Björn Skifs in the exclusive 100 million club

By on June 16, 2017

The Megahite “Hooked on a Feeling” with Björn Skifs & Blåblus (who called abroad as Blue Swede) is now one of just a handful of Warner’s major catalogs that have been streamed over 100 million times on Spotify. In total, it is about four songs recorded before 1980. The others are “Hotel California” (The Eagles), “Stairway to Heaven” (Led Zeppelin) and “Go Your Own Way” (Fleetwood Mac).

“Hooked on A Feeling” has since its release in 1973 been through a shattering trip. In April 1974 it reached the Billboard List first place and 40 years later it was again in the first place, as an introduction track on Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1. The last mentioned immediately became number one on Billboard’s soundtrack list when released in 2014 and have spent 149 weeks on the list and are still number four.

Skif’s version of “Hooked on a Feeling” has been used in numerous TV shows and films, including Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” breakthrough movie, and has become a song that is often referred to in popular culture.

– That Skifs is part of the same gang as Led Zeppelin, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac feels – mildly expressed – vertiginous, comments Bengt Palmers, who produced Skif’s version of the song.

– To be mentioned in the same breath as those artists, I could never have dreamed of, even less belonging to the same club, says an astonished but proud Björn Skifs. I have probably never found myself in a better company.

“Hooked on a Feeling” is written by Mark James, who is also behind Elvis classic as “Suspicious Minds” and “Always on my Mind” and was originally recorded by B.J. Thomas.

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