What are they saying? My 5 Favorite Non-English songs

While living and traveling in Europe I heard a variety of music everywhere I went.  I found myself dancing around to songs I could not understand and they quickly became some of my favorites.  Below are my 5 favorite songs that are not in English.

5. Nobody-Wonder Girls

If you are familiar with K-Pop you have probably heard of the Wonder Girls.  Their music has a vintage feel which they play on in this music video.  They opened for the Jonas Brothers back in 2009 performing the English version of Nobody.  The Korean version does have a few English phrases sprinkled throughout so you won’t be completely in the dark.

4. Tacata-Tacabro

Tacabro is an Italian DJ duo made of Mario Romano and Salvatore “Salvo” Sapienza.  This song is their Spring 2012 single featuring Cuban artist Martínez Rodríguez on vocals.  I have no idea what this song is about and I do not care.  Tacata is apparently some sort of dance and the music video is a bit of a twerking how to guide.  The steps are easy so I suggest trying it when no one is looking.

3. Papaoutai- Stromae

You may have heard of the Belgian singer’s 2010 song Alors On Danse and mistakenly thought it was a Kanye West banger.  Kanye is featured on the remix but the original is just as amazing or more amazing if you don’t like Kanye.  Papaoutai is Stromae’s lead single from his 2013 album and despite its upbeat tempo it deals with a serious situation.  The song’s title is a play on Papa où t’es meaning “dad where are you?”.  Stromae’s father was killed in the Rwandan Genocide in 1994 and the video shows a young boy longing to interact with his father.

2. Danza Kuduro- Don Omar

I call this song “Oi Oi Oi” and I’m not the only one.  My Spanish is not the greatest and my Portuguese is non-existent so this  is the only phrase that I can make out in the entire song.  But just because I don’t understand the words doesn’t mean I can’t love the song.  There are multiple remixes featuring artists such as  Shakira, Akon, Daddy Yankee, and Pitbull.  If you really want to know what the song is about you can listen to the Akon remix with verses in English.

1.Ai Se Eu Te Pego-Michel Telo

Completely in Portuguese and absolutely wonderful Michel describes a party where he sees a beautiful someone who he wants to get to know.  The song is smooth, catchy, and reminds me of a relaxing beach vacation.  There is an English version of this song which is a pale comparison to the original.  There is also a remix featuring Pitbull which is in English and Portuguese.


What are some of your favorite Non English songs? Leave a comment so I can check them out!

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