2014: Our Favourite Songs


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).

Emilie Nicolas – Grown Up The song that really made us sit up and notice Emilie Nicolas, the artist behind our album of the year.

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 – Encore We love Ji Nilsson and cannot wait to see what 2015 brings. (We wrote about this already.)

Ji Nilsson & Marlene – Love You Anyway A moving tale of female friendship (part 2) and our most listened to song of 2014.

Julia Vero – How Does It Feel? A massive, bruised, hairbrush singalong. (We wrote about this already.)

Karin Park – Look What You’ve Done Karin continues to be brilliant in this taster of her new album, due March 2015. (We wrote about this already.)

Kasper Bjørke feat. CTM – Sylvia Featuring the sublime vocals of CTM, this is the highlight of Kasper’s After Forever album (although Apart with Sísý Ey is also very good indeed).

Kate Boy – Self Control Basically, their long-awaited album should be amazing.

Kill J – Cold Stone Their album will probably be amazing as well. (We wrote about this already.)

Kleerup feat. Susanne SundførLet 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.

Laleh – Stars Align Just try not to clench your fists and sing along.

Little Jinder – Vita Bergens Klockor Slightly indecipherable to non-Swedes (The White Mountains’ Clocks?) but we sing along anyway.

Lykke Li – Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone A wonderful, heartbreaking song from a wonderful, heartbreaking album.

Mapei – Change Fantastic, inspiring pop.


MØ – Walk This Way One of many brilliant songs from one of the most exciting artists of the last couple of years.

Naomi Pilgrim – It’s All Good Driving pop and Naomi’s best yet. (We already wrote about this.)

Oh Land – Head Up High The ever reliable Oh Land had barely been away before coming back with another album full of gems, of which this was one. (We already wrote about this.)

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.

Snoh Aalegra – Bad Things (feat. Common) Stupendous Swedish soul. (We wrote about this already.)

Susanne Sundfør – Fade Away A big pop direction from Susanne ahead of her new album. (We wrote about this already.)

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.

1987 – Bomb Smooth Swedish electropop. (We wrote about this already.)

Now you can listen to all the tracks which are currently available on UK Spotify in this handy link.

Good Moose Songs of 2014

2014: Our Favourite EPs

There are so many new artists coming up in Scandinavia at the moment, and so many launch EPs prior to an album, that we felt we couldn’t exclude them from our summary of 2014. So here, in alphabetical order, are our favourite EPs from 2014 – a large proportion of which are from artists yet to release an album.

Elliphant – Look Like You Love It / One More

Two EPs from this eclectic Swede this year, following up from her Sweden-only debut album A Good Idea in 2013. Elliphant throws so many idea at the wall and, while not all of them stick, a lot of them are extremely exciting. Just bubbling under the mainstream, 2015 could be even better for Elinor Olovsdotter.

Erik Hassle – Somebody’s Party

So this is a bit like Michael Jackson and Prince and Justin Timberlake and everybody should go and listen to it right away.

Frida Sundemo – Lit Up By Neon

Frida specialises in extremely moving and human electronic songs, like Neon and For You, Love, but also does balls-out pop very well, too, as on Drawn To You. Across a couple of EPs and singles and a Japanese-only (?) album release Frida has always been one of our favourite new Swedes, so her promised new material in 2015 should be exciting.

Kleerup – As If We Never Won

Featuring a roster of high-profile guests – Susanne Sundfør, Niki and the Dove, Jenny Wilson – this is a collection of retro disco that even recalls ABBA in its finest moments.

Laleh – Boom

A veteran in Sweden, with five albums under her belt, she’s relatively new to the wider world. She first caught our attention with the anthemic Stars Align, featured here alongside four other very good, slightly “quirky” pop songs that come on a bit like a cross between Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch and Bat For Lashes.

Lisa Alma – Oh Darling, Let’s Be Adventurers 

We will keep telling everyone about Lisa Alma until she starts to get the credit she deserves. This quiet Dane has been releasing subtle gems consistently for a little while now, and we can’t get enough. Her beautiful voice perfectly complements her soulful tunes. Good for fans of Rhye and for feeling that uniquely Danish concept of hygge.

Marlene – Indian Summer

Bon Voyage was one of the songs of 2014, and although Marlene was always going to struggle to match that, this collection is still a brilliant selection of powerful pop songs. Plus she works with Ji Nilsson, one of our favourite up-and-coming Swedes, so the prospect of a full-length album is tantalising.

Röyksopp & Robyn – Do It Again

A precursor to Röyksopp’s final album, and a reunion with Robyn, Do It Again was hugely anticipated and arrived to mixed reviews, but we love it. Monument is a simply phenomenal journey through electronics and jazz, Do It Again is as close as we’ve come to an unadulterated Robyn song since Body Talk and Every Little Thing is a moving electro ballad.

Seinabo Sey – For Madeleine

I mean, she’s already on a stamp in Sweden, so Seinabo is destined for enormous success, and For Madeleine is a phenomenal debut. Every track is distinctive yet unique and if we don’t see bigger and better in 2015 we will be very surprised.

Snoh Aalegra – There Will Be Sunshine

This came out of nowhere (for us, at least), but blew us away with its bravado and buckets of soul. Swedish-born Snoh is now based in the US, and with friends like Common and Killer Mike she could, and should, go far.

Tove Lo – Truth Serum

Eclipsed slightly now by her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, it could be easy to forget this EP which preceded it. But this is where we first heard Not On Drugs, and is still the only place you’ll find Out of Mind, which for our money is easily one of Tove’s best tracks.

Tove Styrke – Borderline

As close to reggae as we’ll ever willingly get, yet still very good. The highlight is easily lead single Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You, but this is a collection of inventive pop songs that mark a new stage in Tove’s career.

Zhala – Prophet

Of course Robyn’s first signing to her Konichiwa Bitches label was going to be special, but nothing can really prepare you for your first listen to Prophet, with its ever-increasing tempo. Zhala certainly does things her own way, but we hope to see a full-length release in 2015.