Greatest Swedish Bands
The Top Ten
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.
Meshuggah is a Swedish progressive metal band from Umeå, formed in 1987. They are credited with crafting the Djent subgenre. Meshuggah's line-up consists of founding members vocalist Jens Kidman and lead guitarist Fredrik Thordendal, drummer Tomas Haake, who joined in 1990, rhythm guitarist Mårten ...read more.
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
4 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
5 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
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 and 2 EPs . Each album brings in a new version of Papa Emeritus. Ghost ...read more.
The best. Every single song by this band literally amazes me - ryanrimmel
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With their power metal genre while making historical references, this Swedish band is ultimately creative & is my favorite band of the 21st century.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.
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.
This list is a joke. We all know Abba is the number one no matter what.
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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
Listen to Sorceror's Pledge
10 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!
11 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!
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 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.
14 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.
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?
Most recognisable song
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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.
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.
Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.
HammerFall is a Swedish heavy metal band from Gothenburg, Sweden. The band was formed in 1993 by ex-Ceremonial Oath guitarist Oscar Dronjak.
One of the best power metal bands ever.