PLAYLISTS

EMEE and Creative Europe have created Music Moves Europe Playlists in order to point out the diversity and creativity of European artists. Experts from European export offices have chosen a few tracks to guide an international audience through a selection of essential tunes, European hits and emerging artists that are and could be the future musical landscape of a creative European music industry.

Let you travel all around a strongly creative artistic Europe all along these songs. 

More playlists to come.

 

Hits from Europe

Lost Frequencies – Are You With Me

Belgium Flanders

At the end of 2014, a shining new talent emerged from the Belgian house community and sent sizeable waves through both the genre and the music charts of Europe.

Felix De Laet, better known as Lost Frequencies, released the global smash hit "Are You With Me" back in August 2014 and quickly cemented himself as a name to watch, the track rapidly reaching #1 on British, Australian, German, Austrian, Irish and Swiss music charts simultaneously.

Kygo – Stole The Show

Norway

Norwegian artist Kygo found early success via SoundCloud, releasing a number of remixes and gathering millions of streams before going on to release his debut album "Cloud 9" in 2016.

Kygo has collaborated with the likes of Ellie Goulding, John Legend and many more throughout his career, and finds himself in the top 10 most streamed artists in the world on Spotify.

Stromae – Formidable

Belgium Wallonia

Stromae is a Belgian musician, singer, rapper and songwriter. He came to wide public attention in 2009 with his song "Alors on danse", which became a number one in several European countries.

In 2013, his second album "Racine Carrée" was a commercial success, selling 2 million copies in France alone and nearly 600,000 units elsewhere. He has sold over 8.5 million records worldwide.

Bastian Baker – Five Fingers

Switzerland

One of the most convincing and successful musical exports from Switzerland over the last few years has been the young singer/songwriter Bastian Baker from Lausanne.

He has already been duly rewarded with 2 platinum albums, 7 Swiss Music Awards, a World Music Award, and has been internationally recognized by performing as opening acts for Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Johnny Hallyday. He was also invited to participate as a coach for The Voice Belgium.

Christine & The Queens – Christine

France

Blending intellectual electronica with a poised chanson style, Christine and The Queens uses subtle synths and delicate beats to create emotive, introspective pop.

Since releasing her debut album "Chaleur Humaine" ("Christine and the Queens" for its international release), she has been on an immensely successful international tour, gracing the covers of Time magazine and NME and picking up two French Victoires music awards along the way.

Martin Garrix – In The Name of Love

Netherlands

Martin Garrix kicked off his career in a high-profile way, first landing on the dance charts with his 2012 remix of Christina Aguilera's "Your Body." Born Martijn Garritsen, the then-16-year-old DJ spent 2012 remixing Aguilera, signing with Spinnin' Records, and releasing the "BFAM" single in collaboration with Julian Jordan.

In 2013 he released his solo single "Animals," which hit #1 in the U.K. and reached the Top Ten in eight other countries.

James Hersey – Miss you

Austria

James Hersey is a multi-talented singer-songwriter from Vienna, who writes his own lyrics, plays multiple instruments, produces his own albums and even directs his own videos.

He delivers hook-driven indie pop confections with electro-pop ambitions. His hit “Miss You” reached more than 75 million streams on Spotify, hit #1 on the US Billboard Dance Club charts and received gold status in Italy.

Noep – Move

Estonia

NOËP is an electronic-pop act from Tallinn, who is signed to Sony Sweden.

The Estonian newcomer aka singer-producer Andres Kõpper, has already created quite a buzz around both his home country and on an international scale.

Boy – Little Numbers

Germany

Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass are the two women who form BOY. Making pop that goes beyond pop, because of their beautiful lyrics and music that is the beginning of anything you want.

Carnival Youth – Never Have Enough

Latvia

Carnival Youth is one of the most successful indie bands not only from Latvia, but also the Baltic region. Over time they've released two albums and both of which have been critically acclaimed and rewarded both in their home and abroad. They also received the European Border Breakers Award in 2016.

Talos – Your Love is an Island

Ireland

Talos is Eoin French, from Cork in Ireland. He makes patient, plaintive electronic pop music. He arrived in late 2014, with the mesmerising "Tethered Bones", the dreamy production proved a perfect platform for French’s powerful voice and rewarding words. His new album "Wild Alee" has been very well received.

Margaret – What You Do

Poland

With her courageous musical taste and fashionable attitude, Margaret first caught the public’s attention in 2013 with her single “Thank You Very Much”, and quickly became a Polish pop sensation.

She charted in several European countries, including Germany and Italy. In late February 2016, Margaret released the single “Cool Me Down” which is her biggest hit so far. Spring 2017 brings her new single “What to do”!

The Gift – Big Fish

Portugal

The Gift is an indie band with a sound that ranges from pop rock to electronica using elegant arrangements that include anything from strings to subtle analogue synthesizers.

Lukas Graham – 7 Years

Denmark

Danish band Lukas Graham stormed to success in 2015, when their single "7 Years" began receiving global attention.

With more than 650 million streams of that song on Spotify alone, the band have now released their "Blue Album" worldwide and are among the 200 most streamed artists in the world.

Tungevaag & Raaban – Beast (feat. Isac Elliot)

Finland

Teen sensation Isac Elliot has enjoyed extensive success throughout the Nordic region during his career so far, with his debut album "Wake Up World" reaching platinum status in his native Finland.

In 2016, he teamed up with Norwegian/Swedish production outfit Tungevaag & Raaban to release "Beast" a song which enjoyed success throughout Europe and has to date amassed more than 30 million streams.

Of Monsters & Men – Crystals

Iceland

Icelanders of Monsters & Men launched their debut album "My Head Is An Animal" in 2012, led by the success of their single "Little Talks", which to date has been streamed more than a quarter of a billion times.

Sold out US tours followed, and the outfit returned in 2015 to release their second acclaimed record, "Beneath The Skin".

First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining

Sweden

Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg are preparing to release their fourth studio album in 2017, having received worldwide acclaim for their previous releases, especially 2012's platinum selling "The Lion's Roar".

Since then, the sisters and their band have performed on TV shows, festival stages and beyond all around the world, making them one of Sweden's most sought after live acts.

Skepta – Shutdown

United Kingdom

A veteran of the U.K. grime scene, MC, producer, and record-label owner Skepta was influential in its shift from the underground to the pop charts, as well as its creative and commercial resurgence.

De Läb – De Stolze Bauer (feat. Yves Schmartz)

Luxembourg

De Läb is a Luxembourgish hip-hop collective, founded in 2006 by three young fellows from the Minett in the south of Luxembourg. Their lyrics are essentially synthesized in Luxembourgish and represent a blend of "New School" with the mentality from back in the days, always fresh, with a healthy sense of humor and never without a hint of irony.

"De Läb" has become an important part of the luxembourgish music-scene and is constantly surprising their audience.

Txarango – Una lluna a l’aigua

Spain

Txarango’s story has been one of success around Europe since the creation of the band in 2010. Its music has reggae at its core, combined with dub, Latin and pop sounds that reinforce the social and political engagement of its lyrics. In 2017 they publish their latest recording.

Mydy Rabycad – Blind

Czech Republic

Founded in 2012, Mydy Rabycad combines acoustic instruments with the powerful sound of electronic mixes and beats and jazzy vocals. The group has released two albums and performed over 300 concerts, including sets at Glastonbury, the Fusion Festival, Eurosonic and Jazz in Seoul.

The Czech group will be embarking on its first tour of US & Canada this summer, with shows planned across Europe as well.

Katerine Duska – Fire Away

Greece

Katerine Duska is a Greek-Canadian singer/songwriter currently residing in Athens. Her own musical style has been described as indie-pop meets neo-soul, due to her trademark soulful rasp.

Baustelle – La Guerra è Finita

Italy

Formed in the mid-'90s in the Tuscan town of Montepulciano, Baustelle have shaped a new kind of Italian pop music: one that is inspired by the orchestral scores of Morricone, but with a distinct influence of British bands such as Pulp and Divine Comedy.

Their music is characterized by a refined attention to lyrics and arrangements.

Leon Somov & Jazzu – Falling

Lithuania

The most popular, successful, award-winning band from Lithuania, playing electronica/pop/experimental music.

Petar Dundov – Brownian Interplay

Croatia

Petar Dundov is one of the most successful Croatian artists and producers who played all over the world. Although maybe the word “techno” doesn’t give enough detail about his style, it’s probably the nearest ballpark to whose principles his music adheres.

But it’s that sense of his tracks being alive, which gives his music its unique sound and has seen his work crossover into a myriad of different areas of the global electronic music scene.

Monsieur Doumani – Gongs

Cyprus

Nominated for 'Best Group' at Songlines Music Awards 2016, Monsieur Doumani was formed in 2011 in Nicosia by Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments).

They focus on rearranging Cypriot traditional songs adding their own particular color to the sound and feeling of the songs, while also composing their own songs in the Cypriot dialect.

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The Pink Elephant – Sunshine’s Brother

Latvia

The Pink Elephant is an up-and-coming rock band from Latvia, consisting of four incredibly talented young musicians. They combine classical rock sounds and modern arrangements for a perfect mix of psychedelic music that never fails to amaze the listeners.

Zeal & Ardor – Devil Is Fine

Switzerland

Basel-based Swiss-American multi-instrumentalist and singer Manuel Gagneux aka Zeal & Ardor combines the euphoric sound of African-American gospel with the blues of chain-gang songs and the dark wall of guitar that is death metal to devastating effect.

Say Yes Dog – A Friend

Luxembourg

Expect enticing electronic pop filled to the brim with clever hooks, funky bass lines and some melancholic touches. The trio likes to say their music is “straightforward and goes straight to the heart and legs”!

Say Yes Dog has played festivals like Primavera Sound, Melt!, Fusion, Sziget and many more…

Leyya – Zoo

Austria

The sound of Vienna-based experimental/electronic-pop formation Leyya, creates a foreign but familiar surrounding—spherical, floating but also violent and impulsive.

The experimental combination of melancholy and electronic beats, lets two different worlds collide.

First Breath After Coma – Salty Eyes

Portugal

Cheerful to melancholic post-rock from Portugal. First Breath After Coma have just delivered a stunning second album called "Drifter", that is much more than post-rock.

On "Drifter", a poetic dreamworld opens and songs go in an experimental, opera-like and, mostly, folky direction. Add some angelic community singing and indie folk bands like Fleet Foxes and Local Natives spring to mind.

Rusangano Family – Soul Food

Ireland

Rusangano Family is a musical trio based in Limerick city in Ireland, producing social-engaged music that mixes a global variety of cultures and traditions.

Kungs vs Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl

France

Young DJ and house producer Kungs began creating and uploading his own unofficial mixes in 2014. He has since made several professional remixes and performed as the opening act for David Guetta. His first single "This Girl" was a #1 hit in Belgium, France, Germany, and Scotland among others, amassing over 250 million streams on Spotify alone.

Transforming blues and soul songs into upbeat, danceable tracks, the French DJ released his debut album "Layers" in late 2016.

Zara Larsson – Lush Life

Sweden

Swedish singer Zara Larsson has been gathering more and more momentum in recent years, as singles such as "Lush Life" and "Never Forget You" have invaded charts in Sweden and beyond.

Her latest album "So Good" was released in 2017 and has placed Zara in the top 50 most streamed artists in the world on Spotify.

Brodka – Horses

Poland

Brodka, Warsaw-based singer-songwriter started her artistic mission with success in the Polish version of Pop Idol in 2004 at the age of 16.

While her first two albums made her a star at home, it was 2010’s double-platinum selling "Granda" that showed how deep her musical roots went. With "Clashes", her first English-language album, Brodka is taking flight.

Témé Tan – Ça Va Pas La Tête?

Belgium Wallonia

Belgian with Congolese roots, Tanguy Haesevoets tells intimate stories with an über-modern pop vibe, mixing soul, hip-hop and afro elements.

His upcoming album will be released by [PIAS] International.

Alma – Dye My Hair

Finland

Alma is the latest pop sensation to arrive from Finland, and is currently taking radio airwaves by storm not only in her native country, but also in the UK, Germany and throughout the Nordics.

Her debut EP was released in 2016, featuring the singles "Karma" and "Dye My Hair", which together have already amassed more than 50 million Spotify streams.

Warhaus – The Good Lie

Belgium Flanders

Warhaus is the artistic alter ego and solo recording project of Maarten Devolder, who (along with Jinte Deprez) fronts the urbanely soulful Belgian rock band Balthazar.

Maria Arnal & Marcel Bagés – A la Vida

Spain

Maria Arnal’s soulful voice combined with the sober dexterity of Marcel Bagés’ guitar make Iberian folk songs a revelatory life event. On their debut album, published in 2017, they mix popular tradition with a subtle embrace of electronics and the universal language of emotion.

Erki Pärnoja – Doors Dance

Estonia

Erki Pärnoja, well known for his work as guitarist in the Estonian art-pop group Ewert and The Two Dragons, now reveals a diverse and more alternative side of himself as a frontman and songwriter.

Ethereal grieving synthesizer sounds that blend with a distinctive cutting guitar sound, drowned in shimmering reverb - all this forms a musical genre which is best described as a cinematographic journey, a complex affair between dream-pop and groovy guitar rock from the 70s.

Roosevelt – Fever

Germany

Flirting with disco, chill wave, Ibiza house, yacht rock, 80s new wave, Roosevelt from Cologne has gained over a million monthly Spotify listeners. The German artist will perform at numerous prestigious festivals this summer.

Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe

Norway

Sigrid is one of the most hotly tipped artists emerging from Norway right now, having released the single "Don't Kill My Vibe" in early February 2017.

Acclaimed performances at multiple showcase festivals throughout the Nordic region have followed, as have two new singles from the rising star, whose debut EP was released in May.

Klangstof – Hostage

Netherlands

The dreamy alt-indie of Amsterdam-based group Klangstof is the product of Norwegian singer/songwriter and producer Koen van de Wardt.

His earliest inspiration was Radiohead's OK Computer, which he used to hone his instrument-playing skills.

Vök – Show Me

Iceland

Winners of the prestigious Músíktilraunir (music trials) talent competition in Iceland, Reykjavík's Vök have now released their debut album Figure.

The album was trailed by singles such as "Before" and "Waterfall" as the band toured Europe extensively, making them one of the most acclaimed live acts coming out of Iceland.

Anna Meredith – Nautilus

United Kingdom

Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music.

Her sound is frequently described as "uncategorisable" and "genre-defying" and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock - or as The Guardian said: "majestic bangers"...

Ghali – Pizza Kebab

Italy

Ghali is one of the best new emerging artists in Italy, a young Milanese rapper of Tunisian descent.

His music is diverse and fresh, his visual identity very curated and original: as a result, Ghali's videos have received an impressive number of views on YouTube in the last year.

Beissoul & Einius – Lion

Lithuania

Singer Beissoul (aka Artūras Žabas) and producer Einius Jarutis have come a long way since they emerged on Lithuanian pop scene in 2012.

Gigs in Berlin, London and Kiev, energetic festival performances wildly weird videos, a Best Electronic Act win at Lithuanian music awards M.A.M.A. in 2016 – in their home country, this duo are already bona fide pop stars, and it wouldn’t be wise to bet against them making a significant international breakthrough during the next couple of years.

Ponk – Goding

Czech Republic

Ponk, an innovative new trio from Moravia, Czech Republic came together in 2013. Their music reflects the rich folklore traditions of the region, giving traditional sounds exciting new life with their unconventional modern treatment.

The band was chosen to represent the Czech Republic at the Czech Music Crossroads in Summer 2016 and was the first band to sing in the Czech language at the prestigious festival and showcase WOMEX in 2017.

Chui – Chui is Here to Stay

Croatia

Chui are an upcoming young quartet from Croatia who have developed their own unique take on jazz.

Their potent blend of dance club rythms, jazz vocabulary, turbo-charged jazz/rock fusion and an uncompromising commitment to groove permeates their first album from start to finish and has them firmly entrenched as a mainstay on European music scene.

Chinah – Away From Me

Denmark

Copenhagen based trio Chinah have gained significant attention from blogs throughout the Nordics, the UK and US over the past 12 months.

The band shared two releases in quick succession, 2016's "Once The Lights Are On" and 2017's "Hints", and continue to be invited to perform on some of Europe's most prestigious stages, including Roskilde Festival, Iceland Airwaves and more.

Leon Of Athens – Aeroplane

Greece

Timoleon Veremis is a rising indie-pop star writing his own heroic tale creating "a brainy MGMT-style pop inspired by Bernardo Bertolucci" according to The Guardian.

Lefteris Moumtzis – Fantasy

Cyprus

Lefteris Moumtzis is a singer-songwriter from Cyprus. One of the most established musicians on the island, he has run his own record label, festivals and founded several bands in the last ten years.

He is also known for his work with bands like Trio Tekke and J.Kriste, Master of Disguise and most recently the band Sotires.

European Essentials

ABBA – Dancing Queen

Sweden

Approximately 500 million records sold and countless awards won, Swedish outfit ABBA remain one of the most influential pop acts of all time. Jump-starting their international career with a famous Eurovision win, the band went on to release eight studio albums, two live albums, seven compilation albums and more than seventy singles.

Their 1976 song "Dancing Queen" reached the top chart position in 18 countries and was recently named by The Guardian as "the best pop song ever".

Laid Back – Sunshine Reggae

Denmark

One of the best known songs to have emerged from Denmark, "Sunshine Reggae" first made an appearance in 1983 when Copenhagen duo Laid Back released it preceding their second album, Keep Smiling.

Topping the charts in 21 countries at the time, the song remains one of the most played Danish songs, ranked recently as the 5th highest earning Danish song on a global level, following the likes of international stars Lukas Graham and MØ.

Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas

Belgium Wallonia

Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following - initially in Belgium and France, later throughout the world.

He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson, and considered an inspiration to the likes of David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen.

Domenico Modugno – Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)

Italy

Domenico Modugno is the first Italian "cantautore" (songwriter) and the symbol of Italian music worldwide.

He is known for his 1958 international hit song "Nel blu dipinto di blu" which won the Festival di Sanremo, received two Grammy Awards and sold more than 22 million copies around the globe.

Hozier – Take Me To Church

Ireland

Andrew Hozier-Byrne (born 17 March 1990), known mononymously as Hozier, is an Irish musician and singer-songwriter from Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.

In 2013 he released his debut EP, featuring the hit single "Take Me to Church", and his second EP "From Eden" in 2014. His debut studio album, Hozier, was released in Ireland in September 2014 and globally in October 2014.

Sigur Rós – Hoppípolla

Iceland

One of Iceland's most iconic outfits, Sigur Rós continue to make internationally renowned music after more than 20 years as a band and seven studio album releases.

2017 sees Sigur Rós heading out on tour to bring new formations of their universally known tracks to stages around the world.

Imam Baildi – O Pasatebos

Greece

Imam Baildi is a very popular Greek group by Lysandros (drums, percussion) and Orestis (DJ, programming) Falireas blending the unique sound of rebetiko along with trip-hop, drum & bass and hip-hop influences.

Trad.Attack! – Imepuu

Estonia

Trad.Attack! invites you on an exciting journey to the mystical Estonian nature, traditions and people where the new and old collide and spark.

Trad.Attack! is fresh folk music from Estonia - friendly, passionate, powerful, dynamic, cheerful and true to the roots. Within three years they won 14 Estonian Music Awards and played in 29 countries.

Edith Piaf – La Vie en Rose

France

Born in 1915, Edith Piaf remains to this day the embodiment of the chanson française. Her hits “La vie en rose”, “L’hymne à l’amour” and “Non je ne regrette rien” earned her worldwide renown.

Suffering from health issues, the iconic French singer died in 1963, at only 47 years of age.

Sunrise Avenue – Hollywood Hills

Finland

Finnish rock outfit Sunrise Avenue released the single "Hollywood Hills" from the record Out of Style in 2011 to widespread acclaim. The track not only received huge radio support in their native Finland, but also in Germany, Sweden and far beyond.

The band continue to be one of Finland's most popular on an international level, frequently selling out stadium tours in Germany and cementing their success with the gold-selling 2013 album release Unholy Ground.

Falco – Rock Me Amadeus

Austria

Johann "Hans" Hölzel (19 February 1957 – 6 February 1998), better known by his stage name Falco, was an Austrian singer, songwriter and rapper.

"Rock Me Amadeus" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1986, making him the only artist whose principal language was German to score a vocal number-one hit in the United States.

Companyia Elèctrica Dharma – La Presó del Rei de França

Spain

With a career spanning over 40 years, Companyia Elèctrica Dharma is one of the most popular bands in the country, thanks to its mix of Catalan traditional music with jazz, rock and psychedelia. This highly attractive combination has been successful on international stages such as Rock in Rio.

Karel Gott – C’est La Vie

Czech Republic

Born in 1939 Karel Gott is a Czech singer. In the 1968 Eurovision contest, he represented Austria and won 13th place. He continued his international career, singing in English, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Slovak and Croatian. He remains one of the Czech Republic’s most popular artists.

Kraftwerk – The Robots

Germany

Without Kraftwerk, the world of music would be very different indeed. The "Beatles of electronic music", as they are sometimes called, have had a major impact on pop music. Whether synthpop, hip-hop, or Detroit techno – their influence is universal.

Jauns Mēness – Piekūns Skrien Debesīs

Latvia

Jauns Mēness was one of the most popular bands during the so called Singing Revolution in late 80s and 90s when Latvia regained its independence.

They blended Latvian folklore with their own material to a very youthful and uplifting effect. Also Jauns Mēness was the first Latvian bend to visit SXSW music conference in Austin, USA.

Serge Tonnar & Legotrip – Vollekslidd

Luxembourg

Serge Tonnar is one of the very few singer-songwriters in Luxembourg writing and singing in Lëtzebuergesch, the country's national language.

With his band Legotrip, he invents alternative touring concepts with great success.

Perfect – Autobiografia

Poland

Perfect is a Polish rock band founded in 1977 by drummer Wojciech Morawski, bass guitar player Zdzisław Zawadzki and lead guitar player Zbigniew Hołdys. They are one of the all-time most popular rock bands from/in Poland.

A-Ha – Take On Me

Norway

One of the best selling singles of all time, A-Ha's "Take On Me" is a classic slice of Norwegian pop, and a song that propelled the band to worldwide fame when it reached peak chart positions in more than 15 countries.

Equally as iconic as the song is the accompanying video, a sketched clip that became a worldwide hit on MTV and helped the band to climb to the top of the US charts, cementing the song's place in pop history.

Toots Thielemans – Bluesette

Belgium Flanders

Toots Thielemans (1922 - 2016), was a Belgian jazz musician mostly known for his harmonica playing and composing. He toured and recorded with musicians such as Oscar Peterson,

Bill Evans, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Werner, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Elis Regina and Paquito D'Rivera. In 2009 he was designated a Jazz Master by The National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor for a jazz musician in the United States.

Tomec & Grabber – Šijavica

Croatia

Dalmatian Dub is the album of downtempo/chillout music that mixes the sounds of traditional Croatian songs from Dalmatia region with contemporary electronic music, made by the famous Croatian choir "Klapa Šufit" and by artists Tomec-Grabber duo who are also working as a production team.

Antis – Pokstas

Lithuania

Antis is a Lithuanian postmodern rock band. It started as a joke in 1984 but soon Antis found itself at the front of pro-independence movement.

The band has recorded 6 studio albums, various live and greatest hits compilations and spinned the hits in four different decades.

Alkinoos Ioannidis – Agapisa Tin ‘pou Karkias

Cyprus

Alkinoos Ioannidis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and he has released 1 solo albums, most of which have gone gold or platinum. He has also composed for the theatre in France, Russia, Greece and Cyprus.

Over the last 20 years, he has given more than 1.700 concerts in Greece and Cyprus and 100 international concerts.

Golden Earring – Radar Love

Netherlands

Best known in the U.S. for their hard rock material, Golden Earring have been the most popular homegrown band in the Netherlands since the mid-'60s.

The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist George Kooymans and bassist/vocalist Rinus Gerritsen in 1961; several years and personnel shifts later, they had their first Dutch hit, "Please Go," and in 1968 hit the top of the Dutch charts for the first of many times with "Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong," a song that broadened their European appeal.

David Bowie – Lazarus

United Kingdom

Bowie is the man who elevated his music to what can only be described as an art form. Driven by an entirely deeper dynamic than most pop artists, David Bowie inhabits a very special world of extraordinary sounds and endless vision.

Rodrigo Leão – Movimento Harmónico Simples

Portugal

One of the most emblematic and awarded Portuguese composers; his enchanted way with a melody has earned him an Oscar nomination and an ASCAP award (American Society of composers, authors and publishers) for the score of The Butler by American film director Lee Daniels.

A founding member of the most international Portuguese pop group, Madredeus; a successful solo artist with impressive collaborations with Beth Gibbons, Neil Hannon, Ryuichi Sakamoto or Ludovico Einaudi.