Most Famous Musicians from Iceland

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Although Iceland music may not be the mainstream music that we know, if you pay attention to the sound that they create, you’ll definitely want to have a full playlist of just their songs. Iceland is blessed with talented music makers that make sound beyond just voicing and beats. Their instrumentals are something else.

In this article, I will show you a list of the most famous musicians from Iceland. Some of them have made it beyond the shores of Iceland and into deeper parts of Europe and South America. Let’s take a look at some of these artists.

Bjork

One of the seasoned talents that Iceland has birthed is this 55-year old singer and songwriter. She occasionally features in movies and is a multi-instrumentalist and producer. Bjork studied classical music at the age of 11. That’s pretty much when her music career kicked off.

By the year 1979, Bjork was already a mega-hit in Iceland, singing several pop song covers and a few originals. Although all her fame remained in Iceland at the time, her growth and talent have led to the widespread knowledge and acceptance of her kind of music. Some of her songs include “Venus as a Boy,” “It’s So Quiet,” “Army of Me,” “Hyperballad,” and so many others.

Olafur Arnalds

Olafur Arnalds was born in 1986 and has built a good name and reputation (music-wise) in the Icelandic music industry. Olafur is a composer and performer whose love for music was deeply expressed and felt in his first studio album, Eulogy for Evolution.

Olafur blended classical, ambient/electronica, and pop and created a unique musical language that has gotten him an international following. Some of his top songs include “Undir,” “Re:member,” “Saman,” “20:17,” and lots more.

Müm

This sensational band has been in the music scene for a total of 23 years and is still making a huge impact. They started as a group of two but have now introduced up to 18 other people to the group. The band was created by Gunnar Örn Tynes and Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason in 1997.

Some of their songs include “We Have a Map of the Piano,” “Green Grass of Tunnel,” “The Colorful Stabwound,” “Green Green Grass of Tunnel,” and many more. For the record, the name Müm is actually pronounced as (Moom).

Emiliana Torrini

Emiliana was born on the 16th of May 1977 and has successfully grown into a beautiful and soulful singer and songwriter. Some of her major hit songs include tracks like “Sunny Road,” “Jungle Drums,” “Gun,” “Birds,” “Gollum’s Song,” and many more. She has been in the music scene for a good long while and is still present and making waves.

At the age of 17, Emiliana rose to fame after winning the Icelandic: Söngkeppni framhaldsskólanna for singing the beautiful “I Will Survive.” Since then, she has released other delectable songs that are recognized internationally.

These are just a few of the most famous musicians and bands in Iceland. The list is endless, but we have to stop somewhere.