Best of 2014 – Swedes Are Sweet Countdown – Top 14 of 2014 – Part 1

As I sit here with a glass of scotch in hand, I bring to you the delights of Sweden from this past year.  Since it will be very hard to narrow it down, I will be posting a top 14.  I will be revisiting my favorite Swedish Treats from this past year to fill your ears with delight!

Now let’s get started.  Since this was so hard to do,  I’m going to feature a few honorable mentions today.

Honorable Mention #1 – Linnea Olsson – Breaking and Shaking – I wish I had room on my list for this song because it makes me want to dance  every time it comes on. 

Honorable Mention #2 – Hello Saferide – I Was Jesus – I am sure it wouldn’t please the religious at heart, but they all need to lighten up and enjoy this fantastic pp song. 

Last Honorable Mention – Weeping Willows – We’re in Different Places – I am only putting this as an honorable mentionbecause technically it was released in 2013, but featured on their album that was released in 2014.  Also, I can’t not feature this as one of my favorite songs I’ve posted on my blog.  Soulful, sad, and tragically beautiful Magnus Carlson breathes heartache and loss into such a profound piece of art that makes you feel something deep down in your soul.  

14.  Tove Lo – Talking Body – an overnight sensation and my favorite song off her full length album that was released this past summer.  Though overall I wasn’t too much into the full length album this song screams pure sexiness.  A huge fan of her “Habits” video, I hope to see a video version of this ridiculously sexy song.

13.  Molly Nilsson  – Plaza Italia – Imagine yourself in a taxi cab on your way home from a night of too much drinking with this song in the background.  Though her vocals come across  as brooding and dismal, I can’t help but feel a sense of hope come out of the darkness.  A darkness that brings the feeling of optimism, the only kind of optimism you can feel when you truly begin to get to know yourself.

12. Luha – Heart – With sweetness in her voice, you think you’re going to get a song about falling in love, but you get the opposite.  I never really quite grasped the song until I sat and listened to it.  Beautiful and lyrically enticing Luha still remains a mystery to me and I can’t wait to see what she brings forward in the coming year.

11. Vildhjärta/na – Lydia – This year a lot of dream pop came out of Sweden but this has to be one of my favorites.  I’m very excited for this EP.  It exemplifies what dream pop is. 

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