◢ ◤ The Avicii Discography Rate ◢ ◤ WINNER!

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Welcome to the Popjustice Avicii discography rate.

Tim Bergling - best known by his stage name, Avicii - was one of the most well-known DJs and prolific producers of the 2010s until his untimely death in April 2018 at the age of 28. Originally from Sweden, he’s most commonly associated with making the electronic dance music (EDM) and progressive house genres more mainstream, but his musical inclinations also include elements of pop, folk, soul, country, and many other genres. We’ve probably all been exposed to the likes of Wake Me Up and Waiting for Love ad nauseum, but there’s substantial breadth and depth to his musical output that’s definitely worth a listen, and so I hope you’ll join me on this journey.

For this discography rate, I’ve chosen 46 representative songs spanning Avicii’s output from 2010 to 2018 - these include his two full-length albums, True (2013) and Stories (2015), his EPs, a smattering of his most well-known pre-2013 hits, and selected collaborations with prominent pop and dance acts. Outside of the songs released under the Avicii banner, over the span of his 10-year career, he wrote for, produced for, and collaborated the likes of Coldplay, David Guetta, Madonna, Sia (if the rumors are true), newly-minted PJ Queen Rita Ora, and many more.

We might think of EDM as superficial, lyrically-sparse, beat-driven music meant to be played in the background at clubs, but this represents only a small fraction of Avicii’s total output. To the contrary, much of his music is the farthest thing from superficial - it’s introspective, complex, soulful, sometimes uplifting, and at times fatalistic. Avicii’s struggles with mental health issues and substance abuse were known even before his death. His story is one that’s eerily similar to so many people who are thrust into the spotlight suddenly and have difficulty coping with the pressure to keep being successful in their craft and in other aspects of their life. One could postulate that he expressed his feelings vicariously through the songs he wrote and co-wrote:

“They tell me I'm too young to understand
They say I'm caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don't open up my eyes
Well that's fine by me”

(Wake Me Up)


“I'm from a place where we never openly show our emotions
We drown our sorrows in bottomless bottles and leave them to float in the ocean”

(Somewhere in Stockholm)


“He said, 'One day you'll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.'"

(The Nights)


“Staring at the billboard from the bus
Looking at the faces, thinking that could be any one of us
So give me hope, give me hope, give me hope on this lonely ride
'Cause I know one day, I will be the one in the sky”

(Sunset Jesus)


"I've seen the darkness in the light
The kind of blue that leaves you lost and blind
The only thing that's black and white
Is that you don't have to walk alone this time"

(Broken Arrows)


So what are we rating?

The Song List

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Pre-2013 Hits (4 tracks)
1. Seek Bromance (2010)
2. Fade Into Darkness (2011)
3. Levels (2011)
4. Silhouettes (2012)


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True (2013) (13 tracks)
1. Wake Me Up lyric video | official video
2. You Make Me lyric video | official video
3. Hey Brother lyric video | official video
4. Addicted to You lyric video | official video
5. Dear Boy
6. Liar Liar
7. Shame on Me
8. Lay Me Down
9. Hope There’s Someone
10. Heart Upon My Sleeve album version (instrumental only) | vocal edit
11. Always on the Run (bonus)
12. Long Road to Hell (bonus)
13. All You Need is Love (bonus)


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The Days/The Nights EP (2014) (2 tracks)
1. The Days lyric video
2. The Nights lyric video | official video


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Stories (2015) (14 tracks) - my album spotlight
1. Waiting for Love lyric video | official video
2. Talk to Myself lyric video
3. Touch Me lyric video
4. Ten More Days lyric video
5. For a Better Day official video
6. Broken Arrows lyric video | official video
7. True Believer lyric video
8. City Lights lyric video
9. Pure Grinding official video
10. Sunset Jesus lyric video
11. Can’t Catch Me lyric video
12. Somewhere in Stockholm lyric video
13. Trouble lyric video
14. Gonna Love Ya lyric video


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Avīci (01) EP (2017) (6 tracks) - my album spotlight
1. Friend of Mine ft. Vargas & Lagola lyric video | official video
2. Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora lyric video | official video
3. You Be Love ft. Billy Raffoul lyric video | official video
4. Without You ft. Sandro Cavazza lyric video
5. What Would I Change It To ft. AlunaGeorge lyric video
6. Sandro Cavazza - So Much Better (Avicii remix)


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Select Collaborations (6 tracks)
1. w/ Nadia Ali - Rapture (Avicii New Generation Remix) (2010)
2. w/ Armin van Buuren ft. Laura V - Drowning (Avicii Remix) (2011)
3. w/ Leona Lewis - Collide (2011)
4. w/ Nicky Romero - I Could Be the One (2012) | acoustic version
5. w/ Benny & Bjorn - We Write the Story - Official Anthem of Eurovision 2013
6. w/ Madonna - Rebel Heart (demo)


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Extras (1 track)
1. Feeling Good (2015) official video

Grand total: 46 tracks

Spotify playlist
Does not include:
Heart Upon My Sleeve vocal edit (the instrumental version is on the Spotify playlist)
Always on the Run
Long Road to Hell
We Write the Story

Rebel Heart (demo)

Pre-2013 Hits
1. Seek Bromance
2. Fade Into Darkness
3. Levels
4. Silhouettes

True (2013)
1. Wake Me Up
2. You Make Me
3. Hey Brother
4. Addicted to You
5. Dear Boy
6. Liar Liar
7. Shame on Me
8. Lay Me Down
9. Hope There’s Someone
10. Heart Upon My Sleeve
11. Always on the Run
12. Long Road to Hell
13. All You Need is Love

The Days/The Nights EP
1. The Days
2. The Nights

Stories (2015)
1. Waiting for Love
2. Talk to Myself
3. Touch Me
4. Ten More Days
5. For a Better Day
6. Broken Arrows
7. True Believer
8. City Lights
9. Pure Grinding
10. Sunset Jesus
11. Can’t Catch Me
12. Somewhere in Stockholm
13. Trouble
14. Gonna Love Ya

Avīci (01) EP (2017)
1. Friend of Mine ft. Vargas & Lagola
2. Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora
3. You Be Love ft. Billy Raffoul
4. Without You ft. Sandro Cavazza
5. What Would I Change It To ft. AlunaGeorge
6. Sandro Cavazza - So Much Better (Avicii remix)

Select Collaborations
1. w/ Nadia Ali - Rapture (Avicii New Generation Remix)
2. w/ Armin van Buuren ft. Laura V - Drowning (Avicii Remix)
3. w/ Leona Lewis - Collide
4. w/ Nicky Romero - I Could Be the One
5. w/ Benny & Bjorn - We Write the Story
6. w/ Madonna - Rebel Heart (demo)

Extras
1. Feeling Good

Q&A:
Q: An EDM rate? On MY Popjustice?!?
A: Avicii may have started out as an EDM producer, but there are actually many genres and genre influences represented in the songs I’ve chosen - including pop, soul, blues, folk, country, and others. I’d suggest listening to some of his later work first to get a sense for this.

Q: A male-predominant vocal rate? On MY Popjustice?!?
A: I’ve tried to balance this out with my song picks. 16/46 of these songs have female vocals. (Your ballot may be rejected if these 16 are the only decent scores you give.)

Q: Why didn’t you include (insert random Avicii song here)?
A: I purposely didn’t include Avicii’s entire discography here. What I left out: all instrumental-only songs, random remixes, and unofficial releases. Out of his many, many collaborations with high profile acts, I chose 6 representative tracks that appeal to various PJ demographic groups. My ultimate goal was to curate a song list that’s accessible (read: not too long/overwhelming) for everyone, contains a wide variety of genres (not just EDM!), and is as much “all killer, no filler” as possible.

How does this all work?:
  • You must provide scores for all 46 songs. Commentary is welcome but not required.
  • You may rate any version of each song you’d like, including remixes that I haven’t posted. On the song list and Spotify playlist I’m including only the most widespread release (the radio edit, the album version, etc.).
  • You may rate each song on a scale from 0-10. You may use up to one decimal place in rendering your scores. If you must rate in the form of mathematical equations (i.e. √8.7, 0.25*π*8.7, ln8.7^1.2), please solve your equations and provide me the answers in the form of integers that are real numbers and fit in the data set {0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10}.
  • You may award your one most favorite song out of these 46 your coveted 11. Choose wisely, and pray to the rate gods that I don’t tank it with my score.
  • Once you've finished your ballot, send it to me in a private message (click on my username and select "Start a Conversation"). You're welcome to post your averages (overall, and/or broken down by section) in the thread, but please don't list your scores for individual songs or post what your 11 is in the thread.

Timeline:

Voting deadline: Thursday, May 31, at 11:59 PM British Summer Time/6:59 PM US Eastern Time/3:59 PM US Pacific Time (8:59 AM Eastern Australia Summer Time on Friday, June 1)

So that’s 26 days, or just under 4 weeks, to score 46 songs with a playtime of around 3 hours. This is on par with the voting periods of PJ song contests which also run around 40-50 songs. Broken down evenly, if you start on May 6, that’s 1.8 songs per day you’d have to rate to finish by the deadline - totally doable.

There will be NO voting extensions.
 
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Results

#46 - Shame On Me
#45 - We Write the Story
#44 - So Much Better
#43 - Pure Grinding
#42 - Can't Catch Me
#41 - Gonna Love Ya
#40 - Drowning
#39 - Feeling Good
#38 - True Believer
#37 - Long Road to Hell
#36 - You Be Love
#35 - What Would I Change It To
#34 - Ten More Days
#33 - Liar Liar
#32 - Touch Me
#31 - Talk To Myself
#30 - City Lights
#29 - Always on the Run
#28 - Trouble
#27 - Friend of Mine
#26 - For A Better Day
#25 - All You Need is Love
#24 - Heart Upon My Sleeve
#23 - Hope There's Someone
#22 - You Make Me
#21 - Somewhere in Stockholm
#20 - Silhouettes
#19 - The Days
#18 - Fade Into Darkness
#17 - Dear Boy
#16 - Hey Brother
#15 - Broken Arrows
#14 - Rapture
#13 - Seek Bromance
#12 - Collide
#10 (tie) - Addicted to You
#10 (tie) - Without You
#9 - Sunset Jesus
#8 - Lay Me Down
#7 - Waiting for Love
#6 - I Could Be the One
#5 - Rebel Heart
#4 - The Nights
#3 - Levels
#2 - Wake Me Up
#1 - Lonely Together

Recaps

Top 40
Top 30
Top 20
Top 15
Top 10
Top 5
Top 2

Pre-2013 Hits
True
Stories

Avīci (01) EP
Collaborations

Still Left in the Running

Pre-2013 Hits
Seek Bromance
Fade Into Darkness
Levels
Silhouettes


True
Wake Me Up
You Make Me
Hey Brother
Addicted to You
Dear Boy
Liar Liar
Shame on Me
Lay Me Down
Hope There’s Someone
Heart Upon My Sleeve
Always on the Run
Long Road to Hell
All You Need is Love


The Days/The Nights EP
The Days
The Nights


Stories
Waiting for Love
Talk to Myself
Touch Me
Ten More Days
For a Better Day
Broken Arrows
True Believer
City Lights
Pure Grinding
Sunset Jesus
Can’t Catch Me
Somewhere in Stockholm
Trouble
Gonna Love Ya


Avīci (01)
Friend of Mine ft. Vargas & Lagola
Lonely Together ft. Rita Ora
You Be Love ft. Billy Raffoul
Without You ft. Sandro Cavazza
What Would I Change It To ft. AlunaGeorge
Sandro Cavazza - So Much Better (Avicii remix)


Select Collaborations
w/ Nadia Ali - Rapture (Avicii New Generation Remix)
w/ Armin van Buuren ft. Laura V - Drowning (Avicii Remix)
w/ Leona Lewis - Collide
w/ Nicky Romero - I Could Be the One
w/ Benny & Bjorn - We Write the Story
w/ Madonna - Rebel Heart (demo)


Extras
Feeling Good
 
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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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I’d love it if you could participate in this Avicii discography rate! It’s only 46 songs (so not comprehensive, and a great-but-not-overwhelming introduction if you’ve only heard a handful of his songs before), but I’ve included all of Avicii’s best-known songs, his two studio albums and his latest EP, as well as a handful of prominent collaborations with Rita Ora, Madonna, Benny & Bjorn of ABBA, and others. The voting deadline is May 31.

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