If you are here that means you know about the one of the globally popular Canadian Singer Makkonen Tesfaye
Also, known by his stage name The Weeknd. Before digging out more about his best Songs. Let’s have a short intro about him
Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, known professionally as The Weeknd is a Canadian artist, singer-songwriter, and producer of records. The Weeknd is known for his versatility in sound and dark lyrics His music is about romance, escapism, and melancholy, and is often influenced by personal events.
“Crew Love”, Drake feat. The Weeknd (2012)
The stunning opening track in “Crew Love” is a challenge for the Weeknd and pits the singer’s siren cry against a savage and abrasive opponent that is a combination of crashing cymbals determined to slash the life of everything it comes across. However, the Weeknd’s dulcet croon disguises his militancy. The opening line of his song is as savage and brutal as those cymbals “Take your eyes off my keyboard/What are you doing me about?” And once the Weeknd gets his adversaries on the defensive and launches his assault, he slams them with his hammer. “This isn’t a fun singing,” he snarls prettily. “So do you know what do you sing about?”
‘King of the Fall’ (2014)
It was released as the Soundcloud track as well as a YouTube video to celebrate the 2013 “King of the Autumn” tour, the track track is one of his most popular songs that was not added to streaming services until almost six years after the fact. The track finds The Weeknd performing his greatest sly and boastful: “‘Bout to leave the crib with a few of my pirates/Driven by the streets we used to stroll through as if it was a victory,” he sings. It was produced with help from Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville, “King of the Fall” has a powerful sharp, hard-hitting edge. When he sings, “If you ain’t with me, you’re are against the me” there is a sense of tension in his voice. “Ain’t anyone able to stop me.”
‘Love Me Harder,’ Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd (2014)
The moment that Republic Records introduced its hot new R&B artist in the public eye, they employed an old-fashioned method (Trojan Horse) in a new way by releasing the release of an Ariana Grande song. The track was produced by Max Martin, “Love Me Harder” is a playful song that’s synth driven about the pleasures of rough sexual sex. The key to taking it to that higher level is the enduring sound that Grande’s exquisite vocals bounce off the Weeknd’s cold falsetto. Two fantastic performers in their own right. However, like Pat and Neil they just have a place in the same.
“I Was Never There” feat. Gesaffelstein (2018)
It’s fitting to note that the Weeknd when he was at his most publically unhappy — following his splits with tabloid princesses Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid — would be accompanied by the elegant Techno violentist Mike “Gesaffelstein” Levy. Hello, stylish dystopia. A percussive synth siren is swooning and giggling amid a deafening clack; as the beat reverberates into a warped gurgle Tesfaye is a suicidal, angry tyrant. It’s his safe place.
On this staged message to an ex singer, the Weeknd is trying to win acceptance! The co-producer Frank Dukes suspends the mournful inamorato amid a flood of soothingly filtered keys and Tesfaye encourages himself to make a move. But then a fingernap beat comes in and he reaches into the past he’s been struggling with. Synths surround everything, and his multitracked whine is fading to static vocoded, and it’s evident that battling sin is his only love.
“Save Your Tears,” featuring. Ariana Grande (2021)
When you’re thinking that the Weeknd is finally releasing an uninteresting little earworm of an anthem The singer twirls the blade. “I noticed you in the busy room/You’re so happy in the absence of me,” he sings. It’s like you were to take “Nothing’s Going to Keep Us From Now” and substituted Mickey Thomas with Sade. This love-forsaken-at-the-club song wouldn’t be anything without Grande. Their voices, when they’re together, are unstoppable and this makes the track all the more terrifying.
In comparison to the smooth dance-pop that is featured elsewhere in Beauty Behind the Madness, “Shameless” is an exception. A stripped-down acoustic song that has hints of Peak-period Seal, “Shameless” is the ultimate scream-of-cry to the Weeknd. “I’ll forever be with you I don’t have any shame,” he swears to the woman who is a lover for a while who isn’t looking for anything from his side, other than the bliss of a good laid. It’s not a good idea and the slippery pornographic guitar solo at close only intensifies the self-blaming sleaze.
‘After Hours’ (2020)
If there’s one song that sums up the Weeknd’s progress from a brooding night-club lurker to a dazzling pop star, it’s “After Hours” that begins with echoing synth acrobatics that were a part of his early albums. The dance beat creeps into the track slowly, only glimpses of it initially but then is in full control, pushing his Weeknd toward the lyrical high-energy that took him to the top and brought him to the top of the charts.
‘How Do I Make You Love Me?’ (2022)
It requires a lot of talent to make the word “desperation” sound appealing however, the Weeknd does not even blink an eye as he mixes iridescent synth pop with his desperate vocals in a pleading falsetto “How Do I Make You Love Me.” Just when it appears the singer has reached his limit the track turns into an unison experiment of electronic bleeps and blips that seamlessly shift to “Take My Breath,” that showcases the tight-knit, sonic universe in Dawn FM.
‘Call Out My Name’ (2018)
When “Earned It” was a huge commercial success, it’s not a coincidence that Weeknd came back to that place after a couple of years -“Call Out My Number “Call In My Name” is another ballad with a slow drip with a 6/8-time. However, unlike “Earned It” featured those uplifting strings and positive message (“Girl you’re beautiful and you’re always worth it”), “Call Out My Name” is depressing and hollow with a sour story of despair and dependence that is sung by the Weeknd’s sharp, angry cry. “I claimed I wasn’t feeling like I did,” he sings. “But I lied.”
‘Sidewalks,’ feat. Kendrick Lamar (2016)
“Sidewalks” features the Weeknd hilariously reminiscing on his climb from being a kid without a father and living in homeless to pop culture. “My flow is so unhealthy, Kevin Costner couldn’t touch me,” he trills in the form of an Auto-Tuned vocal over a guitar-inflected Doc MacKinney beat. In the meantime, Kendrick Lamar responds with an upbeat verse that plays with Starboy’s theme of prodigious appetites. “It was not just an unintentional Kendrick Lamar track,” the Weeknd told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe in 2016. “It was something very special.”
‘Starboy,’ feat. Daft Punk (2016)
Following the world-class popularity in Beauty Behind the Madness, the Weeknd could have collaborated with any of the artists. He selected DaftPunk’s Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo to add an appealing electro gloss to his chart-topping hit and French-filtered his vocals on the track as he danced towards the cash register. With its humorous lyrics that reference the old Star Trek movies and ivory lines on tables made of ebony “Starboy” could also be the chance for the Weeknd to prove that fame hasn’t altered the singer, but it made him more cocky.