031215: The Urban Tracker (In Manila): Top 10 Non-English Hits In The 90’s

90's Non-English artists

0 years ago and before the digital age where we saw a gangnam craze fueled by a viral video, we were once fascinated by a global hit that tested our hand movements in a decade where we thought there’s nothing like a La Bamba or 99 LuftBalloons could come to electrify the airwaves with plus sensation. 90’s was a harvest of hits popularized in other language. The decade also seen the rise of Latin songs into mainstream and Japanese songs cropping up as pop new flavor. So let’s rank down those non-english hits that captivated us proving that the power of the song belongs to the melody not on the language.

10. Maria, 1998 – Ricky Martin

Uno, dos, tres…, this is Ricky Martin’s countdown to a new Latin rave with  Maria  electrifying the world with this Latin hit song that never fails to enchant and cast a celebratory spell. Ricky Martin mania broke into the pop scene the time boybands and girl groups were melting and saturating the charts.

 9. Tic Tic Tac 1996 - Carapicho

From the heels of sweeping success of Macarena came another tune that became frenzy and huge one country after another. The countryside beat of this Latin song sung by Brazilian act Carapicho was reminiscent of another not distant hit Lambada.


8. Amandote, 1996 - Thalia

Latin superstar Thalia fascinated the world not only as an actress but also as a recording artist. Amandote was the signature single that came in 1996 amidst her career peak and it became a friendly radio tune reminding us that Thalia once ruled the world and she’s best known for being the protagonist in telenovela Marimar.


 7. X-Ta Si X-Ta No, 1992, Chimo Bayo

This song by Spanish group Chimo Bayo came out in late 1992 and instantly became a club favorite. The lyrics that's mostly a repetitive a tongue twisting refrain  nevertheless was a huge dance hit across Europe and in Asia. It's peculiar electronic sounding worked its way at the time dance hits were in experimental transition.

5. Feel Like Dance, 1996 – Globe

1996 was the year we saw Japanese songs invading the airwaves owing to tolerance and acceptance of foreign songs with equally catchy beat This one particularly song popularized by Globe was a hit in dance scene in latter part of the year in the time alternative acts were dominating the waves.

5. Lambada, 1990, Kaoma

Though Lambada was released in late 1989, the craze took its toll by midf 1990’s that a. counterpart movie was named after the song featuring that hot dance step which what Lambada is all about. Sung by french group Kaoma, the single became an international hit in the turn of the decade.


4.  Sadeness Part 1, 1991 - Enigma

Enigma was a German experimental project featuring Gregorian chanting by Michael Cretu that first appeared in 1990. The first single of the album MCMXC a.D Sadness Part I became a dance hit, a hypnotic and sensual piece that achieved success in early  part of 1991. The song both in Latin and French became a hit in 24 countries though the vocals were but a sampling from prereecorded incantations that even mentioned a quotation from Psalm 24:7-8.

3.  Sweet Soul Revue, 1996 - Pizzikato V

Pizzikato V broke the ice and gave us a slice of Japanese pop music that indeed became a sensation amidst the height of alternative rock scene. It’s still unthinkable how this unexpected dance hit took the sensation in the summer of 96  but it’s the work of its playful melody that's still embedded in our memory.

2. Angelina, 1992 -  P.S.Y.

By 1992, our ears were plugged to this French song that became a radio staple  and a dance hit courtesy of unheralded one hit wonder PSY. A French song  Liberte'  already became a hit in airwaves in  the late 80’s , but Angelina was a bigger success story riding along Stars by Simply Red in a year when  Michael Jackson's  Dangerous bowed out to Nirvana’s Never Mind. 

1. Macarena, 1995 – Los Del Rio

Macarena was first released in 1993 but it took two years before it became a worldwide phenomenon. It reached  No. 1 in almost all countries in Europe, Australia and it took a reformed US version before it spent 14 weeks peaking at Billboard No.1. The spectacle that’s Macarena was attributed to a dance step that united the whole world and was even used in US presidential campaigns. The universal appeal of this song could be on its beat using a rhumba and injected an Indian rhythm, although in Spanish it generated the biggest record sale of the 90’s by any single and the history as the most successful barrier-breaking hit ever.

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