2014 is over and by now you’ll have read dozens of end-of-year lists, but you can never have too much of a good thing, so here is our selection of the best songs of 2014 from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Have a very happy new year, one and all.
Ace Wilder – Busy Doin’ Nothin‘ This Melodifestivalen runner up would have been a pan-European hit had it won.
Alina Devecerski – Armé It must be hard to follow up her monster hit Flytta På Dej, but this is pretty rousing nonetheless.
Beatrice Eli – Moment of Clarity We could include almost every track from Die Another Day, but this is probably the highlight.
Elliphant – Revolusion Brilliant fringed hat (and song).
Elliphant feat MØ – One More A moving tale of female friendship (part 1).
Erik Hassle – Pathetic Again, we could include any song from Erik’s brilliant Somebody’s Party EP.
Frida Sundemo – For You, Love Frida’s Lit Up By Neon EP contained several gems, but she shines best when she’s at her most fragile.
iamamiwhoami – Fountain Phenomenal single followed phenomenal single from Jonna Lee’s project in 2014, but the one that started it all had us at our most excited.
Jennie Abrahamson – Wolf Old news in Sweden but heading into 2015 on the back of a Peter Gabriel support slot and the launch of her Gemini Gemini album in Europe, this is the album’s highlight.
Ji Nilsson & Marlene – Love You Anyway A moving tale of female friendship (part 2) and our most listened to song of 2014.
Kate Boy – Self Control Basically, their long-awaited album should be amazing.
Kleerup feat. Susanne Sundfør – Let Me In This sounds a bit like ABBA and is very, very good.
The Knife – För alla namn vi inte får använda A single from The Knife’s Europa Europa cabaret. Please don’t leave us, The Knife.
Little Jinder – Vita Bergens Klockor Slightly indecipherable to non-Swedes (The White Mountains’ Clocks?) but we sing along anyway.
MØ – Walk This Way One of many brilliant songs from one of the most exciting artists of the last couple of years.
Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument A ten-minute electro-jazz epic that is amongst the best work that either of them has ever done.
Seinabo Sey – Younger With any justice, 2015 will be Seinabo’s year, and not just in Sweden where she already features on a stamp.
Tove Lo – Timebomb Habits was technically 2013, so this just pipped Out Of Mind as our favourite Tove song in 2014.
Tove Styrke – Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You Our second favourite Tove came back with an absolute belter.
Zhala – Prophet Slightly bonkers song from Robyn’s first signing.
Now you can listen to all the tracks which are currently available on UK Spotify in this handy link.