Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Swedish songs of all time 2017, Sweden is one of the Scandinavian countries of northern Europe. Clear blue skies, deep green forests, mountains and lakes, the beauty of this country and its people defies that history of its. Imagery of the bravery of vikings, survival throughout wars, have all contributed to a rich musical culture. Sweden is a leader in the world of electronica, as well as having a love for it’s folk music and dances. Below are the top selling singles of all time, as compiled by their official charts. Check them out, and enjoy the diversity that is Swedish music.
- 10. Europe – The Final Countdown
- 9. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
- 8. Lush Life – Zara Larsson
- 7. Från och med du – Oskar Linnros
- 6. Curly Sue – Takida
- 5. It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
- 4. Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia
- 3. All That She Wants – Ace of Base
- 2. Abba – Dancing Queen
- 1. Avicii – Levels
Here we present the list of top 10 best Swedish songs of all time 2017.
10. Europe – The Final Countdown
“The Final Countdown” was performed and released by Swedish rock band, Europe in the spring of 1986, from their album, “The Final Countdown”, and hit number 1 in 25 countries. Europe was a Swedish rock and roll band from Stockholm Sweden, and it was their third album “The Final Countdown” that turned them into international stars. “The Final Countdown” is pure, solid rock ballad. Well structured and majestic in its production and performance, as the vocals of Joey Tempest drive, with sheer force against the backdrop of a structured, almost militaristic, brassy, synth intro, ending with an eerie echo, as the track trails off into the distance.
9. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia feat. John Martin
Electronic music super group, Swedish House Mafia was a band that concentrated on producing progressive house/electro house music, and originated from Stockholm, Sweden. Their track “Don’t You Worry Child” was the final, farewell single released by the group in 2012, from their album “Until Now”, and features vocals from John Martin. Their farewell track became an international success, and charted in the US at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, selling 5.5 million copies worldwide.
8. Lush Life – Zara Larsson
“Lush Life” is a song from Swedish performer and composer, Zara Larsson, released in June of 2015, and headed straight for the top of the charts, where it sat comfortably for five weeks. Mixed by James F Reynolds and mastered by Chris Gehringer, “Lush Life” is a fun, upbeat and clever track showcasing Zara’s talent, as she sings about the complexities of a relationship. Designed to reach her demographics, living life to its fullest, enjoying the summer, free from responsibility, enjoying the rush of young love.
7. Från och med du – Oskar Linnros
“Från och med du”, is a catchy, mainstream track centering on what occurs when love just takes a wrong turn, and it’s nobodies fault. Performed by Oskar Linnros, of Sundbyberg, Sweden from his solo 2010 debut album “Vilja Bil”, “Fran och med Du” climbed to the top of Sweden’s official singles chart, Sverigetopplistan, and certified platinum, while the album, “Vilja Bil” hit number 2. Though the melody is upbeat and energetic, Oskar’s vocals emanate a sense of finality, sadness, along with a realization that it is what it is, and cannot be undone.
6. Curly Sue – Takida
On October 10, 2007, alternative rock band, Takida released the single “Curley Sue” from their second album, “Bury the Lies”. “Curley Sue” is a straightforward, simple track that slowly climbed its way up the charts to number one in 2008 after spending 63 weeks on the chart. “Curley Sue” was certified gold in May of 2009. When you listen to the track, it’s easy to see just what the appeal of “Curley Sue” is: Devotion. The track involves mutual respect, surrender and acceptance of the beauty of having another soul share your life, all of this perfectly presented by the vocals of Robert Petterson. Starting out slowly, “Curly Sue” slowly builds to a solid crescendo and climax.
5. It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
“It Must Have Been Love” was a ballad composed by songwriter Per Gessle and released by Swedish pop duo, Roxette. The original release was December 1987, and was titled “It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)” and reached number 4 on the Swedish charts, but was not released internationally. However, in 1990 the blockbuster film, “Pretty Woman” was in need of a track, and Roxette’s “It Must Have Been Love” was chosen, parts rewritten, and released, becoming an international hit in 1990. Marie Fredriksson’s vocals embrace the bittersweet sadness and loss found in Per Gessel’s heartfelt lyrics. Indeed, anyone who has seen “Pretty Woman”, has felt the pain and loss during that pivotal scene, the emotions of the audience, being perfectly reinforced by that track.
4. Greyhound – Swedish House Mafia
The Swedish techno super group, Swedish House Mafia, makes its second appearance on our list with this epic entry. Electronic dance and techno masters, the Swedish House Mafia’s hit single “Greyhound”, is an energetic, vivacious and powerful composition. Originally conceived as part of a promotion for a new drink for Absolut: Absolut Greyhound and released March of 2012, “Greyhound” placed high, at number 3 on the US Hot Dance Club Songs Billboard chart. “Greyhound” was so popular in its home country of Sweden that it was certified 7 times platinum. If you feel the need to be energized and move, then check this track out.
3. All That She Wants – Ace of Base
“All That She Wants” is a pop song released by the Swedish band Ace of Base in 1992, from their first album “Happy Nation”. Ace of Base released four albums during their creative history, selling close to 30 million copies internationally. “All That She Wants” rocks with a steady reggae rhythm, and describes a ladies search for love and sensuality, and was an international, commercial success, climbing the charts to number one in ten countries, being certified platinum in the United States.
2. Abba – Dancing Queen
ABBA, the Swedish Europop group from Stockholm and also its most famous, best-selling and popular, with some estimations stating that ABBA has sold over 500 million records. One of their most successful recordings ever, was “Dancing Queen”. This infectious and upbeat composition, was the lead single from their album, “Arrival”, and embraced the joy and freedom that is youth, the dance floor and complete enjoyment of simply living day-to-day. “Dancing Queen” became an immediate international hit, reaching number one in the States. This track is euphoric and dynamic, flawlessly produced and performed by ABBA.
1. Avicii – Levels
Progressive house hit, “Levels” is a fast paced, 126 beats per minute, instrumental piece by musical artist, Avicii, that reached 8 x Platinum in Sweden. What makes “Levels” so special is the vocal sampling of the late, great Etta James from her rendition of “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”. Seriously well placed and produced, Jame’s sampled vocals blends seamlessly with Avicii’s house beat. Quite a triumph, considering that Etta’s Gospel track was recorded in 1962. Avicii, birth name, Tim Bergling, does a tremendously superb job of creating and mixing this track, which has since been certified gold and platinum in countries across the globe.
Everything from rock to progressive electronica is represented in Swedish musical culture. Their continued openness to new ideas reinforces the expressive and experimental nature of their music. From remixes to folk tunes, and at times, blending it all together in a hip new remix, the music of Swedish artists will continue to develop and evolve in years to come.