Summer’s unofficially over and fans had plenty of jams to keep the good times rolling. However, while we focused on huge hits stateside, other parts of the world were rocking out to totally different tracks with just as much impact.
German crooner Andreas Bourani (above left) wowed his home country with an infectious pop anthem, while Japan’s girl group AKB48 (above right) captivated regional fans with a campy hit. Meanwhile, British star Cheryl Cole took the summer throne in the U.K. with a track from her upcoming album. Check out our list to discover which international summer jams took the rest of the world by storm.
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“Prayer In C” by Lilly Wood & The Prick (Robin Schulz remix)
Israeli-French pop duo Lilly Wood & The Prick first released “Prayer in C,” as an album cut on 2010’s Invincible Friends. German DJ Robin Schulz remixed the song this year, creating a worldwide phenomenon. “Prayer in C” was released as a single in June, hitting No. 1 in more than 20 countries.
“Eyes, Nose, Lips” by Taeyang
South Korean singer Taeyang has carved a niche outside his popular boy band, Big Bang. Taeyang’s solo single, “Eyes, Nose, Lips,” takes cues from American R&B. The song hit the top of Billboard’s K-pop chart in August.
“Auf Uns” by Andreas Bourani
Germany’s Andreas Bourani released “Auf Uns” (translation: “For Us”) in May. The pop song describes youthful euphoria, set to a perfect summer beat. The song reached No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, and peaked at No. 2 in Austria.
“Crazy Stupid Love” by Cheryl Cole feat. Tinie Tempah
Cheryl Cole is one of Britain’s most visible pop stars. Her latest single, “Crazy Stupid Love,” sees the former Girls Aloud singer team up with rapper Tinie Tempah for an uptempo club banger. The single debuted atop the U.K. charts in July. Cole continues fighting for a U.S. takeover, but with a hit like this, 2014 could be her year.
“Kokoro No Placard” by AKB48
AKB48 is a sprawling Japanese girl group that started with 48 members. If that’s not mind-boggling, the act has reportedly grown to more than 130 members! The group dominated Japan’s charts last year, having the country’s four top selling singles. AKB48’s “Kokoro No Placard” (rough translation: “Message On A Placard” or “Heart’s Placard) is quintessential J-pop to keep your spirits high through the fall.
“Ay Vamos” by J. Balvin
Colombian reggaeton artist J. Balvin kept fans’ hips shaking all summer. He scored a Top 10 hit in his home nation with “Ay Vamos” (translation: “We’re Fine”). The song also made it into the Top 40 on Billboard’s Latin charts.
“Traum” by Cro
German rapper Cro kicked off summer with his single “Traum” (translation: “Dream”). The lyricist, who sports a panda costume head, tore up European charts with his danceable track. The song reached the top three in four countries over the summer.
“Murda” by Seyi Shay feat. Patoranking and Shaydee
One of Nigeria’s hottest summer singles came from songstress Seyi Shay. While working on her first album, she dropped “Murda” in May. The song is still holding strong at No. 2 on MTV Base’s Official Naijia Top 10 list.
“Que Sera” by Justice Crew
Australian male pop group Justice Crew got an early jump on summer music. The members released “Que Sera” in May and it shot up the Australian charts. The uplifting track spent nine weeks in the top spot and quickly went platinum.
“When The Beat Drops Out” by Marlon Roudette
British-Caribbean artist Marlon Roudette found his biggest success in Germany this summer. His reggae-tinged EDM track, “When The Beat Drops Out,” hit No. 1 there, while reaching the top three in Switzerland, Austria, and Latvia.