Tones And I is undoubtedly living up to all the expectations surrounding her, having given Australia its first home-grown chart-topping single in a year.

If you’ve not heard of Tones And I over the last few months, then you clearly haven’t been paying attention, with this Victorian musician experiencing one of the fastest rises to the top we’ve seen in years.

Originally from the Mornington Peninsula, Tones And I is the musical moniker of Toni Watson, who first came to prominence as a busker in Byron Bay.

However, after releasing a handful of singles earlier this year, Watson soon became one of the most exciting names on the scene, releasing stunning tunes like ‘Johnny Run Away’ and ‘Never Seen The Rain’.

Throw in a few high-profile performances, including one at Splendour In The Grass last month, and you’ve got an Aussie musician on track to break records and rewrite history. Now, Tones And I has done just that.

Check out Tones And I’s Splendour performance of ‘Dance Monkey’:


Releasing their weekly charts yesterday, ARIA revealed that Tones And I’s ‘Dance Monkey’ has managed to displace ‘Señorita’ by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, and leapfrog Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ to serve as the first Australian #1 single of 2019.

What’s more is the fact that ‘Dance Monkey’ is also the first Australian single to top the charts since Dean Lewis in August of 2018, who hit #1 with ‘Be Alright’ and remained in the top spot until the end of September.