questionsdo you ever listen to songs in a language you don…

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Yeah, it's called Pop music in America. Nobody understands that crap but they still listen to it.

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Two words: Gangnam Style

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Yes for: Rammstein - Du Hast

To the OP if you like Rammstein try Sub Dub Micromachine (it is English but still good).

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Yes! I love French Cafe music. Something about it just makes me happy even though I have no clue what they're saying.

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Gotan Project. Rammstein. Major Tom is terrible in German though. Terrible.

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@kmashaney: I prefer italian, but don't dislike the french by any means.

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I like Paris Combo, but I don't speak French.

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Bebel Gilberto - a Brazilian American who sings in Portuguese.

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It's funny that I looked at this question because I'm actually listening to a French song call Chimie Physique by Yelle at this moment. I have a bit of French music, though I took French in high school so I understand a little bit and one song I actually know all the words (and understand them).

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@wootfast: She's awesome. Pretty good musical genes in that family.

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The question made me laugh. A couple of months ago I was cleaning out the garage with my mp3 player hooked through the radio speakers. A couple of neighbors came by, and one of them seemed entranced by a song that was playing. "I really like that song! I've never heard it before. What language is it? That's when I realized the song was Inama Nushif from Children of Dune. I loved the look on his face when I said the language was Fremen, from a planet called Arrakis.

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I have a lot of songs on my player in languages I don't speak. Quite a few in Spanish, mostly by the Gypsy Kings and local Peruvian music groups. Lots of celtic songs. Several in German, mostly by Rammstein. A number of Japanese songs (mostly songs I like from anime series) and Chinese (songs I like from movies). A couple of songs in French, a couple in native American languages, and a disc of classic Caribbean music in various island languages and dialects. A disc from Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa that sings in the vocal styles of isicathamiya and mbube. I like world music.

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Enya uses 10 different languages on her albums

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enya

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Carmina Burana.

If you don't know what that is, go listen and have an "Oooooh, that!" moment.

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Yes, several, including many already mentioned.

For some music, it's the sounds that I like, not necessarily the words. In fact, even for most songs in English, it isn't the lyrics that I am drawn to, but rather the beat, tempo, and rhythm of the words themselves.

Other music is associated with specific places or events in my life, almost like a soundtrack, so just hearing it makes me think of that time or place. For example, I have a playlist of Italian pop music that was being played regularly on the radio when I was in Italy a few years back. I have no clue what any of the songs are about, but hearing them makes me think of my trip.

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99 luftballons - quintessential 80s song.

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You need to check out the Life Aquatic soundtrack. Seu Jorge sings David Bowie songs in Portuguese. Ziggy Stardust is my favorite.
Don't forget Da Da Da by Trio.
Der Kommisar (Falco) and 99 Luftbalons (Nena) are classics.

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That's the only way to do it.

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90% of the music I listen to is russian. I even like russian pop. I have a theory that if I ever learn enough russian to understand the lyrics, I'll hate it as much as I hate american pop.

Here's one of my favorite Ukrainian singers live:

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@moondrake: Me too, also.
I was going to say much of the same things, just different phrasing.
ANYway, I'm a big Rammstein fan.
And Dimmu, too.

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Yup~takes me to a different place.

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Check out the Norwegian group Kaizers Orchestra, whose debut record is one of Tom Waits's top 10 favorite albums. Their sound typically blends Mr. Waits's tin-pan-alley weirdness, Eastern-European gypsy music, Hives-esque hyper-rock, and glam notes, but they can pull anything off. Their latest album, Violeta Violeta Vol. III, released just this December, caps a themed trilogy with full orchestral accompaniment. It is really something else.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1IEZs6a-1Y

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@caffeine_dude: Wow, just checked them out and I really liked SDMM. It is in English but they are a German band. Good stuff, thanks.

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John Zorn's New Themes In East Asian Bar Bands http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Traditions_in_East_Asian_Bar_Bands uses three Asian languages as the melody, basically. If you don't speak the language, you have no choice but to focus on the sounds as melody, and it's sort of like a percussion instrument. Obviously this can happen to people with English lyrics too, as in your Dexy's example, but I think it's easier to feel it happen in a foreign language.

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Personally I mostly listen to non-lyrical music in part because I don't like the vast majority of lyrics that have been written in the past 20 years. That, and the fact that the music I listen to doesn't need lyrics.

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I know I'm going to get my dude card punched, but I have to admit to enjoying some J-pop just because of the anime 'Honey and Clover.

I really love the end title song 'Waltz' by Suneohair. From there it was a short trip to the sound track CD.

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I've become a big fan of Volbeat in the past couple years. They mostly sing in English, but there are some scattered Danish words here and there, and the singer has a fairly thick accent. Sounds AWESOME, but there are definitely some lines in some songs where I have no idea what he's saying.

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I like a very few hip-hop/rap tunes but don't understand the words....does that count?

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French rap is ridiculous. I speak very little french, but even if I did I don't think I'd be able to decipher the words since it comes out so incredibly fast.

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@oldcqr: Restore your mancard by finding Maximum the Hormone via the Deathnote intro/outro. Also say goodbye to your precious ears.

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Cirque du Soleil soundtracks.

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You wooters are reading my mind (Nena, Numa Numa- my current ringtone, Trio) or giving me new music tips, so thanks. Also, some English songs would improve greatly if I didn't know what they were saying - Livin Thing (ELO), '63 (Four Seasons), and "69" (Brian Something), to name a few. Sometimes not knowing the words is cool.

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I forgot to add:
i use Radiosure, and listen to a lot of Euro stations.
If I like the genre and the song, it stays on.
Otherwise- next station.
Somebody has a station with bop beat metal songs- interesting and funny.
Some English phrases sneak in, but I don't think they know what those words mean.

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I'm not particularly interested in lyrics, or what the song's about. The singer still matters, but only as another instrument. If the rhythm's good, I'm there.

That may actually be why I like Vocaloid so much. The singer is literally just another instrument. Huh...never thought about it that way.

edit: Also, the Ocean's 12 soundtrack has some wonderful stuff in French and Italian. Also also, Seu Jorge's Life Aquatic Studio Sessions (or something like that) is one of the best albums I own. You should go buy it now.

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holy cow people. so many new bands to check out! kudos to the woot community!

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A few of my faves:

Dragon Ash - Deep Impact http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AaCYOR1dSQ
Japanese rap with some nice electric guitars. Not the best mix, but pretty solid here.

B21 - Darshan http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-SmHxgxW9w
I dig the Bend It Like Beckham soundtrack.

Valery Sutkin - 42 Minuty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjz-Jis3rOQ
Russian pop music from 1996, catchy and a bit loungey about a guy riding the Moscow subway.

Russki Razmer - Limbo-Bimbo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR7MT8Id6nU
Russian dance music from 1996, a bit goofy.

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Music is the language of humanity, the vocals are extra :)

I speak little Spanish, no German, Brazilian, Indian, nor Russian, but have a wide range of variety. I can play a dozen songs that all have similar roots, in different countries. Love it all, I will be checking out some recommendations here.

Not to say everything I've heard is my taste....

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@spikedknight: thought for a moment and realized, Portuguese, not Brazilian, ooops...

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@spikedknight: I was going to correct you on that "Brazilian language" thing, but you caught it right away, haha ;)

This is a great question, and I will, like others, be looking into some recommendations.

As for me, I like listening to:

German (Yes, mostly Rammstein)
Italian (Sarah Brightman is incredible)
Russian (Some day I really want to branch out from TATU, lol)
French (Kate Ryan, ftw)
Chinese (I'm picky with this language though)
Japanese (Anime theme songs are catchy, believe it or not. I really love My Pace by SunSet Swish)
Portuguese (I love their classic Jazz)
Romanian (Gotta love O-Zone ;) )
Korean (I was into Hyuna way before Gangman Style. Every male human needs to watch her music video for Bubble Pop)
Hindi (I think everyone should give Hindi Techno a try, it's wild)
Norwegian (small amount of their pop selection)
Arabic (They actually have some cool DJs, worth looking into)
Spanish (I like Shakira's Spanish stuff)

...there's probzles more that I can't remember

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Time Machine Soundtrack - Eloi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQbgaUYzofQ
I think it's kinda epic sounding but it doesn't beat O Fortuna.

I also really like Period by Chemistry it is one of the opening themes for the Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood. For some reason I really love the chorus.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV6TB9emIug

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I user to work in Puerto Rico and have a bunch of stuff in Spanish. I also have a few albums in Russian, French and other assorted languages. Most of the stuff I really don't understand is American Rap, but that's a whole 'nother problem...

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I forgot to say I also like Desert Rose by Sting.

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@dmaz: when you say Hindi techno, are there specific songs you're referring to? because i've heard some (older, granted), and it scared the bejeebus out of me.

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I think John Popper sang it best: "It doesn't matter what I say / So long as I sing with inflection / That makes you feel that I'll convey / Some inner truth of vast reflection." Most of us are listening to the music and not the lyrics per se. All have listed great examples. Operas are mostly in other languages and then there are choir works that have no words of any language e.g. the John William's score to the new Star Wars trilogy (okay, technically it was the fictional language of Mandalor). The music is what touches you deep down... stranger danger, I need an adult...

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Don't forget Enigma - a woman whispering breathy lyrics in french - what's not to like?

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@carl669: Well it's not techno, and I don't know if it's Hindi but I have this rather, umm, "interesting" specimen in my collection: http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=4371420&style=music

It's actually sort of catchy but becomes a little irritating on repeated listens...

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@adadavis: Dude, that's awesome and hilarious. I hope you looked exasperated like he should know it as well as he does "Happy Birthday."