Everyone who knows me knows that one of the biggest loves of my life is music. Most of those people also know that of the music that I hold nearest and dearest to me, one shines out above all others – Roxette. Yes, I am a sucker for the timeless power ballads and energetic, hook fueled brilliance of the bands up-tempo gems and when it comes to picking our favorites amongst the bands enormous catalogue, we (the ‘Roxers’ of the world), like fans of any band or artist, all have our own personal preferences.
From time to time we like to take a break from reviewing the latest releases on Renowned For Sound to look back at the music that has inspired us as individuals. A nod to the greats, if you will and with a new live DVD on the way from the band, what better time for a little reminiscing. So, join me as I countdown my personal Top 10 favorite Roxette pop hits (click here see our Top 10 favorite Roxette Ballads)…
10. ‘Opportunity Nox‘
As Marie Fredriksson was making her steady recovery from an almost life threatening brain tumor, the band released a collection of upbeat Roxette hits in 2003 and this was the records lead single. Check out the video below and you will get to see Roxette in pretty cool cartoon form.
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9. ‘The Centre of the Heart‘
The lead single from 2001’s Room Service, this track is a synth monster with sweet verses and kickin’ chorus and the bands famous “nah-nah-nah’s’. The video for this one was shot inside California’s famous Madonna Inn hotel.
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8. ‘The Look’
The track that broke Roxette onto the mainstream and into the fickle U.S market, The Look is one of those timeless hits from the eighties that everyone knows and loves and the track that helped make the band a household name the world over.
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7. ‘It’s Possible’
As the band toured the world many times over during their successful comeback in 2011 and 2012, they pieced together a follow up to 1992’s Tourism called Traveling and this gem fronted the record. I adore this track with its infectious hooks and full-throttle tempo. This one is pure Roxette!
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6. ‘June Afternoon’
Definitely a track to play on high volume in the summer months, June Afternoon was one of the 3 singles lifted from the bands greatest hits collection, Don’t Bore Us, Get To The Chorus in 1995. Its lyrics are playful and its vibe is sweet bubblegum and sunshine.
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5. ‘Crush On You’
When Have A Nice Day was released back in 1999, this track was a favourite for Roxette fans and to this day it remains one of the most played tracks from Roxette on my iPod. As the records opening track it cracked the lid on a new venture into electronic music for the duo.
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4. ‘How Do You Do’
Takes from the bands 1993 ‘live’ collection, How Do You Do remains a tour favourite and is up there with the best of Roxette’s uptempo hits.
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Stars is one of my favourite tracks from the Have A Nice Day release of ’99. The song threw Roxette into deep techno waters and while critics weren’t too fond of the parent record or this as one of the single cuts from the album, the use of a children’s choir, Marie’s powerhouse vocals, the many spacey sound effects running through the track and a pair of ducks singing to Marie as she dives into the chilly Stockholm waters in a quest to follow the man of her dreams in the video for the track is pure gold!
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Overflowing with hooks, Dangerous is another one of the bands monster singles from 1988’s Look Sharp and was a #2 hit for the band in the U.S. The video for this, along with Listen To Your Heart, was shot within the impressive surroundings of Sweden’s Borgholm Castle.
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An obvious number one, I admit. There isn’t a soul alive who cannot say they don’t love this track – Roxette fan or not. It’s pop at its finest and the video is equally as memorable; the band speeding down a U.S highway, playing guitar on top of a red corvette. Love it!
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Join us tomorrow as I count down my Top 10 favorite Roxette ballads.
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