Levels (Avicii song)

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"Levels"
Levelssong.jpg
Single by Avicii and Etta James
Released 28 July 2011
Format
Recorded 2010–11
Genre Progressive house[1]
Length
  • 5:37 (original version)
  • 3:20 (radio edit)
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Avicii
Avicii and Etta James singles chronology
"Fade into Darkness"
(2011)
"Levels"
(2011)
"Collide"
(2011)

"Fade into Darkness"
(2011)
"Levels"
(2011)
"Collide"
(2011)

"Levels" (stylised as "LE7ELS") is a song by Swedish DJ Avicii. An early instrumental version of the song was first played by Avicii during an appearance on BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix in December 2010, while the final version with Etta James's vocals was first performed at the Ultra Music Festival in March 2011. "Levels" was officially released on 28 October 2011 and peaked at number one in Sweden and on the Dance music charts in the United States and became a top ten hit in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.[2]

"Levels" contains a vocal sample from the 1962 gospel-inspired song "Something's Got a Hold on Me" by Etta James, as written by Leroy Kirkland, Pearl Woods and James. It is the same sample previously used in Pretty Lights' 2006 song "Finally Moving" from his debut album, Taking Up Your Precious Time. Flo Rida's single "Good Feeling", which became a worldwide hit in late 2011, was primarily influenced by "Levels" and its Etta James sample.[3][4] Several critics consider "Levels" to be Avicii's greatest song and one of the greatest EDM songs of all time, mostly due to its chart success and the recognisable synth riff.[5]

Composition[edit]

"Levels" is a progressive house[1] song produced in the key of C-sharp minor, with a simple chord progression of C#m-E-B-A.[6] It samples lyrics from Etta James's 1962 single, "Something's Got a Hold on Me", only consisting of "Oh, sometimes I get a good feeling, yeah. Get a feeling that I never, never, never, never had before, no, no. I get a good feeling, yeah".

Remixes[edit]

The song has been remixed by several artists, including Cazzette and Skrillex. It has been used in a mashup with "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra titled "Levels That I Used to Know" and another mashup with "Good Feeling" by Flo Rida titled "Good Levels" which has been played on some club radio stations. George Monev made a popular edit to this song which reverses the track.[7] The song was re-worked to feature vocals from South Korean K-pop singer Seulong of 2AM. The single was released in South Korea on 5 May 2013 via digital music outlets.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

"Levels" was featured in the pilot of American action-adventure TV series Arrow.[9][10] It is also in the repertoire of the University of Southern California Spirit of Troy marching band, including being used at USC Trojans football games whenever an opponent is penalised.[11] "Levels" was used as the theme in the 2012 Miss Universe swimsuit competition.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[13]
No.TitleLength
1."Levels"3:19

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Australia[73] 28 October 2011 Digital download Universal Music
Denmark[74]
Ireland[75]
Netherlands[76]
Sweden[77]
Germany 31 October 2011[78]
15 November 2011[79] CD single
United States[80] 31 October 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom[81] 20 November 2011

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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