Sweden National Day requires a special playlist

As the title says, it’s Sweden National Day and this blog couldn’t let it go blank…I mean, “I ♥ Sweden” is actually a category here!

Sweden National Day

I’ve loved Swedish music pretty much for as long as I’ve loved music, even if unknowingly. And it probably started with Ace of Base and Roxette (happiest gig I’ve ever been to back in 2011 at Wembley Arena!). Although it was “Lovefool” and my brother’s First Band on the Moon CD that  The Cardigans - First Band On The Moon (1996)made me listen to The Cardigans at first, I’ve long transcended that underrated gem of a song and have loved pretty much everything they’ve released since, even going into Nina Persson‘s no-longer-in-existence parallel project, A Camp and, most recently, her solo album, Animal Heart.

Sweden is not only a stunning country with a cool hippie vibe, IKEA and Pippi Longstocking, but it’s always been one of the main exporters of music, whether it be bands, singers or songwriters. I mean, having written numerous hits for some of the biggest popstars in the world, Max Martin is probably one of the most important pop songwriters of all times.

To celebrate Sweden Nationaldag, I put together a selection of tracks of some of the country’s most popular artists ranging from obvious classics such as Abba and my dearest Cardigans to iconic Robyn and the latest up-and-coming gems such as Matilda Gratte (with whom I’ve been in love since I first heard her at Camden’s best hidden treasure, Spiritual Bar). Sadly, she’s only got two songs on Spotify, so I’ve added a video down here too.

Although all the artists are deserving of more than a mention, I’ll keep this brief but give you a heads up on this one great musician I was introduced to on a trip to Stockholm: Tingsek. It was love at first listen and I was lucky enough to get to see him play East London’s Cargo a few years ago when opening for Allen Stone. I can’t exactly describe his music…it’s just stunning! And he recorded probably the best version I’ve ever heard of Depeche Mode‘s “Shake the Disease”.

I’ll stop here so you can carry on to more important matters: the actual songs!

If you feel like I’ve missed someone important or want to suggest some new artists, please do feel free, comments are very welcome!

Swede finds


I’m sorry, I can’t take you seriously. Especially with this look on your face.

I admit, I did once; a long time ago when you tried to go solo and had that tune “So Help Me Girl” featured in a Brazilian soap opera. When was that? 97, 98?

Anyway, why don’t we change countries for better options for the moment? (to all the haters out there, I LOVE brit music! The extensive Beatles-Spice-Girls-Mumford-Clapton-Straits-Stones-Robbie-Adele-etc good part of it.)


  Today’s music is “ArtistS of the Day” rather than just a song. Both hailing from this little country in size but pretty gigantic in culture and good looking people.

(from the series “one of the many reasons I love Spotify”)

One I just clicked on out of curiosity upon seeing this hot guy I picked up in Stockholm last year popping up on my Spotify Social as it’s been showing me he’s been listening to this for a couple of weeks now. And he introduced me to some good English-sung Swedish music before I went on my walk of shame which actually required a bus ride considering I was far and map/internet-less and also Swedish Kroner-less, but thankfully the guys up there are clever enough to accept Visa at bus stops’ ticket machines!

Going back to the music…yes, Deportees. Class! So lovely I’ve been listening to them for about 2 hours now and even decided not to go to the gym so I could carry on (let’s pretend Spotify is not an app and we’re all good, yeah?).

Too bad spotify UK doesn’t have all their albums available. Some of the tunes are sooo Swede!! Kind of 90s innocent pop with a hint of Mike & the Mechanics’ Over My Shoulder (sorry, did I just put you off listening to it? No, please, give it a go!).

Now, another find that said hot Swede introduced me to on that extremely bright June afternoon was: Tingsek. It was instant love.

Words can seriously not describe. The voice, the tunes, the words, the summery melodies…aahhh just listen, go on.

And he’s finally playing in London! Opening for Allen Stone at Cargo later in November…and I just purchased a ticket! So yeah, I think the bitchiness of the morning has been taken over by all this lovely Swedishness.

Sony Music Sweden, can you hire me for an English-speaking project next summer? Or Portuguese! I hear Michel Teló is all over European radio stations and nightclubs (I STILL don’t know why and don’t care, I’ll work on it if needed!).