BitchTapes: The Queens of Swedish Pop

There's lots of great music being made by ladies in Sweden right now. If your knowledge of Swedish pop doesn't extend beyond ABBA, I think you're in for a nice surprise.

1. Fever Ray - Fever Ray
Electronic wonder! Fever Ray is Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife.

2. Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance

3. Robyn - Fembot
Robyn took over popular radio stations in the US while I was in elementary school. Remember "You've Got That Somethin"? So. good. I'm glad she's still making music.

4. Sally Shapiro - Love in July

5. Taken by Trees - My Boys (Animal Collective Cover)
This is definitely one of those covers that is better than the original. No offense, Animal Collective, but Victoria Bergsman is a musical genius.

6. El Perro Del Mar - Somebody's Baby

7. Hari and Aino - A Considerate Kind of Home

8. Hellsongs - School's Out (Alice Cooper cover)
Again, a fantastic cover.

9. The Sweptaways featuring Jens Lekman - Happiness Will Be My Revenge
The Sweptaways is a 30-woman choir who sing pop songs while in color-coordinated and thematic costumes.

10. Frida Hyvönen - Birds

11. First Aid Kit - Winter is All Over You
Wonderful sister-produced folk.

12. The Concretes - On the Radio

13. Club 8 - Closer Now

Who'd I forget? Leave your Swedish favorites in the comments!

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KOMEDA! Lena Karlsson has a

KOMEDA!

Lena Karlsson has a great voice and the melodies are SO catchy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI6GW4RSzrU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQfscWVq6Bo

Hooray for the Fever Ray

Hooray for the Fever Ray mention! Her music makes my world. Before she and her brother did The Knife, she was part of this short-lived indie pop group called Honey is Cool that I also cannot recommend enough. :)

Säkert! is the queen of

Säkert! is the queen of swedish pop. As Säkert! she sings in swedish, as Hello Saferide in english. Shes great!

Of course!

I can't believe I forgot her. I absolutely love the song "My Best Friend" by Hello Saferide. Thanks for the mention.

Ashley McAllister, Outreach Coordinator
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Jenny Wilson

Fantastic voice!

Jenny Wilson - Like A Fading Rainbow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBxg_yqi7eM

Jenny Wilson - Let my shoes lead me forward

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqAk2seyrkE

Jenny Wilson - Pass the salt

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJx4xmdKkMI

Jenny Wilson - The Wooden Chair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPiSHukXvA4

First Floor Power - We are the people

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbMkmdDE7_s

The Knife Feat. Jenny Wilson - You Take My Breath Away (The line: "In first row of a first floor power show" is a reference to Jenny Wilsons Band First Floor Power)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W56_ek1Px6g

Robyn and Jenny Wilson covers List of Demands after 30 min of working with eachother.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEvxsu9aeQQ

Maybe not a queen yet...

but definitely crown princess - Amy Diamond

at an age of 18 she has now released her first(!) Greatest Hits.

New song from that album - Ready To Fly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkgppC0Ad4g

Amy Diamond - more song tips (noticed your mission statement :-)

Laleh!

Laleh!