Top Popular Non-English Songs

Thanks to a more affordable and widespread internet, that connects every nook and corner of the earth we can have exposure to music produced in other regions. So here are the top popular non-English songs from around the world.

Music is a language of love. Like other human traits that are common, the expression of emotions and feelings via this form is common in every culture. That is why, whether we understand the language or not, we understand the feelings conveyed behind the lyrics and tunes.

This is why we have collected for you today a list of great music that crossed borders and spread to regions other than it was produced. These are especially non-English. Thanks to social media, we can now find exotic gems easily.

Ameno –Era

This was an obscure song from two decades ago, thanks to TikTok, we are aware of this gem. Coming from Era a French band, the lyrics translation attempt will tell you that obviously, it is not French.

With strange vibes associated with the composition and delivery, you might feel that it is some kind of religious track. But it is not, some people even call it an occult hymn, which it is not either.

The song is written in pseud-Latin and it was composed by the maker to evoke the feeling of calmness in the listener. For many people, it works perfectly, but for some, it pinches the part of the mind where conspiracy theories are stored.

Gangnam Style –Psy

How can we not remember when this K-pop and dance-pop number from Psy broke records one after other. With a catchy beat and an amusing dance, the music video played a great role in its success.

It went viral and became an icon at that time back in 2012. By the end of this year, it was reigning in the number one position in more than 30 countries. Later Gangnam Style became the most liked music video on YouTube and entered the Guinness Book of World Records that year.

It became the most-watched video of all time in 2021. Psy with this title brought the Korean Entertainment Industry a step further in its global recognition and it was really a turning event for the whole soft image of the country.

Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus – Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg

With whispers that can only raise amorous feelings, and slow music that makes the ambiance all romantic this song was a paradigm subverting for its era. The stir was so intense that it caused an international scandal in 1969 when released.

For its heavy breathing, it was deemed so inappropriate that even the Vatican asked for banning it. Thanks to the great marketing from this controversy, it made record sales across the regions.

So if you want to express feelings for your lover, here Gainsbourg carries out a fantastic job leaving a legacy to follow. Check out the track and you will be amazed by its delivery and notes.

Pata Pata – Miriam Mabekba

The fame of this Afro-pop song was taken to a whole level by the singer Miriam Mabeka. The most popular version was recorded and released in 1967. The title became a signature hit for the singer.

The term Pata Pata translates to “touch touch” in Xhosa language, one of the official languages in South Africa. The term also referred to a famous dance style with the same name in the city of Johannesburg.

The title reached no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. One more event that is memorable for the song is the fact that it was the last performed track by her before her final collapse on the stage.

La Bamba –Ritchie Valens and Los Lobos

A Mexican folk song reached a global stage with the Ritchie Valens adaptation in 1958. In the list of 500 great songs of all time, in Rolling Stones Magazine, it managed 345th position itself.

The lyrics of the track go like this, “to dance the Bamba, to dance the Bamba, one needs a bit of grace, a bit of grace for me, for you, now come on…” It talks about the Bamba dance where you need graceful movements of your body to impress others.

With unique music and lyrics of course totally exotic, this song is a must-listen for people who want to experiment with something different.

Conclusion

It is not possible for us to include every possible name in this list. So we have to conclude the list of top popular non-English songs with these five titles. If you think there is some other track that we must include in this list, do comment below and let us know.