As the world mourns the death of electronic dance music pioneer Avicii (real name Tim Bergling), who died Friday (April 20) in Muscat, Oman, at age 28, Billboard looks back at the career of the Swedish DJ who launched 28 songs on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, including the mega-hit (and 26-week No. 1) “Wake Me Up!”
News of Avicii’s death circulated Friday afternoon after his publicist broke the news in a statement.
“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” the statement reads. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1989, Avicii first broke onto Billboard’s charts in 2010 with his breakthrough hit “Seek Bromance,” under the pseudonym Tim/Berg. The track reached No. 4 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart and launched his career as a dance pioneer.
He eventually signed with Universal Music, where he would release his two studio albums, True in 2013 and Stories in 2015. While both hit No. 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart (True spent six weeks atop the tally), the former reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and the latter reached No. 17.
Avicii scored two additional entries on the Billboard 200: His remix album True (Avicii by Avicii) reached No. 139 in 2014 and his EP Avici (01) hit No. 70 in September and was recently nominated for a Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Album. His album catalog has earned 2.2 million total equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, and sold 424,000 in traditional album units.
Avicii scored 28 entries on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (dating to the chart’s launch in 2013), 18 entries on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart and five hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Only Calvin Harris (32) and David Guetta (30) have charted more songs on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. Further, he scored six No. 1 hits and 11 top 10s on the Dance Club Songs chart (which launched in 1976), among his 13 entries.
The DJ’s song catalog has raked in 1.7 billion total on-demand streams (audio and video combined) and sold 11.6 million digital copies, according to Nielsen Music.
In honor of the late DJ, here’s a look at Avicii’s biggest Billboard hits on the Hot Dance Electronic Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart:
Avicii’s Biggest Billboard Dance Hits
Rank, Title, Peak Position, Peak Date
1. “Wake Me Up!,” No. 1 (26 weeks), Sept. 21, 2013
2. “Hey Brother,” No. 1 (1 week), March 22, 2014
3. “Levels,” No. 2, Feb. 25, 2012
4. “Seek Bromance,” No. 4, March 26, 2011 (billed as Tim/Berg)
5. “Waiting For Love,” No. 7, Aug. 1, 2015
6. “The Days,” No. 8, Oct. 25, 2014
7. “Silhouettes,” No. 9, Sept. 29, 2012
8. “The Nights,” No. 10, Feb. 28, 2015
9. “I Could Be The One,” vs Nicky Romero, No. 10, Feb. 23, 2013
10. “Broken Arrows,” No. 10, Oct. 24, 2015
Of the five Avicii songs that made it to the all-genre Hot 100, “Wake Me Up!” was undoubtedly his biggest hit, peaking at No. 4 and finishing at No. 13 on Billboard’s year-end Hot 100 songs in 2013. “Wake Me Up!” held the record for most weeks at No.1 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart (with 26 weeks) until last summer, when The Chainsmokers’ “Closer,” featuring Halsey, held for 27 weeks at No. 1.
“Wake Me Up!” became a crossover hit at multiple radio formats, adding to its Hot 100 success. It was a four-week No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart (Oct. 26, 2013) and peaked at No. 12 on Alternative Songs (Oct. 26, 2013). The song also ruled Pop Songs for three weeks (Nov. 9, 2013) and Adult Pop Songs for four (Nov. 30, 2013).
The music video is the 39th most-viewed YouTube video in history, garnering 1.4 billion global views (as of midday April 20). The song sold 4.9 million downloads and earned 452 million total on-demand streams (audio and video combined).
Avicii also charted “Hey Brother” on the Hot 100 at No. 16, “Levels” at No. 60, “The Days” at No. 78 and “You Make Me” at No. 85.
Avicii’s Biggest Billboard Dance Hits recap is of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. The ranking is based on actual performance on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay chart through the inception of the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart on January 26, 2013, through the April 21, 2018, ranking. Songs and albums are ranked on peak position, with weeks in the top 10 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower ranks earning proportionally less.