Who would have thought that a young gangly Bray man who cut his teeth in Anúna and the Trinity Orchestra would go on to conquer the music world so comprehensively?

Hozier officially owns 2014 as it's been announced that his song 'Take Me to Church' is the most popular song of the year, with streaming service Spotify announcing it as their global number one most shared song during 2014.

The song had been previously announced as the most streamed song of the year on Spotify, with 87 million streams and counting, and is currently #1 on the Shazam worldwide chart (which means people hear it, say 'WTF is that?' and use the Shazam app to find out).

Last week, 'Take Me to Church' was nominated in the Song of the Year category at the Grammys, and his debut album has officially been certified triple platinum in Ireland, to boot - here's a picture of Universal Music Ireland MD Mark Crossingham presenting him with the disc before his Olympia Theatre show last week.


We'd call that a good year, all right. Time to pop the champers, lad...