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
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.
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.
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)
33: ERIC TRYLAND (of THE MAIN LEVEL)
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.
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.
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.
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!
14: SANDRO CAVAZZA
13: BORIS RENÉ
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.
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.
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.
The Swedish Idol winner is currently gearing up for his first Melodifestivalen appearance in February. After three superb singles – we’re excited!
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.