Music has no geographical boundaries, nor does it have a given tongue (aside perhaps from The Rolling Stones' logo). Some of the world’s most popular songs are not English.
So, is a song’s popularity in its words? Or is it in the power of its melody? Perhaps, it is the foreign touch that gives it instant irresistibility? How else can the cult following of French artist Serge Gainsbourg by the Brits or the success of German group Rammstein in the U.S. be explained?
Let’s take a little trip around the world and a crash course in languages with these seven global hits.