[Top 10] Best songs from The Weeknd for your musical Quiz!
Native of Toronto, Canada, Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, made a name for himself in 2011 with his sublime R’n’B melancholic mixtape Houses of Balloons. Discussing in some crude words the aftermath of boozy evenings, the song sparked a real admiration from a large part of the specialized press and was found in a good number of top albums of the year.
Two more mixtapes followed, Thursday and Echoes of Silence, edited the following year with House of Balloons in a compilation called Trilogy. But it was after a more anecdotal album, Kiss Land, that Abel left the independent sphere with, a remarkable appearance on Ariana Grande's single "Love Me Harder" in 2014. Plus, his song for the movie 50 Shades of Grey, “Earned It”, will confirm the beginning of his success story. His next album, Beauty Behind Madness, was one of the best sellers of 2015. That's where you will find his famous songs “Can’t Feel My Face” and “The Hills”, both of them now exceeding a billion views on Youtube! With fewer sales, Starboy, released the following year, still includes two successful collaborations with Daft Punk and "I Feel It Coming".
With the release of his last album After Hours last March, SongTrivia it was time for us to dig into this discography, selecting the best songs of his career ...
- The Morning
The main single from his debut album is still one of his best songs to this day – if not the best. Introduced by a memorable guitar solo, “The Morning” combines an epic beat with a melancholic melody, which almost 10 years after its release, still brings tears to our eyes. How do you get this refrain out of your head ("All that money, the money is the motive")? Still wondering…
- House of Balloons / Glass Table Girls
It's not for nothing that House of Balloons is considered one of the best R’n’B records of our time. This incredible two-part "symphony", featuring a sample from Siouxsie and The Banshee’s, remains one of The Weeknd's most creative tracks. Its dark conclusion is exhilarating.
- What You Need
You are going to say that we got stuck on House of Balloons but this title is undoubtedly one of the most sensual made by Abel. His distant voice, the muffled beat and the minimalist instrumentation make it one of his essentials!
"Often", one of the singles from Beauty behind The Madness, opens with a sample of a transformed voice on a loop, on a rather slow and heavy beat. Abel throw much more rhythmic lyrics on top of that, in a captivating contrast.
- Lonely Star
From his Trilogy, "Lonely Star" is some old-fashioned track: deep and electrifying. The vitality of the rhythms and the aggressiveness of Abel's singing makes it one of his most catchy tracks.
- Can’t Feel My Face
Besides being one of his biggest hits, this song is also his funkiest. Abel incorporates grooves on some bass, guitar and percussion which give it a disco kind of touch. Fun and upbeat to perfection: Michael Jackson would be proud.
- Wicked Games
Again and again House of Balloons! This album is a reference in terms of classy melodies and instrumentation, and "Wicked Games" is another proof of it. Don't hesitate to sing without moderation.
- I Feel It Coming
The two titles of The Weeknd with Daft Punk are inevitably very good but “I Feel It Coming” has a particular charm: as joyful and dancing as sweet and melancholic. With really irresistible funky tones.
- Tell Your Friends
Released on Beauty Behind The Madness, “Tell Your Friends” makes us hover at ten thousand feet thanks to its superb piano chords and its warm drums.
- Blinding Lights
“Blinding Lights” marks the comeback of The Weeknd, after a somehow disappointing record (Starboy). "Synthwave" keyboards do the trick.
Song Trivia hopes you enjoyed this The Weeknd retrospective and that it's
will give you ideas for an RnB music quiz!