Grading the Charts in … SWEDEN!

1. Lasse Stefanz, “Trouble Boys”

SWEDISH COUNTRY MUSIC! In stilted English that somehow makes perfect rockabilly sense! In the dansband style! This is the kind of successful cultural cross-pollination I live for.

Grade: A+

Best YouTube Comment: “kung låt!” —nossnahoj98


2. Gyllene Tider, “Man Blir Yr”

Gyllene Tider is an early ’80s Swedish pop-rock group named for a Mott The Hoople song (“The Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll,” to be exact). They are famous for catchy power pop choruses and lyrics about nostalgia. They evolved out of an earlier group called Grape Rock and, as Gyllene Tider, had a monster hit with “Billy.” Lead singer Per Gessle later formed Roxette. Gyllene Tider reunited in 2010 and released a new album this year. That’s a Swedish “Yr,” not a Sonic Youth “Yr.”

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “I think Gyllene Tider never changes their style of music, on their own … about the melodies’ songs. I love it!” —Ewerson906


3. Larz-Kristerz, “Det Måste Gå Att Dansa Till”

More dansband magic from Lars-Kristerz! Don’t fight it!

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “grymt sväng” —juliaskoog


4. Gyllene Tider, “Henry, Dansa Inte Disco!”

This is a previously unheard version of another Gyllene Tider song whose title means, “Henry, Do Not Dance Disco!”

Grade: A-

Best YouTube Song: “You don´t need to know swedish to love Gyllene tider ! <3" —MånsThitz  

5. Mando Diao, “Men”

Alternative rock band Mando Diao make their first Swedish language album, setting poems by Gustaf Fröding to music for the hundredth anniversary of his death.

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “It is Swedish. All lyrics in this album is by the poet Gustaf Fröding (1860-1911). His poems are very warm and tolerant. And a bit sad. Greetings.” —MikaelEricsson


6. Canyons, “Utan Dina Andetag”

In any other country, “Canyons” would be a country soft-rock band influenced by Poco and America. But in Sweden, they are pop. This is supposedly one of the most popular wedding songs in Sweden.

Grade: C

Best YouTube Comment: “the best” —TheYuka3009


7. Black Sabbath, “Age of Reason”


Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “da best song in da album….a real black sabbath album! fuck, dawn 4 no Bill ward, but da drummer’s a killa! da would be so cool 2 have da 4 members!! RESPECT” —grégorydeydier


8. Kalle Moraeus, “Om Sommaren”

Kalle Moraeus is in a folk group with Benny Andersson from ABBA, and that’s all you need to know.

Grade: B-

Best YouTube Comment: “Fantastik låt. Väcker verkligen sommar känslorna :)” —Zukram97


9. Sean Banan, “Copacabanana”

Melodifestivalen is a Swedish song competition whose winner goes on to compete in Eurovision. What’s in for 2013? Swedish-Iranian comedian/musician Sean Banan’s novelty song “Copacabanana”! Dude looks like the love child of Ali G and Humpty Hump and the song is “Gangnam Style” in the style of Barry Manilow. I can’t hate this, it’s too silly. I must love it instead.

Grade: B+

Best YouTube Comment: “Trolololo” —erikcarle


10. Håkan Hellström, “Det kommer aldrig va över för mig”

The title translates roughly to “It Will Never Be Over for Me” and the song sounds like The Killers covering early U2, with a twinge of solo Morrissey.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “I’m American, can’t understand a single word :c but I still love this song! <3." —Th3KingC

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Molly Lambert is a staff writer for Grantland.

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