Top five Norwegian songs sung in Norwegian

Music is a big part of life in Norway so we asked our tutor Anitra Irrera for her top five Norwegian songs. Here are her picks which we have combined into a convenient YouTube playlist for your listening pleasure.

1) “Tusen etasjer høi” – Dum Dum Boys

One of Norway’s most popular and biggest selling rock bands have been releasing albums since 1988 and are still going strong today. Choosing only one song to present here has been a difficult task since their hit list is very big. In addition to their great melodies and lyrics (most of them written by the brilliant Kjartan Kristiansen), I’m especially fond of the production. Most of their albums are produced by the very talented Yngve Sætre.

2) “Diamanter og Kirsebær” – John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen

When their debut album, “For Sant til å være godt”, was released in 2009, Bergen was once again put on the map. They created the next “Bergensbølge” – illustrating a period in time when a new generation of artists from Bergen is “taking over” the musical landscape in Norway. The term was often used in the international press during the success of the Norwegian bands “Røyksopp” and “Kings of Concenience”.

3)”Gnist” – Pompel and The Pilts

The strength of this band are the lyrics and melodies. I’ve not chosen their biggest hit (Mine fineste klær) but a song I feel hits me in the heart every time. Per Arne “Piddi” Fjeldstad, the band’s singer and songwriter, has had a long career after this band disbanded in 1994 and is now to be found in another brilliant band called “Evig Din For Alltid”.

4) ”Døgnflue” – The Aller Værste

The music of The Aller Værste is considered classics in Norwegian rock. They won the Norwegian equivalent of a Grammy (Spellemannsprisen) back in 1980 for the album “Materialtretthet”. Their punk, ska and new wave sound was also much loved by the legendary English radio DJ and presenter John Peel who played their music on BBC radio numerous times.

5)Vondt i hjertet” – Razika

The band consists of four young girls from Bergen. They play a mix of pop, indie and ska music and their melodies are catchy and sweet. One of my Norwegian students even booked them to play at his wedding! Razika have made some waves in England as well. In 2011 they were featured in the Guardian and in NME. They have three albums to their name.  

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Music is a big part of life in Norway so we asked our tutor Anitra Irrera for her top five Norwegian songs. Here are her picks which we have combined into a convenient YouTube playlist for your listening pleasure.


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