I was in the pub last week with my friend Dan and his Swedish lady friend Elly. We got on the subject of things from Sweden. Obviously the usual stuff came up; Ikea, Lego, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Abba.
I started to think about how great a lot of Swedish music is, certainly at this moment in time. So, to celebrate I have decided to post my favourite ‘Swedish’ playlist (that doesn’t include Abba or the Rednex).
Incidentally, you can check out Elly’s own wordpress blog at www.lugn.wordpress.com, although you might need Google translate because it’s all in Swedish! She did tell me it’s very good though 😉
Lykke Li – Sadness Is A Blessing: A song which has a touch of the Phil Spector element to it in the drum beat. A song I like to listen to in the dark, maybe if its raining outside.
Ace of Base –The Sign: Watching the film Pitch Perfect (which is great by the way) has given this song a new life for me. Now it just makes me smile thinking of The Bellas singing it to middling applause in one of their acapella singing contests.
Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight: Another track from my teenage years that was all over the radio at the time. Whenever I hear it now it takes me right back to when I was seventeen, in my mates car on the way to college.
Andreas Johnson – Glorious: I’m not sure how well known this track is outside of the UK? It certainly was big for at least a week or two back in my teenage years. Not heard it much since, but I will sing it loud if I do.
Jose Gonzalez – Heartbeats: A nice acoustic take on The Knife track mentioned above, and easily the more famous version. I prefer the other version but this has a total different mood to it. Nice to chill out to of a Sunday morning.
Soundtrack of Our Lives – 21st Century Rip Off: Noel Gallagher once proclaimed this to be his favourite band, but don’t let that put you off. This song has a cool early-70’s Stones feel to it. I think I saw them support Oasis at FinsburyPark once.