September 17, 2020

6 Non-English That Became Global Hits Without Us Knowing The Meaning

Someone who said music has no boundary is certainly right. Some non-English songs not only rock chartbusters but also ruled all over the world. They became the biggest hits of all time. People from all over the world appreciated them without knowing what they actually meant. 

1. Despacito

Highest-grossing Spanish song of the year 2017. ‘Despacito’ has received various awards and nominations following its commercial success. It is the fusion between Latin and urban rhythms. The song became a sensation worldwide in 2017.

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2. Why This Kolaveri Di

This Tamil song was officially released on 16 November 2011 and instantly became viral on social networking sites for its quirky ‘Tanglish’ lyrics.

3. Waka Waka

This song by Shakira featuring the South African band Freshlyground became viral in 2010. It was the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. ‘Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)’ peaked at number one on record charts of numerous countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland.

4. Brasil La La La

Every 90s kid is familiar with this song. It was the party anthem. The song by Vengaboys got popular worldwide. Brasil Lalalalalala Lalalalala Brasil!!

5. Didi

The song is written and performed by Algerian artist Khaled, released in 1992. ‘Didi’ peaked at number nine in the French Singles Chart and remained on the ‘Top 50’ chart. Making it the first tune sung in Arabic to chart in France. It also topped the singles charts in Switzerland, Belgium,  Netherlands, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. And if you remember we also heard this song in Govinda starrer Bollywood film Hadh Kar Di Aapne.

6. Gangnam Style

A party is not a party without this Korean song. This is a song by South Korean musician Psy. The song was released on July 15, 2012. On December 21, 2012, ‘Gangnam Style’ became the first YouTube video to reach one billion views.

Which is your favorite non-English hit?

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