Was the Triple J winner hot, or not?
American musician Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore [left] with his producer Ryan Lewis.
Another Triple J Hottest 100 has been and gone and another popular champion has been crowned, and with the coronation comes the inevitable furious debate on the winner's worthiness. In this case it is Seattle-based American rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis' saxophone hook-laden tale Thrift Shop, a humorous track about plundering Salvation Army-style stores for flash items to wear at the club. Some call it a fun and potent anti-consumerism message. Others call it craptacular.
The song has certainly plucked the heartstrings of the globe; it can add a Billboard No. 1 spot to its Triple J triumph. But with a supposed 1.5 million votes in this year's Hottest 100 - a significant percentage of the music listening population - is it a worthy representation of our collective musical taste?
A few days prior to the countdown, a crack team of tech nerds - Nick Drewe, Andy Thelander, Jack Murphy and Tom Knox to give them their due - compiled what they called a Warmest 100; analysing the data of all the public votes via Facebook and Twitter. It turned out to be 97 per cent accurate and suggested the eventual Macklemore/Lewis victory. When I told my BMA Magazine editor, Ashley Thomson, his face paled, his jawed slackened and - some seconds later - a string of expletives issued forth. Printing these words would get me fired. Not a fan, it seems.
For me, this is similar to the Offspring taking out the 1998 poll with Pretty Fly (For a White Guy), a song that Triple J themselves amusingly used to declare ''democracy doesn't work''. It's a fun song. And there's a certain Aussie charm to it being number one. But like most novelty songs, the undeniable joy it brings can quickly fade. Thrift Shop would make for an excellent sketch on Saturday Night Live - it reeks of Lonely Island parodies - but as a credible piece of music, I'm not so sure.
It all depends on what you want from music. People who expect ''proper music'' to triumph will be disappointed but should take heart that there was an exceptional showing in the top 20 for ''good music'' with The xx, Frank Ocean and Tame Impala all included. Those who simply want a bit of fun couldn't be happier. Will we look back on it and cringe? Possibly. Only time will tell.