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12 Great Songs That Wouldn’t Exist Without the Weeknd

Earned It: How Abel Tesfaye’s muted, dreamy R&B changed the world

The Weeknd, Abel TesfayeThe Weeknd, Abel Tesfaye

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“I’m not gonna say any names, but just listen to the radio,” says the Weeknd’s Abel Tesfaye in this week’s Rolling Stone cover story. “Every song is House of Balloons 2.0.”

Though the once-mysterious R&B star prefers to be modest, we’re more than happy to showcase the ways that pop music has embraced his unique sound — murky, hazy, sexually explicit, drunk in love (and otherwise). Here are 12 great songs more than willing to play his wicked games.

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