Do you like listening to music that's in a language you don't speak?

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There a dozens of version of this Scottish Gaelic song, but I find Niamh Parsons's the most touching.
 

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Couldn't speak Chinese even if there was a gun to my head, but I stan Higher Brothers.

Behold, Chinese hip hop.
 
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Of fucking course. I'm listening to Brian the Sun right now, the ending they did to the first season of My Hero Academia. Love that ending.

 

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I'm a big fucking weeb so I listen to alot of 80's City pop. it's pretty relaxing tbh and catchy compared to western pop at least from the US. I like classic jazz from Europe.
Most of my playlist consists of anime/game ops/osts ,City Pop,Jazz,blues and Vaporwave and some Japanese punk
 

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Rammstein is the first band that comes to mind. They're a classic, but their newest music is pretty bad. I'm a viking weeb and teaching myself Old Norse to understand these songs. I don't really care if I can't understand a song, I think it adds more to it because then I can explore the meaning and get a feeling of the instruments on a more emotional rather than lyrical level.
I also like some good 'ol Mongolian music.
 

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"Rasa Sayang" is a children song of Southeast Asia; both Malaysia and Indonesia claim it as theirs.
Here, Japanese-Brazilian singer Lisa Ono sings the Malay version and naturalizes it in her native musical language of Bossa Nova:

 

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Okra Playground is a Finnish elecro-folk band with three women singer-instrumetalists and three male instrumentalists. To me their female chorus sounds like Värttinä.

A lot of their songs tell the stories of women. "Chasing the Moon" is about a woman persuring her dreams, against all difficulties, when she finds out she does not have long to live.


Raivopyora "The Whirl of Rage" (by their member Maija Kauhanen) is a harrowing, painful song about domestic violence, inspired by the story of Kauhanen's friend.
 

Pocket Dragoon

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Understanding lyrical content has always been of secondary importance to me, either due to it being in another language or having content I couldn't parse.

From when I was very young, I remember my grandparents and others singing or reciting nursery rhymes to me in Polish, High German, or Yid. Reunions & holiday gatherings always had lots of singing, and my extended family often sang in Czech.
Russian wasn't spoken in any of my family households, but I often heard pre-Soviet or pre-Nazi era music being being played at family functions (most having left prior to the farm collectivisation & purges in Russia, or as the Nazis were coming into power).

Conversely, I've had friends that absolutely hated music which contained lyrics in other languages (or even English dialects); as kids, they were never exposed to anything other than American pop, rock, r&b, or country music. My wife was one of those people, but she came around fast once.

For as much as I dislike YouTube as an entity for their business & social practices, it's still our digital age's visual & audio Library of Alexandria. Without it, I'd never be able to expose my infant daughter to the variety of music that I was afforded.

And it seems to be working with my little girl. She absolutely loves certain things like rural E. European & Japanese acapellas; Siberian, Mongolian, and Tibetan polyphonic singing; Polish polka and Imperial German drinking or martial music (often one & the same), Native American powwows/chants, old Norse... hell, even French jazz. No videos, audio only.
 

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My jam:


I like everything music wise as long as it is good and mixed with other amazing tracks. I am also one who finds it easier to concentrate when lyrics are unintelligible.
 

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I mostly stick to English but if I like the way something sounds I don't really care if I can speak the language. Things like Hindu and Buddhist mantras in particular, which are about as far removed from English as possible.
 

Stoneheart

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I like Raubtier.

But im not realy sure if this fits here. i dont speak swedish, but its close enough that i get most of it.
 

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Djivan Gasparyan's voice is as poignant as his instrument, the Armenian duduk:
 

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Digging out the three albums I have on Bebel Gilberto, famous for her electro-pop take on Samba Bossa Nova. She's a new album out shortly:

 
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I listen to foreign music but I find that the older I get, the more I care about lyrics (the poetic quality of a song), which can't help but make foreign music much less interesting to me.

Most of the foreign music I listen to is Mexican or Russian. In particular, Linda Ronstadt and Anna German.
 

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Some of my favorite songs are in foreign languages.
(Japanese)
(German)
(Russian)

It took me a little while but I can now sing the entire song in Russian.