5 Country-EDM Songs Inspired by Avicii

From Zac Brown Band's "Beautiful Drug" to country-EDM collisions, key tracks influenced by the Swedish DJ, who died on Friday at 28

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Audien featuring Lady Antebellum, "Something Better"

Lady Antebellum were so enamored of Avicii's progressive mix of dance music and acoustic sounds that they started closing their live shows with a mashup of "Wake Me Up" and Anna Kendrick's "Cups" from Pitch Perfect. They brought their fascination with EDM to the next level in 2015, performing with Zedd on the CMT Awards and then recording the uplifting "Something Better" with American DJ Audien. Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley repurpose their signature boy-girl vocals here, but the surroundings have distinct traces of Avicii's work – a pop-savvy, piano-driven melody with build-and-release tension that explodes into emotive instrumental passages. "It was a really good fit. I grew up with [their] music," Audien told Rolling Stone Country of working with Lady A. The tune never caught on with country radio, but it did make the Top Ten on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart and reached Number One on the U.S. Dance Club Songs chart. J.F.

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