The Most Translated Artist and Song from Every Country

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When the Anglo-Irish pop band Bananarama recorded their debut single in 1981, they had to learn the lyrics — which were in Swahili — phonetically.

They had heard the song in a French disco and couldn’t let it go. But they didn’t speak Swahili. And so they learned to sing the whole of “Aie a Mwana” by copying the verbal sounds.

The gambit worked. The single was an underground success, leading to a bigger record deal and guest vocals on the distinctly English-language chart hit “It Ain't What You Do (It's The Way That You Do It).”

Luckily, the words to Aie a Mwana translate as a wholesome song about a father returning home to his family for bedtime. But if you’ve ever found yourself grooving to a song with lyrics in an unfamiliar language, you’ll know how strange it feels to be emotionally connected to a voice and a melody without having any idea what the sentiment is behind it.

You’re not alone. And neither are English lyricists immune from being misunderstood. When you consider that over half of all international hits tend to be from the U.S. and that three-quarters of the world population — including 25 million Americans — don’t speak English, it’s no wonder that the community of music fans at Lyrics Translate have interpreted over 1.5 million songs.

But which songs, artists and languages are translated the most? WordFinderX analyzed data from Lyrics Translate to find out. Tunapenda we, akisante sana!*

What We Did

 WordFinderX, which also specializes in words with friends cheat tools, analyzed data on over 627,000 translations of 277,000 songs from more than 11,700 musical artists from We ranked the songs by the number of times they have been translated from their original language and ranked the artists based on how many times their songs have been translated. We also ranked non-English speaking artists separately and the most translated artists from each country.

Key Findings

  • Taylor Swift is the world’s most translated pop star, with 4,954 translations on Lyrics Translate.
  • Some 365 of Swift’s songs have been translated into one or more of 57 languages.
  • South Korea’s BTS is the most translated non-English language act, with 3,446 translations of 239 songs across 59 languages.
  • Michel Teló’s Ai Se Eu Te Pego (Brazil) is the world’s most translated song, with 131 translations, including Afrikaans, Welsh and four different Macedonian versions.
The Most Translated Music Artist From Every Country

The most-translated song in the world was first recorded in Portuguese, which is the world’s ninth most-spoken language — only around 257 million people ‘get’ Ai Se Eu Te Pego in the original. The song was an internet phenomenon, launching Brazilian singer Michel Teló to stardom and reaching iTunes number one around Latin America and Europe. Despite an uninspiring melody, it’s a song that folk love to sing along with. As a party playlist mainstay throughout the 20-teens, it attracted 131 translations in languages, including Dutch, Persian and Uzbek.

The Most Translated Song From Every Country

Bosnia’s Dino Merlin has been around long enough to record 135 songs deemed worthy of translation 986 times into 37 languages. These include the first national anthem of Bosnia and Herzegovina. And then there’s Merlin’s karaoke hit potential, which may have inspired still further translations.

The Most Translated Music Artists in the World
The Most Translated Non English Speaking Artists in the World

South Korean boy band BTS is about as internationally successful as you can get when singing in a language understood by just 77 million or so people. There is even a dedicated team of fan translators who’ve helped broaden the band’s appeal along the way to appearing on the cover of American Billboard magazine and playing Times Square. But words alone are not enough, as one translator reminds us: “The main factor and importance of BTS is their genuine personality, quality content and sincere music. As a translator, I cannot create something that isn’t [from] the original context,” Myungji Chae told Billboard.

The Most Common Languages that Lyrics are Translated Between

And English itself is most commonly translated into Turkish. More than one in ten English-language translations on Lyrics Translate end up in Turkish. There are around 88.1 million Turkish speakers in the world, far fewer than those who speak Russian, Spanish and French — which are the next most popular, with Turkish neighbor Greek also in the mix. In turn, Turkish songs are most commonly translated into English. But here’s a curiosity: “arguably the world’s most prominent Turkish-language rock band,” Altın Gün, was started by a Dutchman in the Netherlands who didn’t speak a word of the language but thought a covers band of Turkish folk songs would be a good idea. It was. Altın Gün are now a massive, GRAMMY Award-nominated band — though they stuck to Turkish rather than Dutch.

Listen Without Prejudice


In the post-Despacito era, it makes more and more sense for non-English language artists to record in their native language, even if they’re hoping for international success. Thanks to communities like Lyrics Translate and services such as YouTube auto-translate, a catchy tune and a charismatic artist can be enough.

If you should happen to fall in obsession with a foreign-language tune, you can delve as far as you like into its literal meaning and deeper TaylorSwiftian interconnections — just be aware, as the unwitting singer of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” discovered, what you find you’ve been singing might shock you.

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To determine the most translated artist and song from every country, we reviewed data on over 627,000 translations of 277,000 songs from more than 11,700 musical artists from Songs were ranked based on the number of times they have been translated from their original language into a foreign language on LyricsTranslate, while artists were ranked based on the number of times their songs — as main recording artists or featured acts, in both live or studio recordings — have been translated into different languages on the site.

We also separately ranked the non-English songs of non-English speaking artists, who were defined as artists born outside of primarily English-speaking countries and who release music sung by them in languages other than or as well as English. Major composers who could not be credited with lyric writing were removed from our dataset.

We also isolated the most translated artist in each country, determined by the artist’s country of birth or the country of origin of a collective or band. When ranking the most translated song in each country, we considered the country of origin of the artist or the country of origin of a folk song whose original composer is anonymous.

We also retrieved supplementary information on how many languages an artist’s credited songs have been translated into and how many of their songs have been translated in total.

The analysis of this data is correct as of October 2023.