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Your Favorite Songs in English From Bands Who Dont Speak English As a First Language


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I love this song because I was really into Fallout 4 before the 'Rona hit us and this song would pop up on one of my downloaded radio stations. It really appealed to the romantic in me. This is a Finnish band and I think they rock.
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A lot from the Scorpions.
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These girls are natives of Austria. Their speaking voices in interviews sound like female Arnold Swartzenegger

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Old 05-17-2020, 09:34 AM
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ABBA, forever and always.
First band to come to my mind, as well.
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Celine Dion.
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Celine Dion.
Isnt she Canadian? I understand that French is the primary language in Quebec but arent Quebecois bilingual?
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Caro Emerald - Back it up

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Pink Martini - Amado Mio - more like dual language,

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Radar Love, from Golden Earring.
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Isnt she Canadian? I understand that French is the primary language in Quebec but arent Quebecois bilingual?
More generally, not necessarily; in Celine Dion's case, not before age 20:

Per Wiki: Two years after she learned English, Dion made her debut into the Anglophone market with Unison (1990).

She was born in 1968, so she learned English at age 20.
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Ozzy Osbourne sounds great when he singing but unintelligible when he's speaking in inter-- Oh! You mean he just sounds like that when he's drunk?

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Any band from Scotland.
I was specifically going to mention "500 Miles" by the Redeemers.


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Isnt she Canadian? I understand that French is the primary language in Quebec but aren't Quebecois bilingual?
Approximately 75% of Quebecers are francophone. Of those, approximately one third are bilingual; the rest are monolingual French speakers.

And even then, that doesn't mean English is their first language. Someone like Dionne, who apparently learnt English starting at age 20, is not singing in her native language when she sings in English, just like ABBA.
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Nightwish. It can be an amusing pastime to note when their former lead singer Tarja Turunen would mispronounce certain letters. Behold the Elvenbath!
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This was my first thought.
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Approximately 75% of Quebecers are francophone. Of those, approximately one third are bilingual; the rest are monolingual French speakers.

And even then, that doesn't mean English is their first language. Someone like Dionne, who apparently learnt English starting at age 20, is not singing in her native language when she sings in English, just like ABBA.
Age 20? Meaning she was out of K - 12 schooling. Don't the schools in Quebec teach English as a second language like schools in Europe? Seems many Continental Europeans speak English quite well. Are Quebecers that anti English?
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Dunno if this would count, but the song "Que Sera Sera" from the OST for the video game "Katamari Damacy." Pretty sure English isn't the singer's native tongue.
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Approximately 75% of Quebecers are francophone. Of those, approximately one third are bilingual; the rest are monolingual French speakers.
AIUI, the language they speak in Quebec is about as similar to the language spoken in France as Portuguese is to Italian.
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AIUI, the language they speak in Quebec is about as similar to the language spoken in France as Portuguese is to Italian.
No, that's not the case at all. There are Quebec accents, but standard Quebec French compared to French French is much like standard North American English, compared to British English. In high school and university, we used Quebec French and French French texts and learning aids interchangeably.
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Age 20? Meaning she was out of K - 12 schooling. Don't the schools in Quebec teach English as a second language like schools in Europe? Seems many Continental Europeans speak English quite well. Are Quebecers that anti English?
No more than the other provinces are anti French. It's avaiable, but not mandatory, and few kids leave school fully bilingual, in my experience.

For example, in my school in Saskatchewan, there were only three years of French required, and most kids dropped it as a subject as soon as they hit Grade 10, when it became optional. If you're interested in learning the other language, whether French or English depending on your location, you can do it, but it's not required.

Sounds to me like Dionne got serious about learning English as she started her singing career. Having English would be a clear advantage to a professional singer in North America.
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I rather liked that song Who Can It Be Now. Not sure what those guys native language was.
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ABBA and the Scorpions have been cited by many others, and were the first two bands I thought of. So I won't dwell any further regarding them.

"Jerk it Out" by the Caesars:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w869Avr_fXI

The late Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne was in another pop band called Ivy, whose lead singer (Dominique Durand) is from France. Her accent is quite evident on many of their songs. "The Edge of the Ocean" was used in a number of movies (e.g., Angel Eyes, Music and Lyrics, Shallow Hal) and TV shows.
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Lara Fabian. Her English-language hits are I Will Love Again and Love By Grace, but I'm crazy about her entire eponymous debut album. She's Belgian, and like Celine Dion, her career began in French-language music, but for some reason, her attempt to cross over into the English-language market was not nearly as successful.
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My answer would be the songs of Milli Vanilli, but Rob and Fab weren't the actual singers.
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If you've ever had the pleasure of chatting with an Aussie, you too would leave wondering what language he was speaking.
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