A quick glance at our weekly updated Trenda: Nordic Chart reveals that Icelanders have a taste all of their own when it comes to pop music…
Each week, we here at the Nordic Playlist scour the top sales and streaming charts of each Nordic country and extract songs by Nordic performers, songwriters and producers. We then compile a ‘Nordic chart’ for each of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and a noticeable trend in most of our charts is that a mixture of both local, and neighbouring Nordic talent take up the ten top spots.
In Iceland however, the story is very different as music fans throughout the country tend to revel in the artistic delights being crafted on their own shores, rather than looking much further afield. As such, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the unique local repertoire that’s tickling the eardrums of Iceland’s music listeners!
Local legends (and Nordic Playlist curators) Of Monsters and Men returned in 2015 to reveal the much anticipated follow up album to their acclaimed debut album My Head Is An Animal. Their track ‘Organs’ from the new album Beneath the Skin has been flirting with the top spots of the Icelandic Nordic Chart for a while, and this week, remains steadfast in fourth position.
Acoustic guitar-wielding troubadour Júníus Meyvant stands his ground in second place on the chart with his latest release ‘Gold Laces’ this week, while local lad Friðrik Dór retains his place at the head of the chart with his gentle ode ‘Skál fyrir þér’.
And heading in a different direction altogether, Glowie holds her position within the Nordic Chart with her 2015 single ‘Party’, an irresistibly smooth pop gem that definitely deserves attention from her Nordic neighbours. And for a tasty slice of Icelandic hip-hop, check out ‘Allir Með (tt. Egill Ólafsson)’ from Steindi Jr. who is a newcomer to Iceland’s Nordic Chart this week!