• England,  Italy,  Pop,  Sweden

    Ten Best European Legends: RANKED

    These have made history, inspired movements, and make you dance either way.These European legends are the best. 10. George Michael Honestly, he shouldn’t be on this list. His hit song “Careless Whisper” is that tune that every one of your saxophone friends plays over and over again because they think they’re cool. But it’s still catchy and I hate to admit that I hum it in the shower. 9. U2 I’m honestly still mad about that iTunes album drop years ago. 8. Elton John Because he’s the Rocket Man. That’s all I need to say. 7. a-ha “Take on me” is my jam! The Norweigan band A-ha is catchy but…

  • Mediterranean,  Pop

    American Artist to European Sensation

    American-Indie artist LP’s song “Lost on You” was expected to stay within a niche group but ended up exploding all over Europe. I love my Spotify Discover Weekly playlist. There, I find songs that I add and never tell anyone about. One day, I found a song that was so beautifully written that I may have cried the first time I heard it. And yes, this song’s in English! No one knew about this song; it was my secret jewel that I played in the car. Strangely enough, a year later, I was touring through Italy and I saw vinyl records of this song on sale at gas stations and there…

  • Italy,  Mediterranean,  Pop

    An Italian Mix

    The past few weeks, I have been going through an Italian phase. There is something enchanting about the Italian voice. It’s gritty. It’s passionate. It’s moves like oil. It’s fluid and slow in its movement.  So here are my favorite Italian songs and why I love them. At the bottom of this post, I included a full playlist to turn on when you want to go on an Italian adventure. Some songs may be a few years old, but most of them are current.   “You Did Nothing To Me”: Finally a Political Song that Touches the Heart I love this song so much that I can’t turn it off. It’s…

  • By Region,  Eastern Europe,  Italy,  Mediterranean,  Pop

    Reasons for Listening to European Music

    Someone once told me that listening to music that wasn’t in English was a worthless pursuit. You can’t understand the words, let alone the emotion behind it. While the person was right to state that everything sounded like gibberish to me, they were absolutely wrong in saying I can’t get anything out of it. Since when did the classical music need words to sing the praises of God? Since when did jazz music need coherent sentences to communicate the African-American experience? Since when did electronic, dubstep, “wub-wub,” or whatever need lyrics to make people dance?   Music is About the Experience The experience starts when you plug in your headphones and…