Avicii’s recent passing has shocked the EDM world. I want to avoid euphemisms in this post because I don’t think it benefits anyone in this conversation. Avicii tragically committed suicide at a very young age. I want to celebrate Avicii’s music with this post, but I also want to take a moment to talk about depression and suicide. Depression is still stigmatized, but as a physician, I can tell you that it is a disease like any other. While life stressors certainly contribute, the basis is an imbalance of neurotransmitters that can be treated. Spread the word that depression is a treatable disease and one that we should not be too proud or embarrassed to admit to. If you or anybody you know is struggling with depression or thoughts of suicide please reach out to friends, family, or even strangers (including me).
With that said, here are my five favorite Avicii tracks. He was one of the pioneers of EDM that caused the genre to break into the mainstream and these tracks all have a special place in my life.
Fade into Darkness