Tributes to Avicii; we take a look at five of his biggest hits
Written by Scott McGerty on 21st April 2018
Tributes continue to pour in for Swedish DJ Avicii found dead, aged 28 – this morning we look over some of his biggest hits.
The electronic dance music producer, real name Tim Bergling, was found dead in Oman on Friday afternoon.
In a statement his publicist said: “It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii.”
“The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time.”
Rita Ora, who collaborated with Avicii for his most recent release Lonely Together, said she was ‘heartbroken’.
I have no words. I remember how amazing it was to make Lonely Together and it felt like just yesterday we were talking. Condolences to Avicii's family, friends, and the fans who supported him. May he rest in peace. Gone too soon. I’m devastated. Heartbroken.
— Rita Ora ⚡️ (@RitaOra) April 20, 2018
Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa are also among those who took to social media to pay their tributes.
Since his breakthrough in 2011, Avicii’s music has had a massive impact – Love or Hate it – many of his songs have defined the 2010’s.
Here’s five of his biggest hits.
Avicii’s first big hit came in 2011 and featured vocals from Etta James. Levels peaked at number one in Sweden and reached number 4 in UK Singles chart and became a top ten hit in a number of countries including Austria, Germany, Greece, and Italy.
I Could Be The One
He scored his first UK number one in February 2013 alongside Dutch DJ Nicky Romero with I Could Be The One. The track, which features uncredited vocals from Swedish singer Noonie Bao, also topped the charts in Hungary and entered the top ten in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Ireland.
Wake Me Up
Taken from his hugely successful debut album, True, Wake Me Up saw Avicii pick up his second number one in the UK charts. The track – featuring Aloe Blacc’s vocals – was the lead single for the album and became a 2013 summer anthem.
Avicii had to fight his way into the mainstream. In 2011 X Factor winner Leona Lewis and her record label, Syco, had to settle a legal dispute with the DJ after he claimed they used an instrumental that was a direct copy of his own song, Fade Into Darkness. Collide was eventually released as a collaboration between Lewis and Avicii which skyrocketed his career and scored a number four in the charts.
Again off True, Hey Brother was an instant commercial success. American bluegrass singer Dan Tyminski lends his vocals for the track which came from Avicii offering his brother advice. An official music video released in 2013 saw two brothers growing up in wartime America, with the older brother dying in the Vietnam war.