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Mule Guide To Swedish Music
The wonderful country of Sweden is the 3rd largest exporter of music, and the largest per capita by far. Enjoy this small sampler from the Mule. Then dig in and find some more. Many thanks to the Swedes who helped make this guide possible, and thanks for the Glög!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Best-Selling Swedes/Dancing Queens
- Beloved Swedish Hair Rockers of Yesteryear
- Female Indie Swedes
- Male Indie Swedes
- Biggest Pop Swede
- Swedish Reggae?
- Seminal Swedish Punk Band
- Swedish Jazz
- Best Garage Band of the 2000s
- Best 80s-90s Swedish Duo
- Best Swedish Band Names
- Best Swedish Dylan Cover
- Most Annoying Swedish Song From the 90s
- Random Good Swedish Tunes
Best-Selling Swedes/Dancing Queens:
Active years: 1972-1983
Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn, Anni-Frid. A perfect allignment of names. Thank God Bjorn wasn't named Lenny, lest the band be called ABLA. Or worse still, if Anni-Frid had been named Bonny and thus the band called ABBB. It just wouldn't have had the same golden ring. And gold is the operative word here: ABBA is the second best selling band of all time (370 million records), behind only the Beatles. They still sell one or two million a year; at any given moment there are 10,000 people in the world hankering to hear "Voulez-Vous", which is an interesting vantage point from which to consider the human race. ABBA deserves a good deal of the credit for piquing the world's interest in Swedish music. They are, in brief, super troupers and dancing queens.
Beloved Swedish Hair Rockers of Yesteryear:
Active Years: 1979-92, 1999, and (ill-convieved)2003-the present.
Another band that gave Sweden some international cred. The band moved 20 million records in the 80s, fueled in no small measure by their moster hit: "The Final Countdown".
Female Indie Swedes:
Zhala Rifat got her first grammy when she was 11; it was for singing a poem composed by Klas Widén in the "children's music" category. Zhala has also been a back up singer for Lykke Li, a singer in a gospel choir in Stockholm, and a solo artist. In 2012 her first single was released!