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Old March 4th, 2017, 07:16 PM   #35821
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Old March 7th, 2017, 05:56 PM   #35822
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What languages do the radio stations in your countries play songs in? I am talking especially about those most popular stations, playing pop, not niche ones, specialized, for example, in rock or other genres.

In Poland, they play mostly English and Polish songs (talking about languages, not about the countries of origin). Rarely French and Spanish. Sometimes Polish pop performers have songs in languages other than Polish or English, like this one, supposedly in Ukrainian, but it's rather rare - then Polish radios will also play them.

Today, I heard a German pop hit (this one) on a Polish radio station, and I was really happy like that, I like German songs and you don't hear them at all in Poland. Although it wasn't a commercial station, it was a public regional (though state-funded) radio. The speaker/presenter/moderator/host (however you call him in English, I have no idea) admitted that German may sound melodic too

Previously, I heard a few times a song in German on a rock-oriented station, but it's different.

I don't know. Even Germans claim that German is not really a good language to sing in, you hear more English songs than German ones on German radio stations - but I actually like the songs in German. I don't know why.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 06:18 PM   #35823
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In Romania besides Romanian you will hear songs in English of course, but also Spanish, Italian, French
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Old March 7th, 2017, 06:35 PM   #35824
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They play mostly English-language music in the Netherlands, some radio stations almost exclusively. Of course many stations also play Dutch-language music.

Other languages are pretty rare. French chansons are popular among some of the older public but is rarely - if ever - played on mainstream stations. German schlager can sometimes be heard on regional radio stations in the east but it is a niche.

Evidently this song was voted as the most popular German-language song. It's fairly well-known in the Netherlands (not so much among people younger than 40). It reached #1 in the Netherlands in 1990.

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Old March 7th, 2017, 06:52 PM   #35825
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Nice song, I like it. Although I hear it for the first time.

In Poland you hear Spanish, French, Italian songs, but it's rather rare. It's more or less 50% Polish and 50% English. There is also a station playing only Polish songs.

But what I notice in Germany is that their radio stations usually don't have any music background for the news. The most popular one in Poland tells the news with a very characteristic background tune:



This one is short because it's a special edition due to the terrorist attack in Munich (it's easier to find such a special one than a normal one), but they always try to keep it possibly short anyway.

Another example from a popular station (news starts at 5:45):



But the public stations keep a more traditional form - the First Channel of our state radio (news starts at 2:35):



You can here samples of news on different radio stations in Poland here:



It's typical that the commercial stations have a background tune for the news and the public ones do not (except for the shortcut of all the news at the beginning).

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Old March 7th, 2017, 06:59 PM   #35826
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Other languages are pretty rare. French chansons are popular among some of the older public but is rarely - if ever - played on mainstream stations.
Someone like Stromae or Maitre Gims could get played on Dutch mainstream radio. I know they played expecially Stromae a lot in the past, don't know if they still do though.


I mainly listen to Russian EDM internet radio (Radio Record Megamix) where I've heard a whole range of languages including English, Russian, French, German and Spanish. But it's not exactly (understatement) mainstream.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 07:42 PM   #35827
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In Italy, besides Italian and English, Spanish is the third most popular language of broadcasted songs (Alvaro Soler, Enrique Iglesias,..).
Highly-popular songs in other languages are rather rare, with some notable exceptions like Maitre Gims (French), Ai se eu te pego! (Portuguese) and Dragostea din tei (Romanian).
I can't think of any very popular song there in a non-English Germanic language or Slavic language.
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Old March 7th, 2017, 08:02 PM   #35828
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]Dragostea din tei (Romanian).]
Yeah, it was popular once in Poland too.

From other mainstream songs in "weird" languages, which were ones among the top songs in Poland:

- in German (really rare case in Poland):



- in Russian:

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Old March 7th, 2017, 09:09 PM   #35829
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I can't think of any very popular song there in a non-English Germanic language or Slavic language.


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What languages do the radio stations in your countries play songs in? I am talking especially about those most popular stations, playing pop, not niche ones, specialized, for example, in rock or other genres.

In Poland, they play mostly English and Polish songs (talking about languages, not about the countries of origin). Rarely French and Spanish. Sometimes Polish pop performers have songs in languages other than Polish or English, like this one, supposedly in Ukrainian, but it's rather rare - then Polish radios will also play them.

Today, I heard a German pop hit (this one) on a Polish radio station, and I was really happy like that, I like German songs and you don't hear them at all in Poland. Although it wasn't a commercial station, it was a public regional (though state-funded) radio. The speaker/presenter/moderator/host (however you call him in English, I have no idea) admitted that German may sound melodic too

Previously, I heard a few times a song in German on a rock-oriented station, but it's different.

I don't know. Even Germans claim that German is not really a good language to sing in, you hear more English songs than German ones on German radio stations - but I actually like the songs in German. I don't know why.
Croatian, English, Italian, occasionaly Spanish and French.

a month or two ago i noticed Polish song on one Croatian radio, but in English (Margaret is singer)
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Old March 7th, 2017, 11:32 PM   #35831
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In Slovakia besides Slovak and Czech music, both contemoprary and past, is English without any doubt the pop and rock music language number one in radios here as well.
Occasionally can be heard hits in French, Russian, Italian and German, but it is more like exception.

Btw, something from my list, Aleš Brychta, Lidi jsou lidi (People are people):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zehOLBoF350
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We had two entries on the Eurovision Song Contest (by the same band) with multilingual songs. In the first of them, the main language was... German:





They weren't really successful - the first one with the 7th place (second best for as though until now), the second one the 11th in the semi-final, failed to qualify to the final.

The best one (2nd place, our first entry ever) was sung in Polish:



The third best one (from the previous year) was in English:



Margaret was trying to qualify to the ESC the previous year, but she failed with Michał Szpak. And I don't mind - she is too commercial and she wouldn't probably bring us such a good result.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 12:06 AM   #35833
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In Spain it's mostly Spanish and English, other languages are rare, but I remember several Portuguese songs and at least a French one. Oh, and Dragostea Din Tei (Romanian) and Gangnam Style (Korean ).
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I don't really remember Gangnam Style on the radio, it was more of an Internet hit.

But the popularity of Dragostea Din Dai came in the before-Internet times.

Some of our radio stations (not the most popular ones) play also sometimes a Polish-specific genre of pop/disco music called disco polo. A sample of it, which was actually quite good as it got even to the most popular stations, is this song:



Although the disco polo songs are usually considered really unambitious (although actually English pop songs sometimes have less ambitious lyrics, or two German ones mentioned by me earlier in this thread too) and typical rather for village weddings.

This music was especially popular in the 90's but recently one can see a kind of renaissance of this genre. It's not so mainstream as before, it's considered rather a shame to listen to something like that, but actually quite many people listen to that, we have even a music TV station playing such music.

One of the most popular disco polo songs from the 90's:


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Old March 8th, 2017, 01:14 AM   #35835
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Yesterday I stopped at a rest area on the Slovenian A4 motorway and they played Turkish music. On top of that, the rest area was full of the Japanese, and I accidently went into the female toilet.
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Old March 8th, 2017, 01:31 AM   #35836
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I was listening to an "independent" radio station driving home, they play music from Japan for about 1 hour at that time.

They played this



Generally in Canada there are English stations playing English music and French stations playing mostly french music with some English and occasionally other languages (especially the state broadcaster who aims for more "refined" listeners)
I much enjoy to listen to other languages, the variety makes life more pleasant
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In Spain it's mostly Spanish and English, other languages are rare, but I remember several Portuguese songs and at least a French one. Oh, and Dragostea Din Tei (Romanian) and Gangnam Style (Korean ).
AFAIK O-zone were Moldavians
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But they sang the song in Romanian.
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AFAIK O-zone were Moldavians
True, but the language is the same and he wrote about languages, not nations.
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