Danish Music to Listen to
If you have tried to learn any language, one of the biggest learning tips you hear is "listen to music in your target language". And while this is definitely very effective, it can be very hard to find if you're not intermediate, as english speaking countries don't have too much of an interest in foreign music. Since Danish is not a super popular language, I wanted to help those out who wanna listen to our music.
Disclaimer: I am a native Danish speaker. I've lived in Denmark my whole life.
I am not exactly a fan of most Danish music, since it's mostly just repetitive pop (atleast the stuff you hear on the radio)
You probably know of this guy, but I'm putting him on the list incase you don't. He is basically the biggest pop dude in Denmark, and I gotta say, his stuff is very, very catchy. His music is usually very upbeat and about love, and since the music is so catchy, you'll probably be singing along in no time.
Songs I recommend: Øde Ø, 2017, Uanset, Sandstorm.
Mads mostly sings in English, but have a few songs in Danish. He has that very ideal male voice that you hear a lot in modern pop music, a little Shawn Mendes-esque. I'd say his stuff is more chill, sentimental, e.t.c. His voice is very beautiful, so if that's the kind of stuff you're into, give him a listen.
Here's some of his Danish songs: Overgir Mig Langsomt, I En Stjerneregn Af Sne, København.
Rasmus' music definitely has more of a modern pop vibe to it, but I wouldn't put it in the catagory of most pop. It has a little more vigor to it than Mads' music.
Songs I recommend: På en dag som i dag, Verden i stå, Endeløst, Alting fungerer.
Nøhr's music is usually upbeat, acoustic, and about love. Kind of like something you would listen to during summer.
Recommended songs: Fra kæreste til grin, Sød Musik, Sommer i Europa, Dragen på din ryg.
All the bands I've mentioned so far are all very pop. If that's not your taste in music, don't worry. Nephew is categorised as rock, although I wouldn't call all of their music that. Some of their newer stuff is a lot more eerie. I definitely recommend giving their new EPs a listen and see if you like it.
This band I would definitely call more 'rock' than Nephew. The singer of the band, Johan Olsen, has featured in two of Volbeat's songs (For Evigt/Forever, The Gardens Tale) if that gives you an idea of what this band sounds like.
Songs I recommend: Nordhavn Station, Milan Allé, I Dybet, Pandora.
The Minds of 99:
This is a more post-punk band rather than rock. Very chill stuff. Haven't listened to much of their stuff, but give them a listen and see if it's your kind of tea!
Songs I recommend: Alle Skuffer Over Tid, Stjerner På Himlen, K Før Ærlighed.
Most Danish rock/indie/alt-rock bands prefer to make songs in English, if you're interested in that, here's a few bands to check out:
D-A-D, Carpark North, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Volbeat, Kashmir, Saybia.
There are of course many other artists out there, this is just a small list that might help you. Feel free to recommend more down below!
Here are a few much older songs:
Ramund den unge, probably 1500s. Knights, daring deeds, an the Eastern Roman emperor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfmkKrGTtJs
Dronning Dagmars Død, based on events in the 1200s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxCJm6dTuQk
Hymn 15, "Op al den ting på jord" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6tboNtZzAk (the video is saccharine, and the presentation cloying, but you can certainly hear every word; you can find chorus versions that are aestetically much better, but harder to follow).
Sangen om Larsen: satire. Cabaret. The hypocritical bourgeousie exposed. What's not to like? Mid 20th century: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2JYbhVpUQs
Den blå anemone. Lyrical poetry. Contemporary with Sangen om Larsen, but much less critical. Very typical 1950s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv_xuB5I2CI
Remember that any video on Youtube will lead you dozens more like it.
Yes! Nephew is my most favorite band of all time! XD! Thanks for including them! Anyway, a super helpful thing to do is print out or copy down the lyrics to a song you like, take some highlighters, and use it to learn the parts of speech (i.e. nouns in blue, verbs in green.) Alternately, if you're more advanced, try highlighting the words you know in one color and the ones you don't in another. Hope this helps, and happy listening!
Thank you! I am seriously dedicated to learning Danish, and yet I am struggling with the listening part of it, so these tips and suggestions are very much appreciated! Cheers!
For some good old Danish music I also recommend checking out:
Anne Linnet, especially "Barndommens Gade" if you want good lyrics, it's an actual poem put to lyrics, about poverty and growing up in Copenhagen in the 30s.
Gasolin', rock from the 70s. Easy lyrics on most songs. The lead singer is Kim Larsen and he has also made a ton of songs since then, most of them in Danish.
Other good Danish 80's pop acts are Lis Sørensen and Dodo and the Dodos.
Bikstok are a fantastic Danish dancehall group, if you're into that kind of thing. Start with Cigar. They won the Rap/Hip-Hop prize at the 2006 Danish Music Awards, much to everyone's surprise - one of the members commented that "we make dancehall, not hiphop".
For some much older music, try Gustav Winckler. Start with Skibet skal sejle i nat, the song that he and Birthe Wilke won the 1957 National Danish Song Contest with.
L.O.C. is a Danish-Irish rapper, who has had several hits. Try Momentet.
For some of the more odd and humorous lyrics in Danish music history, try:
- Malerhjerne by Hummelridderne, about a painter with brain damage caused by exposure to solvents
- Faxe Kondi by Klumben and Raske Penge, about an addiction to the Danish soft drink Faxe Kondi
- Duft af Ba-cone by Djämes Braun, about, among other things, the smell of bacon
- Hvalen Hvalborg by Shu-bi-dua, about, well, a whale called Hvalborg
- Nede med koldskål, comissioned by the Danish radio station DR P3, about the classic Danish food koldskål
I love these musicians, they play pop songs.
Jeppe Loftager https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdMuY0lxSgE
and Turbolens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34Ra3_5irGQ
*additional: This Danish band play alternative rock in English: Mew. Love them so much!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=um3aQ8UB9HM
Thanks SO much for all the suggestions! I only knew Stoffer and Maskinen and Efterklang (and any of their songs I know are in English). I'm going to check out these you've recommended as soon as I can....
Thank you so much! I am currently addicted to that song For Evigt by Volbeat. There is a little part in Danish and the song is so beautiful.
Try given The Gardens Tale a listen as well then. Has a Danish bit in the song too :)