There's been an increasing trend of K-pop songs containing Latin American lyrics. It's no surprise given how much K-pop has grown internationally with massive fan bases in South American countries.
It's great to see, because after all, music is universal! You don't need to understand a language to appreciate the music.
Here are 10 K-pop songs with Latin American lyrics and their meanings.
1. SF9: O Sole Mio
SF9's latest track '"O Sole Mio" contains lyrics in multiple languages.
Italian: "o sole mio" = My sun
Latin: "ego dormio" = I'm sleeping
Spanish: "te quiero" = I love you
2. KARD: Hola Hola
KARD's debut track "Hola Hola" has a double meaning; "Hello" in Spanish and "going up" in Korean, reflecting them saying hello to the world and their wish to rise up to success.
3. GFriend: Me Gustas Tu
GFriend's breakout hit "Me Gustas Tu" translates to "I like you" in Spanish.
4. Super Junior: Mamacita
Super Junior's addictive track "Mamacita" translates to "Little Mama" in Spanish. In this context, it's a term used to refer to women who are sexy and attractive.
5. IU: Havana
One of my favourite tracks off her album Modern Times, IU's "Havana" contains Latin American phrases.
Portuguese: "Ola, muito prazer, menina bonito" = Hi, nice to meet you, pretty girl
Spanish: "Hola, muchacha hermosa" = Hello, beautiful girl
6. SHINee: Senorita
SHINee sing about their senoritas (ie. women) in their song "Senorita." Key even raps in Spanish at the start.
"Hola, Damas y Caballeros" = Hello ladies and gentlemen
"Yo amigo*, Baila conmigo" = Yo friend, dance with me
"Somos SHINee" = We are SHINee
*Side note: SHINee also have another song titled 'Amigo.'
7. U-Kiss: Te Amo
"Te Amo" means "I love you" in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. The song also contains other Spanish words such as "amor" (love) and "tu beso" (your kiss). This was a track from U-Kiss' album The Special to Kiss Me, their first album made completely for fans.
8. Girls' Generation - One Afternoon
In their song "One Afternoon" the ladies of Girls' Generation sing "Como estas?" which means "How are you?" in Spanish.
9. Ga-In: Esperando
Aside from Korean and English, Ga-In's seductive tango-inspired track, "Esperando" contains Spanish lyrics.
"Esperando el amor" = Waiting for love
"Yo te adoro" = I adore you
"Yo te amo" = I love you
10. Baek Jiyoung ft. 2PM's Taecyeon: My Ear's Candy
In Baek Jiyoung's popular hit song "My Ear's Candy" featuring 2PM's Taecyeon, she sings "Te Quiero," which means "I love you / I want you" in Spanish.
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