International Pop Music Playlist
July 5, 2019 6:40 PM   Subscribe

It's been two years since the last time I asked this question, and it's time to update the play list. I am looking for pop music from all round the world, in as many different languages as possible, to compile into a Spotify playlist for use at a large conference in Las Vegas next month.

You can find my existing playlist here, which is now two years out of date. Hit me up with your favorite tunes in French, German, Italian, Chinese, Swahili, whatever - the more different languages and the more world flavor, the better.
posted by Lokheed to Media & Arts (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
KEXP has a great weekly show called WoPop that you might want to take a peek at.
posted by k8t at 7:04 PM on July 5, 2019

This is my favorite Russian pop song of the last year or so - Leningrad ft. Gluk’oZа (ft. ST) Ju-Ju. The video is also incredible and you can put on English subtitles.
posted by k8t at 7:06 PM on July 5, 2019 [1 favorite]

Altın Gün is a (semi)-Turkish psychedelic rock band based in Amsterdam. Their new album is so so so good.
Goca Dünya is one of their slightly older songs (like 1.5 years old). And Süpürgesi Yoncadan is off of the new album. The video is pretty fun.
posted by k8t at 7:11 PM on July 5, 2019

Some French artists I like are Albin de la Simone and Elista.
posted by kevinbelt at 7:13 PM on July 5, 2019

I hear a lot of great international music through KEXP's WoPop (world) and El Sonido (Latin music from Central/South/Middle America + Spain), and Sophisticated Boom Boom on WFMU (female-fronted pop, a lot of choice international selections). The "Killing Eve" soundtrack playlist on Spotify is great too.

I started going through my fave songs playlist to pick out some examples but there's too much - so I broke it out into its own playlist. Hope you enjoy.
posted by Gortuk at 6:12 AM on July 6, 2019

This is so cool! I'd like to introduce(?) you to SHISHAMO, a female Japanese 3-piece pop/rock band. Their latest single OH! has a super catchy chorus and is really popular right now. It's a great uplifting song about loving who you are, the chorus is so catchy, it's such a feel-good pop hit.
posted by spbb at 6:22 AM on July 6, 2019

A few songs in Icelandic (youtube links):

Prins Póló - Niðrá strönd

Ásgeir - Heimförin

Mugison - Þjóðarsálin

Lay Low - Gleðileg blóm
posted by baseballpajamas at 7:11 AM on July 6, 2019

The Listen Outside website seems tailormade for you.
posted by kariebookish at 11:58 AM on July 6, 2019

This might not quite fit the bill but I recently heard the song "Nomalizo" by Letta Mbulu and it's really fantastic. It's in a couple languages. Wait for the chorus to hit! It's from 1985 so maybe this is well known but hey.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 4:54 PM on July 6, 2019

kariebookish - Oh that's brilliant, thank you so much!
posted by Lokheed at 5:18 PM on July 6, 2019

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