Around the World Playlist

Mayra Castañeda, Managing Editor


O-Zone – Dragostea Din Tei

For all of you who have ended up on the weird side of YouTube this Romanian song has most definitely come up at some point. Dragostea Din Tei, commonly known as “Numa Numa,” took 2004 by storm with its catchy chorus.


Drunken Tiger – ? ? ?? (I Want You)

I’m taking it back to 1999 with this old school Korean hip hop track. Its beat and rhythm scream 90s, but those Korean bars give it a nice modern feel. If you look up the lyrics, it’s something sweet that turns a bit raunchy, so if that’s your thing, definitely give this bop a chance.  


Era Istrefi – Bonbon

This Albanian song will be making you feel like a boss ass bitch if you play it while you walk down the street.  Just because Era mixes some English into this bop doesn’t mean you can’t make an effort to learn the Albanian parts too! *cough cough Despacito anyone?*


Utada Hikaru – Hikari

This one is for all of my Kingdom Hearts people. The famous Japanese video game brought us many great gifts when it came to the soundtrack. “Hikari,” was the first theme song and has touched plenty of hearts since its release in 2002.


Anitta – Bang

If you haven’t seen the music video for Anitta’s “Bang,” what have you been doing with your life? The artistry and beats go beautifully together in this hip and snazzy Portuguese track that made its debut in late 2015.


Runtown – For Life

Chillest. Song. Ever. In my most recent books at least. Runtown is serving some Nigerian beats with this bop. If you find yourself bobbing your head to the beat while walking down the street or sitting on a couch, you’re listening to this song correctly.


Taeyang – Wedding Dress

For all of my fellow peeps that wish to get married one day to the love of their life, this song will break you into pieces. Taeyang has slowed down the mood with his angelic Korean voice (and his smooth ass moves) and has made you cry your heart out since 2010, but in a good way! Sort of….?


Jatin-Lalit & Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik – Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Let’s switch gears a bit with this bright and uplifting bop. From the famous Bollywood film “Kuch Kuch Hota Hai,” this song will transport you to a land of romance and love.


MIKA – Elle me dit

If you like/liked One Direction, this song may just be the French bop for you (I think…I never really listened to 1D). MIKA has catchy, repetitive lyrics alongside some bubbly vibes!


Wisin & Ozuna – Escápate Conmigo

Sensual and passionate. Two words that I think would perfectly describe this Latin bop. Get lost in some flawless falsettos and some fierce rap bars that will take your romantic air away.


Vanessa Da Mata – Não Me Deixe Sò

Get ready to skip or smile from ear to ear for 3 minutes straight. Vanessa Da Mata showcases her vibrant voice by making us want to do happy things to get our minds off of the crazy shit that goes on in this crazy world.


N.O.R.E., Daddy Yankee, Nina Sky, Gemstar, Big Mato – Oye Mi Canto

This classic reggaeton bop shows love to all of Latin America. Daddy Yankee makes an appearance in this fire collab and may be the only name you recognize, but trust me, all of the other artists are worth a look.