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Joakim Berg

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Joakim Berg
Berg in 2008
Berg in 2008
Background information
Birth nameHerbert Joakim Berg
Also known asJocke Berg
Born (1970-03-16) 16 March 1970 (age 54)
GenresRock, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar
Years active1995–present

Herbert Joakim "Jocke" Berg (born 16 March 1970 in Eskilstuna, Sweden) is a Swedish singer, songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of Swedish rock band Kent.

According to Berg, he tends to write lyrics in Swedish because he wants to avoid the use of cliché-ridden English lyrics, which often happens when Swedish artists sing in English.[1] Kent's lyrics contributed to their development from indie band to broad mass appeal, as Swedish-language songs are preferred among the slightly older population that Kent has attracted, according to an academic who has studied the band in their sociological and national context.[1]


Berg was born and grew up in Eskilstuna. He moved to Stockholm in 1993 after the founding of Kent, and has lived there since. Berg was the main songwriter, lead singer and rhythm guitarist in the band, which officially disbanded on 17 December 2016, according to the band's official web site.[2] He is the older brother of director Adam Berg, who has directed several of Kent's music videos.

Artistic collaboration and side projects[edit]

Berg has written songs for Titiyo (most notably "Come Along", the third-most-played song by Swedish songwriters on Swedish radio during 2000–09[3]), Lisa Miskovsky and Freddie Wadling. Besides his role in Kent, he also had a side project called Paus with The Cardigans guitarist Peter Svensson. Paus released a self-titled album in 1998. In 2012, Petra Marklund (internationally known as September) released a Swedish-language record in Sweden; Berg wrote the songs Händerna mot himlen and Sanningen, The record reached the Swedish Top 10 immediately after release. Marklund has periodically taken the stage with Kent at concerts on the song Svart Snö. In 2015, Joakim Berg collaborated with Avicii in the song "I'll Be Gone", and debuted on Tiësto's Club Life podcast, and was the first track on December's installment of Avicii's LE7ELS podcast.


As a member of Kent, Berg has received 20 Swedish Grammy Awards. The Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet has awarded Kent with 11 Rockbjörnen awards. In 2003, The Swedish Music Publishers Association awarded Berg for the songwriter/composer of the Year.[4] In 2014 H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden awarded Joakim Berg the H.M. The King's Medal 8th size with a bright blue ribbon for his outstanding contributions to Swedish popular music.[5]



Dead People[edit]

  • We Love (2022)


Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Barn av vår tid" 2022 21 Jag fortsätter glömma
"Begravningsbål" 29
"Aniara" 20
"Låtsasvärlden" 38
"Legender" 35
"Ingenmansland" 48
"Var vi kom ifrån" 54
"Då var allt" 62
"4" 71
"Mer än ingenting" 80
"Rubicon" 86
(with Maria Jane Smith)
Non-album single

Side projects[edit]


  1. ^ a b Johansson, Ola (2013). "Kent's Sweden, or what a rock band can tell us about a nation". Fennia: 40–57. doi:10.11143/7337.
  2. ^ "Kent Official Home Page".
  3. ^ "00-talets största radiohits" (in Swedish). STIM. 22 December 2009. Archived from the original on 8 March 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2010.
  4. ^ "Startsidan". 3 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Medal presentations - Sveriges Kungahus". Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  6. ^ Brev från Joakim Berg
  7. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 22". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 3 June 2022.
  8. ^ "Veckolista Singlar, vecka 4". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 28 January 2023.
  9. ^ Jocke Berg byter Kent mot Disney-film
  10. ^ Erik Hassle - Mariefred sessions
  11. ^ Jeg er en sær faen
  12. ^ September och Jocke Berg gör album ihop
  13. ^ Smith & Thell – Hotel WallsDiscogs.
  15. ^ "Eva Dahlgren i samarbete med Jocke Berg – avslöjar framtida planer". Archived from the original on 25 September 2021. Retrieved 25 September 2021.
  16. ^ Joakim Berg gästar Miriam Bryant-låt
  17. ^ Jocke Berg medverkar på nya Ghost-albumet
  18. ^ Lars Winnerbäck gör platta med Kent-profilerna Joakim Berg och Martin Sköld

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