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My Favourite Swedish Songs

This is a selection of my favourite artists and their songs that I really like. For some like Avicii, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Zara Larsson and Swedish House Mafia I just put one song but I could put many more (as they are particularly  great in my opinion).

Have a listen, enjoy!

Avicii – You Make Me

Tim Bergling famously known as Avicii is an amazing DJ from Stockholm who produced many dance floor fillers and this single is probably my favourite one, although it was a tough call to pick one song.

Axwell /\ Ingrosso – Sun Is Shining

This duo formed in 2014 after their experiance together in ‘Swedish House Mafia’ with Steve Angelo which disolved in 2013. They produced many hits, this is one of them that came out roughly a year ago but is still popular now.

Daniel Adams-Ray – Gubben i lådan

First song in Swedish I really liked and appreciated back when I was on Erasmus in 2013. I did my best to learn it by heart even if it is 100% in Swedish and I can’t speak the language. I kind of managed thou, which is good! #proud

Familjen – Det snurrar i min skalle

Jakob Karlberg – Fan va bra

LALEH – Bara få va mig själv

Laleh is a Swedish singer and songwriter with Persian origins. She became famous in 2012 with her hit single ‘Some die young’. Many of her songs are in English, this one is her latest big hit and is in Swedish. The title of this song translated literally means ‘just get to be myself’.

Måns Zelmerlöw – Fire In the Rain

Originally from Lund (the other big University city in the south of Sweden). He won a talent show in 2005 and won Eurovision song contest in 2015 (with the single ‘Heroes’). This bellow is a big hit now that they keep playing on Swedish radio.

Norlie & KKV – Din Idiot

Norlie & KKV are a Hip-Hop duo from Stockholm. They have produced quite a few hits since they started in 2008 but they are mainly known in Sweden as their songs are all in Swedish. I broke the rule of 1 song per artist as they are not known outside of this country I thought I would give you a broader flavour of their music.

Norlie & KKV – Du får göra vad du vill med mig

Norlie & KKV – Ingen annan rör mig som du

RMK & Toppen – Oss

Swedish House Mafia – Save the World

Released in 2011 this is probably the band’s most famous hit. They have made many great songs and most of them are extreamly popular in Sweden (understandably) and are still played in clubs.

Veronica Maggio – Jag Kommer

Veronica Maggio is my favourite Swedish singer, born and raised in Uppsala. Her mother is Swedish but her father is Italian and the great thing is that she inserts a few Italian words in most of her songs (including the two I posted here).

Veronica Maggio – Välkommen in

Zara Larsson – Lush Life

Zara is a young Swedish artist (turns 19 in December) from a place just north of Stockholm. In 2010 she won a Swedish talent show and in 2013 she released her first big hit ‘Uncover’ which reached the top of the charts in Scandinavia but made it to the top 40 in many other countries too. She sings mainly in English as many Swedish artists do. People say that Swedes need to make it big in Britain and USA to be truely appreciated in their home country.

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Swedish Pop: Magdalena’s List

 

The other day I attended a gasque (a traditional formal dinner typical of Nation’s life in Uppsala and Lund) at Gothemburg’s Nation and sat next to Magdalena, a really cool Swede who is very passionate about music and at the dinner promised me she would send me a list of classics of Swedish Pop that everyone knows and loves in Sweden.
A few days later she sent me the list, so here it is:

Bert och Heman Hunters – Älskade ängel

 Roger Pontare – Vindarna viskar mitt namn

Mauro Scocco – Sarah

Basshunter – Boten Anna

This song has an English version too which hit the UK charts roughly 10 years ago (the title is’Now You’re Gone’). Who knew he was actually from Halmstad (south-west coast of Sweden).

Glenmark Eriksson Strömstedt – När vi gräver guld i USA

Freestyle – Vill ha dig

Sarek – Genom eld och vatten

Veronica Maggio – Hela huset (ft. Håkan Hellström)

Carola – Främling

Ebba Grön – Staten & Kapitalet

 Broder Daniel – Shoreline

Cornelis Vreeswijk – Somliga går med trasiga skor

 Ted Gärdestad – För kärlekens skull

Lena Philipsson – Det gör ont

E-Type – True Believer

Roxette – Listen to your heart

 Gyllene Tider – Sommartider

Magnus Uggla – Efterfest

Magnus Uggla – Kung för en dag

The Cardigans – My favourite game

Icona Pop – I love it

John Ossi – Whats the point

 Ace of base – All that she wants

Another example of a world famous song that comes from Sweden (although few people know that!).

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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

 [youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtivSTZrezc]

Bear – Goodbye Song

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XrL_F6tnT4]

Coldplay – Fix You

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JI-o25K6B-E]

Eagle Eye Cherry – Save Tonight

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKC9jfg5ky0]

John Denver – Leaving on a Jet Plane

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4hsC0nRvZM]

Oasis – Wonderwall

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hzrDeceEKc]

Spice Girls – Goodbye

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eegDtyrSUZw]

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…

[youtube=.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic]

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.

Greyhound

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBRKSIj2tMc]

Don’t You Worry Child

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9BtTrZdft8]

Save the World

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ACyyl-2sOw]

Loreen

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!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcnWysA9gxo]

Avicii

I Could Be The One

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bek1y2uiQGA]

Levels

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ovdm2yX4MA]

Alesso

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

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIrB96V-UNI]

Ingrosso & Alesso – Calling (Lose My Mind) ft. Ryan Tedder

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G1I16gJBvU]

Nause 

Hungry Hearts 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfzumrMG0a4]

Made of

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZicItqfhtTo]

Others you may hear:

Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay

In My Mind (Axwell Mix)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4shwJBnYEM]

Otto Knows 

Million Voices 

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8jhXmfdRFY]

Far East Movement

Turn Up The Love ft. Cover Drive

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqXVgAmqBOs]

The Aston Shuffle vs. Tommy Trash – Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)

Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WksyDX-1DCI]

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

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLQl3WQQoQ0]