Australian newcomer Vance Joy has capped-off a stunning year with his single “Riptide” securing top spot on Australian radio network Triple J’s Hottest 100 poll. Within hours of the countdown’s conclusion Sunday, the song had separately cracked the U.K. top 10 for the first time.
“Riptide” nudged out Lorde’s “Royals” and Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” to be crowned winner of the Australian poll, which gathered upwards of 1.49 million votes from more than 173,000 fans.
The Hottest 100 poll is an institution Down Under. It’s become the unofficial soundbed to the annual Jan. 26 “Australia Day” national celebrations, and is now the “world’s biggest musical democracy,” according to the state funded broadcaster.
“Riptide” is the 11th Australian No. 1 in the 21 years since the poll launched. And it’s a first in “a couple of respects,” notes triple j’s music director Richard Kingsmill. “We've never had a winning song from an artist who is so new that they've not even had an album to their name yet.” Kingsmill says it’s also the first No. 1 to have been written on a ukulele.
At 17, Lorde is the youngest solo artist to appear in the Hottest 100. And she is only the second artist to have three songs from a debut album place in the top 20, the first being Wolfmother back in 2005.
Australian songs accounted for 44% of the chart -- a figure which mirrors the volume of homegrown content Triple J’s plays. The U.S. came in at No. 2 with 24 songs on the chart, followed closely by the U.K. with 23. Daft Punk meant France had four songs, and Lorde gave New Zealand three entries, Canada had two songs and Norway one.
Joy, tipped by Billboard Magazine last year as an “artist to watch,” is currently working on his debut album. The as-yet-untitled record is tentatively set for release in the second half of the year.
“Riptide” rises 18-10 on the latest Official U.K. Singles chart (it's released in Britain through Infectious), published Sunday. Recently, trade body ARIA confirmed “Riptide” was 2013's highest-selling Australian single (it's released in Australia through Liberation), and the No. 10 most streamed track for the year. The singer-songwriter won a brace of AIR Awards in 2013 and he performed at the ARIA Awards. He’ll play SXSW in March and his February-April tour of Europe and U.S. has sold out.