Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Top 10 Norwegian Christmas Songs

How many of the top 10 Norwegian Christmas songs do you know? This list appeared recently on the music website, Here are the most played Christmas tunes on the radio, TV and in concerts, according to TONO, a cooperative of composers, lyricists and music publishers that manages performance rights in Norway.

The Most Played Norwegian Christmas Songs
1. En stjerne skinner i natt
2. Det lyser i stille grender
3. Vi tenner våre lykter
4. Vårres Jul
5. Himmel på jord
6. Julekveldsvisa
7. Romjulsdrøm
8. Julekveld i skogen
9. Musevisa
10. Hei hå nå er det jul igjen

"A Star Shines in the Night," which tops the list, was written by Tore W. Aas and Eyvind Skeie. The song was first recorded by the Oslo Gospel Choir on their album "A Thousand Christmas Lights" in 1992.  Check out their 2009 performance on Norwegian TV below.

Are you interested in listening to Norwegian radio? In the February issue of Viking, we'll highlight the resources available for those in North America who want to tune in. For information on streaming radio online, as well as smartphone apps, stay tuned!

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.

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