5 Artists Who Recorded Their Songs In Multiple Languages

From David Bowie to ABBA.

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5 Artists Who Recorded Their Songs In Multiple Languages


The Beatles – 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' and 'She Loves You' (German Versions)

The lyrics were translated to German language by Camillo Felgen, a Luxembourger singer, lyricist and television/radio presenter, upon request by EMI's German producer Otto Demler. Demler also asked Felgen to fly to Paris, where the Beatles were on tour, to teach them phonetically the new lyrics of their songs during a recording session. The stereo mixes of "Komm, gib mir deine Hand" and "Sie liebt dich" were mixed by George Martin on 13 March 1964 at Abbey Road Studios, while the Beatles were filming A Hard Day's Night. Copies of the mixes were sent to West Germany and the United States.

Martin later said of the songs: "They were right, actually, it wasn't necessary for them to record in German, but they weren't graceless; they did a good job.

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Johnny Cash – 'Ring of Fire' (Spanish Version)

Johnny Cash somehow manages a version of Ring of Fire en Español. Here is 'Fuego de amor.'

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David Bowie - 'Heroes' (German and French Versions)

This song was released in English, German, and French. The German version is called "Helden," the French is "Heros."

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ABBA – 'Waterloo' (French, Swedish and German Versions)

ABBA not only recorded this song in their native Swedish and then in English but they also recorded a version in French for the French markets and one in German for the German markets.

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Manowar - Father (16 different versions in different languages)

The Thunder in the Sky EP contains 16 different versions of the song "Father", all sung in different languages. In addition to the English version, it was also sung in: Bulgarian, Croatian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Turkish.

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    Rammstein sang some of their songs in English.
    And Spanish, and Russian, and French. Yeah. But this isn't about bands who record different songs in different languages, it's about recording the same songs in different languages. 
    Weird Rammstein note here: Till Lindemann sung a cover of the German version of Bowie's heroes with Apocalyptica. So whilst some songs have covers in a different language, this is the only one I know that is an established cover of a song originally recorded in a different language.
     How about David Lee Roth's Eat 'em and Smile? They recorded the whole album in spanish ... Sonrisa Salvaje 
    Mike Patton recorded lyrics for FNM's "Evidence" in spanish, as well as portuguese (and I think italian, too).
    How about Harvest of Sorrow by Blind Guardian? The italian version still gives me nightmares...
    Megadeth! French version of Tout le Monde, also some Spanish versions of songs from Cryptic Writings.
    David Lee Roth did an all Spanish version of Eat Em and Smile called Sonrisa Salvaje back in 86! It's as cheesy as it sounds but its worth a listen!
    Megadeth and Bruce Dickinson have released English language songs in different languages, surprised neither made the list. 
    Eluveitie recorded their song "The Call of the Mountains" in English and the 4 official languages of Switzerland.  French, Italian, Romansh and Swiss-German
    the Spanish version of Hotel California that features in The Big Lebowski is pretty rad
    EDIT: I now realise that all the songs in the article were recorded by the original artists rather than being covered in a foreign language. However, I stand by my statement that the above song is pretty rad; and I will leave the link up for your own personal felicity /  despondency. 
    no mike patton?   He has some songs that go from english to french to italian....
    Melissa Auf der Maur recorded her song "Taste You" in French: "Te Gôuter".
    Don't forget the god awful spanish version of david lee roth's eat em and smile.
    Rhapsody did "Magic of the Wizard's Dream" with Christopher Lee in English, French, German and Italian.
    Peter Gabriel not just translated his third and fourth album to German, he re-recorded most of his fourth album making a completely new version of it in German.
    Ill Nino did one of their songs in Spanish as well as English. As did Agnostic Front with Gotta Go. 
    I don't know if anyone really wants a version in a different language, but it's probably still more useful than porn vids that are rereleased in Spanish. 
    I don't know if it's ever been recorded in other languages but Styx has performed Boat on the River in a bunch of different languages.
    Phil Collins - Tarzan Soundtrack.  Didnt want anyone to do his songs for the other country releases so he recorded the whole soundtrack in English, Italian, German, Spanish, and French!  Cant beat that!
    Fuckin Avril Lavigne, I listened at least 4-5 versions of girlfriend while playing burnout dominator, I had to disabled them because I started to get mad.