Today, I have a playlist with some of my favourite Swedish songs for you! I’ve always had a lot of fun exploring different kinds of Swedish music while I was learning Swedish, so I thought maybe other people would like it as well. Listening to music is a good way of getting to know a language and picking up some culture along the way – but most of all, it’s just nice to get to know some new music! I’ve been wanting to share this with you for a long time, but I somehow never got around to it – probably because most of Laleh’s song’s aren’t on Spotify so I could never make a playlist that I was fully satisfied with. But earlier this week, I saw that Maartje had made something similar (check out her playlist here) and I thought it was time to finally push it through.
The playlist contains a mix of different genres, because that’s just how I am when it comes to music :) Apart from Laleh, who probably is my favourite Swedish artist, not only because her music is amazing but also because of all the stories that are behind it and because she’s just such an amazing person (just check out her interview on Värvet!), my playlist also includes songs by Annika Norlin – or Säkert!, as her music project is called. I love her because her texts are often about feelings and I like the fact that she really exaggerates them instead of trying to be a reasonable person. Furthermore, the list contains songs by Veronica Maggio, because I’ve been listening to her music since 2008 (even before I started to learn Swedish) and I’ve always kind of stuck with her. She makes these delightful pop songs that are just nice to listen to every once in a while. And of course I also added some Håkan Hellström, because how could I not include him? Apart from pop, my playlist also includes some other genres like folk (Cornelis Vreeswijk and Evert Taube) and jazz (Monica Zetterlund), an instrumental folk song by Jan Johansson, and even a Swedish Bob Dylan cover by Lars Fernebring. Oh, and I also added a song by the Norwegian singer Siri Nilsen, because even though she’s not Swedish, she does make really nice music.
The playlist is called “Imaginär röd” and you can find it here. Hope you enjoy it!