There are lots of songs that everyone knows like the Disney songs or the ridiculous songs that we listen to in secret. Of course, the whole world knows the American hits but there are certain songs that ALL Europeans know (and it’s a certainty) but few people on other continents can say the same. No matter how much we fucked each other up for a thousand years, we are now united thanks to the Schengen area and Eurovision.
1. Balada – Gustavo Lima
In January 2011 released the incredible song Stroll by Gustavo Lima. The artist is Brazilian but the song (with very crude lyrics) has met with immense success in Europe and much less in the rest of the world. Years later, any European can still have in mind the famous “O tchê tcherere tchê tchê”…
2. Ai, Se eu te Pego – Michel Teló
In 2011 also released the Remix of Ai, Se eu te Pego by Michel Teló, another Brazilian singer. The song is a worldwide success but it is especially in Latin America (his continent of origin) and in Europe that the song is appreciated at its fair value. Unlike the other songs on this top, many Americans know Ai, Se eu te Pego (this is the exception that proves the rule).
3. Danza Kuduro – Lucenzo
Danza Kuduro is a song by Lucenzo released in August 2010. What is quite exceptional is that all generations of Europeans know this song even though it is relatively recent. What’s a bit of a shame is that this song is too often accompanied by a boring choreo.
4. Dragostea Din Tei – O-Zone
In 2004, the Moldovan band O-Zone released the song Dragostea Din Tei they sing in Romanian. Instantly, this song became THE song that symbolizes Romania all over the world (not cool for them). Outside Europe, few people remember this song but any European recognizes it from the first notes.
5. Blue-Eiffel 65
In 1999 came out Blue, a song by the Italian group Eiffel 65 that would make them famous all over the world. Within weeks, the song was number one in many countries including France, UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and many more. Even the United States made an effort but more than 20 years later, few Americans remember this song. However, all Europeans know it by heart and new covers are released every year.
6. Asereje – Las Ketchup
Las Ketchup is a Spanish pop band that became world famous thanks to their song Asereje released in 2002. The song is an international success: it reaches the first place of the charts in 26 different countries but it is especially in Europe that the song continues to exist years later. The band even released a version of the song in Spanglish (a mixture of Spanish and English).
7. Around the World – ATC
In May 2000, the German group ATC released the mythical song Around the World that all Europeans have already heard, regardless of their age. The song was a huge hit and remained number one on the charts in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Denmark.
8. Boom Boom Boom Boom!! – Vengaboys
If you don’t know this song, it’s because you didn’t grow up in the 2000s: I’m obviously talking about boom boom boom boom!!. This cult song by the Dutch band Vengaboys was released in 1998 and has never left the minds of Europeans. Just listen to it for 10 seconds and it will stay in your head all day.
9. Stereo Love – Edward Maya feat Vika Jigulina
In 2009 (as time flies), came out Stereo Love, a wonderful song by Romanian artists Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina. Although the song is a bit soft, Stereo Love was one of the most clubbed songs that year in many countries, especially in France.
10. The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) – Ylvis
Finally, the last but not the least, the wonderful song The Fox by the Norwegian group Ylvis. And yes, we put this song in your head when it took you 8 years to forget it. This song was released in 2013 and should probably only be a joke originally since the group is a comedy duo, but it took on unimaginable proportions. Indeed, the music has exceeded one billion views on YouTube.
Okay, Americans know this song too.