The Cardigans are a Swedish pop band who have released 6 studio albums which in total have sold about 10 million copies worldwide.
Their debut album Emmerdale in 1994, gave them a solid base in their home country and enjoyed some success abroad, especially in Japan. It was not until their second album Life in 1995 that an international reputation was secured. In 1996, their popularity rose when their single "Lovefool", from the album First Band on the Moon, was included in the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Other hit singles include "Erase/Rewind" and "My Favourite Game" from the album Gran Turismo (1998).
"Lovefool" was shown on MTV in the late 1990s as a music video with clips from the 1996 hit film Romeo + Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. It also featured in the film Cruel Intentions (1999). In 1997, the band played themselves on the graduation episode of Beverly Hills, 90210. 1998's Gran Turismo was followed by a long hiatus during which the band members pursued solo side projects. The same year they also released a compilation album of rare B-sides, The Other Side of the Moon as a Japan-only release. The video of the song "My Favourite Game" was censored by MTV for showing reckless driving. Despite this, it went on to become their second global hit song. "My Favourite Game" was featured on the soundtrack of the PlayStation video game Gran Turismo 2 in the intro movie on CD1. That year also saw their song "Deuce" appearing on The X-Files: The Album.
After working non-stop for 6 years the band decided to take a break. The Cardigans returned in 2003 with Long Gone Before Daylight, a collection of songs mainly written by Persson and Svensson. Long Gone Before Daylight became one of the best selling albums in Sweden in 2003. The album differs from the band's earlier works. Their familiar "happy" pop sound takes on a change to pop songs with more of an American country music influence. In the summer of 2004, The Cardigans toured with Liz Phair, Katy Rose and Charlotte Martin on the Chicks With Attitude tour.
On 28 April 2005 the band's iTunes Originals album was released through iTunes. On 19 October 2005 the band released their sixth album Super Extra Gravity and went straight to the #1 spot on the Swedish album chart and was certified gold .
Currently, the band is having another break from recording and touring and a best of compilation album was released in January 2008.