Our Weekly Ten: 10 Swedish Vibe Songs

21/11/2012 20:27

Where does modern “non-trashy” pop music come from? That must be definitely Sweden. The country is one of the biggest exporters of rock and pop music, along with the USA and the UK. What makes Swedish artists so special is that they are not afraid to try new things even before they become cool and mainstream. Feel free to get some inspiration.

10. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) by ABBA

Let’s start with something we all know. Unfortunately, ABBA reminds some of us of our childhood and our grandma’s idea of good music. To others, fortunately, this is just something from distant past vaguely resembling Madonna’s “Hung up“. Oh yes, the Queen of Pop sampled ABBA. This means they can’t be that bad. End of story.

 

9. Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

Who would ever guess that Neneh Cherry and her half-brother are Swedish? His song “Save Tonight” peaked at no.5 on US radio charts and no.6 on UK charts, and was one of the few decent things MTV played on repeat in 1998. What a beautiful song about how hard it is to say goodbye.

 

8. Be Mine! by Robyn

Robyn is the girl who made platform sneakers cool. Robyn is the singer who in her lyrics combines attitude and meaning with feisty beats. The singer who should educate Lady Gaga on how to be inspiring was supposed to be just another manufactured pop-princess as hinted by her label. Her answer? Setting up her own label Konichiwa Records and becoming a world-known if unconventional pop star.

7. Paddling Out by Miike Snow

Your new alarm clock song. Miike Snow, better-known for the track “Black & Blue”, created something that makes you overdosed  on energy. Who needs coffee then? Regarding the video, let me quote the top youtube comments: “what the hell did I just watch” and “how high was the person when they came up with this”.

 

6. Tick Tick Boom by The Hives

Once hailed as the successors of Nirvana bringing the garage guitar sound back, nobody remembers this band now. The only thing that might ring a bell is the weird lead singer’s name (Howlin' Pelle Almqvist) or the very cute fact that despite their punk roots, they always wore matching black-and-white tuxedos on stage.

 

5. Young Folks by Peter Bjorn and John

Almost 34 million youtube views? Well, yes, that’s enough for a fifth place in our countdown. The only problem is that this song makes you want to whistle when you just can’t.

 

4. Jerk It Out by Caesars

Works for iPod ads, works for us, right?

 

3. Down in the Past by Mando Diao

Long before “Dance with Somebody”, this group rocked. If you’re wondering about the name, supposedly it appeared to the lead singer in his dream. If you’re wondering about the band’s success, try mixing hot singers, indie sass and undeniable fun they’re having while playing.

 

2. Twice by Little Dragon

“Dreamy, rhythmical, shifting, moody rainbow sounds” says their official page. The only thing I might add is that their songs perfectly capture the strength of every possible emotion often with a very minimalistic musical approach.

 

1. Heartbeats by Knife

Best song ever. Romance, love and despair so achingly explained through a song. A little tip: just try not to melt away when listening to Jose Gonzales’ version used in the iconic Sony Bravia advert. Neither by Jose’s Swedish. Anyway, our number one is more like a two-for-one deal. Three if you count the ad.

 

Surprisingly, 99 per cent of Swedish pop music is great for adverts. The Swedish songwriter Max Martin or the producer RedOne are the secret ingredient to catchy tunes of Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Gaga or Pitbull. And of course we missed out a lot…The Cardigans, Lykke Li, Avicii or Swedish House Mafia just to name a few. Sweden is a musical giant praised for its originality and we hope now you know.

Kristína Škovierová

 

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