Last weekend’s playlist brought together the newest releases from a broad selection of current Icelandic artists. This week, the Guide to Iceland Now team put our heads together to remember some of our favourite songs from a well-spent youth. The result? A very eclectic mix of music from the early 2000s.

You will recognise some big names in there such as Björk and Sigur Rós, but you will also encounter plenty of artists that you will not have heard of… unless, perhaps, you were in Iceland at the time.

One band you might have heard of is the widely successful hardcore rock outfit, Mínus, who in 2003 released their killer album, ‘Halldór Laxness’ and opened for Muse in concert. GusGus have also enjoyed international acclaim, and their club classic ‘David’ features early on in the playlist.

There are a couple of softies by Ragga Gröndal and Icelandic boyband ‘Í Svörtum Fötum’ and a catchy reggae track from Hjálmar’s first album which launched their still blossoming career to new and uncharted heights.

Favourites include the funky electronic outfit, Bloodgroup, Icelandic queer icon, Páll Óskar and electro pop-rock act, Trabant, who open the playlist with their insanely catchy ‘Nasty Boy’.

On the sillier side, we have Dr Mister, Mr Handsome and Silvía Nótt’s satirical anthem ‘Til Hamingju Ísland’, which she took to Eurovision in 2006, causing international controversy with her tongue-in-cheek antics.

We’ve had a blast putting this together, and we hope you have just as much fun listening to it. One thing we do know is that it’s undoubtedly an excellent soundtrack for getting ready to go out this weekend! Have a good one!

Did you know that Iceland has its very own Rock ‘n’ Roll Museum? It happens to be very close to Keflavík International Airport, so why not pay a visit on your way to or from the airport! Book your admission here.