100 Best Songs of the 2010s – #93: “Riptide” by Vance Joy

The song at #93 on my list of 100 Best Songs of the 2010s is the delightfully upbeat “Riptide” by Australian indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Vance Joy (born James Gabriel Keogh). With his ukelele as the primary instrument, he adds piano, guitar and percussion, and combines them with with a breezy melody and lovely backing harmonies to create an incredibly pleasing track. His heartfelt vocals convey an endearing vulnerability as he sings the lyrics about being besotted with a girl. “I love you when you’re singing that song, and I’ve got a lump in my throat ’cause you’re gonna sing the words wrong.

“Riptide” was first released as a track in 2013 on his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing, and is also featured on his 2014 debut studio album Dream Your Life Away.  The single has sold over 7 million copies (both physical copy and digital download) worldwide, and holds the record for the most weeks in the top 100 of the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Assn.) Singles Chart – 120 consecutive weeks. It also spent several wees at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart.

Here’s the official video for the song:

And here’s a nice acoustic performance by Joy:

Top 30 Songs for May 27-June 2, 2018

1. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (1)
2. THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino (2)
3. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (4)
4. &RUN – Sir Sly (5)
5. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (6)
6. BROKEN – lovelytheband (3)
7. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (9)
8. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (8)
9. ZOMBIE – Bad Wolves (14)
10. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (11)
11. CELEBRATE – Dirty Heads, The Unlikely Candidates (13)
12. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (7)
13. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – RECKLESS JACKS (10)
14. SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) – Panic! At the Disco (16)
15. DEVIL – Shinedown (17)
16. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY – Blue October (18)
17. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (12)
18. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (19)
19. UNWIND – John Defeo (20)
20. FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE – Robert DeLong, K.Flay (24)
21. SORRY – Nothing But Thieves (15)
22. COLORS – Beck (25)
23. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (21)
24. SILVER LINING – Mt. Joy (26)
25. LIFE TO FIX – The Record Company (28)
26. HUNGER – Florence + the Machine (29)
27. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (22)
28. RED MOON SKY – Face of Stone (30)
29. FOUR OUT OF FIVE – Arctic Monkeys (N)
30. QUARTER PAST MIDNIGHT – Bastille (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 20-26, 2018

James Bay’s fantastic single “Pink Lemonade” is #1 for a second week, and Childish Gambino’s brilliant and provocative “This is America”  jumps to #2 in just its second week on the chart. Bad Wolves’ remake of The Cranberries’ powerful protest song “Zombie” – which resonates more than ever today – leaps 10 spots to #14. Florence + The Machine are back with a great new single “Hunger,” which debuts at #29, and three other songs debut as well: “Silver Lining” by Mt. Joy, “Life to Fix” by The Record Company, and “Red Moon Sky” by Face of Stone.

1. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (1)
2. THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino (8)
3. BROKEN – lovelytheband (3)
4. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (4)
5. &RUN – Sir Sly (5)
6. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (7)
7. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (2)
8. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (6)
9. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (10)
10. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – RECKLESS JACKS (11)
11. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (12)
12. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (9)
13. CELEBRATE – Dirty Heads, The Unlikely Candidates (18)
14. ZOMBIE – Bad Wolves (24)
15. SORRY – Nothing But Thieves (16)
16. SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) – Panic! At the Disco (17)
17. DEVIL – Shinedown (19)
18. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY – Blue October (21)
19. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (20)
20. UNWIND – John Defeo (23)
21. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (13)
22. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (14)
23. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (15)
24. FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE – Robert DeLong, K.Flay (26)
25. COLORS – Beck (29)
26. SILVER LINING – Mt. Joy (N)
27. DOUBT – Joywave (22)
28. LIFE TO FIX – The Record Company (N)
29. HUNGER – Florence + The Machine (N)
30. RED MOON SKY – Face of Stone (N)

Top 30 Songs for May 13-19, 2018

1. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (2)
2. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (1)
3. BROKEN – lovelytheband (3)
4. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (6)
5. &RUN – Sir Sly (5)
6. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (4)
7. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (8)
8. THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino (N)
9. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (7)
10. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (12)
11. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – RECKLESS JACKS (11)
12. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (10)
13. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (14)
14. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (9)
15. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (15)
16. SORRY – Nothing But Thieves (18)
17. SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) – Panic! At the Disco (19)
18. CELEBRATE – Dirty Heads, The Unlikely Candidates (21)
19. DEVIL – Shinedown (23)
20. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (22)
21. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY – Blue October (26)
22. DOUBT – Joywave (24)
23. UNWIND – John Defeo (25)
24. ZOMBIE – Bad Wolves (N)
25. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (13)
26. FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE – Robert DeLong, K.Flay (28)
27. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
28. SEVERED – The Decemberists (17)
29. COLORS – Beck (N)
30. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (20)

Top 30 Songs for May 6-12, 2018

1. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (2)
2. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (3)
3. BROKEN – lovelytheband (1)
4. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (4)
5. &RUN – Sir Sly (6)
6. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (7)
7. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (8)
8. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (9)
9. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (5)
10. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (11)
11. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – RECKLESS JACKS (15)
12. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (17)
13. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (14)
14. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (16)
15. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (18)
16. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (13)
17. SEVERED – The Decemberists (12)
18. SORRY – Nothing But Thieves (22)
19. SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) – Panic! At the Disco (23)
20. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (10)
21. CELEBRATE – Dirty Heads, The Unlikely Candidates (27)
22. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (24)
23. DEVIL – Shinedown (25)
24. DOUBT – Joywave (26)
25. UNWIND – John Defeo (28)
26. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY – Blue October (30)
27. MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan (19)
28. FAVORITE COLOR IS BLUE – Robert DeLong, K.Flay (N)
29. TWO HIGH – Moon Taxi (20)
30. ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (21)

Top 30 Songs for April 29-May 5, 2018

1. BROKEN – lovelytheband (1)
2. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (3)
3. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (5)
4. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (2)
5. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (6)
6. &RUN – Sir Sly (7)
7. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (8)
8. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (10)
9. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (12)
10. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (4)
11. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (13)
12. SEVERED – The Decemberists (9)
13. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (14)
14. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (16)
15. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – RECKLESS JACKS (17)
16. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (18)
17. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (23)
18. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (20)
19. MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan (19)
20. TWO HIGH – Moon Taxi (11)
21. ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (15)
22. SORRY – Nothing But Thieves (25)
23. SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) – Panic! At the Disco (27)
24. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (26)
25. DEVIL – Shinedown (28)
26. DOUBT – Joywave (29)
27. CELEBRATE – Dirty Heads, The Unlikely Candidates (N)
28. UNWIND – John Defeo (30)
29. SAFARI SONG – Greta Van Fleet (21)
30. I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY – Blue October (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 22-28, 2018

1. BROKEN – lovelytheband (1)
2. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (3)
3. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (6)
4. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (2)
5. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (12)
6. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (5)
7. &RUN – Sir Sly (7)
8. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (10)
9. SEVERED – The Decemberists (8)
10. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (11)
11. TWO HIGH – Moon Taxi (4)
12. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (17)
13. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (13)
14. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (14)
15. ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (9)
16. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (18)
17. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – RECKLESS JACKS (21)
18. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (22)
19. MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan (23)
20. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (24)
21. SAFARI SONG – Greta Van Fleet (16)
22. RUN FOR COVER – The Killers (15)
23. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (28)
24. PAIN – The War on Drugs (19)
25. SORRY – Nothing But Thieves (N)
26. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (30)
27. SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) – Panic! At the Disco (N)
28. DEVIL – Shinedown (N)
29. DOUBT – Joywave (N)
30. UNWIND – John Defeo (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 15-21, 2018

1. BROKEN – lovelytheband (3)
2. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (1)
3. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (4)
4. TWO HIGH – Moon Taxi (2)
5. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (6)
6. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (11)
7. &RUN – Sir Sly (9)
8. SEVERED – The Decemberists (10)
9. ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (5)
10. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (13)
11. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (12)
12. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (15)
13. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (14)
14. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (16)
15. RUN FOR COVER – The Killers (7)
16. SAFARI SONG – Greta Van Fleet (8)
17. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (26)
18. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (20)
19. PAIN – The War on Drugs (17)
20. LIVE IN THE MOMENT – Portugal. The Man (18)
21. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – Reckless Jacks (21)
22. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (22)
23. MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan (24)
24. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (25)
25. LOS AGELESS – St. Vincent (19)
26. SCARY LOVE – The Neighbourhood (23)
27. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (27) 33rd week on list
28. I FEEL LIKE I’M DROWNING – Two Feet (N)
29. BEST FRIEND – Sofi Tukker, NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno (28)
30. WITHOUT WALLS – Lyia Meta (N)

Top 30 Songs for April 8-14, 2018

1. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (1)
2. TWO HIGH – Moon Taxi (3)
3. BROKEN – lovelytheband (6)
4. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (7)
5. ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (2)
6. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (8)
7. RUN FOR COVER – The Killers (5)
8. SAFARI SONG – Greta Van Fleet (4)
9. &RUN – Sir Sly (10)
10. SEVERED – The Decemberists (11)
11. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (17)
12. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (14)
13. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (16)
14. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (15)
15. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (20)
16. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (19)
17. PAIN – The War on Drugs (12)
18. LIVE IN THE MOMENT – Portugal. The Man (13)
19. LOS AGELESS – St. Vincent (9)
20. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (21)
21. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – Reckless Jacks (23)
22. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (26)
23. SCARY LOVE – The Neighbourhood (18)
24. MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan (28)
25. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (29)
26. BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges (N)
27. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (24) 32nd week on list
28. BEST FRIEND – Sofi Tukker, NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno (22)
29. SOBER UP – AJR ft. Rivers Cuomo (25)
30. WE FIGHT – Dashboard Confessional (27)

Top 30 Songs for April 1-7, 2018

It’s taken a while to get there, but my new number one song is Bastille’s “World Gone Mad.” Though it was featured in the fantasy crime film Bright, the song addresses the strong political divisiveness and turmoil in Britain that resulted in Brexit. Many of the lyrics also describe the current fucked up political situation in America, where we’re led by an evil, narcissistic sociopath who has encouraged racism and nationalism, which is why it resonates so powerfully with me. The song was a modest hit, charting only on the Billboard Alternative Chart, however I think it’s Bastille’s best song since “Pompeii,” if not their absolute best.

Debuting at #17 is “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile. I was not very familiar with her music, but was floored the first time I heard this song, it’s that beautiful. This song is a certainty for a future #1 spot. And new at #20 is “Pink Lemonade” by James Bay. Wow, this song is HOT! Such a big departure from his former look and sound, which I really liked, but I’m loving this!

Additionally, I’ve expanded my list from 20 to 30 songs, as there are just so many great ones to choose from. I also want to include more indie artists who I believe are putting out some really excellent music.

1. WORLD GONE MAD – Bastille (3)
2. ALL THE STARS – Kendrick Lamar, SZA (1)
3. TWO HIGH – Moon Taxi (4)
4. SAFARI SONG – Greta Van Fleet (2)
5. RUN FOR COVER – The Killers (6)
6. BROKEN – lovelytheband (7)
7. WHATEVER IT TAKES – Imagine Dragons (13)
8. YOU WORRY ME – Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (10)
9. LOS AGELESS – St. Vincent (5)
10. &RUN – Sir Sly (11)
11. SEVERED – The Decemberists (12)
12. PAIN – The War on Drugs (8)
13. LIVE IN THE MOMENT – Portugal. The Man (9)
14. THE NIGHT HAS AN ALIBI – Wons Phreely + the Horses (16)
15. THOUGHT CONTAGION – Muse (17)
16. HANDYMAN – AWOLNATION (20)
17. THE JOKE – Brandi Carlile (N)
18. SCARY LOVE – The Neighbourhood (14)
19. THE GOLD – Manchester Orchestra (21)
20. PINK LEMONADE – James Bay (N)
21. ALREADY GONE – Brett Dennen (N)
22. BEST FRIEND – Sofi Tukker, NERVO, The Knocks, Alisa Ueno (15)
23. GUIDE YOU IN THE DARK – Reckless Jacks (N)
24. SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster the People (22) 31st week on list
25. SOBER UP – AJR ft. Rivers Cuomo (19)
26. SATURDAY SUN – Vance Joy (N)
27. WE FIGHT – Dashboard Confessional (23)
28. MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan (N)
29. IRREVERSIBLE KNOT – DENSE (N)
30. HAPPY HOUR – Weezer (24)