Avicii’s most iconic and infamous track, for better or for worse, has just reached the five year milestone since being released. For what seems like a very quick five years, the dance music scene has received hundreds of distinctive tracks in that time. However, very few can compete with the influence and culture “Levels” brought.
Still loved by millions, that popularity is reflected in the 231 million views on YouTube it has received to date. Coming in original and radio edit formats, the infectious and unforgettable series of chords helped create one of the melodies of a generation. Blending elements of soul and house, Avicii used a combination of heavy and high-pitched synths, a quiet bassline and under laid beat to form the track’s instrumental basis.
Going on to be remixed by several artists, including Cazzette, Skrillex and even a Hindi rendition, its global reach not only demonstrated the growth of the EDM culture, but also extended it. Also receiving more satire mashup’s, such as Deadmau5′ 2014 Ultra set, the multi platinum selling track entered the charts at large.
Stylized as ‘LE7ELS’, the progressive house piece, first emerged onto the airwaves during an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1 in late 2010. Going on to add the renowned vocals of Etta James for his performance at Ultra Music Festival four months later, Avicii then saw the track reach Top 10 status in over 15 countries, even peaking at No.1 in his home nation of Sweden.
Relive arguably Avicii’s most famous track below, and let us know you thoughts on where it ranks in dance music history!