercial pop – they don’t play Pitbull, Billy Ocean or ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen, for example – it’s been pretty hard to ignore the crossover success of this #1 worldwide smash. In addition to spending 21 weeks on the ARIA singles chart, ‘Shake It Off’ has been praised by the likes of Kendrick Lamar (who freestyled over the track live on US radio) and was even covered by Milky Chance on triple j’s own “”Like A Version program. And besides, it’s like five million times better than past winners ‘Thrift Shop’ and ‘Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)’, right?

So what gives? Buzzfeed has put triple j’s decision to snub Swift down to music snobbery, but how then do you explain the high rotation of ‘Stolen Dance’? Iggy Azalea’s monster collaboration with Charli XCX ‘Fancy’ is another curious omission from the Hottest 100 playlist – and it really shouldn’t be given it was played on a Friday morning back in May at 6.36am. Last year, it was Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ – Pitchfork’s track of the year – that was given the Hottest 100 cold shoulder. Speaking of: WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM WITH DRIZ TRIPLE J!? Then again this is a station that only played Beyonce once last year (twice if you count the Diplo remix of ‘Drunk In Love’).

Launched yesterday, the Buzzfeed campaign to get Tay-Tay into the Hottest 100 isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, however, with about 55 shares and 313 “likes” at the time of writing. The #Tay4Hottest100 hashtag is gaining some momentum on Twitter, but it’ll take a celebrity endorsement from someone like Lorde or Home and Hosed presenter Dom Alessio to give Swifty even a remote chance of sneaking in. Some – including The Vine deputy editor Jake Cleland – have even questioned the purpose of all this, suggesting that Buzzfeed’s clout could be used for a mightier purpose like getting rapper L-Fresh The Lion to the top of the count. He says we should forget about bullshit social media gimmicks and instead focus on rallying our efforts to “make a meaningful contribution to national music history”.

Wouldn’t it really be something if we all joined forces to get The Smith Street Band’s anti-Abbott screed ‘Wipe That Shit-Eating Grin Off Your Punchable Face’ to the top of the Hottest 100 next year?

Voting for this year’s Hottest 100 closes this Sunday, January 18, at midnight. Click here to vote for whoever you damn well want.