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International Playlist #2: Music of Europe

International Playlist #2: Music of Europe

This week’s global musical journey brings us to Europe, a continent full of diverse musical styles and languages:


Popular Music Genres:

* Rock, Pop, Oldies, Classical, Jazz, Hip Hop & Rap, EDM (Electronic Dance Music), & German “Schlager”

> Schlager, meaning “Hit” in German, combines traditional German music with pop elements to form catchy tunes that often contain sentimental lyrics

Artist Spotlight – Scorpions

Quick Facts:

* German band formed in 1965 in Hannover

            > Over 50 years later, the band is still releasing new music

* The band’s music genres include hard rock and heavy metal

* Members have changed multiple times throughout the years

> Band founder Rudolf Schenker has been the only continuous member

Global Achievements:

* Performed at Brazil’s Rock in Rio festival (1985, 2019)

* Performed at the Moscow Music Peace Festival (1989)

* Won the Rock Legend Award at the World Music Awards (2010)

* Received a Star on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame in Los Angeles (2010)

* The band’s albums Blackout, Love at First Sting, and Savage Amusement all peaked within the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart

* Scorpions had 5 albums peak within the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart

* Scorpions had 8 songs peak within the Top 10 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart

> Their single “No One Like You” reached #1

* The band has sold over 100 million records worldwide and played thousands of concerts globally

Song Recommendations:

  1. Thank You [Not So Bad]” by VIZE & Felix Jaehn
  2. Never Let Me Down” by VIZE & Tom Gregory
  3. Lovefool” by twocolors
  4. No One Like You” by Scorpions


Popular Music Genres:

* Pop, Rock, Classical, Opera, Hip Hop, & Cantautori

          > Cantautori is music created by singer-songwriters

Artist Spotlight – Andrea Bocelli

Quick Facts:

* Born in 1958

* Italian opera singer, songwriter, and record producer

* Known for his pop, classical, and opera music

            > Can play 7 instruments

* Was left partially blind after his birth due to congenital glaucoma

> Lost his sight completely at age 12 after a football head injury

Global Achievements:

* Has been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards, 5 Latin Grammy Awards, and 1 Emmy

* Has won 7 World Music Awards, 6 Classical BRIT Awards, and 2 Billboard Latin Music Awards

* Has collaborated with various artists including Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, Dua Lipa, Celine Dion, and more

* 9 of his albums peaked within the Top 10 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart

* 6 of his albums peaked within the Top 10 on Billboard’s World Albums chart

> 3 reached spot #1

* 33 of his albums peaked within the Top 10 on Billboard’s Classical Albums chart

> 19 reached spot #1

Song Recommendations:

  1. Calma” by Gaia
  2. Coco Chanel” by Gaia
  3. E Più Ti Penso” by Andrea Bocelli feat. Ariana Grande
  4. On An Evening In Roma (Sott’er Celo De Roma)” by Dean Martin


Popular Music Genres:

          * Pop, Rock, R&B and Soul, Dance Music, & EDM

Artist Spotlight – ABBA

Quick Facts:

* Swedish pop group formed in 1972 in Stockholm

* ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the members’ first names: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

* ABBA’s music was developed into the popular musical Mamma Mia! which was later adapted into a movie series

Global Achievements:

* Performed at The Music for UNICEF Concert: A Gift of Song in NYC (1979)

> This was a fundraiser for the United Nations Children’s Fund

* Inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame (2002)

* Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2010)

* ABBA’s song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame (2015)

* ABBA has sold over 375 million records worldwide

* ABBA had 4 songs peak in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart

> The song “Dancing Queen” reached #1

* ABBA’s Gold: Greatest Hits album:

> Peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Germany Albums chart

> Peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Official U.K. Albums chart

> Peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart

Song Recommendations:

  1. Ta mig tillbaka” by Darin
  2. NERÅT/UPPÅT” by Miriam Bryant
  3. Keep You Mine (Acoustic Version)” by NOTD feat. SHY Martin
  4. Dancing Queen” by ABBA
  5. Running Out Of Love (Acoustic Version)” by Jubël


Popular Music Genres:

          * Pop, Classical, Folk, Hip Hop & Rap, EDM, & House Music

Artist Spotlight – David Guetta

Quick Facts:

* Born in Paris, France in 1967

* French DJ, songwriter, and record producer

* His main music genres include House Music & EDM

Global Achievements:

* Collaborated with artists including Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Sia, and more

* Won Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the Grammy Awards (2010, 2011)

* Won International Electronic Music Album of the Year at the Hungarian Music Awards (2008, 2010)

* Won the Best Electronic award at the MTV Europe Music Awards (2012, 2017)

* Won Favorite Electronic Dance Music Artist at the American Music Awards (2012)

* Won Top EDM Artist at the Billboard Music Awards (2013)

Song Recommendations:

  1. Boite En Argent” by Indila
  2. Sous le ciel de Paris” by Édith Piaf
  3. Les Champs-Elysées” by Joe Dassin
  4. Titanium” by David Guetta feat. Sia


Popular Music Genres:

          * Pop, Rock, and Traditional Irish & Folk Music

Artist Spotlight – The Cranberries

Quick Facts:

* Irish rock band formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1989

* Gained widespread, global popularity during the 1990s

Global Achievements:

* Won Best Song at the MTV Europe Music Awards (1995)

* Won the Juno Award for International Album of the Year (1996)

* Nominated for Best Rock Album at the Grammy Awards (2020)

* Had at least two albums peak within the Top 10 on Billboard’s Album Sales chart, Top Rock Albums chart, and Billboard 200 chart

* Sold over 40 million albums worldwide

Song Recommendations:

  1. Rome” by Dermot Kennedy
  2. Linger” by The Cranberries
  3. Take Me to Church” by Hozier
  4. Beautiful Day” by U2
  5. This Christmas (Orchestral Version)” by Picture This

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Samantha Tolley

Hi, I’m Samantha! I am a senior at the University of Alabama majoring in Advertising and this is my first summer being a GirlSpring intern. I’m so excited to be a part of this empowering community and can’t wait for y’all to read my articles! A little bit about me, I love photography, movie marathons, Disney, dogs (I have an English Cream puppy), and everything music (my favorite bands are NCT 127, P!ATD, AC/DC, and Queen).

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