Roxette’s Six Songs We All Know

Roxette is a Swedish pop rock duo: Marie Fredriksson (vocals) and Per Gessle (vocals and guitar). They formed in 1986, they became an international act in the late 1980s, when they released their breakthrough album “Look Sharp!” Roxette went on to achieve nineteen UK Top 40 hits and several US Hot 100 hits, including four US number-ones. Six hit songs made it to the Year-End Charts, I’m sure you know them all 🙂

1: It Must Have Been Love

Roxette - It Must Have Been LoveThis love song is Roxette’s third number one hit in the United States and got to position 2 in the Year-end charts of the Billboard Hot 100 of 1990. It has been certified gold or platinum in a number of countries. The duo releases a total of four versions of the song. The first music video was shot during a performance from a Swedish TV chart show in 1987. Fredriksson and Gessle were sitting on a couch on a stage, lip-syncing to the song.

The song was an immense international success, it charted in the top 5 in the following countries: Canada, Poland, Spain, Austria, Belgium, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany. In 2014 the duo got an award from BMI after its five millionth radio play.

The song has beautiful lyrics:

Lay a whisper on my pillow,
Leave the winter on the ground.
I wake up lonely, there’s air of silence
In the bedroom and all around

Touch me now, I close my eyes and dream away.

It must have been love but it’s over now.
It must have been good but I lost it somehow.
It must have been love but it’s over now.
From the moment we touched, ’til the time had run out.

BTW: Did you there is a Spanish version of the song? The title is: “No sé si es amor” and released in early 1997 in Spanish and Portuguese-speaking territories.

The official Music Video for “It Must Have Been Love”:

2: The Look

Roxette - The Look“The Look” was released in early 1989 as the fourth single from the second studio album: “Look Sharp” (1988). It was an international hit and ended up being number 17 in the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end Charts of 1989. It topped the charts in 25 countries and was the first of the four number ones in the Billboard charts.

According to Per Gessle, the lyrics of the first two verses were just guide lyrics:

“Walking like a man, hitting like a hammer”… the first two verses are guide lyrics, words just scribbled down to have something to sing. Couldn’t come up with anything better, so we kept them. Everybody gets lucky sometimes…

3: Listen To Your Heart

Roxette - Listen to your heartThis beautiful ballad was released in September 1988 in Sweden as the second single from the album “Look Sharp”. It was almost as successful as “The Look”, reaching number one in both the US and Canada.

Per Gessle described “Listen to Your Heart” as “The Big Bad Ballad. This is us trying to recreate that overblown American FM-rock sound to the point where it almost becomes absurd. We really wanted to see how far we could take it”.

The lyrics were inspired by a close friend of Per Gessle’s, who was in “emotional turmoil, stuck between an old relationship and a new love. A year later, I call him up in the middle of the night after a few too many glasses of champagne, saying ‘Hey, you’re number one in the States.”

Listen to your heart
when he’s calling for you.
Listen to your heart
there’s nothing else you can do.
I don’t know where you’re going
and I don’t know why,
but listen to your heart
before you tell him goodbye.

4: Joyride

Roxette - Joyride“Joyride” was released as the lead single from the third album: “Joyride” (1991). It was the follow-up to the second album “Look Sharp”. The single was a big success and topped the charts around the world: The United States, Canada, several countries in Europe and Australia.

Per Gessle has said that the opening line of the song was inspired by a note his girlfriend left on his piano: “Hej, du dåre, jag älskar dig” (“Hello, you fool, I love you”).  The Beatles’ former tour manager Dave Edwards is credited with narration on the song, and its title was derived from an interview in which Paul McCartney suggested writing songs with John Lennon was “a long joyride”.

5: Dangerous

Roxette - Dangerous“Dangerous” was released in 1989 as the fifth and final single from the album “Look Sharp”. It was Roxette’s third top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending two weeks at number two in February 1990.

The video for was filmed during Roxette’s concert at Borgholm Castle in Öland, Sweden, July 1989. It is a mix of rehearsal and live performance footage from that show.


Hey, where’s your work?
What’s your game?
I know your business
but I don’t know your name…
Hold on tight,
you know she’s a little bit dangerous.
She’s got what it takes to make ends meet
the eyes of a lover that hit like heat.
You know she’s a little bit dangerous.

6: Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)

Roxette - Fading Like a Flower (Every time you leave)Last, but not least:  “Fading Like a Flower”.  The song was released as the second single from the third studio album, “Joyride”.

The music video was shot mostly in the Stockholm suburb of Gamla stan and features images of Stockholm City Hall.

Although the song was not as successful as previous single “Joyride”, the song was a top ten hit in numerous countries.

Ain’t this the perfect love song? Check the lyrics:

Tell me why
When I scream there’s no reply
When I reach out there’s nothing to find
When I sleep I break down and cry
Cry, yeah

Every time I see you oh I try to hide away
But when we meet it seems I can’t let go
Every time you leave the room I feel I’m fading like a flower

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