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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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Avicii’s commercial breakthrough had reverberations far beyond the dance clubs where he was accustomed to working. The Swedish DJ and producer, who died at 28 on Friday, envisioned an exciting new mix of styles with his hits “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother,” combining the acoustic instrumentation and melodies of roots music with rhythm-heavy dance music. 

While it never fully caught on with country radio, the idea launched a microtrend that has echoes into the present day with country and EDM collaborations like Maren Morris and Zedd’s “The Middle” or the murky electronic roots music on the recent solo album from bluegrass ace Dan Tyminski, who provided vocals on “Hey Brother.” Here are five of the best collisions of country and EDM inspired by Avicii.

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Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso featuring Florida Georgia Line and Watt, “Let Me Go”

Florida Georgia Line are no strangers to the EDM world, having collaborated with the Chainsmokers on their Memories… Do Not Open track “Last Day Alive” in 2017. While that song didn’t make it to radio, their guest spot on the Hailee Steinfeld and Alesso song “Let Me Go” did, landing the duo in the Top 40 at the same time as another of their crossovers, “Meant to Be” with Bebe Rexha. Released in late 2017, “Let Me Go” features a vocal duet from pop artist Steinfeld and FGL, with production and arrangement from Swedish DJ Alesso. There’s not much country to be found in this one, with its blippy synths and trop-pop beats, though Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley manage to sneak a little twang into the second verse with their two-part vocal harmony. B.M.

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