At the top of this year, we wondered if Vance Joy's "Riptide" would be the "Ho Hey" of 2014. While it hasn't happened just yet—it falls to No. 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week—Taylor Swift might have just given it the exposure it needed to breakout big time.
Visiting BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, the newly-christened strictly-pop star pulled out a folky, piano-led cover of the rising hit that turned the spirited tune into a ballad. Like some of the best T. Swift songs, there's a palpable passion felt as she sings the Australian singer's super-specific-yet-somehow-still-universal story.
At Bonnaroo 2014 in June, Vance Joy (née James Keogh) told us that "Riptide" has been "a real door-opener" for his career and that he "had no real evidence it was going to do what it did" in helping him become a festival regular, let alone allow him to see the single go multi-platinum in his native Australia.
According to Billboard's Twitter trending songs charts, Taylor's version is currently the most talked about song on social media. So far, it definitely seems like it's making an impact, and hopefully it'll shine a spotlight on the talented singer-songwriter.
Listen to Vance Joy's original version of "Riptide" below: