Famous Swedish bands you should know about

 

Although most of us have become accustomed to the English and American music, there are plenty of countries that bring their own contribution to the worldwide musical scene.

For instance, Sweden, this small European country with little under ten million inhabitants, is known for its eclectic musical preferences and numerous talented musicians and bands. Here are some of the most important that are worth mentioning, apart from Avicii, Basshunter or Lykke Li.

 

ABBA

Formed back in 1972, ABBA probably remains the most popular Swedish music band of all time. It was also Sweden’s first international pop group and sold between 140 and 500 million records throughout their career.  

The band was also the first one from a non-English speaking country to become successful in all English-speaking countries, including South Africa, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom or the United States.

ABBA was active between 1972 and 1982, but they reunited thirty years later, in 2018, and started touring again. It is composed of two couples, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson and Frida Lyngstad.

The constant pressure of the media and the worldwide fame finally put its toll on the personal relationships between the members of the group, with both marriages ending at a certain point.

ABBA released eight studio albums, including Voulez-Vous (1979), and Waterloo (1974). In April 2018, the band announced they recorded two new songs and is ready to be reunited once again.

 

Roxette

The Swedish pop-rock duo consists of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson. It was formed in 1986 and became an important name in the international music stage of the 1980s. The duo released its first album in 1986 that was entitled “Pearls of Passion”.

Unlike most other bands, Roxette remained a strong one over the decades, proving that real love, passion, and commitment can exist. The band’s latest album, “Good Karma”, was released in 2016 and was acclaimed both by critics and fans.

Throughout its impressive career, Roxette received various important prizes, including an MTV Video Award back in 1989, and another one in 1991.

 

First Aid Kit

The two sisters of 19 and 22 years old are considered Sweden’s latest popular musical export. The band already featured collaborations with heavy artists like Jack White (from The White Straps) or Mike Mogis.

The duo Klara and Johanna first became popular in 2008 when they posted on Youtube their own cover of the song “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song”. Back in 2015, the First Aid Kit was nominated for a Brit Award.

The band released four studio albums, with the latest one in January 2018. Some of their most famous songs include “Ghost Town”, “Stay Gold” or “Revolution”.

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