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July 25, 2012 11:47 AM   Subscribe

Around-the-World Party Playlist! I'm having an around the world potluck/costume/birthday party soon, and I'm looking for songs that support this theme.

There are some previous questions that touch on this subject, but from what I can see/search, they are need of a 2012 update. I've got non-English music in my library, but not enough for a whole evening of celebratory (perhaps even slightly rowdy-ish) fun.

The countries currently being represented at the party currently include Switzerland, France, Lebanon, India, Italy, Japan, Thailand, and Mexico, but that needn't limit the recommendations. I'm just looking for great party music. Extra points for 1)Being dance-able, and 2)Available in the US, preferably in digital format.
posted by Kronur to Media & Arts (20 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Daft Punk - Around The World
posted by hooray at 11:51 AM on July 25, 2012

You have "Around the World" by Daft Punk on there, right?
posted by jph at 11:52 AM on July 25, 2012

Pitbull's International Love?
(lyrics here - Lebanon gets a shoutout!)
posted by jabes at 12:02 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: There are some neat artists from Mexico. I like Luis Miguel, he does a pretty cool version of the 4 Tops, "I'll Be There" called "Es Mejor" He's also got "Cuando Calienta el Sol" It's an old song, but he really rocks it out. Very summery.

I also like Shakira, you can do a mix of Whereever, Whenever, both in English and Spainish. Shake that booty!

For India, I recommend some of the songs from Bride and Prejudice, especially "No Life, Without Wife" it's a total hoot and infectiously fun.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 12:16 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: Peter Schilling - Major Tom (German)

Jean Laloup - I Lost My Baby (Quebecois)

For something a little lower key, I love Kaze Wo Atsumete - Happy End (Japanese)

For something a little stranger (conceptually-speaking), but still fun, you could play an Italian song that features lyrics of what English sounds like to non-English speakers
posted by fso at 12:23 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: Of my embarrassingly large collection of Danish pop music, I'll suggest Hej Matematik 'Party i Provinsen'. The lyrics are exactly as meaningless as any American pop song, except in Scandinavia parties happen in the woods with somewhat greater frequency.
posted by cobaltnine at 12:25 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: If the idea is that you want dance music from other countries, as opposed to just songs which name-check the international concept, here are some of my choices:

Côte d'Ivoire: Douk-Saga - Héros national bouche-bée
Egypt: Mohamed Mounir - Gold Collection
Ethiopia: Ethiopiques Vol. 8: Swinging Addis
France: Alan Braxe and Friends - The Upper Cuts
India: The Rough Guide to Bhangra
Mali: Abdoulaye Diabate & Koutiala Orchestra - Samory
Nigeria: Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76
Senegal - Kiné Lam
Sierra Leone - Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars - Radio Salone

That's all I have time for now, but also check out Afropop Worldwide's Spring Dance Party 2012.
posted by mykescipark at 12:36 PM on July 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Korea: Gangnam Style (from yesterday's FPP and still stuck in my head)
posted by snorkmaiden at 1:03 PM on July 25, 2012

My 'around the world' theme song was "Roam" by the B-52s.
posted by Rash at 1:22 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: Aotearoa by Minuit for your NZ fix (should be available in Amazon and iTunes, hopefully worldwide although who knows with these things?).
posted by shelleycat at 1:33 PM on July 25, 2012

I'd vote for Trucker's Atlas by Modest Mouse.

I can think of few other songs that convey the idea of travel but in a kind of minimal way. I'm not sure how party-music it is though since it's really long and kind of repetitive (like travel).
posted by Fister Roboto at 1:55 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: S.H.E's Superstar is a catchy song from a Taiwanese pop girl group.
posted by tinymegalo at 4:33 PM on July 25, 2012

"Same Song" by Digital Underground?
posted by dhens at 5:17 PM on July 25, 2012

Lemon Jelly - Ramblin' Man

The other eponymous version is East 17 - All Around The World which, if you get the timing right, works surprisingly well after Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World

Oh, and Yakko Warner (Animaniacs) - Countries Of The World.

Have fun.
posted by dirm at 5:17 PM on July 25, 2012

Also Denmark/Norway: Around the World. Two of the members are in cobaltnine's Hej Matematik.
posted by divabat at 7:02 PM on July 25, 2012

Best answer: Fela Anikulapo Kuti or other Afrobeat artists.

Also - Reggae.
posted by soundguy99 at 8:45 PM on July 25, 2012

"Roam" video
posted by Rash at 9:33 PM on July 25, 2012

Response by poster: Thanks to everyone for the answers; marking the non-English language music as best answers!
posted by Kronur at 1:49 AM on July 27, 2012

Best answer: Baloji's Le jour d'après / Siku Ya Baabaye (Indépendance Cha-Cha)

A few years older, but K'nann's Waving Flag has an international flair.

Gogol Bordello's Immigraniada is about immigration (and is excellent).
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:20 PM on August 2, 2012

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