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What Xmas songs do Swedes like?

Published fredag 19 december 2014 kl 14.55
"People have a certain idea of how it should sound"
(8:33 min)
Sonja Aldén Musikplats Stockholm. Foto: Lars-Åke Gustavsson/Sveriges Radio
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A festive performance by Sonja Aldén in Stockholm's Broadcasting House. Photo: Lars-Åke Gustavsson/Sveriges Radio
Sonja Aldén. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Sveriges Radio
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Sonja Aldén. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/Sveriges Radio

There's already Xmas music playing in the shops and streets of Sweden. But what kind of seasonal music goes down well in Sweden?

Pop singer Sonja Aldén is releasing an album of Christmas carols and other festive songs, and she says she does sometimes dare to remake the older classics.

"When it comes to O Helga natt (O Holy Night) we thought, shall we really do this one? Because it's so loved by many people, and people have a certain idea of how it should sound," says Sonja Aldén to Radio Sweden.

She says she can only tackle such a classic if she feels her and her band can bring something magical, something extra and unique. Otherwise they would just skip it - as they did

In Sweden very many traditional Xmas carols get translated into Swedish. Sonja Aldén herself wrote a version of The First Noël, but changing its focus to also be about making a family, and losing one's parents.

So which songs do the Swedish public like best? Sonja Aldén says that she loves the classic songs, and thinks it is the same for her audience.

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