Greatest Swedish Bands


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 more.

Few other Swedish bands are on the same technical level, e.g. Meshuggah but Opeth are a level above all other Swedish progressive/metal/rock bands when it comes to songwriting. Start softly with "Damnation" and let yourself be drawn in..

Number 10! - diamondstores


2 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.

Number 1!

In my opinion, this is the best band from Sweden. Abba is the biggest brand from Sweden.

ABBA has to be #1 because they are the greatest Swedish band of all time!

I'm not afraid to say it. I love ABBA. What?

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3 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, more.
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 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 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 4 studio albums, 1 live album and 2 EPs. Each album brings in a new version of Papa more.

Mesmerizing when I first heard them, cherishing live, I was scrolling to see Ghost on the list.

A national treasure for Sweden.

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

6 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.

Best ever, go home you're drunk if think another thik

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.

Sabaton for ife boyy
abaton helped me on my history test

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

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8 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.

When you put on The Final Countdown album, you feel like everything is gonna be awesome.

Europe were and still are one of the most underrated but still kickass Arena Rock bands of all time.

Swedish best rock band!

Europe is one of the absolute groups to ever come out in the 80s. They are one of the definitive Arena Rock Bands.

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9 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.

Great musician

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

10 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!

The Contenders

11 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.
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 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

Listen to Sorceror's Pledge

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

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

15 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.
16 Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity Dark Tranquillity is a Swedish melodic death metal band from Gothenburg formed in 1989. They are one of the longest-standing bands from the original Gothenburg metal scene.
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 Children of Bodom Children of Bodom Children Of Bodom is a melodic death metal band from Espoo, Finland. Formed in 1993, the group currently consists of Alexi Laiho, Janne Wirman, Henkka Seppälä, Jaska Raatikainen and Daniel Freyberg.
19 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," more.

One of the all-time greats from the early 90's. Roxette cannot be overlooked as a major list-item on the Swedish Pop-charts.

My favourite band till '17

Both Roxette and Ace of Base MUST be in the top 10 of all time!

Oh, come on, Roxette should be in the top 10

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20 Draconian Draconian
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 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.

23 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.
24 The Hives

2000 Punks salvation

Best Band from Sweden. come on, you know it is true!

25 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.

26 Hypocrisy Hypocrisy Hypocrisy is a death metal band from Sweden. It was formed in 1990 in Ludvika, Sweden by Peter Tägtgren.
27 The Cardigans

"Erase/Rewind" and "My Favorite Game" are great songs. Тhey deserve to be a lot higher on this list

28 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!

29 Mando Diao

Best of all for sure

30 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!

31 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".
32 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.
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34 Jerusalem

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

35 Kent

Brilliant band one of the best ever

36 The Hellacopters


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!

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

37 Crashdïet
38 Swedish House Mafia Swedish House Mafia Swedish House Mafia is a Swedish house music supergroup consisting of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso.

Sad they broke up in 2012

Great modern band.

39 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.

40 Adept
41 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
42 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.
43 Friska Viljor

Best live band in Sweden

44 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".
45 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 more.
46 Lost Horizon
47 The Haunted

Of course

48 Hardcore Superstar
49 Pain
50 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 more.
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1. Opeth
2. Meshuggah
3. Bloodbath
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2. Opeth
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