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A picture of the audience at Popaganda. Popaganda is an annual music festival in Stockholm, with focus on indie rock and pop.

Photo: Stina Bengtsson

Categories: Attractions

Music and Stockholm

Publish date: 19 May 2021

Did you know that Sweden is actually the largest exporter of pop music per capita in the world and the third-largest overall, trailing only Great Britain and USA?

Artists like Robyn, Avicii, and Swedish House Mafia have conquered the world. Top producers such as Max Martin and Redone at the legendary Cheiron Studios have provided Britney Spears, One Direction, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and many others with a virtual beehive of extremely popular 21st-century pop songs. Not to mention veterans like ABBA, Roxette, Europe, and Ace of Base, whose lyrics many people all over the world still know by heart.

As the nation's capital, Stockholm is a natural hub for the music industry, and the creative atmosphere here attracts aspiring musicians from all over the world. People come here to be inspired and to create and record new music.

It also sparked the entrepreneurial spirit of Stockholmer Daniel Ek, who is the man behind the music streaming program Spotify.

Stockholm has a creative live performance scene, which offers everything from intimate performances by international DJs to world-famous artists on mega-stages and festivals with all the latest in pop, rock, electro, and classical music.

Swedish Music on Spotify

We have used Spotify to put together two playlists for you. One is with some of the most popular Swedish artists and the other one with music written or produced by a Swede. Listen at home or download them and listen while you're here. This will be your perfect Stockholm soundtrack.

Swedish artists

Music by Swedes