“Riptide” is a song by Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy. It was first released as a track on his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancing (2013), serving as its second single, and is also featured on his debut studio albumDream Your Life Away (2014). The song was written by Joy, who also produced it with drummer Edwin White. The upbeat indie folk song has been lyrically described as a “coming of age love story” and is known for its metaphors and pop culture references.
The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised its lyrics, vocals and production and drew comparisons to singer-songwriters Paul Kelly and Jeff Buckley. “Riptide” would go on to have commercial success in Australia, peaking at number six on the ARIA singles chart and subsequently being named the number one song in radio station Triple J’s Hottest 100 of 2013. The following year, “Riptide” also peaked at number ten in the United Kingdom and entered Billboard ’s Alternative Songs chart, peaking at number 1