According to the official tourism board for the region, Scandinavia consists of the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. I’ve found some very interesting facts about Scandinavia. Their cuisine consists of more than just pickled herring! Scandinavians experience some of the most breathtaking views of the Northern Lights. And of particular importance to me, much of the world’s best dance and pop music hails from these countries!
The Danish pop band Alphabeat has reportedly relocated to London, but their cheerfully playful dance-pop tracks remain inspired by fellow Scandinavian band ABBA. ESSENTIAL tracks: Fascination, Public Image.
Bjork became a singing sensation in her native Iceland by age 11, and was in several bands (including the Sugarcubes) before she launched a solo career. Her famous voice can go from a whisper to a roar in just a few notes. ESSENTIAL tracks: Human Behavior, Hyperballad, Pagan Poetry.
Norway‘s Annie works with some of the scene’s hottest producers to combine her sweet vocals with tasty beats, creating some of the most catchy dance pop on rotation. ESSENTIAL tracks: Chewing Gum, I Don’t Like Your Band.
Lately all I’ve been listening to is Sweden‘s Robyn. Already an international pop star, Robyn is fast gaining attention in the U.S. Tag her music as deeply confessional, danceable, and happily infectious! ESSENTIAL tracks: Do You Know (What It Takes) – available as a download on freegal, Dancing On My Own.
And speaking of dancing, if you aren’t yet, you will be after watching this video.
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