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Favourite songs and their cultural ‘alter-egos’

Academic work can be a tad monotone, so, to stay sane, I consume enormous amounts of music.

I am finding increasingly fascinating that songs in different languages can say very similar things in fantastically different ways.

Below some of my favourite songs and their cultural ‘alter-egos’ (let’s see if you can figure out why the last pair is on the list).

Reckon you can figure out which of each pair is my favourite and which the alter-ego?


Toxico, Mon Laferte.

Dance with me Tonight, Olly Murs.

Nunca me acuerdo de olvidarte, Shakira.

La última noche, Dani J.

Cuatro Babys, Maluma.


Toxic girl, Kings of Convenience.

Bailame, Nacho.

Can’t stop thinking about you, Oceana.

Forget you, Elijah Blake.

Can’t Be Tamed, Miley Cyrus.

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