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15 American Pop Hits That Aren't in English

Posted by Eric Brightwell, February 23, 2015 10:00pm | Post a Comment
In the United States there is no official language and in roughly 18% of American homes, one of hundreds of languages other than English is primarily spoken -- all of which, unless they're indigenousshould be considered "foreign languages." In Los Angeles, everyday you can hear pop songs on the radio in Cantonese, English, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Vietnamese and although I often find that pop music is better when the lyrics are unintelligible, only a handful of pop songs in a language other than English have made the journey onto the pop charts -- here are fifteen (or so).


Harry Choates - Jole Blon



Harry Choates's "Jole Blon" (1946, French


Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)"



Domenico Modugno's "Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare)" (1958, Italian


Ritchie Valens




Ritchie Valens's “La Bamba” (1959, Spanish)


上を向いて歩こう



Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" -- originally  "上を向いて歩こう" or "I Look Up as I Walk" (1961, Japanese)






Soeur Sourire's "Dominique" (1963, French) 


Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin



Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's “Je T’Aime … Moi Non Plus” (1969, French)


Mocedades's “Eres Tu"



Mocedades
“Eres Tu” (1973, Spanish)


Plastic Bertrand's “Ça Plane Pour Moi”



Plastic Bertrand's “Ça Plane Pour Moi” (1977, French) 


Nena's "99 Luftballons"



Nena's "99 Luftballons" (1984, German


Falco Rock Me Amadeus



Falco's "Rock Me Amadeus" (1987, German) 


Los Lobos - La Bamba



Los Lobos' "La Bamba" (1987, Spanish)


Enigma Sadeness



Enigma's "Sadeness (Part I)" (1991, Latin and French) 


Deep Forest Sweet Lullaby



Deep Forest
's "Sweet Lullaby" (1992, Baeggu)


Los Del Rio's "Macarena



Los Del Rio's "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" (1996, Spanish) 


Shakira LA Tortura

 

Shakira with Alejandro Sanz's “La Tortura” (2005, Spanish)


Psy Gangnam Style

 

Psy's "Gangnam Style" (2012, Korean)
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