“Joyride” by Roxette – 1991

This week we take a spirited journey to Nicky J USA’s house and discuss the 1991 number one hit “Joyride” by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. This group dominated the late 80s and early 90s US pop charts, yet their popularity in the rest of the world would prove to be the key to their sustained success. Often cited as one of the greatest songwriting duos to emerge from Scandinavia, Roxette’s ultra-catchy melodies paired with quirky ESL lyrics have earned them a place next to A-Ha in the Valhalla of pop music. What are the rules for naming a tribute cover band? What landed airport employees in hot water during Roxette’s recent tour of Russia? What song has the best whistling solo of all time? All these questions and more will be answered on this week’s episode of Single File.

“Joyride” by Roxette – 1991

This week we take a spirited journey to Nicky J USA’s house and discuss the 1991 number one hit “Joyride” by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. This group dominated the late 80s and early 90s US pop charts, yet their popularity in the rest of the would prove to be the key to their sustained success.

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6 thoughts on ““Joyride” by Roxette – 1991”

  1. Hey! I have some controversies for you. The cover from 1999’s Have A Nice Day album was censured on middle-east countries because of the naked babies. And some MTV channels across the world banned the video from “Anyone” because some scenes that leads to suicide interpretation.. 😀

  2. Recommend listening to more then the early year albums, there still churning out the music.. Please give the recent albums a listen.

  3. Era natural que seria questão de tempo até eles explodirem no mundo. Pois com a voz de Marie e os bons arranjos de Gesle, mais cedo ou mais tarde o mundo ficaria ciente.
    Claro que com uma ajudinha externa valeu demais!
    Altair Feltz

    1. Thanks for your comment!!

      (Translated to English from Portuguese)

      It was only natural that it would be a matter of time before they exploded in the world. For with Marie’s voice and Gesle’s good arrangements, sooner or later the world would be aware.
      Of course with a foreign aid was worth too much!
      Altair Feltz

  4. Actually Roxette became huge in America before anywhere else when an American exchange student Dean Cushman from Minnesota took their album Look Sharp home and took it to a radio station where you could bring albums in and get them to play them on the radio. The Look wasn’t even a single but as Dean came to pick it up, the DJ liked the cover and decided to play the first song. People phoned in and loved it and then it got shared around radio stations in the US and they had to quickly make a music video to keep up. That’s how they got discovered. Kind of fairytale really.

  5. This was awesome! You guys need to check out their “comeback” albums: “Charm School”, “Travelling”, and “Good Karma”. Marie’s voice still a powerhouse. Saw them live in 2012. Was an amazing show

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