The Local's top ten Swedish songs of 2014

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The Local's top ten Swedish songs of 2014
You ain't getting any younger, says Swedish soul star Seinabo Sey. Photo: TT

The Local's music guru Paul Connolly hand picks his top ten Swedish songs of 2014. Put on your headphones, sit comfortably, and enjoy the best sounds Sweden has had to offer this year.


1. Tove Lo - Habits

Our top tip for 2014 ended up releasing a succession of big singles, including this one which was a global hit.

2. Seinabo Sey - Younger

In a great year for Swedish soul this, from another of our tips for 2014, was perhaps the highlight. But there’s more to come…

3. Frida Sundemo - Drawn To You

Sundemo had a quiet year but this lead track from a new EP was every bit as good as we’d hoped.

4. Urban Cone - Sadness Disease

Great, glistening pop from the only male act on our list.

5. Rebecca & Fiona - Candy Love

Rebecca & Fiona, who have promised much for a couple of years without really delivering, finally conjured up this killer single.

6. First Aid Kit - Cedar Lane

My Silver Lining may have been the lead single from the girls’ new album, Stay Gold, but this was a slow-burning beauty.

7. Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

Swedish producer Max Martin is the country's king of pop. And this was the jewel in his crown this year.

8. Mapei - Don’t Wait

Another great Swedish soul contender. Deep blue and tear-stained.

9. Eternal Death - Head

Their name may suggest they peddle earbleeding metal but this is as glacial, windswept and gorgeous as Lapland in March.

10. Zara Larsson - Rooftop

At 17, Larsson is a proper Swedish pop star. Can she make it globally? This corker suggests she can.


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