Swedish Pop: Magdalena’s List
The Departure Lounge
The last few weeks of my exchange in Uppsala have been full of ‘goodbye BBQs’, emotional songs and people leaving ‘the city of students’ to go to different parts of the globe. It felt like being in a massive departure lounge where everyone was melancholically remembering their best moments of the exchange whilst waiting for their flight to be called. When time came for the big goodbye many gave each other one last hug and said ‘keep in touch see you soon’ or at worse: ‘it was nice meeting you, have a good life’.
My words of wisdom in this case stress the fact that time, distance, cultures and borders have no importance now and that technologically we can have high quality communication that allows us to keep the people we care about up to date with everything, for free.
People are shocked and start glaring at me when I tell them that ‘almost everyone I met will remain my friend for life’. Why is everyone so shocked? Unless something unforeseeable happens we will always be ‘friends on Facebook’, obviously! On a serious note, not everyone whom we are friends on Facebook are even friends that you would chat to in a few weeks time. No way of knowing now who will remain friends with and who not, only timeline will tell!
I’ll share a mixture of great goodbye songs most of which were popular at ‘goodbye parties’ and others which I think would suit well and should be added onto the playlist.
Andrea Boccelli ft Sarah Brightman – Time to say Goodbye
Bear – Goodbye Song
Coldplay – Fix You
Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight
John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane
Oasis – Wonderwall
Spice Girls – Goodbye
To be honest, in the greater scheme of life although it has been an amazing experiance it has only been 5 months and you could say that it is as if we just me each other. And in that case…
Club Music in Uppsala’s Student Nations
Many international students complain that the music playlist is always the same in all student clubs here in Uppsala and to be honest I can’t blame them. It is undeniable that the following songs are going to be played in the main dance hall at some point during the night and in some ways, it’s almost comforting.
Everything changes yet everything stays the same.
The following are the YouTube videos of the most played songs in Student Nation Club nights in Uppsala:
Swedish House Mafia classics.
The key word when it comes to talking about Swedish House music is Mafia. Swedish House Mafia’s hits are the most played in clubs and you can see the excitement amongst Swedes when there music comes on.
Don’t You Worry Child
Save the World
This song was Sweden’s chosen song for the 2012 Eurovision song contest, that here in Sweden is a massive thing. This year’s final will be in Malmö (south of Sweden) and apparently tickets have sold out ages ago!
I Could Be The One
The Spanish artist is quite popular in Sweden although people from other countries don’t know who he is, you can be sure to hear at least one of these two if you go out at any point in Uppsala’s student clubs.
Years ft. Matthew Koma
Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling (Lose My Mind) ft. Ryan Tedder
Others you may hear:
Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay
In My Mind (Axwell Mix)
Far East Movement
Turn Up The Love ft. Cover Drive
The Aston Shuffle vs. Tommy Trash – Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)
Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)
Most annoying of all is when the DJ puts a slow sad melancholic song to end the night when many (both men and women) make one final drunken attempt to find someone to share a bed although the odds are against them. The following is by far the most popular for this annoying practice .
Adele – Someone Like You