From Abba to In Flames – the diversity of swedish music

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Speaking of Sweden, the first thing I think of is Volvo, the famous but low-key car brand. But the Swedish people can make not only cars but also great pop music. And one music band we can’t ignore is the worldwide well-known band ABBA. If you have no idea about ABBA, you must have heard songs such as “Dancing Queen” or “I Have A Dream” or “Gimme Gimme Gimme”. At least you should have some impression about “MAMA MIA”.

Maybe you’ll say ABBA was famous but it’s too old and it is from the 70s of the last century. But Swedish pop music doesn’t just have ABBA but also Roxette in the 80s, whose most famous songs are “Listen To Your Heart”, “Joyride” and “It Must Have Been Love”. Those songs are so classic that they were reproduced repeatedly by many singers. Although these songs are still popular there are lots of people who have no idea about the origin of the band and thought Roxette is an American band.

Next to ABBA and Roxette, we also can’t forget “Ace of Base” in the 90s. “The Sign”, “All That She Wants”, “Lucky Love”, and “Beautiful Morning” are unforgettable hits from them. I can hardly imagine that such a small northern European country is the birthplace of so many great music bands. But the Swedish people never stop making wonderful pop music. Here is a post, 21 Swedish artists making wonderful 21st century pop music.

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ABBA, Roxette and Ace of Base are more likely doing dancing Music. But dancing music is not the only music that the Swedes are good at. The great music Band “the cardigans” whose most well-known song is “Lovefool” from the movie “Romeo + Juliet” in 1996 featuring by Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes. Unlike the dancing music, the cardigans songs are clean, bold, warm and edgy.

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But is that all about Swedish music? You can’t judge a book by its cover; neither can you judge a country by its size. Besides the music mentioned above, the Swedish people are also famous for their gothic metal, even death metal bands such as “lake of tears” and “in flames”. This is really bizarre. According to me, the Swedes live in ice cold northern Europe and have a peaceful life. Because it’s so cold they want to have a little movement, so they have created much dance music to get warm. But, death metal, hardcore metal, gothic metal music? Is that because they have polar days and nights which are so difficult to cope with so they become angry and sad and produce this kind of music? Well, it’s just my hypothesis.

3 thoughts on “From Abba to In Flames – the diversity of swedish music

  1. Those were the days. I love Abba and Roxette! I think it really depends where In Flames and the other metal band come from. Are they from northern Sweden? Then it might be because of the coldness, that they rather love to play metal. The colder it gets, the colder the music 🙂
    Abba and Roxette must be from more southern regions then? I don’t know…
    It could also depend on the kind of music that is popular in Europe in general.

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