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. Though the group has been through several personnel changes, singer, guitarist, and songwriter Mikael Åkerfeldt has remained Opeth's only founding member and primary driving force throughout the years. Along with Edge of ...read more.
2 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.

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

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3 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
4 Meshuggah Meshuggah 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.
5 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.

You got to be kidding me! ABBA need to be in the Top 10 or even the Top 3! - ivylee

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6 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.

Very good band! I love there songs.

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7 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

8 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!

9 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.
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

The Contenders

11 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 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

12 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

Living legend no doubt,just listen up their songs from 1983 to present day. I don't even understand this position.

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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

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14 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

15 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.

One of the best power metal bands ever.

16 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.
17 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.
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19 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!

20 Jerusalem

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

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