Swedish Pop History

It was the gramophone and the radio's arrival into society that made the emergence and spread of what we today call the Swedish popular music possible. Some of the pioneers were Ernst Rolf and Karl Gerhard, who were both immensely popular revue artists throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Evert Taube, clearly inspired by the Swedish "visskalden" Carl Michael Bellman, was another gentleman who broke through during this time.

Almost 100 years later, we can look back on a period of immense musical diversity and richness, where each decade has been characterized by its own special "sound" and the typical conditions of the time. What is common to them all is that they all highly contributed to the development of Swedish popular music and thereby also constituted an essential breeding ground for the songs and artists we listen to today.

Below, you can read more about the different eras and their musical signature. The texts are written by Jan Gradvall, music journalist.