The Days (song)

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"The Days"
The Days cover.png
Single by Avicii
from the album The Days / Nights EP
Released3 October 2014 (2014-10-03)
Format
Recorded2014
Genre
Length
  • 4:38 (album version)
  • 3:45 (radio edit)
  • 5:51 (extended mix)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Salem Al Fakir
  • Avicii
  • Vincent Pontare
Avicii singles chronology
"Dar um Jeito (We Will Find a Way)"
(2014)
"The Days"
(2014)
"Divine Sorrow"
(2014)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Shine My Shoes"
(2014)
"The Days"
(2014)
"Party Like a Russian"
(2016)
Music video
"The Days" (lyrics video) on YouTube

"The Days" is a song by Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, featuring vocals by English singer Robbie Williams. The song was written by Brandon Flowers,[1] Robbie Williams, Salem Al Fakir, Avicii and Vincent Pontare,[2] and was produced by Avicii, Fakir and Pontare. The song was played for the first time in Boston, featuring uncredited vocals by Fakir. The song was released worldwide on 3 October 2014. It was released alongside "The Nights" in The Days / Nights EP.[3] A planned release in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2014 was cancelled.[4]

Composition[edit]

"The Days" is written in the key of C major, at a tempo of 127 BPM.[5] The chord structure is based on the pop punk chord progression.

Recording[edit]

The song was originally meant to be a collaboration between Brandon Flowers and Avicii, with Flowers writing the lyrics and providing the vocals. However, due to Flowers' dissatisfaction with the recording, Avicii brought on a different vocalist, Robbie Williams.[6]

Music video[edit]

An official lyric video was also released on YouTube by the official Avicii Vevo channel.[7] In the video, an artist (later confirmed as INO),[8] spray-paints the lyrics of "The Days" in black against a white wall. Near the end of the video, a pan-out reveals the lyrics creating a portrait of Avicii, which is subsequently covered with splashes of coloured paint by the artist.[9]

As of May 2018, the lyric video has been viewed more than 150 million times.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[11]
No.TitleLength
1."The Days"4:38

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from CD single.[15]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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