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Take him to the top of the charts - Hozier is streaming charts king of 2014

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Hozier's iconic song Take Me To Church has been named as the most streamed song of the year.

Popular music streaming service Spotify revealed that the single was the most shared and the most streamed in 2014.

This news marks another reason for the Bray native (inset) to celebrate and his debut track has also been nominated for Song of The year at the upcoming Grammy Awards.

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Hozier - real name Andrew Hozier Byrne - faces Taylor Swift's Shake It Off, Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass, Sia's Chandelier, and Sam Smith's Stay with Me (Darkchild Version) in the top category.

"Absolutely bowled over by the The Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. Thank you. And thanks to everyone for their continued support," he tweeted.

Take Me To Church from his self-titled debut album was released in September 2013 and peaked at number 25 in the UK, number two in Ireland and number three in the US.

The video for the track has been watched 40 million times to date and has provoked much debate due to it's depiction of homophobia.

"Whatever it is, it's not pop music," he recently said of the video. "Growing up in Ireland, the Church is ever present, and a lot of the feeling in the song stems from frustration with its hypocrisy and political cowardice."

The hit track has also recently been used in a new Beats headphones ad featuring LeBron James.

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