Alan Walker's 5 Best Songs: Critic's Picks
Like many post-millennial music sensations, British-Norwegian DJ and producer Alan Walker got his start on the Internet. His meteoric rise began on NoCopyrightSounds, an ever-growing independent label with an impressive YouTube subscriber base of 12 million-plus fans. It's the platform where Walker dropped his breakthrough record "Fade" at just 18 years old.
The track racked up tens of millions of streams, catching the attention of Sony Music Sweden, which transformed the song into the 2015 international hit "Faded." And Walker has yet to disappoint since, following up the early sensation with original hits like "Tired" and "Sing Me to Sleep."
Below, tune in to five of Walker's best offerings yet:
5. Alan Walker & David Whistle - "Routine"
Walker and Spanish producer David Whistle offered the perfect holiday gift to fans in November with "Routine," a mellow, gaming-inspired song that combines piercing piano keys with bubbly computer blips and vocal distortion. The result is a charming nod to the gamer culture behind NoCopyrightSounds’ online popularity -- "Level_complete," concludes the song’s computer code-centered video.
4. Alan Walker - "Sing Me to Sleep"
As the sequel to Walker’s explosive “Faded,” 2016’s “Sing Me to Sleep” carried a fair bit of pressure to perform. Thankfully, this Alan Walker song lives up to expectations. Here, Walker attaches gooey, lullaby-like vocals to a crisp, sprightly melody to create a dream-like sound that perfectly matches the track’s title.
3. Alan Walker feat. Gavin James - "Tired"
His most recent single, "Tired," follows up on his melodic house sound with Gavin James' soft crooning. But this time, Walker enlists the help of some warm acoustic strums and tropical elements. The Alan Walker song caught the attention of fellow Norwegian act Kygo, who offered a remix of the song.
2. Alan Walker - "Alone"
It’s hard to deny the instant feel-good vibes that accompany the joyful, sing-song chorus of Walker’s “Alone.” With its euphoric drop, snappy production and vocals from Swedish electro-pop star Noonie Bao, the bubbling dance track scored Walker a No. 5 hit on the Dance Club Songs charts.
1. Alan Walker - "Faded"
Some artists’ catalogs are difficult to narrow down, but our number-one pick for Walker is a no-brainer. It’s not hard to understand why the winding beat and triumphant synth progression of "Faded" captivated dance listeners around the globe, putting a dent in the Billboard Hot 100 and peaking at No. 4 on the Dance Club Songs chart. On Spotify, we’re looking at more than 690 million streams, while the track’s viral YouTube video boasts more than 1.2 billion views. Have a listen above, and you’ll understand why this Alan Walker song still reigns over the rest.