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Roxette were one of the biggest global pop acts of the '90s, selling over 75 million records around the world and dominating the charts with songs like "The Look," "Listen to Your Heart," "Joyride," and "It Must Have Been Love," all four of which hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Hailing from Halmstad, Sweden, Roxette are a duo featuring vocalist Marie Fredriksson and songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Per Gessle. Fredriksson and Gessle first met in the late '70s, when she was a member of the pop combo Strul & Ma Mas Barn and he played with Gyllene Tider, one of Sweden's biggest groups of the late '70s and early '80s. In 1981, after Fredriksson's group broke up, she joined Gyllene Tider as backing vocalist for a concert tour, and later worked with them in the studio in the same capacity. In 1984, Fredriksson released her first solo album, Het Vind (Hot Wind) and Gessle contributed a song for the sessions; the same year, Gyllene Tider recorded their only English-language album, The Heartland Café, and Gessle once again invited Fredriksson to contribute to the sessions. For the American release, Gyllene Tider's American label, Capitol Records, edited the 11-song album down to a six-track EP, and shortened the title to Heartland. Capitol also felt the name Gyllene Tider might not register with U.S. listeners, so the group adopted the name Roxette, taken from a song by British pub rock icons Dr. Feelgood. The Heartland Café proved to be Gyllene Tider's last album for a 20-year period, and Gessle decided it was finally time for him and Fredriksson to record a project together. As Roxette, they cut a single in 1986, "Neverending Love," which was a major hit in Sweden, and a number of songs Fredriksson and Gessle had earmarked for her third solo album became the basis of the first proper Roxette album, Pearls of Passion. In hopes of greater international success, Roxette wrote and recorded their material in English, but while Pearls of Passion was a hit at home, Capitol/EMI didn't bother to release the album in the United States. The same fate initially befell 1988's Look Sharp! until an American student studying in Sweden brought a copy of the album home to Minneapolis and persuaded a DJ at a local radio station to give "The Look" a spin. The song clicked with listeners, and soon Capitol rush-released Look Sharp! in the United States; both "The Look" and "It Must Have Been Love" went to number one on the singles charts, and the album went platinum, establishing Roxette in the States and kickstarting their career in Europe. Their next album, 1991's Joyride, also went platinum in America, and it was followed in 1992 by Tourism: Songs from Studios, Stages, Hotel Rooms and Other Strange Places, a collection of material recorded during the group's 1991 world tour. In 1994, Roxette released Crash! Boom! Bang!, which was successful in Sweden and Europe but failed to live up to the sales figures of their second and third albums in America. In 1996, Roxette went on hiatus after recording a Spanish-language album, as Gyllene Tider staged a reunion tour and Gessle released a solo album. Roxette returned to duty in 1999 with the album Have a Nice Day, and Room Service followed in 2001, with the duo making a high-profile appearance as part of the Eurovision Song Contest. However, in the fall of 2002, Roxette was forced to curtail their activities when Fredriksson was diagnosed with a brain tumor; over the next several years, she focused on her recovery and recorded solo material, while Gessle also pursued solo projects and staged another Gyllene Tider reunion. In 2008, Gessle surprised fans at a concert in Amsterdam when he brought out Fredriksson to sing several Roxette hits, and in 2009, the duo staged a comeback tour that sold out halls all across Europe and the Netherlands. With Fredriksson back in fighting shape, Roxette returned to the recording studio and 2011's Charm School was their first album of new material in ten years, and was followed by another successful world concert tour that stretched for two years. The lead single from the album -- "She's Got Nothing On (But the Radio)" -- hit the top of the European Airplay charts that January. 2012 saw the release of their ninth effort, entitled Travelling. It was originally going to be called Tourism 2, a direct sequel to their 1992 album, but EMI insisted on avoiding album titles with numbers. The album featured the lead single "It's Possible," and went on to enter the Top 10 album chart in four countries. 2016 would mark the duo's 30th year together, and a huge tour was planned for the occasion. After brief stints pursuing other projects -- Gessle once again reunited with his boy band and Fredriksson promoted her solo album Nu -- the RoXXXette 30th Anniversary tour kicked off in late 2014. It was scheduled to coincide with the release of their tenth studio album, 2016's Good Karma, but due to Fredriksson's recurring ill health, the tour had to be cut short in February 2016. ~ Mark Deming
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Albums by
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    Travelling The World Live at Caupolican, Santiago, Chile May 5, 2012

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    Charm School

    18 songs

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    Crash Boom Bang [Bonus Tracks]

    17 songs

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    Have a Nice Day [Bonus Tracks]

    15 songs

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    Room Service

    12 songs

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    Baladas en Español

    20 songs

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    Pearls of Passion [Bonus Tracks]

    13 songs

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    Look Sharp!

    3 songs

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    Reveal [Remix]

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    Good Karma

    27 songs

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    Charm School

    7 songs

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    Dance Passion - The Remix Album

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    Some Other Summer

    2 songs

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    The Look (2015 Remake)

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    It Must Have Been Love

    1 song

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    Reveal [Single Version]

    2 songs

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    She Doesn't Live Here Anymore

    4 songs

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    It Must Have Been Love

    30 songs

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    The 30 Biggest Hits XXX

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    Greatest Hits

    19 songs

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    The Pop Hits

    15 songs

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    The Pop Hits [EMI]

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    The Ballad Hits

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    Don't Bore Us - Get to the Chorus! Roxette's Greatest Hits

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Top Songs by
Roxette

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   It Must Have Been Love
  3.   The Look
  4.   Listen to Your Heart
  5.   Dangerous
  6.   Joyride
  7.   Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)
  8.   Wish I Could Fly - Single
  9.   Dressed for Success
  10.   Spending My Time
  11.   No One Makes It on Her Own
  12.   One Wish
  13.   Cry
  14.   Dangerous (G.M. Remaster '03)
  15.   Chances
  16.   Dance Away
  17.   Sleeping Single
  18.   The Centre of the Heart
  19.   Run to You (G.M. Remaster '03)
  20.   Paint
  21.   View from a Hill
  22.   Half a Woman, Half a Shadow
  23.   (I Could Never) Give You Up
  24.   Almost Unreal
  25.   Perfect Day
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