v· Sweden is one of the largest exporters of pop and rock music in the world. Many Swedish artists have enjoyed success on the British and American charts and in other English speaking countries.
In that same year, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with "Waterloo". It was a big success throughout Europe, and reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100. Over the next few years ABBA had 18 consecutive top ten hits in the UK, nine of them reaching number one. Having sold an estimated 370 million units worldwide, ABBA became the best-selling band of the 1970s. In 1977 "Dancing Queen" became ABBA's only number one-hit on the Billboard Hot 100. ABBA and Led Zeppelin are the only acts to have had 8 consecutive UK #1 albums .
Shortly after the release of Super Trouper, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA decided to end their marriage, just as Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog had done two years prior. This event did not stop the foursome from working together. Their eighth album "The Visitors" was released at the end of 1981. Feeling that the energy was running out of the group, they decided to take a break in 1982; the group have not reunited since Agnetha Fältskog and Ann-Frida Lyngstad both pursued solo careers. In 1982 Lyngstad released her first solo album in English. It was produced by Phil Collins. The song "I Know There's Something Going On" was a huge hit around the world in 1982.
In 1986 a hard rock band from Upplands Väsby, Europe, hit number one in 26 countries including the UK with the song "The Final Countdown". The album of the same name also charted around the world and sold over 3 million copies in the United States alone and more than 6 million copies worldwide. The single has sold 8 million copies.
The following year included successful tours through Europe, Japan and the USA. Their next album was Out of This World which produced "Superstitious" as its biggest hit. This album sold about 4 million copies worldwide. In 1991, they released Prisoners in Paradise, which sold only 1 million copies. Europe decided to take a long break in 1992.
Roxette's Join The Joyride World Tour 91-92 attracted 1.7 million people around the world. In 1993, they became the first non-English speaking band ever to play at MTV Unplugged. In 1995 they became the first Western band to be allowed to perform in China since Wham! in 1985.
In 2003, the duo was honoured with achievement medals by Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf "for appreciated achievements in Sweden and internationally". To date their best selling albums are Joyride (11 million) and Look Sharp! (9 million). Overall, the duo has sold more than 45 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide.
Ace of Base had the world's biggest-selling debut album with 23 million in sales for Happy Nation . They achieved major success in the 90s with popular songs like "All That She Wants" (1993), "The Sign", "Don't Turn Around" (both 1994) and "Cruel Summer" (1998). All four songs reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100; "The Sign" spent six weeks at number one.
In the early 1990s the Swedish dance scene was very vivid. Denniz Pop was Sweden's most wanted producer of that time[dubious– discuss]. In 1990 he produced Dr. Alban's first record "Hello Africa" together with Leila K. The song became a hit in mainland Europe peaking at #5 in Germany.
In 1992 Denniz Pop produced the second album by Dr. Alban, One Love which includes the worldwide hits "It's My Life" and "Sing Hallelujah". . That same year Leila K released her hit single "Open Sesame" (UK #23, Germany #5). This was followed in 1993 by a cover version of Plastic Bertrand's "Ça Plane Pour Moi" (#13 Germany).
1994 saw the release of Dr. Alban's third album Look Who's Talking; the title track was a big hit throughout Europe (Germany #3).
Rednex had several hit songs mixing country music and eurodance. The song "Cotton Eye Joe" was an international hit in 1994 reaching number one in the UK. The ballad "Wish You Were Here" was released in 1995.
1998 Meja's second album Seven Sisters was released. It contained the radio hit "All Bout The Money" which was peaked at #12 in the UK. In spring 1999 she recorded the duet "Private Emotion" with Ricky Martin. The song reached #9 in the UK singles chart.
Eagle-Eye Cherry released his debut album Desireless in 1998. Propelled by the hit single '"'Save Tonight" (UK #5, US #6), the album sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
Emilia Rydberg is well known for her 1998-1999 international hit "Big Big World". The song peaked at #5 in the UK.
The A*Teens were formed in 1998 as an ABBA Tribute Band. The debut album The ABBA Generation in 1999 consisted purely of ABBA covers and was a great success around the world. The album sold 3 million copies worldwide. Singles like "Mamma Mia" (UK #12 1999) and "Dancing Queen" (UK #21 1999) topped the charts in Sweden. Their second album Teen Spirit (2001) contained new songs and was certified Gold in the United States. "Upside Down" from that album became their biggest hit. After two records which were less successful internationally, the band broke up in 2004.
The electronic dance project Antiloop also reached international success; the song "In My Mind" was featured on the FIFA 2003 soundtrack.
Indie pop and rock
See also: Swedish Indie Pop
In the 2000s some indie bands from Sweden found their way to the international music scene.
Singer Nina Persson from The Cardigans launched a solo project in 2001 under the name A Camp. The lead single "I Can Buy You" was a small hit in the UK peaking at #46. Two years later The Cardigans returned with their album Long Gone Before Daylight, a quieter, more ambient collection of songs. In Sweden it was certified 2x Platinum and they won 2 Swedish Grammy Awards.
José González is a Swedish indie folk singer-songwriter of Argentine descent. His cover "Heartbeats" (originally by his fellow Swedes The Knife) was a hit in the UK singles chart where it peaked at #9 in 2003.
The Tallest Man on Earth is a Swedish Folk singer songwriter. His real name is Kristian Matsson and was born on April 30, 1983.
Indie band The Concretes first appeared in the UK Single Chart in 2004 with "You Can't Hurry Love" (#55) and "Seem Fine" (#52). Lead singer Victoria Bergsman left the group in 2006 and, with Peter, Bjorn and John, recorded the single "Young Folks" the same year. It reached #35 in the UK singles chart and was re-issued the following year making it #13.
Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz had a hit 2004 with "Call on Me" which reached No.1 for 5 weeks in the UK singles charts,  while its 2007 follow up ""'Proper Education" was a No.2 success. In 2008 he had a hit with "Pjanoo", which reached #2 in the UK singles charts on download sales alone.
Robyn reappeared in 2007, after an absence of 10 years from the international music scene, with her #1 hit in UK singles chart "With Every Heartbeat". The self-titled album was certified Platinum in Sweden and Gold in the UK . The following singles reached the charts as well: "Handle Me" (UK #17 2007), "Be Mine" (UK #10 2008) and "Who's That Girl" (UK #26 2008) . "Dream On", the follow-up with Christian Falk, was originally released in 2006 on his album People Say. It was re-released in the UK in November 2008 peaking at #21. She also collaborated with Norwegian duo Röyksopp for the single "The Girl and the Robot" in June 2009.
Crashdiet are an all Swedish rock/glam metal band starting out in the early 2000s. They released Rest in Sleaze in 2006 which debuted #12 in Swedish charts, then after the death of frontman and singer Dave Lepard the band released two more albums reaching a high with 2010's Generation Wild which slipped into the charts at #3 but 2007's The Unattractive Revolution fell short at #11. Crashdiet are still currently a world touring band.
Basshunter is a Swedish DJ. "Boten Anna" is a song with Swedish lyrics that had some success in Continental Europe in 2006. In 2007 it reached #1 in the UK singles chart with lyrics performed in English under the title "Now You're Gone". In 2008 the second single "All I Ever Wanted" went #2 in the UK.
Mando Diao is a garage rock band from Borlänge. They were very successful in Europe in 2009 with their song "Dance With Somebody" from the album Give Me Fire. It reached #3 in Germany and was a major hit in Europe peaking at number 8 at the Billboard Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. 
Another competitor in Swedish Idol 2005 was pop singer Ola Svensson. Although not known in the UK, he is known throughout Sweden as 'A Swedish Success Story'. Ola came eighth on Idol and has gone on to produce 3 studio albums and is currently working on the fourth which is planned to be released throughout all of Europe in 2010. He is a Double Platinum Artist with songs such as "Natalie" and "Feelgood". In 2009 he received a Rockbjörnen award, the most prestigious music award in Sweden. Four of Ola's singles have reached no. 1 in Sweden, and all of his own singles charted within the top 5.
2010s: Agnes, Robyn, Swedish House Mafia
The 2010s started off with the releases and success of Agnes and Robyn. Agnes, the winner of Sweden's Idol 2005, succeeded in Europe and especially the UK market in 2009/2010 with the single "Release Me", which entered the charts at #3 and sold over 300,000 copies. It was a hit both worldwide and in Europe it peaked at #6 on the Billboard Eurochart Hot 100 Singles. Carlsson was also signed to Universal Music/Interscope in the U.S. and started the promotion for the forthcoming album Dance Love Pop during the summer 2010.  Robyn returned with her album Body Talk Pt. 1.
2010 also saw the rising success of the Swedish House Mafia, a collaboration between the Swedish DJ and producers Axwell, Steve Angelo and Sebastian Ingrosso.
Yngwie Malmsteen was musically trained in his native Sweden, though his professional career started in the US.
Janne Schaffer initiated his career in various Swedish acts in the late 1960s, and soon became a much in-demand session-man, playing lead guitar for ABBA both in the studio and live. He also keeps up a successful solo career, merging jazz and folk influences into his playing.
Per-Olov Kindgren is a classical guitar teacher and performer known for his transcriptions of popular contemporary music.
Charts and sales
Top 5 biggest selling Swedish acts
The sales figures are estimated and count together album and single sales.
This tables shows the album sales by country. The worldwide album sales are estimated while the album sales for UK, US  and Germany are counted by the gold and platinum certifications for the albums in that country. For Germany, the old certifications were used for albums released before September 1999 with Gold (250,000) and Platinum (500,000).
The following songs achieved the highest aggregated positions in the charts in their respective years. The following list shows the Swedish hits that ended up in the top 5 end of year charts worldwide.
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