When listing the ultimate dance anthems of all time, the same names are always mentioned. Avicii’s ‘Levels’, ‘Opus’ by Eric Prydz, ‘Strobe’ by deadmau5, Tiësto’s ‘Adagio For Strings’ – and of course, modern classics like Martin Garrix’s breakthrough hit ‘Animals.’ But for many, the one track at the very top of that list comes from the mighty Swedish House Mafia. When ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ was first premiered in July 2012 at the MK Bowl in England, it was the first time the supergroup had ever played the track out live. A bold move, considering the 60,000 in attendance at what is still – to this day – their biggest gig of all time.
Fast forward to September 2012, and the track received an official release, with John Martin – the same vocalist used on their huge anthem ‘Save The World’, taking the reins on the now iconic singalong verses. Amassing over 400 million Spotify streams – becoming (by far) their biggest hit of all time – the track also racked up over 500 million YouTube views, with a euphoric video all filmed exclusively live during that incredible day in Milton Keynes, as an emotional Axwell addresses the crowd, adding:
“We’ve been waiting for this night and we could never have pictured it like this. So thank you for coming down and making this the best night of our life. Thank you.”
Here in September 2018, ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ celebrates a 6th birthday, and also marks the last track that Swedish House Mafia ever made… though fans might not have to wait too long for that fact to change. With Steve Angello remarking that yesterday was ‘DAY ONE’ in the new era of SHM on his Instagram channel, all three members have today changed their profile pictures to three white dots, signalling that information on the long-awaited reunion tour is set to drop at any moment!
You can relive ‘Don’t You Worry Child’ below, with the video ending on a poignant note from a fan interviewed directly after the MK Bowl performance, who adds:
“I’ve been to see them all round the world but nothing has compared to what I’ve seen tonight. God bless them.”