Top 10 Songs with Parts in a Different Language

1) the song is mostly in English but has at least some words in another language - French, Spanish, German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese,...
2) the song isn't in English but has English words in it.
3) the song is in German but has French, Spanish, or any non-German words.
All possible language combinations - from 1-2 words to whole choruses or verses.

I just copied the lyrics from the internet and spelling mistakes are possible.

The Top Ten

1 It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys

I guess this is in Latin:

"Confiteor Deo omnipotenti vobis fratres, quia peccavi nimis cogitatione,
verbo, opere et omissione, mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa." - Metal_Treasure

2 Voulez-Vous - Abba

The title is in French and there are French expressions in the lyrics:

"Voulez-vous (ah-ha)
Ain't no big decision (ah-ha)
You know what to do (ah-ha)
La question c'est voulez-vous" - Metal_Treasure

3 Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash

I think this is in Spanish:

"This indecision's buggin' me (Indecisión me molesta)
If you don't want me, set me free (Si no me quieres, librame)
Exactly whom I'm supposed to be (Dime! ¿Qué tengo ser? )
Don't you know which clothes even fit me? (¿Sabes que ropa me quedar? )
Come on and let me know (Pero tienes que decir)
Should I cool it or should I blow? (¿Me debo ir o quedarme? ) - Metal_Treasure

4 Lady Marmalade - LaBelle

This song was originally recorded in 1974 by the group Eleventh Hour. LaBelle version is a cover that became a hit. But most of us probably know a newer cover (2001) that was used in the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack (by Christina Aguilera, Mýa, Pink, Lil' Kim).

The chorus is in French:
"Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?
Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? " - Metal_Treasure

5 Rock Me Amadeus - Falco

The song is in German but the title is in English. Also, he says "Come and rock me Amadeus" in the lyrics and uses other English words:

"Er war Superstar
Er war populär
Er war so exaltiert
BECAUSE er hatte Flair" - Metal_Treasure

6 My Last Sunrise - Demons & Wizards

At the end Hansi Kürsch whispers in German (the only song in which he has ever used German):

"Es streben der Seele Gebete
den helfenden Engeln entgegen
entdeckend des Herzens Wehe
wenn Schmerzen es brennend verzehren" - Metal_Treasure

7 Desert Rose - Sting and Cheb Mami

Sting sings in English but Cheb Mami sings in Algerian Arabic:

"Hadaee mada tawila
Wa ana nahos ana wahala ghzalti
Wa ana nahos ana wahala ghzalti
Wa ana nahos ana wahala ghzalti" - Metal_Treasure

8 Bad Romance - Lady Gaga

There are several lines in French. - Metal_Treasure

9 Monster - Darkviktory & Paperblossom

The song is in German, but includes a few lines and words in English. This is because the song is supposed to resemble Japanese anime openings, and they usually contain a bit of English.

Here the few English lyrics:
"Müssen CLASHen, müssen FIGHTen" (that -en is the German counterpart to the English -ing)
"MIRROR nie gelogen"
"BROKEN GLASS CUT bin nackt"
"Ins BLACK HOLE eingesogen"
"SHUT - Ich hab doch gesagt..."
"Ich tat's SHUT MY EYES / FREEZE die Flammen toben"
"RUN AND TELL ich bin kein Held"
"SPREAD IT zeig ihnen allen..."
"...und vernichte was ich bin THE VILLAIN IN DISGUISE"
"BURN das letzte Rosenblatt / NO STOP werd's nicht erlauben"
"BACK TO THE PAST wo du und ich noch beste Freunde waren"

Darkviktory is a YouTuber and animation filmmaker who created the "#TubeClash" saga. This song serves as the theme song for the third installment.
Both darkviktory and DatAdam come from the same background, starting off as well known German ...more - Martin_Canine

10 Michelle - The Beatles

English song with several lines in French. - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Hold on Tight - Electric Light Orchestra
12 Hasta Manana - ABBA
13 Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
14 Started from the Bottom - Spongebozz

The song is almost entirely in German, but the line "Started From the Bottom, Now We Here" is repeated in the background. Maybe it was sampled from the Drake song of the same name, even though heavily distorted. SpongeBozz also repeats the title in the verses and the chorus.

There are also some street and hip hop slang terms used that are borrowed from other languages, but that doesn't really count because people really talk like this. - Martin_Canine

15 I Wish I Could Speak French - Alvin & the Chipmunks
16 You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry

It isn't a very long expression but counts:
"C'est la vie," say the old folks, "it goes to show you never can tell" - Metal_Treasure

17 Wooden Heart - Elvis

German words. - Metal_Treasure

18 Rapture - Blondie
19 A Stückl Heile Welt - Silbermond

This very cynical German language song attacks consumerism and how people keep on buying whatever T.V. and magazines tells them to, and how they don't have an opinion of their own (e.g. one line translates to "When I'm going out, first I'm gonna buy a newspaper / with many colorful pictures because they form my opinion"). The song makes excessive use of pop culture refernces, familiar slogans from commercials, taglines, and more that rings a bell for most German people.
It also contains this line:
"Ich fühl mich FREE LIKE THE WIND, komm und TAKE ME TONIGHT / Weil der HEARTBEAT mich manchmal CRAZY DRIVEt" (that -t is a German ending).
It's Genglish again, so she used the English phrases interpolated into the German grammar. I am not entirely sure, but I guess those are titles of forgettable pop songs that were popular back then. - Martin_Canine

20 Moskau - Rammstein

The song is mostly in German, except for the (rather short) chorus, which is mainly sung in Russian by a female artist, and for the second verse and bridge, which have kind of a call and response structure and alter between Till's German and the guest singer's Russian.
PS: And there is also a brief spoken Russian language intro. - Martin_Canine

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Top Remixes

1. It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys
2. Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
3. Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
1. Voulez-Vous - Abba
2. Hold on Tight - Electric Light Orchestra
3. Hasta Manana - ABBA
1. Monster - Darkviktory & Paperblossom
2. Started from the Bottom - Spongebozz
3. Bad Romance - Lady Gaga



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