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
Veronica Maggio (a personal favourite of mine)
RMK & Toppen
- Popular (&/or Polarizing) Hip-Hop/Dance Artists
Norlie & KKV
Den Svenska Björnstammen
Grillat & Grändy
Ison & Fille
Lesser Known Artists
- Indie Pop / Folk
Julia Adams (another personal favourite)
Victor och Natten
Min Stora Sorg
Laser & bas
Little Marbles (disbanded group)
Lena Philipsson (credits to jnettel)
Vasas flora och fauna
- Electro / Dance / Synth / Alternative
Little Jinder (credits to qquagga)
S K R I E T
Siste Mannen På Jorden (credits to Synthpopalooza)
Video Look (credits to dreambender)
Facit (credits to dreambender)
- Hip Hop / Rap
- Punk / Indie Rock
Tomas Andersson Wij
Munnen (credits to fran.arrieta)
Masshysteri (credits to juleslen)
Hurla (credits to juleslen])
- Hard Rock / Metal (huge props to xiuxiuu)
- Comedy Songs
De Vet Du
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
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.
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
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.
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.
I didn't see him anywhere but Jimmy Jansson is a good one to listen to as well.
my girl would break my balls if i didnt mention that you forgot the knife and bröder daniel
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 :)
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!
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
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 :)
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):
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.
solen is the best! listening to them right now . my favorite songs are kom kom kom , and estelle
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
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.
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 :))
Damn, Little Jinder is great! I hope you don't mind me putting it on the list. :D
Tack så mycket! Det är på grund av svenska musik som jag blev kär i svenska.
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.
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!
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 :)
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!
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!
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).
You forgot an entire Swedish screamo section. Swedish screamo is amazing, especially VSAVSM. https://visomalskadevarandrasamycket.bandcamp.com/
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
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. :')
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.
Vi som älskade varandra så mycket, of course, Sore Eyelids, Makthaverska, An Anecdote, Sista Sekunden, Careless, Meshuggah, Ebba Grön, Suis la lune
Thank you so much for this! :D
I've been looking for artists that do sing in Swedish for such a long time!
Such a comprehensive list. Now this is EXACTLY what I'm looking for. Tusen tack! :D
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.
I have made a list here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBk-1UaVYU0rsGSj12_c8aAdZ8BhaOKwR
steffan andersson- very nice folk raubtier- swedish rammstein with more tanks skraeckoedlan- scifi metal vintersorg- metal mustasch - hard rock bjorn rosenstrom- folk grimner- metal
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.