Sweden a real treasury of pop music in all its genres and subgenres. Over the past decade we have seen and listened to the Swedish pop, rock, metal, punk … Quality has not deacreased all these years so the Swedes have become recognized for their good bands, and at the global level, pop music has become a part of their cultural identity.
By Michel Petkovic
Since the British and American music industry is very strong and all the media space is given to the bands from these areas, some bands from smaller markets can have only a fraction of glory and this is almost a mission impossible for those that do not belong to the English-speaking world. This is where Sweden is positioned very high, because it has become the third exporter of pop music in the world, immediately after the United States and Great Britain. One of the reasons for such a good export of Swedish pop music is digitization of the entire music industry. Music online streaming services Spotify and Soundcloud are Swedish inventions. Everything started with ABBA A good part of the story begins in the 70’s with the legendary group ABBA, which proved that Swedish artists can be equal to their international competitors. The artists such as Europe, Roxette, Neneh Cherry and The Cardigans followed in their footsteps in the 80’s and 90’s. The whole story can turn to the indie scene, since there is also a handful of good material there which they have managed to sell to anglophone music majority. Some bands were thereby able to make a great career, while some other remained hidden gems. When we take indie history since 2000, we first remember the bands The White Stripes, The Strokes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Vines, The Libertines, The Hives … The Hives had a key role in indie rock revival at the beginning of the last decade with their garage approach to punk rock. Yes, they are the Swedes. New indie pop generation As time went by, the bands such as Caesars, Mando Diao, The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Peter Bjorn and John appeared (people still sing when they hear the hit ’Young Folks’), Shout Out Louds, Friska Viljor, The Sounds, The Concretes, Loney, Dear, Dungen, I’m from Barcelona and of course The Soundtrack of Our Lives, who already had several albums or Lykke Li, who captivated us all with her exotic voice and mystical chillout sounds. We have to mention the representatives of a new generation of Swedish pop who now rule the world on the top lists … Zara Larsson, pop songwriter and winner of the Swedish talent show Talang (Swedish version of Got Talent), Vigiland, DJ and producer who became popular with the single “UFO” Urban Cone, an indie pop band with their debut album “Our Youth” made a major breakthrough in America, then Ida LaFontaine, a new favourite of MTV or Lorentz & Sakarias hip-hop duo from Stockholm. There are more bands here, but these are certainly the strongest links in the Swedish pop scene since the beginning of the new millennium untill now. From all this, we bring you a playlist with 10 most popular and most played Swedish artists at the moment.
Your #OnTheGo Swedish pop playlist!
01. Urban Cone – Come Back To Me ft. Tove Lo
02. Zara Larsson – Lush Life
03. Vigiland – Shots & Squats ft. Tham Sway
04. Emil Berg – Du Swipa Höger
05. Sakarias – Atlanten ADG – Ta av dig luvan
06. Avicii – Waiting For Love
07. Ida LaFontaine – Shut Up And Kiss Me
08. Icona Pop – Emergency
09. ADG – Ta av dig luvan
10. Lorentz & Sakarias – Garbo, Astrid & Taube