10 Best Songs Released After The Singer Passed Away

10. Viola Beach – ‘Call You Up’ (2016)

With Viola Beach – made up of Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin – it’s difficult to not associate them with the tragedy that unfolded.

They were only starting out their career (their ages ranging from 19-27) before they tragically died on 13 February 2016 following a gig in Sweden, when their car crashed into a raised section of a bridge and fell into a canal. A coroner has gone on record as saying he did not think it will "ever be known" what happened that night that caused them to crash.

A self-titled album of their music was released shortly after as a tribute to the band on 29 July 2016. It included the already superb singles ‘Swings & Waterslides’ and ‘Boys That Sing’, and was patched together with music already recorded for a future EP. It was a celebration of a band that wholeheartedly deserved it. It might not be the album they ever intended to make, but it’s a fitting memorial to them.

The band were known for their catchy melodies and joyful guitars tones. It’s what you can hear on the majority of the album. However, an exceptional standout is ‘Call You Up’, a howling serenade that shows a lot of mature depth and wisdom for as young as they were. It’s a remarkable track, producing more reason to give this band your affection. You wonder what they could have further written and recorded listening to it.

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