ABBA – If it Wasn’t For the Nights
A fun discussion when ABBA fans get together is "what singles would YOU have chosen from 'Voulez Vous'?" Before you know it 37 years will have passed and no consensus will have been reached.
a-ha – Nothing is Keeping You Here
Not many bands really get better with age, but a-ha managed it.
Lene Nystrøm – Pretty Young Thing
From "Play With Me" - the decade's other great lost pop album - it's Lene from out of Aqua with the quite frankly terrific 2003 flop "Pretty Young Thing".
Ace Wilder – Busy Doin’ Nothin’
Updating the sentiment of "Wham! Rap" for Melodifestivalen 2014, it's Sweden's Ace Wilder - she takes pleasure in leisure and believes in joy...
Karin Park – Thousand Loaded Guns
Dramatic synth-pop from a 6'2" Scandinavian songstress. Where do I sign up?
Niki & The Dove – DJ, Ease My Mind
A magnificent entry in our occasional 'Crying at the Discoteque' series, Niki & The Dove's "DJ, Ease My Mind" demonstrates why Scandinavians do pop better than just about anyone.
Mew – She Came Home For Christmas
Disturbing talk of blindfolds! Family trauma! CHIME-Y BITS! It's a Mew Christmas... *books flight to Denmark*
Tove Styrke – Ego
Think back over the last few series of The X Factor and you might be able to name the winner, and possibly even the runner up, but rarely does anybody […]
Agnetha Fältskog – Wrap Your Arms Around Me
Going solo must be absolutely bloody terrifying, don’t you think? It’s no wonder Nadine Coyle was so reluctant to let Girls Aloud go given that the battlefield of music is littered […]
Fra Lippo Lippi – Come Summer
What’s in a name? Quite a lot if the history of pop music is anything to go by. In the 1960s and 70s, it was deemed necessary for aspiring pop […]
Thomas Holm – Nitten
Pop music is a bit of an international form of communication isn’t it? A catchy tune is something that everyone can enjoy, regardless of language or cultural differences. Of course that […]
Erik Hassle – No Words
There’s a school of thinking that says Scandinavian pop is the best kind of pop, and with Måns Zelmerlöw taking the Eurovision trophy back to Stockholm for the second time […]
Malena Ernman – La Voix
Prior to 2009, it’s probably fair to say that not many people had wondered what it would sound like if you welded together Can’t Get You Out of My Head and […]
Frida – I Know There’s Something Going On
Some records are so embedded in your brain that you refuse to believe they even came close to falling over the edge into the Popvoid and you’ll argue, with the […]
Annie – Heartbeat
Being known by a single name is a long-standing tradition in pop. Sometimes it’s there from the get-go, as with Cher and Madonna, and sometimes the star in question kind of earns it, as with Kylie. Some […]
Robyn – Hang With Me
Following up a massive hit is one of the more interesting challenges that faces the jobbing pop star. When you’ve had a huge no.1 record – especially an unexpected one […]
Frida Sundemo – Snow
I’m often puzzled by the way record companies go about their business. If you were running a shop and had an exciting new product, would you leave it in the […]
a-ha – Living a Boy’s Adventure Tale
Choosing singles can be a hard job – get it right and you have massive hits on your hands, a successful album and if you’re lucky, a range of dolls […]
ABBA – When All is Said and Done
Knowing when to leave a party is a trick that not many pop stars have learned – realising that the lights are about to come up and making a dignified […]
Roxette – You Don’t Understand Me
The reason why this song wasn’t a hit is because Roxette were deeply, deeply unfashionable at the time of its release – though there is a strong case to be made […]