1. Tony Cetinski, “Opet Si Pobijedila”
Pula-born pop singer Tony Cetinski looks kinda like Billy Joel and sings the hell out of this ballad, the video for which focuses on lost love, fatherhood, and a single candy raver bracelet.
Best YouTube Comment: “Car ♥ Bravo, Tony :*” — ElectraTara
2. Stampedo, “Dubidup”
Street Art: The Musical! Eclectic pop rock with electronic flourishes from Stampedo. Try not to walk around now going “doo doobie doop doot doo.” You will fail.
Best YouTube Comment: “stampedo!!!” — opalimteg
3. Nina Romić, “Opet”
Lana Del Rijeka? Dark vibes, kaleidoscopes, terrifying shadow puppets from Vidokk Visuals, a little bit of organ, and some surf guitar.
Best YouTube Comment: “volimtenina. ♥” — SunnyMcTribe
4. St!llness, “Moja Generacija”
Dub reggae hip-hop from Zagreb collective St!llness. Smells like Nag Champa and spring break road trips.
Best YouTube Comment: “Perfektno!” — Dpoponjec87
5. Nina Badrić, “Nebo”
This is Croatia’s annual entry for the Eurovision song contest. Nina Badrić gained fame as a dance-pop vocalist in the ’90s, but became known primarily as a singer-songwriter. She wrote “Nebo,” which she will be performing at Eurovision later this month.
Best YouTube Comment: “She reminds me of my chemistry teacher and that’s why I will vote for her, the song is good, 100 times better than Sweden.” — cloody995
6. Colonia, “Tako Ti Je Mali Moj”
“Mr. Saxobeat (Alexandra Stan) ” x “Loca People” (Sak Noel) x “Party Rock Anthem” (LMFAO) = “Tako Ti Je Mali Moj” (Colonia). Colonia are a dance-pop group from Vinkovci that won the first annual Eurodance competition in 2001 and are currently on their ninth album. They once released a single with my favorite Matrix-parody themed cover art of all time.
Best YouTube Comment: “summer 2012 subwoofer & trip to pool :)))))))” — TheBabac1
7. Markiz, “Par Lijepih Rijeći”
Croatian coffeehouse rock from Markiz. Good to know that dysfunctional relationships look the same everywhere in the world. A thoroughly unexpected twist ending that manages to equally evoke Cruel Intentions and Mean Girls.
Best YouTube Comment: “super stvar!” – ina007ful
8. Pavel, “Zbog Tebe”
Pavel is the acoustic side project of Aljoša Šerić, the lead singer of Croatian “new new wave” band Ramirez. Perfect for an indie-movie relationship montage.
Best YouTube Comment: “*__*” — jelena1712Pu
9. Jacques Houdek, “Meni Za Ljubav”
Jacques Houdek is a Croatian singer who favors New Jack Swing facial hair. He doesn’t show up onscreen in this video until the very end, unless he is also contained in the little blue ball of light that the partygoers keep tossing around. His soulful vocals soar, elevating this song into the realm in which I can’t stop pressing replay and dancing around my room.
Best YouTube Comment: “ODLICNOOO” — zagreb0069
10. Mavi Kan, “Šta Mi Fali”
Balkan ethnic jazz fusion from Zagreb band Mavi Kan, a trio with a saxophonist, violinist, and lead vocalist. Combines elements from pop, jazz, folk, and sevdah (Bosnian love songs), but still sounds kinda like Sleepytime Tea.
Best YouTube Comment: “extra :))))))))))))” — boris983