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 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.