Born Abel Tesfaye, the Canadian singer's career has successfully paired soulful melisma with the brazen antics of hip-hop. In honor of the release of his third studio album, After Hours out March 20 , along with his upcoming appearance on SNL , we ranked all of the singer's commercially released singles — including ones in which he was featured as a guest artist. Before the Weeknd dropped his debut studio album 's Kiss Land , he hopped on the remix to French electronic musician Kavinsky's "Odd Look. But he also seems to be discovering the extent of his vocal range, which can make the track feel occasionally shaky. Like the rest of the Weeknd's catalog, the song revels in the casual nature of an intimate relationship that the singer has no interest in developing. Serving as a double entendre for his relationship with women and fame, the song is a stark and layered depiction of someone begrudgingly becoming the center of attention. The only downside is the piano riff, which adds an unnecessary amount of melodrama. The funky, disco-inspired "Wanderlust" — which samples "Precious Little Diamond" by Dutch facet Fox the Fox — is ripe with pulsating rhythms and fraught vocals. But the song is too crowded and experimental for its own good.
The Weeknd dropped three outstanding mixtapes back in , 'House Of Balloons,' 'Thursday' and 'Echoes Of Silence,' all of which were eventually remastered for his compilation album 'Trilogy. Together with his album 'Kiss Land' and other songs, some created for movie soundtracks, The Weeknd's track record in producing amazing music is second to none. The first track on 'House Of Balloons,' the first of The Weeknd's iconic trio of mixtapes, sets the scene for what to expect from Abel's unique sound.
J Balvin, BTS Among 2020 MTV Video Music Award Performers
If you think about it, nothing about The Weeknd should make sense. He's the most NSFW household name in the pop game. He appeals to the devil in all of us, and it feels so good. People often compare the Canadian anti-crooner to Michael Jackson , and that's never been more fair than on his latest LP Starboy, but his genius goes way farther back. Impressively, he's done it with hardly any features. The Weeknd is proof that, no matter what you mom tells you, there is something glamorous in being young and reckless. Here we see a soft, vulnerable, guilty side of The Weeknd not often displayed.
The best Weeknd songs reveal how that happened. Tesfaye threw his hat in the ring in , and his voice fit the track like a glove. The black-and-white music video lends narrative to the loneliness as well, with The Weeknd singing to the camera with a mostly barren background. The moments between night and morning seem to be a blur, marked by ambiguous lyrics and braggadocious references. The lifestyle may be out of our element but, for him, this is just another day. The song hit No. This Grammy-winning single took the radio by storm in The accompanying NSFW visual both matched the provocative film and intensely carnal nature of the song. The downtempo single lays bare a narrative in which Tesfaye intends to sleep with a girl, but is thinking of someone else. No one knows how to sing about reckless moments of youth like The Weeknd, and this bold track put everyone on high alert for more to come from the talented singer.