Forget Taylor Swift. Forget Katy Perry. Forget Post Malone. Forget Young Thug. Forget Lil Yachty. Forget ‘em. Many of these mainstream artists are the reason I stay away from American FM radio. I cringe and gag when I hear some of their bullshit music. If only American DJs would be more open to exploring and exposing international artists, then I would be a happy FM radio listener. Yes, there are radio stations that are dedicated to international genres of music. Yes, there are DJs whose programs include some international music. But, those are few and far between considering where I live (Mobile, Alabama, U.S.) 😑
For me, there’s a certain musical thirst that can only be satiated by certain trap, R&B, reggae, and pop artists that come from one of the coldest corners of the world- Scandinavia. In case you didn’t know, Scandinavia is the region in Northern Europe that is mainly composed of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland. It’s the birthplace of Volvo, IKEA, ABBA, Ace of Base, H&M, and of course SPOTIFY (among others).
There are millions upon millions of fans that would disagree with me about how shitty mainstream American music can be. They might even consider me ethnophobic or blasphemous for daring to dislike their mostly prepackaged pop goddesses and trap lords. This is what I would say to those millions upon millions of minions, I mean fans: Fuck them and their narrow-minded preferences.
I just don’t understand why people in the United States aren’t as open-minded about international music as international audiences are. Why is it that people from around the world love American music and other forms of entertainment? A foreigner will know every lyric to a song by a UK or US artist even when they don’t necessarily understand it. Yes, there are plenty of amazing and remarkable American artists, past and present. But as Americans/Anglophones, we tend to listen to only OUR music. There is so much great music out there in the world that we are missing out on. Unless you’re part of an ethnic minority group or hang out with ethnic people here in the United States, you probably won’t ever listen to music in foreign languages. But really, if we can listen to and enjoy “Gangnam Style” by Psy, then all of our ears can definitely eat up some of this Scandinavian goodness.
SCANDINAVIA IS HOT AS HELL.
Their arts & entertainment scene. Their creativity. Their talent…WHITE HOT (yes most of them are white as hell too) haaha. I’d like to take this opportunity to expand the menu choices for those of you who consider yourselves genuine music connoisseurs. You might be familiar with a couple of these artists, as some of them have already had English-language hits here. But the rest are forces that are just as worthy to be reckoned with.
If you’re into trap and reggae; pop and electro; or soul and R&B- you’ll enjoy this playlist. There’s a little something for everybody. This is my take on some of the best music from the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Follow my Spotify playlist ”IT’S HOT IN SCANDINAVIA”- a carefully curated playlist of more than 7 hours of audio goodies.
Here’s a sample
Take a look and listen to some sick-ass tracks that you’ll find on my Spotify playlist. ☝️ Denmark and Sweden represent! Danmark og sverige repræsenterer! 🇩🇰 Danmark och sverige representerar! 🇸🇪
Bad Like You by Ericka Jane
Gennem Byen by Ukendt Kunster
Only Getting Younger by Elliphant
Night with You by MØ
Trykker Sedler by Gilli
Angel Zoo by Phlake
Ritualet by Sivas
Dem by Camilo & Grande
Habits by Tove Lo
Ridin’ by CityBois
Vors by Kesi
Tag Min Hånd by Barbara Moleko
State of Bliss by CAZZETTE
Greyhound by Swedish House Mafia