Posted by:Rae Kiragu
He was one of EDM’s most praised and most loved deejay and producer so it makes sense that the world now mourns the untimely passing of Tim Bergling aka Avicii.
The 28 year old passed away this past week (Friday) in Oman and the world received the news via one of his representatives who did not disclose any cause of death and only asked that we respect the star’s family’s privacy.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”
Avicii made his big break onto the world wide scene close to a decade ago, rising to ‘superstardom’ in the years that followed, even appearing a few times in Forbes Magazine’s list of highly acclaimed deejays.
Most known for notable hits such as ‘Wake Me Up’ and ‘Hey Brother’, here are 7 songs by Avicii that prove that he’ll be living on through his music.
Wake Me Up
Released as part of Avicii’s 2013 album ‘True’, this jam quickly became a hit, charting at no. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100, going platinum six times.
With over three hundred million views on YouTube, ‘Levels’ was Avicii’s breakout hit that showcased his musical prowess by his use of soul music icon Etta Jame’s vocals from her hit single ‘Something’s Got a Hold On Me’. The video featured dance theatrics that included a man in a suit who couldn’t seem to stop himself from dancing and who is seen scribbling the name Avicii in the earlier parts of the video.
I Could Be The One
Released in 2012, this Avicii single was a collaboration with Dutch deejay Nicki Romero and featured one of his most iconic music videos that embodied the message of ‘being truly free’. In the video, we follow the life of a middle aged woman, living a painfully monotonous life, until she wakes up in her dream life.It’s currently enjoying over two hundred million views on YouTube.
From the same album as ‘Wake Me Up’, Avicii continues to show his musical ability to turn any genre into dance, by collaborating with country artist Dan Tyminski to create this country-edm jam that got radio success and earned over one million likes on YouTube.
Waiting For Love
Working alongside other EDM deejay, Martin Garrix, Avicii created yet another timeless hit with ‘Waiting For Love’ which like most of his other singles was a definite sing along!
Probably one of Avicii’s most prolific songs to live on, ‘The Nights’ was co-written with American singer Nicholas Furlong and preaches the message of escapism and always striving to live our best life.
Friend of Mine
By now it’s clear that Avicii loved to make music that held within it, an impactful life message. ‘Friend of Mine’ is a single off of his last released EP ‘Avicii’, and speaks of the value of friendship with a music video that even features an awareness call to Alzheimer’s .
Avicii’s untimely death caught the whole world by surprise but as is evident from those jams, it’s clear that he’ll be living on through his music.
So what was YOUR favourite Avicii single?