The Seven Norwegian Bands You Should Know (Other Than Ylvis)

The viral video hit "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say)" by Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis has exploded on Youtube, earning 151 million views as of October 23rd. The success of this Norwegian duo calls for an audit of Norwegian bands.

Norwegian music is likely influenced by the country's sparse population (42.5 people per square mile -- DFW has 280 people per square mile), natural surroundings and cold climate. Norwegian musicians are not as savvy as Swedish artists like Robyn and In Flames, but in general less full of themselves than Icelandic artists like Björk and Jónsi. Here are a few Norwegian bands that warrant some attention alongside their animal-costume-wearing countrymen.