Essential Danish Pop Songs to Know

While Denmark might not have quite as much internationally iconic music as its neighbor to the north, Sweden, it’s still got plenty of great songs from legendary artists. Danish pop music found its heyday in the 1970s with breakout acts such as Gasolin’, TV-2 and Anne Linnet, who remained popular largely only in Denmark.

In 2005, Music Export Denmark (MXD) launched. A non-profit aimed at promoting Danish music around the world, MXD has been successful in helping a long line of Danish acts reach international audiences.

Every country has their list of pop songs that are ubiquitous, playing in the background at family gatherings and being hummed gently in the shower. Knowing those songs brings you a bit closer to the culture and, hopefully, introduces you to a few artists you didn’t know before.

These are the Danish songs that (almost) everyone at the party will know:

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Otto Brandenburg – To lys på et bord….

Gasolin’ – Kvinde Min

C.V. Jørgensen – Costa del Sol

Kim Larsen – Midt Om Natten

Lars Hug – Elsker Dig For Evigt

Anne Linnet – Tusind Stykker

Laid Back – Baker Man

Thomas Helmig – Stupid Man

Olsen Brothers – Fly On The Wings Of Love

Aqua – Barbie Girl

Whigfield – Sexy Eyes

Malk De Koijn – Vi Tager Fuglen På Dig

Tv-2 – De Første Kærester På Månen

Nik & Jay – Lækker

Alphabeat – Fascination

Rasmus Seebach – Engel

Medina – Velkommen Til Medina

Oh Land – White Nights

MØ – Don’t Wanna Dance

Fallulah – Perfect Tense

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