Greatest Swedish Bands

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The Top Ten

1 Opeth Opeth Opeth is a Swedish progressive death metal band from Stockholm, formed in 1990 by David Isberg, who invited Mikael Akerfeldt into the band as a bassist. Isberg ended up leaving the band, which lead to Mikael becoming the band's vocalist, guitarist, principal songwriter, and driving force. Along with ...read more.
2 Meshuggah Meshuggah Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are often considered the fathers or founders of the djent metal sub genre due to their use of downtuned guitars. They are also known for their song “Bleed”, which is known for its extremely complicated instrumentation, ...read more.
3 ABBA ABBA ABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

ABBA has to be in the top 5 of this ranking or this ranking is a joke.

This is definitely a joke. ABBA was Sweden's first international pop group! This better be on #1 or in the top 5! Unbelievable! - ivylee

At the top of their game at the end of the 1970's, the only business that had more sales than ABBA was Volvo. Obviously they did something right, which means that they should be high up on this list.

HOW IS THIS NOT #1 or AT LEAST TOP 5. THIS LIST IS AN ABSOLUTE JOKE!

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4 Bathory Bathory Bathory was a Swedish Black/Viking Metal band formed in 1983 by Quorthon and Jonas Åkerlund. Bathory's first 4 albums layed the blueprint for Scandinavian Black Metal. Quorthon is often credited with creating the "shrieking" vocal style of Black Metal. Their 5th album, Hammerheart (1990) displayed ...read more.

One of the greatest bands of all time!

The best swedish band ever!

The best swedish band ever! Black metal! Viking Metal! Thrash Metal! R.I.P. quorthon! - ne6tastnika

5 Amon Amarth Amon Amarth Amon Amarth is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Tumba, formed in 1992. The band takes its name from the Sindarin name of Mount Doom. V 1 Comment
6 Ghost Ghost Ghost is a Swedish heavy metal band that was formed in Linköping in 2008. Ghost consists of 5 masked instrumentalists, known as The Nameless Ghouls, and a demonic anti-pope known as Papa Emeritus. They have released 3 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa ...read more.

The best. Every single song by this band literally amazes me - ryanrimmel

7 Sabaton Sabaton Sabaton is a power metal band from Falun, Sweden formed in 1999. The band's main lyrical themes are based on war and historical battles.

With their power metal genre while making historical references, this Swedish band is ultimately creative & is my favorite band of the 21st century. ROCK ON THROUGHOUT HISTORY! Somewhat reminds me of Europe, but I haven't really listened to much Swedish metal bands. Probably why I like Sabaton so much.

Very good band! I love there songs.

Tank metal

8 Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie J. Malmsteen Yngwie Johan Malmsteen is a Swedish guitarist, songwriter and bandleader who was born on June 30th, 1963, in Stockholm, Sweden. He was known for his neoclassical metal playing style back in the 1980s.

a natural shredder, if you haven't heard something from him; you don't know what real music is - rock2metal

9 Europe Europe Europe is a Swedish rock band formed in Upplands Väsby, Stockholm in 1979 under the name Force by vocalist Joey Tempest, guitarist John Norum, bassist Peter Olsson and drummer Tony Reno.

The final countdown. what more can I say except they rock

The Final Countdown album is one of the best ever.

How the hell are they not in the top 3?

I saw them at the Mohecan Sun and they are great!

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10 Candlemass Candlemass Candlemass is an influential Swedish doom metal band established in Stockholm 1984 by bassist, songwriter and bandleader Leif Edling and drummer Matz Ekström.

I always get a bit more than annoyed when I see a band that pioneered or were a defining band in a certain genre that isn't at the very least in the top 10. Aside from Black Sabbath, Candlemass are easily the biggest influence on modern doom metal, and the utter lack of respect they get is dumbfounding. These guys seriously need to be higher on this list, certainly higher than Amon Amarth and Abba. - AngryByrd

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The Contenders

11 In Flames In Flames In Flames is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden, formed in 1990. ...read more.

They changed my life. Everything is better now (: IN FLAMES WE TRUST!

12 Soilwork Soilwork Soilwork is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Helsingborg. They are signed to Nuclear Blast. Formed in late 1995 by Björn Strid and Peter Wichers, originally under the name Inferior Breed, the band changed their name in late 1996 to Soilwork.

Easily the best melodic death metal band. Every album is unique, yet they still have more consistency than almost every other band on this list (I'm looking at you In Flames.) And Björn Strid is definitely one of music's best vocalists. - AngryByrd

13 Arch Enemy Arch Enemy Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1996. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, and Eucharist.

it's the best melodeath band next to COB, songs like "Nemesis" make them a great metal band - rock2metal

I love the way Alissa White-Gluz growls! Amazing! No more regrets!

14 Katatonia Katatonia Katatonia is a Swedish metal band formed in Stockholm in 1991 by Jonas Renkse and Anders Nyström. The band has released nine studio albums spanning the course of three decades, and their tenth studio album, The Fall of Hearts was released on May 20, 2016.
15 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.
16 Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation Pain of Salvation is a Swedish progressive rock band led by Daniel Gildenlöw, who is the band's main songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and vocalist.
17 Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry Scar Symmetry is a Swedish metal band from Avesta in Dalarna County, Sweden, formed in 2004. The band has released six albums, with seven released singles.
18 Draconian Draconian
19 HammerFall HammerFall HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.

Why, just why hammerfall are that low in this list? They are a great power metal band and definitely one of the most iconic Swedish bands. - blackphoenix

One of the best power metal bands ever.

20 Roxette Roxette Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo, consisting of Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). Roxette went on to achieve four US number-one hits with "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," "It Must Have Been Love," and "Joyride", and nineteen UK Top 40 hits. Other hits include "Dangerous," ...read more.

ABBA, Roxette and Mando Diao Top 3!

21 Bloodbath Bloodbath Bloodbath is a Swedish death metal supergroup from Stockholm, formed in 1998. The band has released four full-length albums, two EPs and two DVDs depicting their performances at Wacken Open Air and Bloodstock Open Air.
22 Entombed Entombed Entombed is a Swedish heavy metal band formed in 1987 under the name of Nihilist. Entombed began their career as an early pioneer of Scandinavian death metal which initially differed from its American counterpart by its distinct "buzzsaw" guitar tone.
23 Hypocrisy Hypocrisy Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.
24 Ace of Base Ace of Base Ace of Base was a Swedish pop group, originally consisting of Ulf "Buddha" Ekberg and three siblings, Jonas "Joker" Berggren, Malin "Linn" Berggren and Jenny Berggren.

Ace of base in my opinion are one of the 5 greatest swedish bands

I saw the sign... lucky love belongs in teenage heaven...don't turn around...I'm never gonna say I'm sorry...It's a beautiful life...My deja vu...I'm doing it all for you...
Don't underestimate this band. They are in my personal top five alongside ABBA, EMD, JTR, and Europe.

25 Blindside

Blindside should be in the top ten. Their songs like About a Burning Fire and Eye of the Storm are awesome. Christian Lindskog is an awesome singer and Blindside is an awesome band.

Love this band! So many epic songs... Where to begin haha and Christian Lindskog is an amazing singer. Wow!

26 Mando Diao

Best of all for sure

27 The Hives
28 Jerusalem

one of the bands which helped to create Christian metal - rock2metal

29 Therion Therion Therion is a Swedish symphonic metal band founded by Christofer Johnsson in 1987. Its name was inspired by the Celtic Frost album To Mega Therion.
30 Solution .45
31 Kent
32 Dead by April

A band so amazing, you won't wanna stop listening to their songs, you'll get addicted! The beautiful melodies are going to be stucked days in your head. Listen to "Losing You" and I must tell you, it makes me sing and scream along every time I listen to it. Not only Sweden's no. 1 band, but the best band in the world! Just feel bad they are underrated. They are trying to bring something new and people just say it's stupid. Just listen to them before you say anything! DbA rocks!

33 Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity Edge of Sanity was a Swedish progressive death metal band that, alongside Opeth, is commonly regarded as being the first to fuse extreme metal styles like death and black metal with progressive rock. Their sound is often described as "Progressive Melodic Death Metal".
34 Adept
35 Swedish House Mafia

Great modern band.

36 Tiamat

Opeth is good, but TIAMAT ruled Sweden even before Opeth was born. You get the idea. The most unpredictable band in the world other than ULVER.

What? This should be number 1. The world need to know the beauty of Tiamat.

37 Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate Sonic Syndicate is a heavy metal band from Falkenberg, Sweden. They are influenced by Swedish melodic death metal bands such as In Flames and Soilwork and American metalcore bands like Killswitch Engage and All That Remains.
38 The Hellacopters

The Hellacopters is a Swedish rock band from the 90s - Grouse

Nicke Andersson is the god of all Swedish rock. Check out Imperial State Electric for more Nicke goodness. And why isn't Soundtrack Of Our Lives on this list? Come on!

39 Lost Horizon
40 Crashdïet
41 Friska Viljor
42 At the Gates At the Gates At the Gates is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg, and a major progenitor of the Gothenburg sound
43 Pain
44 Repugnant Repugnant Repugnant are a Swedish death metal band from Stockholm formed in 1998. According to Swedish Death Metal author Daniel Ekeroth, "Their amazingly old school-sounding death metal is something you must hear to believe." The band has been pointed out as one of the first revivalists of the Swedish death ...read more.
45 Aeon

One of my favorite death metal bands

46 The Poodles

They are a hard rock/heavy metal band from Sweden. Just try their song Night of Passion. - zxm

47 Dissection Dissection Dissection was a Swedish extreme metal band. They formed in 1989 by Jon Nödtveidt and later disbanded in 2006, followed by Nödtveidt's suicide. Their sound is usually described as "melodic blackened death metal".
48 Unleashed Unleashed Unleashed is a Swedish death metal band that was formed in 1989 by Johnny Hedlund in Stockholm. Common lyrical themes found in the band's music include Viking culture, recollection of a pre-Christian world, and Norse folklore.
49 Amaranthe Amaranthe Amaranthe is a Swedish heavy metal band notable for having three lead vocalists: Elize Ryd, Jake E. Lundberg, and Henrik Englund Wilhemsson, each presenting a different vocal style. Their second album, The Nexus, reached 6th on Swedish charts, 4th on Finnish charts, and reached a peak of 12th on the ...read more.
50 Enforcer
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