Swedish Influence in Pop Music, Melodifestivalen and EuroVision Song Contest

If you have listened to pop music in the last 30 years, chances are, you have listened to the words or music of a Swede. Swede’s are everywhere in pop music being the world’s 3rd most influential country in pop behind the US and UK. The Swedish Invasion¬†of pop is rather incredible. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Avici, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink are just a few recent artists to either record a song written by a Swede or produced by one.

You might be saying, “Yeah, yeah, no big deal.” But pause for a second and consider that the entire population of Sweden could fit into Los Angeles. The Uk has 64 million people. The US has 300 million. So when you consider the amount of influence that Swedes are having in the world, especially the anthems of they young, it is staggering. Consider also that an Irish revolutionary once said, “I don not care who writes a countries laws, let me write its songs,” and you begin to understand the importance that music plays in the psyche and values of a society. Sweden’s influence is inversely proportional to its population.

Last weekend brought the conclusion of the Melodifestivalen Song Contest here in Sweden which is Sweden’s selection process for the EuroVision Song Contest in a few weeks time. We really enjoy watching for the 6 weeks of the contest, seeing what new acts are out there. Swedes don’t always win EuroVision, but they typically do very well. Here’s a taste of the past few years winners. This year’s winner, Heroes, has a good shot at winning it all.

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