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Where do you start? Where to end Swedish songwriters and bands not only regularly storm the top ten in the world with English songs. The Swedish-speaking music scene is also extremely diverse. There are tons of wonderful Swedish songs. Not only are they beautiful, but many of them also help with learning Swedish.
There are tons of Swedish songs that are special.
But the list of possible songs and artists is long. So where do you start? In the 18th century with Carl Michael Bellman? Or at Evert Taube in the early 20th century? And where to continue? Gyllene Tider, Kent, Håkan Hellström, Helen Sjöholm, Ulf Lundell, Timbuktu, Lisa Ekdahl, Lars Winnerbäck, Lena Philipsson, Ted Gärdestad, Cornelis Vreeswijk, Tomas Ledin, Magnus Uggla, Nationalteatern, Monika Zetterlund, Ebba Grön, Jakob Hellman and and and and . It could be a long list.
We have selected ten songs that we think are special for Sweden or that describe Sweden in a special way. But the selection was so difficult that there is already a second part.
(The order is not a ranking.)
Kent: Sverige (2002)
Some say this Kent song should be the Swedish national anthem: "Sweden, Sweden, beloved country" - this is how this anthem on Sweden begins. But as is typical for songs by Kent and basically for Swedish music, a certain melancholy should not be missing. This song comes close to Sweden and the Swedish soul like no other.
Helen Sjöholm: You måste finnas (Kristina från Duvemåla) (1995)
Many people know Helen Sjöholm from the film “As in Heaven” when she moved the audience to tears with “Gabriellas Sång”. But when she embodies Kristina Nilsson in the musical "Kristina från Duvemåla" * and sings "Du måste finnas", then tears turn into torrents. The musical, written by ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson in 1995, brings Vilhelm Moberg's classic "Utvandrarna" to the stage. For the first time, the devout Kristina doubts God. This song is a prayer, a desperate supplication to God that it must exist after all. And how Helen Sjöholm implements this simply cannot leave anyone indifferent. It was her big break.
Idas sommarvisa (1973)
Many Swedish songs from the film adaptations of Astrid Lindgren's books are extremely popular. Especially Ida's song about summer, which she sings in the film "Always this Michel 3" *. In many schools it is sung at the end of the school year. Hardly any other song evokes as many nostalgic summer memories as this one.
Ted Gärdestad: Sol, vind och vatten (1972)
Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus from ABBA are involved everywhere. For example, they produced Ted Gärdestad's first album “Undringar”. Gärdestad took part in the “Melodifestivalen” four times, winning it in 1979, but then had to be content with third from bottom in the “Eurovision Song Contest”. However, this defeat did not detract from his popularity in Sweden. Many of his songs like “Satellit”, “Ge en sol” and “Sol, vind och vatten” are almost as well known as ABBA songs.
Ted Gärdestad's life ends tragically: he suffered from schizophrenia and threw himself in front of a train in 1997.
Håkan Hellström: Känn ingen care Göteborg (2000)
The song was Håkan Hellström's debut singel and also marked his big breakthrough. In 2009, the radio station P3 carried out a survey as to which Swedish song of the 00 years was the best: the listeners quite clearly voted for “Känn ingen care Göteborg”. That is remarkable for an artist who is repeatedly accused by critics of singing wrong. And yes, his voice is unique. But maybe this is exactly what makes it unique. In any case, the indie pop musician enjoys cult status in Gothenburg, his hometown, where many of his songs are set.
Gyllene Tider: Sommartider (1982)
Anyone interested in Swedish music cannot ignore Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson from ABBA or Per Gessle. Together with Marie Fredriksson he became world famous as "Roxette". But his success in Sweden started earlier with “Gyllene Tider”. The band produced hits on the assembly line between 1977 and 1985. They came back together later and filled the halls on their tours. The summer song “Sommartider” is typical of “Gyllene Tider”: light, happy pop and equally light and simple texts about the love of young people, little adventures and the summer. You can already sing along the first time: "Sommartider hej hej, sommartider!"
Lars Winnerbäck: Elden (2001)
It is difficult to single out a single song by Lars Winnerbäck. Rather, it belongs to every musician whose albums you can listen to from the first to the last song. He started his career as a punk rocker. Rock has stayed, but has replaced punk with folk.
One of those albums where one good song follows another is “Singel” *. It opens with “Elden” - a melancholy rock song about how the youthful fire is gradually going out, written in the form of a letter to a friend who has grown older and has settled down with his wife and children.
GES: När vi gräver guld i USA (1994)
Musically speaking, this song is on a low level - cheap pop. But that is not crucial here. “När vi gräver guld i USA” was sung a thousand times in 1994 when Sweden won the bronze medal at the soccer World Cup in the USA. The melody of the official World Cup song is extremely catchy. And so the song became part of the soccer saga that many Swedes still rave about today.
Timbuktu: Alla vill till Himmelen men ingen vill dö (2005)
Jason Michael Bosak Diakité aka Timbuktu produces an exciting mix between hip hop and reggae. He got his stage name from the city of Timbuktu in Mali, the country where his father comes from. But his music is not only musically interesting, it is often the lyrics for which he is famous. Timbuktu not only won gold and platinum in Sweden and Norway with the album "Alla vill till heavenen men ingen vill dö" * ("Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die"), but also two Swedish Grammis for best hip-hop / Soul artist and as the best text writer. So when it comes to Timbuktu, it pays to listen carefully.
Ulf Lundell: Öppna landskap (1982)
Not only Kent's "Sverige" was proposed as the new national anthem. This honor was also given to Ulf Lundell's song "Öppna landskap", with which he celebrated a huge success in the 1980s. Lundell was influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Neil Young and in turn influenced many other Swedish artists, such as Lars Winnerbäck.
A must for all Sweden lovers who, like Ulf Lundell, feel most comfortable in the “open, wide landscape”, “want to live close to the sea”, where “the soul can relax”.
Since there are many more Swedish songs that you should know as a Sweden fan, there is a second part with ten more songs that a Sweden fan should know.
Is your wish song missing? Which one would you have liked to see on the list? Feel free to leave a comment!
Swedish music is a phenomenon. And extremely successful. We looked for explanations of the success of music from Sweden.
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Featured image: Rodrigo Riva Ruiz / imagebank.sweden.se
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