Not everybody was counting down the Triple J Hottest 100 or celebrating Australia Day: some were marking the day with an eye to a mixed history declaring it "a tragic anniversary".
While, a community radio station in Victoria was running an alternative 100 – the top 100 indigenous songs of all time – in Sydney, two previous stars of the Hottest 100 were calling for a new national day that recognised January 26 is not a joyful occasion for everyone, in particular indigenous Australians.
Electronic duo The Presets, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes, posted on Facebook that while they wished the best to all enjoying Australia Day "we will not be celebrating" a day that is "frankly sickening" and inappropriately chosen.
"Whilst it is a positive commemoration for some, for many others it is a tragic anniversary. For the indigenous people who were here long before those boats came, January 26 marks the beginning of the end of their way of life - a way of life that they had enjoyed for over 40,000 years," Hamilton and Moyes said. "26 January is day white man arrived with his guns, his alcohol, his church, his flus and other unknown illnesses."
As alternatives, both joking and serious, The Presets duo offered dates as varied as September 22, when Cathy Freeman won the 400 metre race at the Sydney Olympics and June 29, the birthday of land rights campaigner Eddie Mabo, as well as Henry Lawson's birthday of June 17 and August 16, the day in 1975 when then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam symbolically poured Wave Hill station soil into the hands of Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari to mark its return to traditional owners.
"Or perhaps the day we need has not even occurred yet? Perhaps it is the day in the (hopefully) not too distant future where we finally recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their tens of thousands of year history in our constitution?," they said.
"Or maybe, just maybe, it is the day in the future when this nation finally becomes a Republic? Imagine that…"
Not waiting for that, or greater recognition in the official Hottest 100, indigenous radio station 3KND began their own list an hour before the more famous countdown in what they hope becomes a tradition. Rather than a vote with a winner, the playlist spreads music from Yothu Yindi and Troy Cassar-Daley to Casey Donovan, Archie Roach and Tjintu Desert Band through the day.
"So we're breaking ground in many ways to inspire our mob to feel good on the day," station manager Jim Remedio told NITV News.