https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Swedish music!

Since so many people initially struggle to find music sung in Swedish, here's my list of musicians (so you can go look up more music from the artists you enjoy) who sing in Swedish!


  • Typically Recommended Mainstream singer/songwriters/rock

Håkan Hellström
Veronica Maggio (a personal favourite of mine)
Säkert!
Danny Saucedo
RMK & Toppen
Jakob Kalberg
Darin
Laleh
Petra Marklund
Jonathan Johansson
Markus Krunegård
Lars Winnerbäck
MOVITS!
Timbuktu
Kent
Oskar Linnros
Mando Diao
(Joakim) Thåström
Eva Dahlgren
Josef Johanssón
Melissa Horn


  • Popular (&/or Polarizing) Hip-Hop/Dance Artists

Albin
Medina
Norlie & KKV
Maskinen
Ansiktet
Lilla Namo
Den Svenska Björnstammen
Lilla Sällskapet
Linda Pira
Alina Devecerski
Emil Berg
Adam Kanyama
Grillat & Grändy
Daniel Adams-Ray
Silvana Imam
Tjuvjakt
Familjen
Aleks
Ison & Fille
[Updates]
Gee Dixon
Jireel
Aki
Ken Ring
Kapten Röd
Viktor Ax
Willow


Lesser Known Artists


  • Indie Pop / Folk

Julia Adams (another personal favourite)
Faråker
Vita Bandet
Victor och Natten
Martin Masarov
Hökartorget
Vapnet
John Holm
Kristian Anttila
Joel Alme
Dolly Dolores
Mange Hellberg
Sarah Riedel
Min Stora Sorg
Lejonsläktet
Laser & bas
Emil Jensen
Älven
Johan Sunesson
Ludwig Bell
André Zuniga
[Updates]
Hampus Carlsson
Ambition 17
Marit Bergman
Little Marbles (disbanded group)
Anton Ewald
Gabriel Alares
Lena Philipsson (credits to jnettel)
Christoffer Gustafsson
Generalerna
Vasas flora och fauna

  • Electro / Dance / Synth / Alternative

Amason
Little Jinder (credits to qquagga)
Ida Redig
Motomännen
Bam Spacey
hjälten
avner
S K R I E T
Jipset
Diskoteket
Nordpolen
Siste Mannen På Jorden (credits to Synthpopalooza)
Video Look (credits to dreambender)
Facit (credits to dreambender)

  • Hip Hop / Rap

Broder John & Friman
Isak Strand vs TOE
Zacke
1987
Fronda
Sjukstugan
Ken Ring
Rosh (credits to qquagga)
[Updates]
Promoe
STÖK
Ole Doff
NIBLA & IKHANA
Edens Ogräs
Jireel

  • Punk / Indie Rock

Vit Päls
Månskenbonden
Love Antell
Jonas Bergsten
Solen
Tomas Andersson Wij
Samling
Alice b
[Updates]
Per Egland
Munnen (credits to fran.arrieta)
Masshysteri (credits to juleslen)
Hurla (credits to juleslen])
Hästpojken

  • Hard Rock / Metal (huge props to xiuxiuu)

Vi som älskade varandra så mycket
Sore Eyelids
Makthaverskan
Sista Sekunden
Ebaa Grön
The Few Against Many
Shining
Lifelover
Vanhelga
Månegarm

  • Comedy Songs

Mange Makers
Penga' Per
De Vet Du
Grit Licks
Sean Banan (Possibly NSFW)
Axel Wikner (doesn't usually do comedy songs but I enjoyed the reference too much so I had to include it)
IJustWantToBeCool (does great sketches as well)

  • Some Older Swedish Music

(not my forté, refer to B.D.R.'s list in the comments for more)
Orup (credits to jnettel)
Brända Barn
Reeperbahn
Zzaj


Sorry for mislabeling songs in wrong categories and for my bad genre labeling skills. Feel free to post any other artists I missed, I'm always happy to discover new music. I hope this helped those looking for Swedish music to learn vocab from out.

September 21, 2015

59 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KeesKiwi

What a good list! I'll definitely have to go through and listen.

Here are a few more artists for your collection I've enjoyed listening to:

Mitt Piano https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zynp8wSq34U

Martin Stenmarck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5L5LMlceSo

Nordman https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToARIPXA_sA

Parken https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVgS2KWY7Wk

Drängarna https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlcFueNNpMY

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Great list, thanks for sharing. Really loving Parken!
Have a lingot.

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nowawillow

I've become a big Martin Stenmarck fan since I started learning the language...and I think I might be the only member of his fanbase that isn't a rockin' Swedish cougar.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/KeesKiwi

Haha! No, same, same. Martin Stenmarck is actually who inspired me to learn Swedish in the first place--my (swedish) friend sent me the song Hem and did a rough translation of it, and I really wanted to be able to understand it and sing along so I...decided the best course of action was to learn a whole new language? I just really love his lyrics and learned a good chunk of the language through them.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lower027

I didn't see him anywhere but Jimmy Jansson is a good one to listen to as well.

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/porpsi

my girl would break my balls if i didnt mention that you forgot the knife and bröder daniel

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

I absolutely love the knife! But I couldn't find any of their songs in Swedish.
I could make an entirely new list consisting of Swedish musicians who sing in English. (Tallest Man on Earth, First Aid Kid, Lykki Li, Jens Lekman... I could go on!)
But thanks for mentioning broder daniel, pretty good listening :)

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/porpsi

sorry for misunderstanding. by way of an apology, heres a rare song by the knife with swedish lyrics... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfaqRTF-uzU

also thanks for reminding me about lykki li, that was the other one i wanted to mention but couldnt remember the name.

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Oh wow! I guess I didn't look hard enough. Thanks for the song, really digging it.

Meanwhile I was also able to find a Lykke Li song in Swedish. I guess that I really didn't look hard enough haha.

I might even start a new category for Swedish musicians who typically sing in English but occasionally have an obscure Swedish song. Thanks!

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina

Great list! :D

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/B.D.R.

I thank you for this list! I am Swedish, but actually have problems finding contemporary Swedish singers who sings in Swedish. I really don't see the point in non-English speakers singing in English, so I have stopped listening to that sort of thing, and I only listen to singers who perform in their native language, be it Swedish, English, French, Japanese or whatever.

Here's some more that I can recommend:

Melissa Horn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvIznEQp980

Lisa Ekdahl - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAViJ4oXXFk

Magnus Uggla - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHL7qvymg8Q

Nisse Hellberg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmvsZZpsBAM

If you are interested in any older music, like 60s-80s, I could recommend quite a few, for example:

Cornelis Vreeswijk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWHxsqOl_v0

Ted Gärdestad - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAedjDif11U

Olle Adolphson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVdWr9EJisg

Robert Broberg - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTzxZ0lg7L8

Kjell Höglund - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbZMcKEyPDY

Kjell Hansson - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUNh1mXhLAU

Wilmer X - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFX205Nu5XY

Eldkvarn - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayyqD7-UFpc

September 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xenochrome

Video Look - minimal wave / dark synth sounds with simple lyrics

Facit - minimal synth

Tredje Mannen - 80's post-punk/new wave

October 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Amazing picks.
Really loving the synth stuff.

December 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W

The Swedish radio channel P3 plays a lot of Swedish music, and quite a lot with Swedish lyrics too. If you're only looking for music Swedish lyrics, then checking out their playlists can be a good idea and selecting from there :)

September 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Synthpopalooza

Add this to the list: Sista Mannen På Jorden - synthop/electropop ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbOX08PRo4A

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Nice! Added to the list.

November 25, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dixy
  • 190

Oh, I've finally stumbled upon a very handy and constructive thread.

I presume one might be willing to have a discussion on religion with local folks in Sweden. In that case, I'd rather recommend to familiarize with Swedish old-school Black Metal scene, precisely with such bands (in descending order by hardcoreness):

Lord Belial;

Marduk;

Necrophobic;

Naglfar;

Shining;

Tiamat;

Also, if your knowlegde of common colloquial expressions is yet to be developed, the songs of Lilla lovis can help you out with it. As an addition, you will probably get better at expressing your feelings to other people.

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/maraebt

I'm loving Veronica Maggio xDDD I've found another singer:

Kleerup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OEFFUXt5ys :)

January 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/n0rabunny

solen is the best! listening to them right now . my favorite songs are kom kom kom , and estelle

January 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Nice!
Glad you found an artist you enjoy :)

January 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyAspeslagh

I'm saving this, Great stuff, have a lingot!

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yvoyard

Thanks for sharing.

S4 Hype :)

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

S-fyra is going to carry Alliance to victory! (I hope :D)

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sierrasharp

Darins pretty cool, and erick saade is also really cool

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alpine_Ink

Thank you this is a great list! =D I've been looking for Swedish bands and have found none instead I have gotten really into a Norwegian band but I can't understand them =p

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/nezrivers

Magnificent sharing, Son of Magnus.

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Haha, thanks. Never knew there were so many dota fans on here xD

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lisa1240

Thanks for this. I've listened to quite a few in the "typically recommend" list, but none of your "indie gems", and I'm always looking for new music.

September 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/maraebt

Just what I've been looking for. :) Tack!

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/qquagga

Yes!!! Den svenska björnstammen! They have been my favorite band for 5 years and so I'm always excited to find other people who like their stuff. This is a great list, I know and love several of the more well-know people/bands on here so I'll definitely check out your indie recommendations. I'm always searching for more good Swedish-language music--it's been beautiful to me for a long time and finally it's also becoming good practice! Thanks for putting this together :)

A couple others I like: for people who like electronic pop, Little Jinder has songs in Swedish and English. Rosh is a starting out hip hop artist who's EP was produced by Mack Beats (he's produced for several other artists on your list so :))

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Damn, Little Jinder is great! I hope you don't mind me putting it on the list. :D

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W

You misspelled Little Jinder in the post, just so you know.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Thanks, fixed.

December 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/staparry

Tack så mycket! Det är på grund av svenska musik som jag blev kär i svenska.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hdcanis

Thanks, I know most of the "typically recommended" section (and several who sing in English and a bunch of older artists, many of which are pretty useful too for learning languages) but the lesser known section is mostly strangers to me.

September 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/juleslen

I'd like to add to this list some another groups that I listen to and that somebody may also like: Hurula, Masshysteri, Brända Barn, Tant Strul, U 137, Reeperbahn, KSMB, The Wagabond, Second Sun, Prefix, and especially(!) Farväl till ungdomen. Most of them are rock, punk-rock or something like that, I'm not too good in genres. I hope you enjoy!

September 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TimothyAspeslagh

Started listening to Hurula - 22 and the song is soooo good !

December 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperNova1353

YES! thought i was the only one! i love them!

January 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/fran.arrieta

Another good indie band which sings in Swedish is Munnen. I bought their vinyl "Smaka nya staden" by chance in Pet Sounds and can't stop listening to it. It might not for everyone but it has strong influences of certain post-punk bands (especially Josef K, which has also influenced Franz Ferdinand A LOT).

Their lyrics are full of very weird vocabulary so it might be worth checking it :)

December 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Holy crap, I love this.
This is just like the music I usually listen to, just in Swedish.
I really hope I can find more alternative bands like this.
I can't thank you enough for introducing me to them!

December 3, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot

Ah, thank you for this! I often learn languages better when I have songs in my music library to listen to, and I started learning Swedish recently and have been wondering what Swedish music to listen to. This will help me get used to the sounds of Swedish and make my speaking better!

December 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/53hako

Surprised not to see Sabaton here. The band that got me into learning Swedish. It's a power metal band, almost every their song is about history. They have songs both in Swedish and English and we all know which are better. But seriously this band is cool because the songs in English aren't just translated from Swedish but they have different meaning of it's own (talking about Carolus Rex album here which I strongly recommend).

February 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/xiuxiuu

You forgot an entire Swedish screamo section. Swedish screamo is amazing, especially VSAVSM. https://visomalskadevarandrasamycket.bandcamp.com/

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Ah, how could I forget, Sweden is definitely famous for its heavy metal scene.
I don't usually listen to heavy metal so I didn't think I would be able to create a list of bands.
I'd be happy to edit in a category and try and build it up when I can find more Swedish screamo.

p.s. Xiu Xiu are awesome. You probably have great taste in music :D

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xiuxiuu

If you'd like, I can certainly help you out with that! And yes, Xiu Xiu is amazing. I'm a music journalist sooo.. I don't mean to brag, but yeah, you can say I have a decent taste in music. :')

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Yeah, that'd be great!
If you could just rattle off some artists for me to start off with I can look em up and start a list.

September 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/xiuxiuu

Vi som älskade varandra så mycket, of course, Sore Eyelids, Makthaverska, An Anecdote, Sista Sekunden, Careless, Meshuggah, Ebba Grön, Suis la lune

September 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlingLin

wow... tack :D :D :D

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lower027

Thank you so much for this! :D

I've been looking for artists that do sing in Swedish for such a long time!

September 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/the-scientist

This!

Such a comprehensive list. Now this is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Tusen tack! :D

October 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/n0rabunny

thanks :]

December 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/gsochan

Finntroll (metal) Svartby (metal)

February 17, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/qquagga

Dug up this old thread again because I have a couple more recs if anyone is still checking this :) Hannah Järver is excellent and Maj Monet just released their first EP.

April 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lykonos

Haha, thanks but I think I'm gonna retire from updating the thread.
Here's a good place to discover new stuff though: https://www.reddit.com/r/spop

April 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/asgooodas

Ebba Grön is not Hard Rock, just saying xD :). You forgot Thåström.

January 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/rotatitian

steffan andersson- very nice folk raubtier- swedish rammstein with more tanks skraeckoedlan- scifi metal vintersorg- metal mustasch - hard rock bjorn rosenstrom- folk grimner- metal

November 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nattristis

lifelover :)! another good band is Fleurety and their album "Min tid skal komme", avant garde black metal with clean female vocals, almost jazzy guitar bass work. very obscure album.

December 14, 2018

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