How Music Breaks Down Language Barriers 

Music will always be a part of human life. People listen to it in the morning, while driving, during special events, or even in the most ordinary of days. You may also find it very hard to imagine life without music. That would make life boring, and that’s not even an exaggeration.   


As Victor Hugo once said, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain.” In simpler terms, it means that music can bring people together regardless of race, religion, or language for this matter.  

 It is through music that different individuals can communicate thoughts without the need to understand the lyrics of a song, take “Happy Birthday” for example. Any person would surely recognize the song whether played in French or Spanish because well, it’s a popular song. People around the world have been playing the song for decades. Music is surely a universal language.  


 “Music Makes The People Come Together, Yeah”- Madonna 

“Music has such a large impact on our lives! It crosses cultures, age groups and has an effect on everyone. It can make you smile, dance, sing, cry, instantly recall memories like they were yesterday and process emotion.” –Abigail Saneholtz, Psy.D.

One good song to illustrate the point is the famous artist Madonna’s song entitled Music. It relays the message that with music, we remove all barriers and get to interact as one. It creatively communicates how labels are slowly removed once the music starts, hence the part “music mix the bourgeoisie and the rebel (yeah).”  

 One does not carefully choose who to dance with at the club, right? 


Music Can Be A Common Ground For Good Conversation 


How many times has one created a special friendship with another because they listened to the same songs or liked the same artist? Many times. Apart from being a recreational tool and a means to communicate, music also brings forth beautiful relationships. It displayed friendships built on similarities in musical taste stand the test of time.  

“These individuals have not come to me in their finest hour, but despite feeling lost or broken, music provided them with the opportunity for expression and for experiencing safety, peace and comfort.” –Molly Warren, MM, LPMT, MT-BC

 And this is probably because we can associate the friendship with the song or the artist who creates a lasting impression on the mind. Remember that moment when you heard a song and remembered someone? That’s one good example of this.  


Sometimes, The Lyrics Don’t Matter 

Luis Fonsi, the genius behind the popular dance hit “Despacito” once said in an interview, “music can be so powerful that it can bind and unite cultures,” and most couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, you only need to listen to the beat, feel it, and allow yourself to go with it. Interpretation is best made without the basis of words sometimes.  


Take the case of the aforementioned “Despacito” and how it hit number one in a lot of countries in the world that don’t even understand Spanish, or Psy’s “Gangnam Style” that even reached America when they released it on YouTube years ago. How does one explain that? Now that is amazing. 

 Talk about the power of a strong upbeat melody.    

 “It seems as though – I wouldn’t say music has special properties – but, it has the ability to distract or engage in ways that other stimuli don’t.” Neuropsychologist Daniel Levitin, PhD

Some Songs You Can Listen To Appreciate Music’s Wonderful Powers 

If, by now, one still needs more proof to believe that music is a strong force that breaks language (and all) barriers, here are some songs you can listen to:  

  • Bboom Bboom- Momoland 
  • Fur Elise- Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Despacito- Justin Bieber/ Luis Fonsi
  • Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos)- CNCO
  • Feliz Navidad- Jose Feliciano
  • Waka Waka- Shakira
  • Baam- Momoland
  • Seventh Element- Vitas
  • Crazy Frog- Axel F
  • The Ketchup Song (Asereje)- Last Ketchup

There you go, that ends today’s exciting topic about the power of music to bridge people of different languages and cultures. The next time you are shy to talk to someone or express how you feel, you know what to do: communicate through music. It may be weird at first to try, but you’re sure not to fail. That’s a promise.  







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