Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard‘s series that showcases artists’ very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard‘s Spotify account. The curated set features the artists’ favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.
This week’s spin comes from Hozier. The Irish singer-songwriter (born Andrew Hozier-Byrne) first rose to fame with the sleeper crossover hit “Take Me To Church,” which swiftly became a ubiquitous global monster, peaking at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in the week ending Dec. 20, 2014. The Columbia Records upstart is in the midst of another album surge, after releasing his sophomore effort Wasteland, Baby! earlier this month, led by a powerhouse collaboration alongside icon Mavis Staples on standout cut “Nina Cried Power.”
To fete his latest effort, the talented troubadour put together this week’s #TBT Mixtape as an ode to the tracks that first inspired him to be a musician, growing up in Ireland. The soul and rock-tinged set includes deep cuts from Muddy Waters, Etta James, Thin Lizzy and more.
“Here’s a group of songs that I discovered as a kid in my early teens that made me want to be a singer and musician,” he tells Billboard. “Some of these are the tunes that I first tried to learn how to play and sing.”
Give the gloriously gritty set a spin and also check out a retro snap of the artist below.