conquista
This 35-track playlist helps prove that music is truly a universal language. 

They say that music is the universal language. They also probably thought to consider the lyrics.

Yes, though a 1-5-6-4 chord progression can create a melody that you could whistle to no matter whether you're from England, Estonia, or El Salvador, the poignant sentiment of love that's attached to Stevie Wonder's "My Cherie Amour" can only be consumed if you're adept enough at Western language to understand that even a blind man knows his lady's as lovely as a summer's day.

Which is why we're lucky to have foreign language interpretations.

Some of the most popular songs in British and American history have been restructured to make their messages more universally appreciated and increasingly profitable. It's something that sometimes happens at the artist's discretion—The Beatles' German renditions of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" ("Komm gibmir deine Hand") and "She Loves You" ("Sie liebt rich") may be the most iconic—but also via covers by regional acts.

In either case, the foreign interpretation of the English language original is often pretty silly. You're listening to the Supreme's delectable "(Baby, Baby) Where Did Our Love Go," except it's not "(Baby, Baby) Where Did Our Love Go" at all. It's "(Baby, Baby) Wo Ist Unsere Liebe," and Diana Ross all of a sudden sounds like some woman named Anke Vrosstën, and she's singing about some guy named Niklas.

"Wo Ist Unsere Liebe," asked Anke. Uhn Anke, was über unseren Englisch?

Countless foreign language remakes have made their way from the studio onto radio waves throughout the world, but we selected a special 35 on Spotify. They run the gamut from Wilco's self-performed "Me Avivé" cover of 2011's "Dawned on Me" to Seu Jorge's French remake of David Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things." There's Beyoncé doing "Irremplazable," Cypress Hill getting "Loco En El Coco," the Flaming Lips using Japanese to fight the pink robots.

There's something for everyone in every place and in almost every language.

Screengrab via White Stripes/YouTube

Promoted Stories Powered by Sharethrough
spotify
Losing My Edge: The definitive LCD Soundsystem sampler
In Spotify Essentials, the Daily Dot curates custom playlists created by some of our favorite artists, staff writers, and Web community leaders.
spotify
We've lost contact with the Philae comet probe
The brave space probe that inspired by the world by becoming the first to land on a comet has gone to sleep—likely for good. Philae didn’t make its target landing Friday, plunging into the comet’s shadows. It now lacks the sunlight needed to power its solar panels, and its battery life is all but lost. Friday it established a communication link with the European Space Agency. Its power just about lost, it selflessly uploaded its data with one final act of valor. At 7:36p...
Group

Pure, uncut internet. Straight to your inbox.

Thanks for subscribing to our newsletter!