With the RnB star dropping his second album 'Beauty Behind The Madness' this year, we look back at the first two chapters of his life.
Featuring music from 'Trilogy,' 'Kiss Land,' 'Beauty Behind The Madness' and more.
If you've just got your hands on The Weeknd's 'Beauty Behind The Madness' album and fallen in love with tracks like 'Tell All Your Friends' and 'Can't Feel My Face,' it's time for you to get 'Acquainted' (see what we did there?) with more of Abel Tesfaye's discoography.
The Weeknd dropped three outstanding mixtapes back in 2011, 'House Of Balloons,' 'Thursday' and 'Echoes Of Silence,' all of which were eventually remastered for his 2012 compilation album 'Trilogy.' Together with his 2014 album 'Kiss Land' and other songs, some created for movie soundtracks, The Weeknd's track record in producing amazing music is second to none.
Get familiar with some of his best songs below.
'High For This'
The first track on 'House Of Balloons,' the first of The Weeknd's now iconic trio of 2011 mixtapes is the likely recognisable 'High For This.' The melodic track sets the scene for what to expect from Abel's unique sound.
If you haven't heard 'Beauty Behind The Madness' album track 'Acquainted' yet, hit play above right now. The track hears The Weeknd find himself wanting a woman for more than just sex and although he scares away from admitting he's "in love," he is very pleased the two are "acquainted".
'The Party And The After Party'
Another track from 'House Of Balloons,' although it was never released 'The Party And The After Party' is one of The Weeknd's most recognisable tracks from his early days. The track, which tells the story of The Weeknd racing a girl up the stairs at a party, samples 'Maser Of None' by Beach House.
'What You Need'
When he released this track on his 'House Of Balloons' mixtape, The Weeknd sampled Aaliyah's Rock The Boat.' Unfortunately, when it was remastered for 'The Trilogy,' he couldn't secure the rights to keep The Princess of r&b's sound on it.
When he was on the cusp of fame, The Weeknd dropped 'Rolling Stone' on his second 2011 mixtape, 'Thursday.' It hears his mind wander about whether he will change - and whether his relationship will change - once he's famous. "So baby love me before they all love me, until you won't love me, because they all love me, I'll be different, I think i'll be different, I hope i'm not different," he sings.
'The Zone' Feat. Drake
The Weeknd and Drake teamed up for their first collaboration on 'The Zone' - seven full minutes of the two Canadian artists singing about sipping and strippers.
'The Morning' is responsible for what is possibly one of The Weeknd's best hooks ever.
'Tell Your Friends'
It's no surprise that one of the stand out tracks on The Weeknd's 'Beauty Behind The Madness' is the Kanye West co-produced 'Tell Your Friends.' It's also therefore no surprise that 'Tell All Your Friends' is the track Drizzy decided to jump on just weeks after its release.
The first of The Weeknd's tracks to be released as a single, 'Wicked Games' peaked at 43 in Canada, 53 in the US and 152 in the UK when it dropped in 2012. If it was released in 2015, would it have been a number one single?
Ever fallen for someone but stayed clear, thinking they wouldn't like you back? Hit play on 'Montreal,' then think again. "I guess you had no idea that you could have persuaded me/ Girl, you could have had me doing anything you pleased," The Weeknd sings to the girl that slipped through his fingers.
If you need a break from The Weeknd's dark and moody signature sound, give the more uptempo 'Wanderlust' a go. The track was released on The Weeknd's Kiss Land' album.
'Can't Feel My Face'
The Weeknd channels a sound similar to Michael Jackson's on his first number one US single with 'Can't Feel My Face'.
'Devil May Cry'
The Weeknd brought some inspirational words to the 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' soundtrack with the theatrical 'Devil May Cry.' Most quotable lyric; "The world will be yours for the taking/ The story you birth will be ageless/ Just learn to love pain and be patient."
'Prisoner' Feat. Lana Del Rey
The Weeknd and Lana Del Rey on one track? This was always going to be great.
The earliest 'Beauty Behind The Madness' track to be revealed (it was actually released in 2014), if none of the other tracks on our list had you sweating, put 'Often' on and grab a tissue.