#TBT Mixtape: Norwegian Pop Sensation Sigrid's Exclusive Playlist

Francesca Allen


Welcome to #TBT Mixtape, Billboard's new series that showcases artists' very own throwback-themed playlists exclusive to Billboard's Spotify account. The curated set features the artists' favorite tracks from their youth and childhood.

Meet Sigrid. The Norwegian pop sensation had a massive breakthrough this year with the release of her hit "Don't Kill My Vibe," which has netted 40 million global spins to date, and even earned a co-sign from Lorde on her "playlist of bomb s--t" earlier this year. 

The Island Records signee, who splits her time between the small town of Ålesund, Norway, and London, followed the buzz cut with a debut EP of the same name, as well as a remix package from the likes of Gryffin, Jack Garratt, and Cedric Gervais. 

Today, the fast rising star looks back with this week's #TBT Mixtape, exclusively via Billboard. “I've made a playlist with songs that I discovered growing up in Ålesund," Sigrid says. "Songs I've found on Soundcloud, the radio, through my older sister and brother and even my parents. and I still listen to all of them!”

Give the playlist a spin and check out her track-by-track commentary below.

James Blake – “Limit to your Love”

“I don't know what to say other than this is one of my favourite covers.”

Calvin Harris – “Sweet Nothing” ft Florence Welch

“I loved Florence and the Machine, but I could not handle it when this song came out. What a tune.”

Rudimental – “I've Been Waiting” ft. Ella Eyre

“I think this was the first song I ‘liked’ on Soundcloud. I love this song.”

The Margarets – “Rubber Rubbish”

“This is a band from Giske, right outside my hometown Ålesund! big part of my childhood.”

Gabrielle – “Fem Fine Frøkner”

“I've danced so much to this song with my best friends back home in ålesund.”

Lorde – “Tennis Court”

“I started listening to Lorde in junior high school, and I think this was my favourite. anyways her new album is great!!!”

Lykke Li – “Little Bit”

“One of my favourite lykke li tunes. actually! search for this song on youtube and you'll find a really cool live version from a random street in stockholm. I only listen to that version. “

Radiohead – “No Surprises”

“I did backing vocals for some really cool older 10th grade guys when I was in 9th grade. we did ‘no surprises’ on a christmas school show or something. I'm completely honest now, I don't think I've ever felt as cool and nervous as then.”

Zara Larsson – “Lush Life”

"Sweden and pop music. Magic."

Highasakite – “Since Last Wednesday” 

“My parents went on holiday, so I had my best friend Kornelia living with me for two weeks! (this was in junior high). it was great. anyways, Highasakite released their single since last wednesday and we listened to it EVERY day for two weeks. “

Grimes – “Belly of the Beat”

“I listened a lot to this tune, and the whole Art Angels album when I moved to Bergen. Our go-to pre party tune.” 

Neil Young – “Harvest Moon”

“Reminds me of my family. Makes me all warm.”

Joni Mitchell – “River”

“Same with this one, it especially reminds me of my mom! I put this one on when I miss my family.”

Kings of Convenience – “Mrs. Cold”

“My all time favourite cooking song.”

Coldplay – “Clocks”

“The first time I listened to Coldplay, I was at a train station in Paris with my family on holiday. I put on Clocks on my discman and I fell in love.”

Adele – “I'll Be Waiting”

“One of my favourite junior high school tunes.”

Nirvana – “Smells like Teen Spirit”

“First song I ever performed with a band. 7th grade at Volsdalen primary school ;-)”

The Killers – “Mr. Brightside”

“First song I remember to have listened to! My brother gave me his mp3 with his music, and Mr. Brightside stood out. I later fell in love with Bones!”

The Kooks – “Naïve”

“Me and my best friend Sara's song. we always put this on at parties.”

Fleet Foxes – “Mykonos”

“One of my favourite songs in junior high school.”

For more Sigrid, head here.


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