After 10 Years, Hozier Officially Beats the One-Hit Wonder Curse with ‘Too Sweet’

Hozier Too Sweet
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Ten years after his phenomenal hit ‘Take Me to Church,’ Hozier officially beats the one-hit wonder curse with his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit, ‘Too Sweet.’

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier seemingly came out of nowhere in 2014 with his incredibly successful ballad, “Take Me to Church.” While he accrued an unquestionably devoted fanbase over the past decade, he hasn’t achieved a similarly successful song since — and many fans might be pretty surprised to learn that “Take Me to Church” never even topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. But now, Hozier’s finally beaten the so-called one-hit wonder allegations with his first No. 1 hit, “Too Sweet.”

There was a time in 2014 when you couldn’t turn on the radio without hearing “Take Me to Church,” and the song did achieve an impressive No. 2 peak on the Billboard Hot 100. The track was second only to Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” an especially impressive feat given Swift’s popularity even back then, compared to Hozier as a relatively unknown artist.

But Hozier may well be on his way to secure a more mainstream success with his latest hit notching that No. 1 spot. Billboard announced that “Too Sweet” had risen to claim the top spot three weeks after its debut at No. 5.

“I’m taken massively by surprise by it,” said Hozier in an Instagram video. “I just want to say thank you so, so much for your support. It means the world to me.”

Even more impressive than the song’s ascension comes in the details: the song’s debut at No. 5 marked the end of an artist’s longest hiatus between top 10 singles since the Beatles dropped “Now And Then” in November. Further, “Too Sweet” is only the fifth No. 1 hit from an Irish artist — the last was Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” in 1990.

Although this is Hozier’s first time charting in ten years, he’s continued releasing work consistently during that time, with two albums (Wasteland, Baby in 2019, and Unreal Unearth in 2023), and several smaller releases. Notably, “Too Sweet” comes from one of these smaller EPs, as a collection of tracks that didn’t make the final cut for Unreal Unearth, making the song’s rise to popularity even more staggering.