Preface: Sorry for the weird formatting of the list, I have tried fixing it multiple times and it won’t change.
Since I am taking an international perspectives class this semester (it’s a university requirement) I have learned just how very rare it is for someone to have left their home town let alone the country. Most of my classmates have lived in the same state their whole life. They live a half hour away from all their family. They go to the same restaurants, movies, theatres. Most of my classmates have never seen a real geisha, or an aboriginal didgeridoo, or an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock. They’ve never seen Hiroshima or the concentration camps. They are unfortunately blinded by their inability to travel.
Living the life of a military brat has left me very fortunate. Although, I didn’t necessarily enjoy the moving around all the time, leaving friends, and starting at new schools, I was INCREDIBLY lucky to have lived in multiple countries and visit more places than I could count. Travelling let me experience new cultures and languages. I learned about international perspectives and I made friends from entirely different backgrounds than I had. And one of the biggest thing I gained was a love for music of all different languages. (My favorites have to be Portuguese, Swahili, and Gaelic!)
So, I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite songs and second favorite songs from all different languages. Some have a little bit of English in them; however, I tried to choose songs that were solely of the language. I am excited to see what you all think! Anyways, I hope you likee the music as much as I do! Let me know any of your favorites songs of different languages!
Portuguese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcm55lU9knw Ai Se Eu Tu Pego by Michel Teló
Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyhPL2Q_Bog Aquarela do Brasil by Francisco Alves
German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6YS8XRAXmI Neunundneunzig Luftballoons by Nena
Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f78Cxsrhjs Du Hast by Rammstein
Italian/Neopolitan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-3a9h7r3C0 Con Te Partiro by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman
Honorable mention(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6KN5DpQS8U Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano (Original) by Renato Carosone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E9Ed9DUQoQ We No Speak Americano (Samples Tu Vuò Fa’ L’Americano) by Yolanda Be Cool and DCup
Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8t4Xkf_1KE Quizàs, Quizàs, Quizàs by Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez
Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v13JAf6Oohc Oye Como Va by Santana
Swahili: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfA2rflCIUk Jambo Bwana by Moi University Choir
Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJ7kUTInzWQ O Sifuni Mungu by First Call (even if you aren’t religious, this song is still really awesome just for the music alone)
Japanese: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBjriKQDRjE Sakura by Ikimono Gakari
Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPGNqwT2N_Y Sakura by Keiko Imamura (traditional Japanese song)
Scottish Gaelic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDdi6bn06bo Unknown Title by Julie Fowlis
Honorable mention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MzetQfKwbE Blackbird (Lon-dubh) by Julie Fowlis (Yes, this was originally written by the Beatles in English, but I love this version!)