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The Look (1988)

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Will Roxette be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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13 comments so far (post your own)

Wow, not a single Roxette comment. I mean they aren't hall of fame types, but they had a fairly hefty number of catchy songs.

Posted by jtrichey on Thursday, 05.31.12 @ 20:38pm

Dressed For Success * The Look * Dangerous * Listen To Your Heart * It Must Have Been Love * Joyride * Fading Like A Flower * Spending My Time * How Do You Do

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 09.25.12 @ 22:17pm

I think far more famous than their Swedish counterparts ABBA (who were inducted). Very well received throughout the world.

Posted by Duane Merrill on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 00:10am

"more famous than ABBA"

excuse me?

Posted by GFW on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 13:40pm

I have to agree with GFW here, Roxette only beats ABBA in total US #1 songs (4 to 1), and total top 10 hits (6 to 4). You have to factor in that ABBA never achieved the success in the States it did in the rest of the world, globally the foursome was a hit making machine. Roxette versus Ace of Base might be a better Swedish comparison.

Posted by Chris F. on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 14:15pm

Duane, it is hard to imagine any entity being 'far more famous' worldwide than ABBA.

Jesus, Mohammad, Muhammad Ali, The Beatles, Mao, a few more I guess.

I will note that I have never heard of 'Roxette'.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 15:37pm

Paul in KY,

Did you really never hear of Roxette? I don't think you could escape from "It Must Have Been Love" in 1990. That song was everywhere, even on the Pretty Woman soundtrack. I don't know if the band maintained name recognition, but that song seemed like one of the biggest things of the year it was like trying to avoid "Vision of Love" by Mariah Carey, or "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles, or "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor. Come to think of it 1990 wasn't too bad a year for female singers.

Posted by Chris F. on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 17:09pm

Roxette was a band that I hadn't heard of before being introduced to them by a friend around 7-8 years ago. After taking a listen to a few songs, I realized that I actually knew several tunes by the band...just never knew the artist who did them.

The band was really big during late 80's and early 90's on mainstream radio. Chances are you probably heard "It Must Have Been Love", "The Look", "Joyride", "Listen to Your Heart" or "Dangerous" at some point.

They aren't really hall of fame material, but I consider them to be a great pop band! I personally like them much more than ABBA.

Posted by BSLO on Thursday, 11.14.13 @ 19:12pm

Chris, have never seen 'Pretty Woman' (although I am familiar with basic plot). Listened to alot of cassette tapes back then. Probably have heard song you mentioned at some time or another, just would have not known that Roxette did it.

Will check them out now. Read their Wiki writeup.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 11.15.13 @ 07:48am

Kind of odd that today (or yesterday) we're talking about Roxette!(?) Is that really true, Paul (in KY), you don't remember them?

As an 80s/early 90s child, I remember when their songs ruled pop radio. Starting with their #1 smash "The Look", which comes with a success story. The song was introduced to America from a Minnesotan who was a transfer student in Sweden. Then there was 'It Must Have Been Love' which of course is mentioned by you guys above. Their #1 smash 'Listen to Your Heart' (one of my favorite songs of '89) was covered by a techno band (D.H.T.) a few years back. Album is pretty good as well.

Their sophomore effort, Joyride, was a success as expected, but unfortunately it was the beginning of the end for the band. 'Spending My Time' was a song that I believe should have been a bigger hit (even though it made the Top 40). After 1991, they were heard from again only once when I remember they contributed a song for the failed 'Super Mario Brothers' movie.

Sad that a band that had a hot streak just 'Faded Like a Flower' (pun intended). I wish I can say they had a HOF worthy career. Sadly, now that I'm in my early 30s, probably nobody under the age of 28 knows about their music since no station I know of plays their stuff.

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 11.15.13 @ 20:42pm

Roxette deserves a RRHOF nomination in the next 10 years or so. Made monster type hits The Look & It Must Have Been Love as well as Joyride and several hits.

They score high on innovation crafting catchy pop rock songs as a duo. Several #1 hits & Top 40 hits & were innovators in video music with several city scenes & earthscapes.

Roxette crafted lyrically intelligent songs & influenced many Swedish bands & Euro pop bands who came later.

Other than U2, Def Leppard,Counting Crows, Duran Duran,Tom Petty & a few other rock groups , I can't think of many who made better songs than Roxette. Brilliant group. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 06.21.14 @ 14:16pm

ABBA * Roxette * Ace of Base

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.25.15 @ 10:43am

They'll probably get a surprise nomination in the next 10 years or so. They'll never get in. And they shouldn't, as much as I love them.

Posted by Barry on Monday, 03.21.16 @ 11:40am

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