There is nothing more satisfying than witnessing the rise to stardom of a young person, especially when that individual comes from humble beginnings. Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Maria Larsson occupies that space on the pedestal that few are privileged to stand atop. It’s not easy to rise to the top ranks of the music industry with only your voice and lyrics, but Zara has managed to do this in all three categories. Such is made abundantly clear by the ten songs on this list.
10. All the Time
All the Time is a song about trying to establish and maintain equilibrium in the face of conflict and pressure. The first verse delves into the difficulty of always living up to the expectations placed upon you by those who know you, while the second focuses on doing one’s best to make it clear to those who may not know you as well that such things do not define you. The album Poster Girl was released in 2021 following Zara’s All the Time performance at Stockholm Pride, held in 2020. The song was a highlight of her setlist, and it left fans wanting more.
9. Tinie Tempah – Girls Like ft. Zara Larsson
Girls Like is a song by British rapper Tinie Tempah featuring vocals from Swedish singer and songwriter Zara Larsson. It was released as a digital download on January 28, 2016, as the first single from Tempah’s third studio album, Youth (2016). Tinie Tempah and Zara Larsson wrote the song. It peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart and 20 on the Irish Singles Chart. The song also reached number one in Slovakia and Israel and the top 10 in Australia, Denmark, and Romania.
8. Bad Boys
Bad Boys is a song by Swedish singer Zara Larsson from her debut extended play, Introducing (2014). The song was released as a digital download on June 24, 2014. It peaked at number 7 in the UK and charted in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, and New Zealand. The song was written by Marcus Sepehrmanesh, Toni Lyrics, Chris Brown, and Bilal Hajji, while Marcus Sepehrmanesh and Sarom handled production. The song was a part of the original soundtrack to the 2014 American comedy film Let’s Be Cops.
7. Ruin My Life
Ruin My Life is a song by Swedish singer Zara Larsson from her second studio album, So Good (2017). It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and its producers Ilya and Martin Terebinsky. The song was released as the album’s fourth single on March 23, 2018. It peaked at number 65 on the UK Singles Chart and 42 on the Irish Singles Chart.
6. This One’s For You
This One’s For You is a song by the Swedish singer Zara Larsson from her second studio album, So Good (2017). It was released as the album’s third single on July 24, 2016. The song features guest vocals from American singer-songwriter David Guetta, while production was handled by Guetta, Giorgio Tuinfort, and R3hab. The song was a part of the original soundtrack to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and reached number 1 in Sweden, Norway, and Israel.
5. Ain’t My Fault
Ain’t My Fault is a song by Swedish singer Zara Larsson from her second studio album, So Good (2017). The song was released as the album’s second single on September 30, 2016. The track was written by Laleh Pourkarim, Mårten Eriksson, Jakob Hazell, Zara Larsson and Robin Fredriksson. Production was handled by Mårten Eriksson, Jakob Hazell, Robin Fredriksson and Mattias Bylund. The song peaked at number 3 in Sweden and was certified platinum. It also reached number 5 in Norway and number 10 in Finland.
Uncover is a song by the Swedish singer Zara Larsson from her debut extended play, Introducing (2014). The song was released as a digital download on August 28, 2013. It peaked at number 1 in Sweden and charted in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, and New Zealand. Uncover was written by Marcus Sepehrmanesh, Toni Lyrics, Zara Larsson, and Savan Kotecha. It was a part of the original soundtrack to the 2014 American comedy film Let’s Be Cops.
3. Never Forget You
Zara Maria Larsson (born December 16, 1997) is a Swedish singer. At the age of ten, she achieved national fame in Sweden for winning the 2008 season of the talent show Talang, the Swedish version of Got Talent. Larsson released her debut EP album, Introducing, in January 2013 and a second EP album called My Acoustic Diary in June 2013. In January 2015, she released a single called “Uncover,” followed by a studio album called one, released on February 19, 2015.
Symphony is a song by British electronic group Clean Bandit and Swedish singer Zara Larsson. It was released on January 31, 2018, as the third single from their upcoming second studio album, What Is Love? (2018). The song has peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. Clean Bandit is an English electronic group founded in Cambridge, consisting of Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto, and Milan Neil Amin-Smith. They are known for their 2014 single “Rather Be,” featuring Jess Glynne, which reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. Larsson is a Swedish singer who gained international prominence with her debut single “Uncover” and her subsequent album So Good.
1. Lush Life
Lush Life is a song by Swedish singer Zara Larsson. The song was released in Sweden on December 6, 2014, as the second single from her debut studio album, 1 (2015). As of June 2018, “Lush Life” has sold over 7 million copies worldwide. At 17, Larsson signed with Sony Music Sweden and RCA Records to release her debut studio album 1. The album’s third single, “Lush Life,” was released on December 4, 2014, and became an international commercial success, peaking atop the charts in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland and reaching number 2 in Sweden and number 5 in Norway. It also charted within the top ten of Australia, Denmark, Finland, and the United Kingdom. Larsson was one of ten international artists featured on “This One’s for You” from David Guetta’s 2014 studio album Listen (2014). It was released as a single.
All songs listed above are undoubtedly some of the best Zara Larsson songs. She is a Swedish singer who gained international prominence with her debut single “Uncover” and her subsequent album So Good. She was nominated for the BBC Music Sound of… award in 2016 and 2017. She was placed number 3 on “The 25 Best Swedish Pop Acts Right Now” list by Time Out Stockholm in 2015 and listed as one of the 10 New Artists to Watch in January 2016.