The Most Famous Norwegian Singer: A Ranking of the Top Talents

Choose the Singer you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Sep 10, 2023 13:47
Welcome to StrawPoll, where your opinion matters! We are excited to present a unique opportunity for you to cast your vote in our latest ranking: "Who is the most famous Norwegian singer?" Norway has gifted the world with a plethora of exceptional vocal talents, enchanting us with their captivating melodies and breathtaking performances. Now, it's time for you to have your say and help us crown the ultimate Norwegian vocal sensation. From pop icons to indie darlings, our list features an incredible array of artists, but we know there might be some hidden gems we've missed. So, don't hesitate to suggest your favorite Norwegian singer if they're not already on our list. Dive into the melodic world of Norwegian music, discover new artists, and vote for your all-time favorite - let's come together and celebrate the extraordinary talent from the Land of the Midnight Sun!

Who Is the Most Famous Norwegian Singer? (September 2023)

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    Jamesbond raul · CC BY-SA 4.0
    This iconic synth-pop band is perhaps the most famous Norwegian musical export, known worldwide for their hit song "Take on Me".
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    This DJ and producer has made waves in the dance music scene with his tropical house sound, collaborating with artists like Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran, and Whitney Houston.
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    Sissel Kyrkjebø
    Bjarne Thune · CC BY-SA 3.0
    This soprano singer has performed with renowned orchestras and in prestigious venues around the world, including the Nobel Peace Prize Concert.
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    Morten Harket
    Tore Sætre · CC BY-SA 4.0
    The lead singer of A-ha, Harket has also released solo albums and is known for his distinctive voice and style.
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    This up-and-coming pop singer has already won critical acclaim and awards, including the BBC Sound of 2018.
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    Maria Mena
    Tore Sætre · CC BY-SA 4.0
    With hits like "All This Time" and "Just Hold Me", Mena has been a popular singer-songwriter in Norway and beyond since the early 2000s.
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    This singer-songwriter has had success both in Norway and internationally, with hits like "When Susannah Cries" and "Lucky for You".
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    This indie-pop singer has gained a following for her ethereal vocals and unique style, as well as for her activism and outspokenness on social issues.
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    This jazz saxophonist and composer has been a major player in the European jazz scene since the 1970s, collaborating with musicians from around the world.
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    Kurt Nilsen
    Jørund Føreland Pedersen · CC BY-SA 3.0
    This singer-songwriter won the first season of Norwegian Idol in 2003 and has since released several successful albums, as well as collaborating with other musicians.

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Ranking factors for famous singer

  1. Musical Success
    The singer's commercial success, including album sales, chart positions, and record certifications, can be an important factor.
  2. International Recognition
    If the singer has achieved popularity and recognition outside of Norway, particularly in other countries, it adds to their fame.
  3. Awards and Accolades
    Consider the number and significance of awards the singer has received, both nationally and internationally, such as Grammy Awards, Nordic Music Awards, or Eurovision wins.
  4. Cultural Impact
    Assess the singer's impact on Norwegian culture and music scene, including their influence on other artists, contribution to the development of the genre, and representation of Norwegian identity.
  5. Social Media Presence
    Analyze the singer's following and engagement on social media platforms, as a substantial online presence can indicate popularity and influence.
  6. Enduring Legacy
    Consider the singer's longevity and lasting impact on the music industry, as those who have maintained relevance over time are often regarded as more famous.
  7. While considering these factors, it's essential to keep in mind that the concept of fame can be subjective and may vary across audiences and generations.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Norwegian singer. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite Singer is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


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Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each Singer once every 24 hours. The rank of each Singer is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous norwegian singer

Norway has a rich history of producing talented singers, and the country's music scene has been thriving for decades. From pop to folk, rock to jazz, Norwegian musicians have made their mark on the international stage with their unique sound and style. When it comes to the most famous Norwegian singers, there are many names that come to mind. Some of the most beloved and successful artists include A-ha, Morten Harket, and Sissel Kyrkjebø. However, when it comes to the title of the most famous Norwegian singer, there is one name that stands out above the rest: the legendary pop icon, AURORA. AURORA, whose full name is Aurora Aksnes, first gained international attention in 2015 with her hit single "Runaway." Since then, she has become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed artists in the world, known for her ethereal vocals and hauntingly beautiful music. Her unique sound has earned her a legion of dedicated fans, and she has performed at some of the biggest festivals and venues around the globe. Of course, there are many other talented Norwegian singers who have made a name for themselves both at home and abroad. Whether you're a fan of pop, rock, or something in between, Norway has something to offer for music lovers of all tastes.