You’re all well aware by now that around here, we’re big fans of the Nordic genes in terms of their talent in making top quality pop music. And we’ve already done our round-up of the best of the year where the tunes are concerned. Check out (and vote in) the Scandipop Award nominations right here.

But let’s now turn our attentions to that other form in which those excellent Nordic genes often present themselves. The hot guys!

We’ve gone and listed the Top 40 hottest guys in Scandinavian pop music in 2017. Ranked in order of course.

To be eligible, they just need to be Nordic men – obviously – and to have released music that has made these very pages in the last twelve months. 

There were no shortage of candidates, you won’t be surprised to hear. But we managed to whittle it down to the very best. The absolute hottest. The top 40;

40: MARTIN STENMARCK

 

 

 

 

He’s been around longer than most on this list, but in 2017 he proved that he was still capable of delivering the goods – on one of the best songs of his career, ‘Ingen Annan‘. 

39: KYGO

 

 

 

Norway’s top producer and remixer had one of the best years of his career this year, with a new album, EP, and multiple hits across the world featuring some of the biggest names in pop. Plus the Ibiza residency that we saw him at over the summer was perfection.

38: MARC

 

 

 

The Swedish producer is relatively new on the scene, but made a big impression on us in 2017 thanks to the likes of ‘Can’t Live Without It‘ and ‘Won’t Let You Down‘, and – WELL…

37: INGVAR

 

 

 

 

The Norwegian artist made a long overdue comeback in 2017 after a few years away. Sounding better than ever, and looking hotter than ever, to match.

36: SONDREY

 

 

 

Not even a prior warning of this Norwegian artist’s many ‘Issues‘ could deter us from becoming a fan. 

35: VINCENT PONTARE (of VARGAS & LAGOLA)

 

 

 

Vincent and his writing partner Salem Al Fakir (the Lagola of the duo) have spent the last few years penning hits for the likes of Avicii and Axwell /\ Ingrosso. But this year they established themselves properly as a top-notch production duo in their own right.

34: VIKTOR NORÉN (of STATE OF SOUND)

 

 

 

As part of the Swedish duo State of Sound, Viktor enjoyed a run of excellent singles in 2017. Rounding off the year with the release of their ‘High On You‘ EP.

33: ERIC TRYLAND (of THE MAIN LEVEL)

 

 

 

He’s the newest member of the Norwegian boyband. and perhaps his arrival was a good omen for the group. This year they had their biggest (and bestest!) hit ‘Bombadilla‘. 

32: JOHN LUNDVIK

 

 

This Swedish artist has single handedly soundtracked and heated up our festive season – thanks to the release of his ultra warming single ‘Christmas‘. A song which should really become a future classic of the season. In February he makes his Melodifestivalen debut.

31: PAUL REY

 

 

 

 

The Swede with the impossibly soulful voice. Hopefully we’ll be hearing a lot more of it in 2018. And seeing a lot more of him.

30: SEBASTIAN ATAS (of GALAVANT)

 

 

 

 

2017 saw Swedish duo GALAVANT continue to do what they do so well. Release banging tracks of their own, and produce superior remixes of other artists’ hits.

29: MÅNS ZELMERLÖW

 

 

 

This year saw MZW announce an engagement, a pregnancy, and a move to the UK countryside. And as you can see from the pic – it’s suiting him quite well.

28: PELLE HØJER (of PAGE FOUR)

 

 

 

The platinum blonde member of the successful Danish boyband. A choice of hair colour that served him particularly well during the band’s recent Christmas single campaign.

27:BENJAMIN RIHAN

 

 

 

 

The Danish singer and songwriter launched this year with the release of his debut single and video ‘Nok For Mig‘. 

26: BIRGIR

 

 

This Icelandic chap debuted this year with the release of his first EP and the awesome follow-up single ‘Can You Feel It‘. He’s been terribly quiet since then, but we hope that the winter of barely any light up where he is, has had him buried away in the studio crafting more pop.

25: VIKTOR FRISK

 

 

The smiliest man in Scandipop is gonna spend 2018 doing what makes him smiliest – another turn at Melodifestivalen! His three releases with Samir in 2017 were three of their best yet, so we’re excited to hear what they bring to the Melodifestivalen stage in a few weeks. 

24: BENJAMIN PELTONEN

 

 

 

Finnish pop gent Benjamin appears to have spent more time on Instagram this year than he has in the recording studio. Though who knows – maybe that’s him outside a recording studio right there, and we’ll be gifted with bangers-a-plenty in 2018.

23: CHRISTOPHER

 

 

 

He’s perhaps now known as much for his impressive torso as he is for his top-notch pop. This year he combined both, by releasing a single called ‘Naked‘. 

22: BRYAN RICE

 

 

 

Bryan Rice went through a bit of a sonic and stylistic reinvention in 2017, resulting in the release of two new EPs – ‘Bryan pt1’ and ‘Bryan pt2’.

21: PATRIK JEAN

 

 

This Swede has spent the majority of 2017 featuring on other people’s tracks, and writing hits for others (including the current Swedish Idol winner’s single), but he’s back next year with an EP of his own.

20: BENJAMIN INGROSSO

 

 

 

 

2017 saw Benjamin Ingrosso’s career as a popstar reach a wider audience, thanks to his success at Melodifestivalen, and a big summer hit that followed. He’s back for more Melodifestivalen in February, and hopefully more new music will follow.

19: NIILA

 

 

 

This Finnish artist came to our attention in 2017, releasing the awesome collab with his fellow Finn Perttu – ‘Green Light‘. 

18: WAHLSTEDT

 

 

 

Doing nothing to dispel the reputation Swedish DJ/producers have for being hot, while simultaneously releasing a single called ‘Sex With You‘. 

17: RASMUS VIBERG (of MOMENT)

 

 

 

 

Rasmus Viberg’s band MOMENT released three stellar synthpop singles in 2017. AND he was responsible for that look to your left. Incredible.

16: CHRIS HOLSTEN

 

 

Two hot collaborations with his fellow Norwegian artist Madden, and an even hotter hit on his own, suitably titled ‘Mexico‘. And we’re big fans of another platinum venture of Chris Holsten’s this year – that hair!

15: ANDRELLI

 

 

 

 

The Karlstad producer made these pages for the first time earlier in the year thanks to his remix of British artist Luke Potter’s ‘Something More’. And – certainly made an impact.

14: SANDRO CAVAZZA

 

 

 

We knew this Swede was in for a good year when he arrived back in February with ‘What It Feels Like‘. But things went stratospheric for him when he became the voice of Avicii’s comeback later in the year, with ‘Without You‘. 

13: BORIS RENÉ

 

 

This year saw Boris earn his second Melodifestivalen slot. Though it was the follow-up single – the tropical pop banger ‘Anywhere You Go‘ – that really found him peak (to date!) as an artist.

12: ANDREAS WIJK

 

 

 

After more than half a decade of contractual hell with a former label, Swedish model and blogger Andreas Wijk was finally able to return to being a popstar again in 2017. He re-launched with ‘Blue Ribbon‘.

11: ANTON HAGMAN

 

 

This year heralded the proper arrival of Anton Hagman as a popstar, after a few years of releasing music under various guises. He controversially knocked Loreen out of Melodifestivalen, nabbing himself a place in the final in the process. And followed it up over the summer with the release of his debut EP.

10: DANNY SAUCEDO

 

 

 

 

2017 saw Danny move up a level in his career, establishing himself as not only a top-notch live entertainer, but one that can sell-out multiple runs of multiple residencies. 

09: MUGISHO

 

 

 

This Norwegian artist came to our attention in 2017, releasing the awesome ‘I Would Never‘, and featuring on ‘Can’t Help Myself‘ by his fellow Norwegian chap Clairmont

08: NEWKID

 

 

We hadn’t featured this Swedish rap artist on these pages until earlier this month – when he popped up on Molly Sandén’s latest hit ‘Utan Dig‘. But his addictive verse means he’s on our radar now.

07: ANTON EWALD

 

 

In 2017, Anton has gotten himself married AND emigrated to the US for a new life. With his passion for making music, we can’t imagine it’ll be too long before we hear from him again though. And at the very least, he’ll compete at Melodifestivalen in 2018 as a songwriter – for Olivia Eliasson’s entry.

06: JULIANDER

 

 

 

Debuting in 2017, Juliander arrived with a knock-out of a debut single ‘Same Moon‘, and finished the year off by featuring on Alan Walker’s latest hit ‘All Falls Down‘, with Noah Cyrus.

05: ATLE

 

 

 

 

This Norwegian gent delivered the brilliant ‘Misbehave’ – which hasn’t left our Best New Pop playlist in the six months since its release. 

04: ROBIN BENGTSSON

 

 

 

He did his country extremely proud at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, giving Sweden its 6th Top 5 finish in 7 years.

03: LIAMOO

 

 

 

 

The Swedish Idol winner is currently gearing up for his first Melodifestivalen appearance in February. After three superb singles – we’re excited! 

02: DARIN

 

 

He’s on the second album of his current reinvention, and has just scored his 7th (!!!) number 1 with it on the Swedish album charts.

01: ERIC SAADE

 

 

 

Eight years into his career and he got to show his native Sweden a whole new side to him – both personally and musically – thanks to his successful stint on Så Mycket Bättre.

And another pic of our number 1, go on then!

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