Norwegian Folk Music You Can’t Miss on YouTube

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We’ve rounded up some of the best Norwegian folk music videos on YouTube so you can enjoy them all in one place!

Norwegian Music on YouTube

Norwegian folk music has a unique sound that is steeped in the country’s history and culture. You can find a wealth of Norwegian folk music on YouTube, ranging from traditional ballads to more modern interpretations. Norwegian folk music is the perfect way to get a taste of the country’s culture and history.

“Norwegian Wood” by The Beatles

Norwegian Wood is a song by the Beatles from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. The song is notable for being one of the first pop songs to feature a sitar, an Indian musical instrument. The song was written by John Lennon, and it is about his relationship with a girl he was involved with who was seeing someone else.

“Fjellfolk” by Dvergmål

“Fjellfolk” is a Norwegian folk song that has become popular on YouTube. The song is about the fjellfolk, or mountain people, who are known for their hard work and simple lifestyle. The song is performed by Dvergmål, a Norwegian folk band.

“Nordavind” by Gjermund Larsen

Gjermund Larsen is a Norwegian folk musician who is highly skilled in both the violin and the hardingfele (a type of fiddle). “Nordavind” is one of his most popular songs, and it perfectly showcases his impressive abilities on the hardingfele. The song has a playful yet melancholic feel to it, and Larsen’s masterful use of ornamentation gives it a unique sound.

Traditional Norwegian Music

Norway is a land of contrasts. Stunning fjords and mountains, picturesque small towns, and, of course, traditional Norwegian music. Norwegian music has a unique sound that is created by the blending of traditional instruments with the hardingfele, or hardanger fiddle. The music has a haunting and beautiful quality that is sure to mesmerize any listener.

“Bergensiana” by Ola Bremnes

Ola Bremnes is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who has been making music since the early 1980s. “Bergensiana” is a beautiful and haunting song about the city of Bergen, with its dark and rainy winters.

“Vinternatt” by Kaizers Orchestra

“Vinternatt” is a song by Norwegian rock band Kaizers Orchestra. It was released as a single from the album VH1 Storytellers in 2010. The song peaked at number three on the Norwegian Singles Chart.

The song is about a winter night, and the video features the band performing in a snow-covered forest.

“Jeg er så glad hver julekveld” by Nora Brockstedt

One of the most renowned and iconic Christmas songs in Norway is “Jeg er så glad hver julekveld” by Nora Brockstedt. The song was written in 1922 by Bjarne Nilssen, and has been covered by a wide variety of artists over the years. Nora Brockstedt’s version is definitely the most well-known, and her warm and uplifting voice is the perfect Christmas listening.

Norwegian Music Today

YouTube is a great place to find all kinds of music from all over the world. If you’re in the mood for some Norwegian folk music, you’re in luck. There are many great Norwegian musicians making beautiful music today. In this article, we’ll share some of our favorites with you.

“Sommerfugl” by A-ha

A-ha is a Norwegian pop band formed in Oslo in 1984. The band members are Morten Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen (keyboards) and Paul Waaktaar-Savoy (guitars). The group rose to fame with their debut album, Hunting High and Low, in 1985. “Sommerfugl” (“Butterfly”) is a song from A-ha’s fourth studio album, Memorial Beach. The song was released as a single in Norway in 1992 and peaked at number two on the Norwegian Singles Chart.

“Mitt lille land” by Erik Bye

Erik Bye (1923 – 2004) was a Norwegian broadcaster, singer, and songwriter. He was born in Ålesund and is best known for his radio show “Norgesglasset” (The Norwegian Hour), which he hosted for almost 40 years. He also wrote and sang many songs, some of which have become Norwegian classics.

One of his most famous songs is “Mitt lille land” (My Little Country), which is a love letter to Norway. The song has been covered by many other artists, including Nora Brockstedt, Alf Prøysen, and Odd Nordstoga.

You can watch a performance of “Mitt lille land” by Erik Bye here:

“Norge i rødt, hvitt og blått” by Hellbillies

Hellbillies is a Norwegian country rock band, formed in 1986 in the village of Ål in Hallingdal. The band consists of guitarist and vocalist Lars Lønning (b. 1961), fiddle player Ola Bremnes (b. 1968), upright bassist Øyvind “Snake”Farmen(b. 1966) and drummer Svein Dag Hauge (b. 1962).

The band’s name is a play on words of the American country rock group The Byrds and the Norwegian word for a hillbilly, “hellbillie”. The group’s musical style is a mix of country, rock and roll, folk and blues. They are known for their distinctive three-part harmony singing style.

The band has released eleven studio albums, two live albums and two compilations.Their debut album, Norge i rødt, hvitt og blått was released in 1992 and reached number four on the Norwegian album chart. The album’s title track became a hit single in Norway, peaking at number two on the Norwegian singles chart.

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