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Keeping up with music that tops the charts in your own country is simple. Usually, you can just turn on the radio and hear pop songs being played on repeat ad infinitum. But what if you want to discover what’s popular in other countries around the world?
We’re here to help you achieve this, with a collection of apps and websites that will help diversify your listening habits.
There are numerous ways to find international hits on Spotify.
First, go to Browse, then Charts, and you’ll see options to check out the Top 50 by Country as well as Viral 50 by Country.
There are also international charts for viral hits, and you can find playlists filled with songs by genre too.
Outside of the Browse section of Spotify, it’s also worth using the Search function. Just type in a query with a country’s name in it. You never know what you might come across!
And when you’re not in the mood for music, Spotify has other content worth exploring.
SoundCloud is another streaming site that lets you check out charts by country.
To get started, go to the website or app. Then, look for the orange Explore Our Top 50 button.
The next screen opens a chart. Use the dropdown lists on the top to filter by country or genre.
Pay attention to the number of plays listed in the right column, too. See a track with a huge number of weekly plays and relatively few all-time plays? It might be the next breakthrough hit.
Beloved by many indie artists, Bandcamp features a tag-heavy interface. Once you learn how it works, finding music from other countries is a breeze.
Start by looking for the Discover link in the top right.
On the next screen, find the filter in the top left for Location. Then use the right arrows to scroll through the list of places.
Also, check out the Browse By Tags link in the right-hand corner.
There is a location-based tag heading on the Tags page that shows some of the top place-specific tags. However, you can click View All and get even more. The screenshot below shows only a tiny segment of the options.
Exploring music on AllMusic could provide many surprises. Unlike the other sites and apps covered so far, this one doesn’t give location-based details.
As you can see, many song titles aren’t in English. The icon under the Stream column for some tracks launches the song in Spotify.
This chart could be a good resource if you’re ready to go beyond the Spotify charts. It gives you a bit of guidance without revealing genre details.
You can also scroll down past the chart and look for the International Subgenres and Styles header. Then, click the Plus sign to the right of it. Doing that opens up numerous tags for music lovers to explore.
This app offers over 80,000 radio stations representing more than 100 genres. It also gives you access to 120,000 podcasts. Even better, there are no commercials.
The app reportedly plays any radio station available to stream. There is also a specific country-based search that you can use to find music from other parts of the world.
Even if you only use this app to find music from other countries, it won’t disappoint.
This website and app offers a wealth of audio content, from live sports to podcasts. To find audio from a particular country, select By Location from the menu to the left.
Choose a region from the top of the next screen, then filter your choice by country.
You can also use the search box in the upper-right corner. This method is a little harder to use unless you can read other languages.
Try typing in the keywords “Top [country descriptor]”. After typing in “Top Polish” for example, click on the link for one of the stations.
Shazam is best known for its mobile app that identifies songs by listening to them. All you have to is hold up your phone and let Shazam figure out what it is.
Shazam also, however, offers an impressive streaming service through its website and mobile app.
To find international hits on the site, go to Shazam’s homepage and click Charts.
Scroll down to the Top 100 section to see a block-style list of top charts by country.
Want to know what’s getting noticed in a particular place? The Future Hits section is worth a listen. Click a country to see a hits playlist. The number to the right of a track represents total plays, not plays per week.
There are also embedded links to go to the song on Apple Music.
Furthermore, you can share the track, or go to the song or artist page. Just click on the menu to the right of each chart entry. It appears when you hover your mouse over a track, as does the Apple Music link.
Notice the menu to the right of the main Play button for the playlist? It lets you share the entire playlist via a social media site, such as Facebook or Twitter.
8. Pop Vortex
This website lacks a glamorous interface, but it’s straightforward, informative, and updated regularly based on iTunes data. It includes data for audiobook, eBooks, movies, and TV shows for some countries too.
Click the Play button in the black bar below any album’s cover picture to hear the song. You can stream the song without having iTunes installed, or you can buy the song through iTunes or Amazon if you want to listen to it later.
The charts on this site have 100 entries each, and the gray links below the Jump To Song header are especially helpful. Use them to get deeper into the chart without spending a ton of time scrolling. You could stumble onto some otherwise-buried ear candy.
How Do You Discover Music Popular in Other Countries?
Getting acquainted with the music that people in other countries listen to is easy and fun. You will undoubtedly find some similarities between your country and other countries. However, you should also expect to hear songs from artists that are completely new to you. Which is awesome.
What methods do you use to discover music popular around the world? Are there any websites are apps we missed off the list? And which country do you think has the best taste in music? Please let us know in the comments below!