After the sad news that Roxette’s female singer, Marie Fredriksson, has died, we want to pay tribute to her with our top list – 7 of the best Roxette songs ever made.
Some of the best Roxette songs ever:
- Roxette Joyride
- Roxette Listen to your heart
- Roxette The Look
- Roxette Dangerous
- Roxette Dressed for Success
- Roxette Fading like a flower
- Roxette How do you do!
Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle were friends even before the launch of Roxette
One of the most beloved artists of our time is dead. Marie Fredriksson, 61, died of a brain tumor.
“Nothing will ever be the same,” says his friend and Roxette colleague Per Gessle in a statement. Her manager has published this press release:
“It is with great sadness that we must announce that one of our biggest and most beloved artists is gone. Marie Fredriksson died on the morning of December 9 in the suites of her former illness. “
Roxette – a 30-year old success story
Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle created the group Roxette and they have been world-famous for more than 30 years.
– Thanks, Marie, thanks for EVERYTHING. You were a truly unique musician, a singer on a level we will hardly ever experience again. You painted my black and white songs with the most beautiful colors. You were a wonderful friend for over 40 years. I am proud, honored and happy to have shared so much of your time, your talent, your warmth, generosity, and humor. All my love to you and your family. Things will never be the same, ”Gessle says in the statement about her friend, according to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.se
Roxette was reunited in 2009
For many, she had long been expected to be completely out – but in 2009 Marie Fredriksson returned to the stage and her group, after years of cancer treatments and brain surgery.
Only in 2016, the Swedish world star, on the advice of doctors, left the stage, to live her final years in tranquility with the family.
– When she said “I can’t do it anymore. I can’t travel anymore, I can’t stand on stage, I can’t focus”. Then I said “Okay, we skip it,” Per Gessle told German RTL
Proud and grateful
In her 2015 autobiography, The Love Of Life, Marie wrote on the subject of accepting her health: ‘At last, it feels like I have reconciled myself to having a radiation injury to live with. That this is how it turned out. ‘I have lost many years through the disease. And it is also a sadness to age. But every day I think I’m grateful to be sitting here. And that I can still sing.’
Roxette reached international fame in the 80’s and 90’s
Have you heard how Roxette became world-famous? It wasn’t until an American student studying in Sweden brought a copy of their second album home to Minneapolis, and persuaded a local radio DJ to play The Look, that they achieved international fame, according to BBC.
That song became the first of four US number ones for the band, while its parent album, Look Sharp!, went platinum.
They achieved their biggest success when their 1987 Christmas single, It Must Have Been Love, was re-written for inclusion on the Pretty Woman soundtrack in 1990. It topped the charts in more than 10 countries and gave the band their biggest UK hit, reaching number three.
Best 7 Roxette songs we never will forget – our tribute to Marie Fredriksson
Words become small and nothing can explain how sad it is, for the family, friends and all the fans worldwide. Marie and Per found massive success performing as Roxette in the 80s and 90s, and lots of their songs have also been translated into Spanish. Let’s move to the Top 7 list of the Roxette songs we will never forget.
#1 Roxette Listen to your heart (1989)
Official Music Video for Roxette – Listen To Your Heart (1988)
The song went on to become one of the most successful singles of 1989, reaching number one in both the United States and Canada. The track was the first song to reach number one in the US without a commercially-released 7″ single, according to Wikipedia.
#2 Roxette Joyride (1992)
Music video by Roxette performing Joyride.
It became one of Roxette’s biggest hits, and was one of the most successful singles of 1991, topping record charts across Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and the United States, according to Wikipedia.
#3 Roxette The Look (1988)
It became an international hit, and was one of the most successful singles of 1989. It topped the charts in 25 countries, and was the first of their four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, according to Wikipedia.
#4 Roxette Dangerous (1988)
Released in May 1989, it was the group’s third top 10 showing on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks at number two in March 1990, kept off the top spot by Janet Jackson’s “Escapade”, according to Wikipedia.
#5 Roxette Dressed for Success (1988)
Following the international success of “The Look” – the album’s third single in their home country, but first to be released outside of Sweden – “Dressed for Success” was re-issued internationally from June 1989 and became a worldwide hit, most notably in Australia, where it peaked in the top three and was certified platinum by the ARIA, according to Wikipedia.
#6 Roxette Fading Like a Flower Every Time You Leave
Fading like a flower charted highest in North America, peaking at number two in Canada and on the US Billboard Hot 100—where it was held off the top spot in both countries by Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, according to Wikipedia.
#7 Roxette How do you do!
The song was a commercial success upon release, topping the national singles charts in Norway and Spain. It also peaked at number two in several countries, including Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland, according to Wikipedia.
Did you miss your favorite hit in our Top 7 list of Roxette songs?
It was a difficult job to put together a top list with only 7 of Roxette’s most popular songs. I could have mentioned so many more Roxette songs, but this is my personal top 7. This talented band had an amazing number of international super hits, it’s very seldom any and can do it so well for so long time. Did you miss any song on the list? Which is your favorite Roxette song? Remember to share, comment and like on social media.
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