Genre: Vocal (Swedish)
Best tracks: Långt Härifrån (#4), Fråga Stjärnorn (#2), Vill Du Veta Vem Jag Ar (#7)
You don’t need to understand Swedish to appreciate the melodic folk-rock tunes by Scandinavian’s answer to Sarah McLachlan. Åkerström is a hugely talented musician, playing the flute, piano and guitar as well as providing vocals. Her voice is gorgeous and accessible — these are songs you can actively listen to or play as the background music for a low-key dinner party. En Bit På Väg (On the Road) is a compilation of her best songs from her first three albums. Since then she’s come out with five others, including this year’s excellent Visor Från Förr & Nu.