Music Around the World

Liana Ziegler

I think music is a big part of people’s lives. We listen to music before school, on the bus, after school, in the car, at home, during homework, with our friends, and with our family. We might just turn on the radio, or we might play Spotify, Pandora, or iTunes. We hear music all the time, and we hear all kinds of different music. I listen to music a lot, and lately I’ve been wondering how much of the music I listen to everyday is heard all around the world and not just in America. I also wondered if where in the world the artist came from would affect their song’s popularity. I decided to find out. I picked six different countries that are well known and found out what songs were the most popular in those countries. I also found the artist that performed the song and where they are from.

United States

A very popular song in the United States is “Gold” by Kiiara. It’s a pop song, and it was released this summer, though she wrote the song two or three years ago. It’s about her opinion that you don’t have to answer to anyone and that everyone is their own independent person. She is twenty-one-years-old and lives right outside of Chicago, Illinois.


The most popular song in England is “Starboy.” “Starboy” is a R&B/ soul song. This song is about the extravagance of a celebrity lifestyle and how it can make someone very fragile. It’s performed by The Weekend who is a singer from Toronto. The Weekend’s real name is Abél Makkonen Tesfaye. He’s from Canada.



The top song in France is the song “The Ocean”. It’s an electronic dance song. This song song is about the artist’s opinion that love is like an ocean. This song is written by Mike Perry and sung by Shy Martin. They are both from Sweden.



This is the most popular song in the world right now, and in India it’s number 1 on the top 100. It’s an electronic dance song. This song is about how someone might feel when they meet their ex girlfriend or boyfriend after a long time. It’s written and performed by The Chainsmokers and Halsey. They also wrote and performed “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Roses”. The Chainsmokers are a DJ duo with Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. They are from America.



The song “This Girl” is at the top of the charts in Argentina. This song is from the electronic and dance genres. Have you ever heard that you can’t buy love? That’s what this song is about. It’s written by Kungs who’s from France where he works as a DJ, record producer, and musician.



The top song for Australia is the song “Say You Won’t Let Go”. The song is pop, and it’s written by James Arthur, who comes from Britain, “Say You Won’t Let Go” is a love song. He is a singer and songwriter, and he won the 9th series of The X Factor in 2012.



Song of the week

Most popular song in the world this week is “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd.  

I found out after researching that people like songs from other countries/cultures. People like the songs that sound catchy to them, and they don’t judge the song on where the artist came from.