Could anybody recommend some popular/good Swedish music? I don't mind any genre, except for hard rock :D
If anyone likes metal, I highly suggest listening to the Swedish version of Sabaton's album "Carolus Rex," but alas you don't like hard rock.
Many interesting Swedish artists sing in English, you might want to check them out for cultural reasons but anyway...
I have been enjoying Allan Edwall, he does singer/songwritery folk (a bit like Georges Brassens in France). He's mainly an actor so not the greatest voice for singing but he interprets and performs well. And vocals are in the forefront. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DRArn9t9ro
Eva Dahlgren is of course a major artist, one who enjoys popularity also outside Sweden despite singing in Swedish...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-02uHyU-rjs
I have liked some of Kajsa Grytt's solo stuff as well as her earlier band Tant Strul...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSu3gXv7Z9E
If you feel like early 60s pop, there's Lill Lindfors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMZ2kpXTN88
There was also a potentially interesting punk scene, haven't got into that deeply in it but Ebba Grön is probably the most famous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ya6z54IHdu0
Sweden hasn't been that big in classical music but they did have Carl Michael Bellman who specialized in songs, and thus is worth checking out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJdclShl1Kw
Ok, here are some ideas
Carl Michael Bellman
The national songwriter and poet from the last half of the 18th century.
Singer songwriter. Interpreter of Bellman.
Singer and songwriter with very clear voice and good taste in music. Often interprets traditional music such as in the album Svarta balader.
In my opinion the best pop band singing in Swedish during the last several decades. Not so suitable for beginners because the lyrics is poetic and the meaning is far from straight forward even for native speakers.
Classic Punk band. Songs like Staten och kapitalet and 800 grader have become classics
Ulf Lundel (early records)
*Rock poet, especially his early records are good. Songs like Öppna Landskap and När jag kysser havet are songs every Swede knows. *
*Pop ballads with thoughtful lyrics in clear Swedish. *
The male equivalent of Melissa Horn
*Originally in the same band as Oskar Linnros. A good song is Gubben i Lådan. *
*Popular pop singer/songwriter *
Pop artist and songwriter. He can't really sing well but he makes you happy and his songs are catchy.
Singer/composer of 80s pop that has aged quite well. Very straight forward language and clear voice. Probably good for beginners.
Lars Winnerbäck, Melissa Horn, Säkert!, Laleh, Veronica Maggio,Petra Marklund(aka September), Håkan Hellström.
and if you are using Spotify then try these two playlists:
Here's some progg: https://open.spotify.com/user/digster.se/playlist/2lMDtTJCUaBJnOzz3SDiDZ
In addition to what has been mentioned already, I love The Deer Tracks and Wintergatan.
The thing that got me interested in learning Swedish is the musical Kristina från Duvemala - written by the Abba guys. It is AMAZING. It has recently been translated and recorded in English but there is something special about the Swedish version.
Movits! (swing/hip-hop/jazz) HIGHLY recommended!
Detektivbyrån and Slagsmålsklubben are both really fun bit-pop/electronic artists, but they're all instrumental.
For learning Swedish, I would use Caramell. (Non sped up) It's fun and crazy pop/techno music, it's very lighthearted, and uses basic vocab.
I also liked Opeth back in my teen days. They're not too helpful for learning being death metal but the lead singer, Mikael Åkerfeldt did a cover of a song by a Marie Fredriksson called "Den ständiga resan" which is highly unusual for him. Surprisingly, he has a beautiful voice and it's a shame he hasn't made more songs in Swedish.