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[[caption-width-right:250:Once an [[TheEighties 80's]] duo, always an [[TheEighties 80's]] duo.]]
->''Their style is so adorably dinky, with rinky-tink rhythms, toy power chords, and teensy vocals, that you practically want to pet it. And the affection, apparently, is mutual.''
--> ''Entertainment Weekly'' review

Roxette is a Swedish soft rock duo consisting of Per Gessle (guitars, vocals, main songwriter) and Marie Fredriksson (lead vocals). They are the second most successful pop group to come out of Sweden, and considering [[Music/{{ABBA}} who's first]], that's no mean feat. Their height of popularity was from the late [[TheEighties 80's]] into the mid [[TheNineties 90's]], mainly because that's when their [[TheUnitedStates U.S.]] popularity faded and they went their separate ways. After a difficult period in the late [[TurnOfTheMillennium noughties]] when Marie struggled with cancer, they announced their reunion and began a European comeback tour.

Already successful in their homeland, their international breakout came when the song "It Must Have Been Love" was included on the soundtrack of the film ''Film/PrettyWoman'' and the highly successful single "The Look" was introduced on American radio by a [=DJ=] who bought the record while on holiday in Sweden. The duo subsequently gained nineteen UK Top 40 hits, and four US number one singles. They continue to be popular in Europe and South America, whereas they'll always be remembered in the U.S. as being strictly an 80's band.


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* ''Pearls of Passion'' (1986)
* ''Look Sharp!'' (1988)
* ''Joyride'' (1991)
* ''Tourism'' (1992)
* ''Crash! Boom! Bang!'' (1994)
* ''Have a Nice Day'' (1999)
* ''Room Service'' (2001)
* ''Charm School'' (2011)
* ''Travelling'' (2012)

!!Roxette provides examples of:
* AlbumTitleDrop: ''Look Sharp!'' is a cutaway vocal line by Per just before the guitar solo on "Dressed for Success" on the album. ''Joyride'' and ''Crash! Boom! Bang!'' are named after songs on the albums themselves.
* AwardBaitSong: "It Must Have Been Love", which also counts as a BreakawayPopHit.
* BoxedSet: The [[JustForPun Rox Box]], issued in 2006 as a 20th anniversary celebration.
* BreakawayPopHit: The aforementioned [[Film/PrettyWoman "It Must Have Been Love"]]. To a lesser extent, [[Film/SuperMarioBros "Almost Unreal"]], though [[OldShame they're less than proud of it]].
* CoverVersion: ''[[Music/NeilYoung Heart Of Gold]]'', ''[[Music/ArethaFranklin I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)]]'' and ''[[Music/TheByrds So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star]]'' appeared in their "MTV Unplugged" set. ''[[Music/TheBeatles Help!]]'' - recorded at Abbey Road! - was a BSide to ''You Don't Understand Me''.
* {{Determinator}} - PluckyGirl: Marie can no longer read or count, is blind in one eye and has some loss of movement in her right side - this has not stopped her peforming a full world tour with the band.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: One of their best known ones acknowledged the EarWorm qualities of their songs with the title, ''Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus!''
* IntercourseWithYou: While rare compared to the songs about love and general happiness that make up the majority of the band's oeuvre, there are some examples of this too, "Sleeping In My Car" probably being the most obvious.
* {{MacGyvering}}: "Here Comes The Weekend" uses a suitcase for percussion - there were no drums available, as the song was recorded in a hotel room.
* NeverTrustATitle: "Crash! Boom! Bang!" is actually a slow ballad.
* NewSoundAlbum: "Have a Nice Day" veered into this territory, the uptempo songs in particular featuring a lot more electronic instrumentation than the fans were accustomed to.
* NonIndicativeName: The title track of the album "Crash! Boom! Bang!" is a ballad. Not even one of Roxette's signature power ballads (see below), but an honest-to-goodness ballad, in 3/4 time and with violins.
* PowerBallad: A staple of the band's oeuvre. "Listen To Your Heart" is a pretty well known example. Per Gessle has explained that it was intended to be a homage to the [[ArenaRock FM radio tunes]] that were big in America during the eighties.
* RearrangeTheSong: "It Must Have Been Love" came back in a country-tinged remake for the "Tourism" album. "Travelling" features both guitar-heavy and synth-heavy mixes of "It's Possible", [[SarcasmMode creatively]] labeled "Version 1" and "Version 2".
* RevivalByCommercialization: "The Look", after its reappearance in RockBand.
* SingerNameDrop: Done in "Joyride".
* UnpluggedVersion: The MTV Unplugged appearance, eventually released as a DVD.
* VocalTagTeam
* WordSaladLyrics: More than a few times. All Music Guide actually praised Gessle's solo album for having Swedish lyrics - all the easier to ignore this little trait.
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