1. On ira – Jean-Jacques Goldman
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. Liekkas – Sofia Jannok
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. O Anzol – Rádio Macau
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. Lluvia al corazón – Mana
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. Dan yuan ren chang jiu – Faye Wong
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.