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Tunes for traveling – Hit songs from around the planet

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AWOPBAMBOOM Volume 74 – Select Songs for Fellow Travelers

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From continent to continent, here are some of the best tunes from around the planet!

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Croatia, Europe – Tony Cetinski, “Zar Malo To Je” 

Sort of Gypsy, kind of rock, a hint of pop, yet wholeheartedly profound with love trauma. A typical dose of your average top track.

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Japan, Asia – Hi-Standard, “Another Starting Line”

If the whole world can have punks, why can’t Japan? Oddly satisfying rendition of a Japanese boy-band.

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Kenya, Africa – Octopizzo, “Black Star”

In a list of African slums, there are far more above Kibera than below. Octopizzo was born into Kibera and references Drake’s, “Started from the bottom, now we here” on this track.

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USA, North America – D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”

It’s time to accept hip-hop as part of American culture.

Side note: Someone please tell us “why is this track named after nutritious mini-trees?”

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Antarctica… sorta – Ellen, “Song for Antarctica”

Since Antarctica is practically uninhabited, a song about the continent written by a widely unknown artist will have to suffice. Cheers, Antarctica!

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UK, Europe – James Arthur, “Say You Won’t Let Go”

Millennials have coined the term, “right in the feels.” Urban dictionary defines said phrase as “something super emotional that melts even the coldest of hearts…” and that is exactly what we have here, folks.

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Colombia, South America – J Balvin ft. Pharrell Williams & Sky, “Safari”

Hey, look! It’s Pharrell singing in Spanish!

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Lead-In Image: “J Balvin performs during the fourth night of Sanremo Italian Song’s Festival at Ariston theater in Sanremo on February 12, 2016.”; Courtesy of Andrea Raffin / Shutterstock.com

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Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at joey@newswhistle.com or send him a Tweet (@SenorJoseRafael).