Even though English has been the dominant language in Eurovision since the language rule was revoked in 1999, there are always some countries that choose to sing in their own language. And this year’s contest is no exception as we have nine countries that are representing their own mother tongues on stage.
In this poll, we are only including entries where the majority of the song is in a non-English language. However we are excluding tracks that are primarily in English and with just a few sentences in other languages, like Croatia’s “Tick Tock” or The Netherlands’ “Birth of a New Age”.
So, as you brush up on your Albanian, Danish, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Ukrainian, we want you to name your favourite non-English song of 2021. You can listen to all of the songs below and then vote for your favourite. You can vote for as many songs as you like but remember that you can only vote once.
Non-English songs of Eurovision 2021
Albania: Anxhela Peristeri – “Karma”
In some years, Albania has translated the Festivali i Këngës winning song into English for Eurovision, but this year they’ve left the lyrics of “Karma” in Albanian. It’s a dramatic, emotional song, with Anxhela Peristeri singing about a woman in a crisis she’s brought on herself.
Denmark: Fyr & Flamme – “Øve os på hinanden”
Denmark hasn’t sent a song entirely in Danish since the national language rule was lifted in 1999. While there was talk of “Øve os på hinanden” being translated into English, Fyr & Flamme stuck to their guns and will keep their synth-pop bop in Danish. The song captures the magic and nervousness of sharing the first dance with someone.
France: Barbara Pravi – “Voilà”
France usually sticks with song in French, but a lot of the time they’ll also throw in some lyrics in English. Not this year, though. Barbara Pravi is serving her take on French chanson and the lyrics to “Voilà” are entirely in French. Barbara’s song is a declaration of herself as a singer — and a challenge to the listener to accept her for what she is.
Italy: Måneskin – “Zitti e buoni”
As usual, Italy are sending a song in Italian. Måneskin have cleaned up the lyrics from their Sanremo performance, into a more family-friendly version for Eurovision. The song is a celebration of uniqueness and says never mind anyone who doesn’t get it.
Russia: Manizha – “Russian Woman”
Despite having an English title, Manizha’s “Russian Woman” is mostly in Russian, with just a few English lines thrown in for good measure. It’s the first Russian Eurovision entry performed in a local language since the Buranovskiye Babushki sang in Udmurt in 2012. Manizha’s song is a message of strength for women.
Serbia: Hurricane – “Loco Loco”
Hurricane’s song has a Spanish title and throws in a few English words, but the song is a slice of Serbian pop. The song is a celebration of being a strong, independent woman who also knows how to have a wild time.
Spain: Blas Cantó – “Voy a quedarme”
Spain usually enters a song in Spanish and 2021 is no exception. Blas Cantó sings “Voy a quedarme”. The romantic ballad is sentimental and full of longing, a declaration of fidelity.
Switzerland: Gjon’s Tears – “Tout l’univers”
Despite having four national languages, the last time Switzerland sent one of these languages to Eurovision was in 2010. But this year Gjon’s Tears insisted that his song, a message of love and strength, be sung in French. Fans have noted that Switzerland’s two previous victories were both French language songs — can lightning strike three times?
Ukraine: Go_A – “SHUM”
Ukraine haven’t sent a song with Ukraine lyrics sing GreenJolly performed “Razom nas bahato” on home turf in 2005. Go_A use traditional folklore styles mixed with intense modern electronica on their track “Shum”. The song evokes the seasons and takes inspiration from the natural environment.