#1
I was doing wikipedia's on alot of the bands I listen to and realized the majority of them come from countries like Sweden, Norway, Finland, Germany, etc. I just find it odd that they all choose to write songs in English over their own native languages.
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#2
There are more English speaking people in the world, therefore there are more potential listeners. This seems logical to me, then again I could be completely wrong.
#3
i don't know. passably to get more fans. then there's rammstein. go figure
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IMO, english is easier to make things flow in a rythem...

easier to rhyme...
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#6
You will be a more successful band if you become successful in North America ( who's native language just happens to be English). English is also the language of business.
#7
Because it's easiest to make it sound cool.
That's what Alexi from Children Of Bodom said.
He said that Music in his language (Finnish) sounds stupid.
So He Sings in english.
i don't know where i saw that but it was from an interview. maybe guitar world or something.
#8
English makes the band seem more universal i guess. Alot of people in Germany, Sweden, Norway, etc. can understand english. Most people in America would be turned off if a band sang in Swedish, and not english. And most people, not saying that i do, think German isnt exactly the prettiest language in the world.
#9
US = biggest music market
US + any language other than English = phail
US + English = win!
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i don't know. passably to get more fans. then there's rammstein. go figure

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There are more English speaking people in the world, therefore there are more potential listeners. This seems logical to me, then again I could be completely wrong.
You're wrong, sort of. There are more English-speaking people in the paying market, though in terms of the world over I'm pretty sure German and French are both more widely spoken.


The main reaon why bands (metal or otherwise) use English, is simple; there are more possible combinations of words in the English language than any other language in the world. This means it's far easier to writ a song with good lyrics and a good tune in English, than any other language. This is one of the reasons why there's so much English used in Japanese music, for example; there are a lot of things they simply don't have a word for, and if they stick to just Japanese, they have to choose out of either having a good tune or good lyrics; it's almost impossible for them to attain both. It's the same for manhy other languages and countries too.


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US = biggest music market
US + any language other than English = phail
US + English = win!
/Ignorant equation
Germany and Japan beat the US music market currently. So, y'know...
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German isnt exactly the prettiest language in the world.




they can make the nicest phrase in the world sound like a death threat.


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Most people in America would be turned off if a band sang in Swedish, and not english.


All that I have to say is Finntroll.

For everything else: Why does anyone do anything? Because they want to, thats it. I would like to think that a lot of bands do it less for popularity and more because their influences speak English i.e. Sabbath, Maiden, Priest, the big 4 of thrash, most of the first death metal bands, etc, etc, etc.
#16
Well, most European countries (as already mentioned) speak or at least understand English fairly well. And on the other hand they may or may not necessarily all be so fluent with the various other languages ranging from Spanish to Finnish. So English can sort of bridge the gap.

And then there's the obvious reality of how it plays into business and the music market.
#17
Most of the music that influences them is sung in english... This is a big part of it
I think. They were brought up with it, so its easy to sing in it. (That's how Mille of Kreator put it, anyway...)
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US + any language other than English = phail


lets hope it stays this way.
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If I knew better French, I'd sing in nothing but just to spite pricks who won't listen to anything un-English languange.
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Its prolly different for many bands... I would have to because Metal was first started by English speaking people???? I have no clue really
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IMO, english is easier to make things flow in a rythem...

easier to rhyme...


not true.

very not true.

and yes the answer is because US and most other Primarily english speaking countries are the biggest markets as consumers of any products, and since English is so widespread most people in the world know at least rudimentary english and will be able to understand lyrics in these songs.

And Rammstein, they do it to have that effect. Theres an effect that comes with singing not in english, and when singing in german it has that very industrial yet still foreign sound and thats a sound they are trying to commute in their music.

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You're wrong, sort of. There are more English-speaking people in the paying market, though in terms of the world over I'm pretty sure German and French are both more widely spoken.


The main reaon why bands (metal or otherwise) use English, is simple; there are more possible combinations of words in the English language than any other language in the world. This means it's far easier to writ a song with good lyrics and a good tune in English, than any other language. This is one of the reasons why there's so much English used in Japanese music, for example; there are a lot of things they simply don't have a word for, and if they stick to just Japanese, they have to choose out of either having a good tune or good lyrics; it's almost impossible for them to attain both. It's the same for manhy other languages and countries too.


Germany and Japan beat the US music market currently. So, y'know...

you are quite wrong. German and French are by far not as widely spoken compared to english. Spanish and Chinese may be spoken by as much people but still are the underdogs because the whole western world is based on American culture (for now, it still is...). Other languages do have words for almost everything. It's just that brands and economic ideas are often using English words, again, because it is was our world is based on. I'm from holland myself and we don't sing in English because we wouldn't have the same choice of words (what a stupid idea is that?). The reason for this is quite simple. Metal evolved out of rock, rock n roll, blues... you get the idea... Those were genres sung, and got big sung by English / American man. The use of english is simple the continuation of that.
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English is a more lyrical language compared to scandinavian and eastern european languages.

Also everyone wants to break America

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Over here in south africa, metal is sung in one of our national languages Afrikaans, actually more than english..

But for the rest of the countries, english is very popular..
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#28
Yeah Metal started in brittain.

I really think people are placing too much weight on the fact that America speaks english(barely).

World wide english is the language most understood. 3/5ths of the worlds population have a basic understanding of english. This is greatly pushed up by India as they are the largest english speaking country atm.

And English is not a pretty language at all. Its a latin germanic hybrid bastard mongrel that sounds awful.
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they can make the nicest phrase in the world sound like a death threat.


Ich möchte deine Hand halten!


in english... "I want to hold your hand"

Yeah, I do German at school and sometimes I feel like I'm speaking Klingon or something...


I like when bands sing in Irish, though it hardly ever happens.
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#30
Because if I would write lyrics in Swedish, then I'm limiting the full enjoyment of the song to those who speaks swedish. If I write a song in english then a much larger number of people can enjoy the song better because they understand the lyrics.
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The main reaon why bands (metal or otherwise) use English, is simple; there are more possible combinations of words in the English language than any other language in the world. This means it's far easier to writ a song with good lyrics and a good tune in English, than any other language. This is one of the reasons why there's so much English used in Japanese music, for example; there are a lot of things they simply don't have a word for, and if they stick to just Japanese, they have to choose out of either having a good tune or good lyrics; it's almost impossible for them to attain both. It's the same for manhy other languages and countries too.

I'm sorry, but that is just incorrect. There are more modern Japanese words than there are in any other language; they are definently not limited by a lack of words in their native tongue.

Japanese use English in their songs (bear in mind, in almost all casese they sing in Japanese and only add an English word or two in there for good meassure) because it's hip, it's exotic and some times just because they like the word.

Another factor is that you feel a sense of protection when you speak a foreign language. It's like, saying "I love you" is so much easier then it is to say "jag älskar dig" or "daisuki" or whatever; it's like you can hide behind a certain persona by using someone else's language which might be another factor.
#32
Europe is big, there are many many languages spoken throughout it.
aswell as varations of languages. English is taught to all european countries in school.
why appeal to only your country when you can appeal to the whole contenint.
Aswell it opens up u.s and canada to their listeners range.
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#33
I wish Moonsorrow and Finntroll sang in English...
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#34
You know, that pop music today is made as catchy and cliche-ish as possible because more people fall for that? A lot of metal is also sung in English because more people will buy the CDs.

Metal is very mainstream nowadays. I write songs in Norwegian. Dimmu Borgir had some really good songs in Norwegian before they got extremely mainstream and sold their souls to English.

If you want to please as many people as possible, you might just as well make pop music.
#35
ENGLISH is the best language duh! no jk but its very widespread and it sounds cooler than greek (*cough* ROTTING CHRIST *cough*)
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Well, I know Finnish sounds like a more gutteral and brutal sounding version of swedish.

But that's coming from a swede

That may however make it better to some
#37
It doesn't matter as much what language you use in death/black metal, but for most other kinds of metal, English is probably best. It's also the first language of the US, a big metal market, and the primary 2nd language in Europe and much of the world.
#38
English is a universal language. In other words, you get the message and themes accross a lot better than if you write in your native language (which restricts your market and potential success). Western based audiences don't have such a good grasp on obscure foreign music. It helps if you know what the music you listen to is about in order to have some sort of deeper connection to it.
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#39
Everything I was going to say has been said already.. Although I like it when bands sing some of their songs, or maybe just one, in their native tongue, when they would usually sing in english.

And the cool bits of French here and there in Once Was Not
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