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Here’s How Triple J Kicked Off Requestival 2021

It’s that time again, folks. Triple J have forsaken all signs of any god, and have brought back ‘Requestival’ in 2021 – five days, 75 hours, only songs that listeners request.

We already know how chaotic the week long event can get, thanks to last year’s shenanigans, but we’re one day into Requestival 2021 and…they – and the public – may have outdone themselves.

Strap yourselves in as we take you through the 15 most batshit songs Triple J played yesterday, and brace yourselves and us all for the week ahead.

Bonnie Tyler – ‘Holding Out For A Hero’

Sure, they could’ve played the Jennifer Saunders version from Shrek 2, but we’ve still got four days left to wish, right?

Shannon Noll – ‘Lift’

Playing this before 8am on a Monday? Baby, it does what no amount of caffeine could ever do!

Pharoahe Monch – ‘Simon Says’

On the flip side, IT WASN’T EVEN 9AM AND THEY THOUGHT TO SPRING THIS ON US? The nerve. But also, the bravery.

Holly Valance – ‘Kiss Kiss’

Let today be the day you tell a friend that Holly Valance’s debut single is actually a remake of a 1997 song ‘Şımarık‘ by Turkish artist Tarkan. The more you knooooow.

Kirk Van Houten – ‘Can I Borrow A Feeling?’

40 seconds of Kirk Van Houten’s emotional outpour, a legacy that will last for eternity. If there’s a way to exploit this as a vote for the 2021 Hottest 100, let us know.

Bratz Rock Angels – ‘So Good’

A sobering reminder of what REAL music sounds like.

Ween – ‘Push Th’ Little Daisies’

No feelings, just ~vibes~

Ian Taylor – ‘Sea Shanty 2’

To quote the great Marcia Hines, “THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKIN’ ‘BOUT!”

Erran Baron Cohen – ‘O Kazakhstan’

And now if we could take a moment to all rise and join together in harmony.

John K. Watts – ‘We Are Geelong’

Throughout Monday, we heard a song from Borat, a song from Runescape and a song from Bratz: Rock Angels. Yet, this is where Triple J have gone too far.

Boney M. – ‘Rasputin’

Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, unafraid to reference or not reference, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it. It’s all those things.

Teriyaki Boyz – ‘Tokyo Drift’

TGIM!!! Am I right, ladies?!?!

Troy Bolton – ‘Bet On It’

Before Zac Efron was hunkering down in Australia and dating waitresses from Byron Bay, he was smacking his own reflection in a golf course pond. Never forget your roots, friends.

Céline Dion – ‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’

Finally, a moment of peace and solace amongst the chaos

Bryant Oden – ‘The Duck Song’

Never mind.


Triple J’s Requestival is happening from 6am to 9pm every day from Monday, 10th May – Friday, 14th MayMake requests via the triple j app.

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