Even though English has been the dominant language in Eurovision since the language rule was revoked in 1999, there are always some countries that choose to sing in their own language.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 at Eurovision 2022 we’re seeing 14 countries bringing non-English songs to Eurovision — the most since 2013.

But which of this year’s non-English songs is your favourite?

In this poll, we are only including entries where the majority of the song is in a non-English language. Therefore, we are excluding tracks that are primarily in English and with just a few sentences in other languages, like Romania’s “Llámame”.

So, as you brush up on your Albanian, Breton, Dutch, Greek, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovene, Spanish, Ukrainian and even a little Latin, we want you to name your favourite non-English song of Eurovision 2022.

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 2022

Albania: Ronela Hajati – “Sekret” (Albanian)

Ronela Hjati won Festivali i Këngës 60 with an all-Albanian version of “Sekret”. But while the Eurovision version has introduced some English lyrics (and even a few phrases in Spanish), the song still maintains its strong Albanian sound.

Cyprus: Andromache – “Ela” (Greek)

It was 2013 when Cyprus last sent a song with Greek lyrics to Eurovision. But after nearly a decade of English entries, Cyprus is now serving the haunting “Ela”. The song’s verses are in English, but the rest of the song is mostly in Greek, bringing a dreamy feeling.

France: Alvan & Ahez – “Fulenn” (Breton)

Breton is a Celtic language that is linguistically related to Welsh. It was first (and last) heard at Eurovision in 1996 and is the first French regional language heard since 2011, and now it returns with “Fuelnn”. The song is performed by two Brittany artists, the musician Alvan and the vocal trio Ahez.

Iceland: Systur – “Með hækkandi sól” (Icelandic)

Iceland typically enters songs in English, but this year Systur — the sisterly trio of Sigga, Beta and Elín Eyþórsdóttir — are bringing the sound of Icelandic with the moody “Með hækkandi sól”. This century, Iceland has only previously sent two Icelandic songs to Eurovision — both of which are considered successful, iconic entries.

Italy: Mahmood & Blanco – “Brividi” (Italian)

Mahmood placed second at Eurovision 2019 with the Italian song “Soldi”. Now he returns, this time in duet with Blanco and with another Italian song. “Brividi” is an emotional ballad with modern hip hop influences, with the Italian lyrics working seamlessly.

Lithuania: Monika Liu – “Sentimentai” (Lithuanian)

The first and last time Lithuania sent a song to Eurovision entirely in Lithuanian was on their debut in 1994 — and it finished last. But 2022 is a chance for audiences to hear the fresh, modern sound of Lithuanian. Monika Liu has the sultry “Sentimentai”, captivating listeners with her Lithuanian lyrics.

Moldova: Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov – “Trenulețul” (Romanian)

Moldova usually enters songs in English, but their last Romanian entry earned an 11th place finish in 2011. Zdob și Zdub, along with with folk duo Frații Advahov, celebrate the train line running between Chisinau and Bucharest, so it makes sense that the song is performed in the common language of the neighbouring countries.

The Netherlands: S10 – “De Diepte” (Dutch)

The Netherlands last sent a Dutch song to Eurovision in 2010… and didn’t qualify for the grand final. But having recently won with an English-language song, the pressure is off and the Dutch broadcaster can relax and return to its national language. S10’s “De Diepte” shows off the sound of modern Dutch pop, conjuring the emotion of memories.

Portugal: Maro – “Saudade, saudade” (Portuguese)

While “Saudade, saudade” does contain a lot of English lyrics, the song is centred around a word that is so uniquely Portuguese that it’s impossible to directly translate into English. Saudade is a sense of longing, melancholy, or nostalgia. Maro doesn’t attempt to define it, but rather evokes a feeling of saudade through the song.

San Marino: Achille Lauro – “Stripper” (Italian)

Achille Lauro brings plenty of rock ‘n’ roll swagger to “Stripper”. While the song contains plenty of English popular culture references, the bulk of the lyrics are in Italian. The song channels the attitude of 1970s punk, all the more enticing with its Italian lyrics. This is only the third Italian entry from San Marino, the first since 2013.

Serbia: Konstrakta – “In corpore sano” (Serbian, Latin)

Serbia usually sends songs in Serbian, but this year they are mixing things up by adding some Latin. The ancient European language takes its place alongside Konstrakta’s examination of celebrity culture and the issue of universal healthcare.

Slovenia: LPS – “Disko” (Slovene)

In recent years, Slovenia have generally done better at Eurovision with songs in Slovene rather than English. LPS may be hoping for similar results with their song “Disko”. The group’s Slovene lyrics show that Central European funk sounds just as good.

Spain: Chanel – “SloMo” (Spanish)

With a musical sound drifting over from the Caribbean and largely Spanish lyrics, Chanel brings her take on the spicy dembow music style. The lyrics of “SloMo” are coloured by splashes of international English, including Chanel shouting out to “los daddys” and evoking the “booty hypnotic”.

Ukraine: Kalush Orchestra – “Stefania” (Ukrainian)

Now, more than ever, Ukraine are putting the spotlight on their national language and culture. Musically, “Stefania” combines contemporary hip hop and electronic sounds with Ukraine musical traditions. The lyrics are similar, combining traditional singing styles with modern rap, all presented in the Ukrainian language.

Poll: What is your favourite non-English song of Eurovision 2022?

Which non-English song from Eurovision 2022 is standing out to you? Do you think we’ll see any of them emerge as the ultimate winner? Shout out your thoughts in the comments below!

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Ana
Ana
4 months ago

France is the best, ofc. But I find Moldova very funny in positive way

Nomo nomo
Nomo nomo
5 months ago

Albania, the Netherlands, and Portugal are all in my top 5. Love the three of them.

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
5 months ago

Italy, Ukraine, France, Lithuania, Serbia and Moldova are all in my top10 anyway. You should be asking which english songs we like, hahaha.

Jinbeizaki
Jinbeizaki
5 months ago

I love every single of them and this is a blessing there are so many of them, I hope the trend to sing in your mother language/less English would continue next year as well <3 The more diversity there is, the better Eurovision is for me. Show me your culture, your language, the artist also tends to have much more emotions/connecting to the song when singing it. Well it helps to not have cheesy English lyrics, bad pronunciation and actually understand what they’re singing haha

Olaf Yohansson
Olaf Yohansson
5 months ago

Italy of course is my favorite; than Netherlands. Iceland and Portugal are boring songs.

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago

Italy, San Marino, Portugal and Serbia are my top 4 songs, France is my number 6 and Cyprus is 9. Love the non-English songs.

Frank Arthur
Frank Arthur
5 months ago

NETHERLAND ,ITALY,SPAIN, no doubt the big favorites this year ,like others too, not bad year at all,

Im so fab
Im so fab
5 months ago

San Marino, Lithuania, Spain <3

Honourable mention: Holland

esc_fl
esc_fl
5 months ago

I’ll go for the Netherlands first, then Albania (though it’s got a variety of languages there). Cyprus and Spain are high up there too – though they both have English.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
5 months ago

Six out of them are actually in my top 8 (France, Portugal, Serbia, Iceland, Lithuania and Italy), all the other ones probably in my top 25 at least. Conclusion: better send an entry in a language you’re comfortable with, rather than struggling to come up with something in English just because. Most relevant example this year has to be Montenegro.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Why you did not add Maro or Chanel to the main picture? Considering she is one of the favourites… It does not make sense, the results would be diferent…

Efthymios
Efthymios
5 months ago

Serbia’s “In Corpore Sano” is my 2nd place and Iceland’s “Með hækkandi sól” is my 3rd place out of 40 for ESC 2022! FIRST ONE IS A LITERAL, THEATRICAL PIECE OF ART AND THE SECOND ONE IS A SOOTHING, RELAXING MASTERPIECE THAT PERFECTLY CAPTURES THE THEME OF THE YEAR, “THE SOUND OF BEAUTY”! <3<3

Crystal
5 months ago

So many interesting songs, but I decided to stick with just my personal top 5. In alphabetical order, I went with France, Italy, Moldova, Serbia, and Ukraine. All have really unique elements, and some have actually become earworms for me, especially Moldova and Ukraine.

San_Marino
San_Marino
5 months ago

Moldova’s last Romanian entry was 2013 with O Mie not 2011

Mike Gox
Mike Gox
5 months ago

Netherlands. Such a beautiful song in a usually not so beautiful language.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike Gox

Even though i love Dutch language it sounds as if they are choking. I tried to learn it while i was living there and my goodness what a difficult language!!!

Lorena
Lorena
5 months ago
Reply to  Mike Gox

A good song is a good song no matter the language. That’s why I cannot undersant some countries that never bring songs in their language because they say it does not sound nice. Calling to the Nordics especially here. At least this year Finland presented some songs in Finnish, and they were great, by the way (Ram Pam Pam is one of my favourites of this years’ NFs).

Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
Young_At_Heart_In_Austin
5 months ago
Reply to  Lorena

Son Numeron was my favorite NF entry.

Prc
Prc
5 months ago

Some countries should have used their own language instead of english, for example I really like the Sweden’s entry, but the lyrics are just average/mediocre and don’t match the quality of the music soundscape. Romania also has a very catchy bridge, but the lyrics in the verses sound like a literal google translation. Spain has an amazing performer, but the cringe lyrics will kill their chances to win.

Una
Una
5 months ago

Iceland, Netherlands, Moldova, France, Lithuania, Slovenia. 2022 is a very good year for non-English songs 🙂

Maa
Maa
5 months ago

Meh, they have foreign titles and Cyprus’s chorus is in Greek.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

France! Celtic Banger – 12 points from Ireland

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

Excellent songs! It’s hard to choose the #1…My fave is the Nlands, but Italy, Lithuania, Serbia, Ukraine are also top choices.
Not a single bad song in this group.

Xxx
Xxx
5 months ago

Native languages are slaying this year. They all are great.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

Including the UK.

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Absolutely – but the topic here is “non-english” and not “native language”.

“Spaceman” is the best entry from the UK since 1997…

Boozyfloozy99
Boozyfloozy99
5 months ago

France and Netherlands! Certainly not the continually overhyped Italy.

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy99

Just like last year, the Italy haters on this site are going to have a nasty surprise next month. Q

Mary M.
Mary M.
5 months ago

Me, voting for San Marino. I just… love that song?

Crystal
5 months ago
Reply to  Mary M.

I didn’t vote for San Marino, but I have to give them props for throwing caution to the wind. I can’t help but root for San Marino at times because when they’re not sending Pure Unadulterated Cheese™ to Eurovision, they’re more likely to just throw something at the wall and see what sticks. I like to call it “The Little Country That Could”.

Maybush
5 months ago

I like Portugal, Lithuania and Spain. I also like Moldova but seem to be in a small minority with that one

Solfrid Holte Johansen
Solfrid Holte Johansen
5 months ago
Reply to  Maybush

Moldova is on my top 10 this year. Not last year.

Lorena
Lorena
5 months ago

In general, I love non-English songs. This year, I like the Netherlands, Lithuania, Italy and Ukraine. Also Spain, but I would love less English in the Spanish song actually.

Mr X
Mr X
5 months ago

Netherlands sends a masterpiece in Dutch !

Ivar
Ivar
5 months ago

Breton, Dutch, Italian (both Italy and San Marino)

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

I enjoy a lot of non-English and bilingual songs this year, with Netherlands, France, and Italy are my top 3 in this group, but I could compliment several others. In general, I don’t prefer a specific country sending songs in one language or the other, but in a whole, it’s always beautiful to see diversity and many different languages. Most of these songs are at least okay, even if my last place is also a non-English song.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago

It’s Portugal all the way for me.
The way Mark blends the Portuguese in with the English is really clever. Please vote for her!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago

*Maro!

Can’t edit my comment for reason.

Doris
Doris
5 months ago

Cyprus and Portugal have nothing to do in this poll they are mostly ENGLISH songs, same for Albania.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

They have phrases or words in their own language.

Portugal has an entire haunting line in Portuguese, probably the best line of any song and the choruses describe a word that only Portuguese people truly feel.

Lorena
Lorena
5 months ago

Also Romania has phrases or words in a non-English language, and they are actually the title and chorus. I agree with Doris, what is Albania doing here, but not Romania?

Kaija
Kaija
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

chill, it’s just a meaningless poll

Prc
Prc
5 months ago
Reply to  Doris

Actually, the entire second verse of Portugal’s entry is sung in portuguese.

Kosey
Kosey
5 months ago

Language is an interesting subject. Historically I have said it doesn’t really matter as the first thing I tend to do is to translate the lyrics. However this year I fell in love with a band from Slovenia’s EMA and they have not put up an English translation of their lyrics and it has not diminished my enjoyment of the song, so I think I have proved myself wrong. Also, there are some songs this year (Latvia, Norway) where I actively want them to be in a different language because the lyrics are so awful in English that it really… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

Norway’s lyrics are meant to Ben like though…

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

I both agree and not with this statement. Diversity is beautiful, and I prefer hearing more languages each year. Which country sings in which language is usually less importnat for me. Austria singing in French in 2016 still brought French to the contest, and as long as Zoe could pull the accent, I was okay with that. Of course, people who can’t even understand the language singing in it can make it feel ”hollow” in a way (that includes English). As for the lyrics, I always translate them. A bad lyrical content is a bad lyrical content. Of course that… Read more »

Kosey
Kosey
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I think we agree theoretically Colin, just not in practice unfortunately! The Norway and Latvia lyrics are both incredibly awful in my opinion – the only difference I think is that one thinks it is clever and the other one knows it is awful. But I think these matters are often a matter of personal taste so it is hard to be objective in this area.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Kosey

What’s the Spanish for “SloMo”?

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Movimientos lentos

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

“Slow motion” is “cámara lenta”.

Bart
Bart
5 months ago

De Diepte by S10.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 months ago

My own listens count says my favourite of these is Italy, followed by Spain and the Netherlands. After that, there is a big gap to the rest.

Dawid
Dawid
5 months ago

Oh, De Diepte and it’s not even close

Dani
Dani
5 months ago

A lot of my favourites in there, actually. Albania, France, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal and Serbia are all in my top 10 and some others there are in my top 20 (Cyprus, Iceland, Spain).