Elizabeth Gibson tells her Top 5 songs you don’t need to understand lyrically to connect to
1. Jean-Jacques Goldman – On ira
The lyrics of this French ballad are gorgeous; however, it is the unmistakable love and tenderness in Goldman’s voice that define this song.
2. Sofia Jannok – Liekkas
Performed in Sami, a Northern European minority language, this song’s title of “warm” is very apt. The delicate chords spirit you to a cosy fireside.
3. Rádio Macau – O Anzol
This song’s Portuguese lyrics tell a grim tale but the tune is upbeat and incorporates brilliant harmonica work and a beautiful and unique voice.
4. Mana – Lluvia al corazón
The angst and adoration are clear in this Mexican rock track – even if you don’t speak Spanish, it is impossible not to sing along.
5. Faye Wong – Dan yuan ren chang jiu
I first encountered this Chinese love song in Beijing and it still never fails to move me. Simple but sublimely beautiful, as well as haunting.