Swedish-born musician, DJ and producer Tim Bergling, better known as Avicii
, was found dead in Muscat, Oman this past Friday afternoon April 20th. He was 28 years old. He had taken a break from the live music circuit suffering health issues in 2016: "The scene was not for me," he quotes in a Billboard interview from that time. For all intents and purposes, it had seemed he had retired, until last year he announced that he was in the studio again making new music, and had released a self-titled EP Avici
that was meant to be the first installment to a 3-part series that would comprise a full-length LP. Though Avicii was a largely private person who maintained an air of mystery even into the unprecedented success of his later years, he was still greatly celebrated for having a distinct influence on the EDM music we listen to today. The cause of death is still unknown.
To commemorate and acknowledge the passing of such a talented artist, here are five of Avicii's best songs.
5. "For a Better Day"
Part of what made Avicii so celebrated was his ability to twist genres into dance music and EDM in ways that made the traditionally beat-heavy sound a bit more accessible, including influences of country music and pop, and this song does all that. "For a Better Day", off his 2015 record Stories
, is catchy without being stuck in a single genre, good to dance to and blast while you're driving down the highway with the windows down without feeling like it's trying too hard.
4. "Lonely Together" (feat. Rita Ora
Rita Ora's voice is a welcomed presence on this track, from the 2017 EP Avici
, cool and smooth as glass. Across sleek beats and snapping synths, this dance track is the perfect club beat. Like all of his tunes, it's an undeniable banger that will get you up and moving before you can say ‘Avicii'.
3. "Hey Brother"
Again, this song kind of plays on a mix of genres with lyrics that call back to country living and Dan Tyminski's twanging voice. Off his 2013 LP True
, this track kind of has everything, between trumpets and trap drums, and of course, a wild hook to dance to.
If you aren't familiar with this song, well, you probably are. The mostly instrumental track briefly samples "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida and rides out that wave of the best kind of bopped-up, slapped-out dance track you could want to party to.
1. Wake Me Up