Alesso's 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

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Alesso, "Falling"

Here's a list of the top 10 Alesso songs to date.

Main stage anthem maker Alesso is no stranger to reigning atop the dance charts, with dozens of his catchy melodic tunes becoming forever embedded in our main stage memories. Plus, he’s capable of dismantling your friends’ hardened techno hearts as they sing aloud to crowd classics like “If I Lose Myself” and “Under Control” alongside Calvin Harris.

With an impressive career of pop-EDM crossover smashes and countless headline billings for nearly a decade, it’s hard to believe the 25-year-old superproducer put out his debut studio album, Forever, only two years ago. When he's not being mentored by Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingrosso or tapped to open for Madonna on tour, the superstar Swede is crafting an indelible legacy with his catalog of nonstop mega-hits.

Here's Billboard Dance's list of the top 10 Alesso songs to date.

10. Alesso - "Falling"

If falling hurts this good, we don't want to stand up. Primed for a fashion show runway, siren vocals float over a sultry midtempo beat that will leave you interpretive dancing with your nonexistent bae, much like the accompanying visuals. Upon premiering the music video with Billboard back in February, Alesso said of the record's meaning: "I took this track to a deeper more sensual place for me, and I wanted to get that across in this video paired with incredible dancing and a sort of '80s feel."

9. Alesso - "I Wanna Know," feat. Nico & Vinz

It’s the perfect dance-pop firestorm as Alesso enlists breakout duo Nico & Vinz off the heels of their chart-topper “Am I Wrong” for this 2015 anthem. The chorus’ melodious chant “Hey-ey-ey, hey-ey-ey” is the quintessential ingredient for this summer record to garner constant play for many more festival seasons to come. Cue all the girls dancing atop their boyfriends' shoulders.

8. Alesso - "Sweet Escape," feat. Sirena

Released as a single off his debut studio effort, Forever, the music video for Alesso's song “Sweet Escape” sees crosswalk signals leave their traffic duties and come to life for a polychromatic street parade, proving that jaywalking raves are the new warehouse parties.

7. Alesso - "Cool," feat. Roy English

Appropriately titled, this 2015 sing-along jam is the perfect remedy for the blistering summer heat. While we're used to seeing Alesso in typical all-black attire and a stern poker face, the "Cool" music video sees him break away from his monochromatic aesthetic to showcase his humorous side. You'd think playing the role of a nerdy high school student in a stereotypical sweater vest fantasizing about his teacher would be the farthest he takes it, but no, he has an entire Napoleon Dynamite-esque dance number to steal the show. 

6. Alesso - "Years," feat. Matthew Koma

Ever wake up starry-eyed and dehydrated on the floor of a stranger's apartment with confetti on your chest trying to piece together last night's debauchery? Well, the 2012 banger "Years" featuring prominent electronic vocalist Matthew Koma has probably soundtracked some of those questionable nights. Released close to the beginning of Alesso's career, the runaway hit helped position the rest of his legacy as a dance music heavyweight.

5. Alesso - "City of Dreams," feat. Dirty South & Ruben Haze

A go-to classic during the height of progressive house, this half-decade-old gem epitomizes modern-day festival culture, where ravers hold on tight to each other under a sky littered with fireworks. Alesso's song also fits for the drive home after the afterparty.

4. Alesso - "Under Control," feat. Calvin Harris & Hurts

What do you get when the two dance titans of anthemic hitmaking put their chart-topping powers together? A perennial smash that will eternally be played at college pre-games. Like most of the pair's individual productions, the progressive rhythm not only seduces the ears but amplifies the featured singer's aesthetic. In this case, Hurts lead singer Theo Hutchcraft's retro vocals serve as the track's launch pad fueling the supercharged drop for blast off.

3. Alesso - "Calling (Lose My Mind)," feat. Sebastian Ingrosso & Ryan Tedder

Few EDM drops reign as resilient and meteoric as 2012's "Calling" featuring Alesso's frequent collaborators Sebastian Ingrosso and Ryan Tedder. Reaching No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart, the track ignited a steady working relationship between Tedder and the Swedish hitmaker, helping launch the then 20-year-old to new heights as a dance music power player.

2. OneRepublic, "If I Lose Myself" (Alesso Remix)

Forever a feels-inducing dance hymn, Alesso's remix of OneRepublic's "If I Lose Myself" was released nearly four years ago and has since gone on to become a mammoth staple in electronic music, seemingly produced for the slo-mo scenes of a festival aftermovie. The record also nabbed a Grammy nomination for best remixed recording, non-classical and some would argue became more popular than Ryan Tedder's original. 

1. Alesso - "Heroes (We Could Be)," feat. Tove Lo

Everyday people do everyday things, but Alesso can't be one of them. A rapturous chorus, motivational lyrics and uplifting tempo made "Heroes (We Could Be)" a platinum-selling beast with mainstream crossover appeal. Unlike Alesso's dramatic free fall in the track's music video, the Tove Lo-assisted mega collaboration soared to No. 1 on the Dance Club Songs chart and climbed to a steady No. 2 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. Strap on your wings and sing along in PLURfect harmony.