Roxette and Marie Fredriksson: Five lesser-known classics to check out

Damn, Marie Fredriksson from Roxette has died. Obviously, everyone is talking about ‘The Look’ and ‘Joyride’ and ‘It Must Have Been Love’. But here are five less obvious songs from her extensive back catalogue that I want to hear right now.

Alla Mina Bästa År


This duet with ABBA’s Frida (from her best solo album, 1996’s Djupa Andetag) is an absolute belter. Two Scandi-pop queens for the price of one!

So Far Away


Just Marie and a piano, from the much-maligned Tourism. I much prefer this to the original single release.

Stars


A fab remix enhances this excellent track from 1999’s Have A Nice Day.

Almost Unreal


Fact: The only good thing about the Super Mario Bros movie.

It Must Have Been Love (Christmas For The Broken-Hearted)


OK, I can’t resist including ‘It Must Have Been Love’. But I’ll do it geekily, with the original Swedish release from 1987. When the song was remixed for inclusion in Pretty Woman, the line “hard Christmas day” was changed to “hard winter’s day”, as you do.

RIP Marie. Here’s to archive releases galore!

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