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Celebrating Music Diversity - My Favorite Songs In Different Languages

Music knows no language. Most of us stick to our mother-tongue & to some extent, to the universal language English. But the beauty of music lies in the fact that tunes & melody have nothing to do with the language. Its a supreme language itself. While lyrics add meaning to the song, its the melody that matters the most. This LONG post is about celebrating diversity of music in my way. All these songs are among my favorites. Wont try to explain much here otherwise the post will get even longer!

1. Hindi (my mother-tongue)

"Kun Faya Kun" by Javed Ali, Mohit Chouhan & A.R. Rehman.

Soulful, soothing, beautiful, melodious, lifting, upbeat & what not? Not completely in Hindi (a few Arabic & Urdu words used) but still, this one is the most beautiful Hindi song for me.

If you insist I stick to pure Hindi, below is that gem of a Hindi song with BEAUTIFUL lyrics.

2. English.

Miracles by Coldplay. Have already written about it.

3. Swedish.

"Sjumilakliv" by Martin Stenmarck.

Roughly means 7 miles in one step. Gorgeous piano chords. Beautiful melody. You don't need to understand Swedish to realize its beauty.

4. Danish.

"Glemmer Dig Aldrig" by Svenstrup & Vendelboe feat. Nadia Malm.

Svenstrup & Vendelboe are Danish House & EDM producers & Nadia Malm is one great vocalist. Combined & they deliver a high-octane dance number. Ofcourse I don't understand a bit of it, but this one is one of my most played songs. Below is the live performance.

5. Italian.

"Cosa Restera" by Eiffel 65.

Heard it long back. Fell in love instantly. Needless to say, since its Eiffel 65, its got to be Eurodance!

6. French.

"La Voix" by Malena Ernman.

Written by my most favorite song-writer Fredrik Kempe. This one won Melodifestivalen 2009 & is an amalgamation of Opera with Disco! Though this was Swedish entry, it was fully performed in French.

7. Bhojpuri (my regional language).

"Jug Jug Jiya Su Lalanwa".

A Sohar (sung when a baby is born). Needless to say, its a song of celebration & its beautiful. Bhojpuri is not at all the language that we hear in today's pathetic movies & albums. Its a beautiful & innocent language that has a lot of sweetness. Listen to it below & you'll realize why?

8. Greek.

"Erotas" by Sirusho.

Folk meets pop meets elegance & we get Erotas.

9. Armenian.

"Shat lav, Vochinch" by Sirusho (again!)

From her Album Havatum Em (I reviewed it here), this one is a soothing RnB ballad. Title track Havatum Em itself is a beauty & you may give that a shot as well.

10. Punjabi.

"Main Tenu Samjhavan Ki" by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

The original version (I personally didn't like Arijit Singh's version) is a TREAT to ears. Such a wonderful piece of melody & such a beautiful composition & such a lovely voice. I love it to the chore.

11. Gujarati.

"Mane Ek Vaar Radha Banaavo" by Sabiha Khan.

This song is special. Its a song by a devotee for Lord Krishna. Its sung by a Muslim singer Sabiha Khan & I really love it when artists break these walls down. Melody is gorgeous & vocals are just BEAUTIFUL! This one is a very very special tune & I personally love it to the chore (again!).

12. Assamese.

"Rodor Sithi Protidine" by Zubeen Garg.

Time to go folk again!! Its folkish!! Its earthy. Its tuneful. Its beautiful. Its gorgeous! Protidine, as you might have guessed it, means every day (prati din). Zubeen is one of my favorites & this one is yet another reason to adore this multi-talented Assamese artist.

13. Telugu.

"Panchdara Bomma".

From the superhit Telugu movie Magadheera. I don't understand a bit of it, but the moment I heard it, I truly fell in love with the melody. And it does't require you to be a genius to know that its a love song :) Its beautiful!

14. Malyalam.

"Life Is Beautiful" by KK.

Talking about music & no mention of my favorite singer KK?? Is it possible???? Don't let the title fool you :) Its a Malyalam song & it is super duper amazing! You don't need to understand anything here. Its a fun Soft-Rock anthemic number & occasionally you will get to hear easy words like Hridayam(heart) & Pavanam(air). I totally adore it. Lyric video below, in case you know the language.

15. Finnish.

"En haluu kuolla tänä yönä" by Jenni Vertiainen.

Its habit of us people to laugh at the words of the language we don't understand. The title means I want to die tonight & there is nothing to laugh at it. Jenni is perhaps the most popular Finnish artist at the moment. And this song is an extremely engaging Electrpop number with hint of some Rock. Extremely powerful production & vocals. I love it so much!

16. Faroese.

"Í tínum eygum" by BYRTA.

I can bet none of us reading this blog has ever heard of this language!! Be honest ;) Faroese is a language of Faroe Islands. I know its way too strange talking about Geography here. Click on the links above to find out more :) I will stick to music now. It will take some time to appreciate the beauty of this song. Its well produced & well sung & is easy on ears.

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