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Pop & Rock in Switzerland – From the Beginnings until 1985 (5)

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Pop music for Switzerland

Pop music is an all-encompassing term for popular music and includes rock’n’roll, folk songs and Alp reggae. But pop can also stand for the classic song style built around a catchy melody. The most popular of these songs made it into the hit parade which has “officially” existed in Switzerland since 1968.

Swiss classics

Which song can be described as the classic Swiss pop song? The answer can range from Hazy Osterwald‘s “Kriminal Tango” to a song in French by Stephan Eicher. During the time span covered by this collection there were a number of indisputable hits such as “The Captain Of her Heart” by Double or Phil Carmen‘s “On my way to L.A.”, or “Heavenly Club” by Les Sauterelles. Since the introduction of pop radio in Switzerland, Swiss songs have had a somewhat easier time reaching broad audiences.

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