Sweden. Not bad at pop music, is it? From ABBA to Robyn, Army Of Lovers to The Cardigans, millions upon millions have been enthralled by that nation’s knack for classy, catchy pop. And, as the best Roxette songs prove, the duo of Per Gessle and the late Marie Fredriksson are among the most beloved Swedish groups of all.
Prior to Roxette, Fredriksson and Gessle were both established musicians (she as a solo artist and part of Sweden’s punk insurgency; he also as a solo artist and a frontman for Gyllene Tider). But it was only when the two friends got their heads together to create Roxette that true pop genius and enormous international success followed. Gessle’s and Fredriksson’s dual vocals are like oil and vinegar on a salad – they don’t exactly mix, but, by god, they taste good together.
Over ten albums, Roxette have spoiled us with pure pop thrills; they have also moved us with their intense ballads. And, just occasionally, if you’re looking for weirdness, Roxette will go there, too. As their greatest-hits album put it: don’t bore us, get to the chorus! Here, then are the best Roxette songs of all time…
Listen to the best of Roxette here, and check out our best Roxette songs, below
10: Wish I Could Fly (from ‘Have A Nice Day’, 1999)
Electronic and lush, Gessle and Fredriksson channel the spirit of Ray Of Light-era Madonna for one of Fredriksson’s personal career highlights (“It’s a very special song to me. One of my all-time favourite Roxette songs. I never get tired of this,” she said in 2000). Wish I Could Fly was Roxette’s final UK hit, and a fine way to say goodbye to a country that embraced them so wholeheartedly. And, for the real Roxette nerds, there’s a Spanish-language version (Quisiera Volar) out there, too.