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Radio 2 Top 20: the gospel according to Hozier

Editorial Staff

By Garvia Bailey

A man with serious momentum

Ireland's Hozier is no stranger to the stage. He spent a whole lot of time in the chorus of the long-running, high-stepping Irish extravaganza, Riverdance. Now the tall lad with the massive voice is bringing his particular brand of blues to the world stage with nary a high kick in sight. He's already done Letterman, so you know his star is on the rise. "Take Me to Church" is the name of the tune that is rocketing up the Radio 2 Top 20 chart.

Here he is getting romantic, the tune is "Eden."

David Gray, this week's hot shooter

Everyone likes the comeback kid, and David Gray is all about triumphant comebacks. The singer-songwriter took a three-year hiatus after almost a decade of musical ups and downs. "Back in the World" jumped eight spots this week and enters the top 10. He dropped into Q last week, and here's a bit of that session.

Searchlight champion

CBC Searchlight winner Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk enter the Radio 2 Top 20 for the first time, with the song "I Lost Myself." Woohoo! Check them out!

Radio 2 Top 20 for May 2014:

1. Black Keys, "Fever" (same)

2. Vance Joy, "Riptide" (up two)

3. Passenger, "Scare Away the Dark" (up two + hot shooter)

4. Hozier, "Take Me to Church" (up two)

5. Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars" (new entry)

6. Tegan and Sara, "I'm Not Your Hero" (up one)

7. Sarah McLachlan, "In your Shoes" (down four)

8. Arkells, "Never Thought That This Would Happen" (up four)

9. Jeremy Fisher, "Uh Oh" (up two)

10. David Gray, "Back in The World" (up 10 + hot shooter)

11. Emma-Lee, "What Would Tom Petty Do?" (down two + most online votes)

12. Slow Leaves, "Life of a Better Man" (up one)

13. Sam Roberts Band, "Shapeshifter" (down three)

14. Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk, "I Lost Myself" (new entry)

15. Matt Andersen, "I Lost My Way" (up two)

16. Alysha Brilla, "Lifted" (up three)

17. Paolo Nutini, "Numpty" (up three)

18. Chrissie Hynde, "Dark Sunglasses" (down two)

19. Good for Grapes, "Skipping Stone (new entry)

20. Lake Street Dive, "You Go Down Smooth" (new entry)

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