Herreys' victory in the previous year, Sweden were the hosts of the . The venue chosen for the show was the country's second city, Eurovision Song Contest 1985 Gothenburg.
In order to save money for the staging of the Eurovision Song Contest itself, the competition to select Sweden's national entry,
Melodifestivalen, was a low-budget version in 1985.
Of the ten entries, five went through to a second round, which was won by the song "
Bra vibrationer", written by Lasse Holm and Ingela "Pling" Forsman and sung by Kikki Danielsson. Kikki had already represented Sweden three years earlier, as part of the pop group Chips. The other half, Elisabeth Andreassen, went to win for Norway, alongside the group Bobbysocks.
For the final, in which Sweden performed in 16th position, or fourth from last, the song's title was translated into
Good Vibrations. It did very well in the voting and came third with 103 points, 20 points behind the winner.