We polled the staff of Rest of World for the best recent songs from around the world. Every week, we’ll add another 10 songs right here to this page. You can also subscribe to our Spotify playlist, which will be updated with more songs every week!

Why did we choose Spotify? In 2021, Spotify nearly doubled its global coverage and launched in 85 new markets — from Benin to Bangladesh — bringing the number of countries in which Spotify is available up to 178. This is a major leap forward: In 2018, Spotify was active in only one sub-Saharan African market (South Africa), and today that number has jumped to 45.

What else should we be listening to? Where else in the world should we be looking for the next great song? Tweet @restofworld to tell us your song and streaming platform recommendations, so that we can grow and diversify our playlist. Happy listening!

忘れられないの (Wasurerarenaino)

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Artist: Sakanaction
Year: 2019
Country: Japan
Recommended by: Andrew, Reporter

Mamichula

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Artist: Trueno, Nicki Nicole, Bizarrap, Taiu, TATOOL
Year: 2020
Country: Argentina
Recommended by: Alex, Latin America Editor

Lamberghini

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Artist: The Doorbeen, Ragini
Year: 2018
Country: India
Recommended by: Anup, Executive Editor

Em dạo này

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Artist: Ngọt
Year: 2017
Country: Vietnam
Recommended by: Louise, Silicon Valley Editor

Yekelekelal

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Artist: Betty G
Year: 2015
Country: Ethiopia
Recommended by: Eli, Chief of Staff

Lament

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Artist: Kottarashky & the Rain Dogs
Year: 2016
Country: Bulgaria
Recommended by: Anna, Senior Front-end Designer

Killing Me Softly

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Artist: Adina Thembe, Kuami Eugene
Year: 2018
Country: Ghana
Recommended by: Yinka, Editor, Strategic Initiatives

kOsmik

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Artist: Violet Cold
Year: 2019
Country: Azerbaijan
Recommended by: Cengiz, Photo Editor

Lo Volvería

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Artist: Juan Pablo Vega
Year: 2020
Country: Colombia
Recommended by: Sophie, CEO & Founder

The Last Note 最後的音符

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Artist: Gong Gong Gong
Year: 2019
Country: China
Recommended by: Gabe, Head of Audience

Our picks from July 20

Te Amo

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Artist: Calema
Year: 2020
Country: São Tomé and Príncipe
Recommended by: Yinka, Editor, Strategic Initiatives

Firasat

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Artist: Sundancer
Year: 2021
Country: Indonesia
Recommended by: Cengiz, Photo Editor

Maskhara

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Artist: Bashar Murad
Year: 2021
Country: Palestine
Recommended by: Sophie, Founder & CEO

La Canícula

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Artist: Zuaraz
Year: 2020
Country: Mexico
Recommended by: Alex, Latin America Editor

Saal Ko Paat Ko Tapari

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Artist: Kulendra Bishwakarma & Bishnu Majhi
Year: 2018
Country: Nepal
Recommended by: Anup, Executive Editor

Ask the Birds in Cairo

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Artist: Felukah, MC Bolbol
Year: 2019
Country: Egypt
Recommended by: Devi, Ideas Editor

Life Goes On

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Artist: BTS
Year: 2020
Country: South Korea
Recommended by: Andrew, Reporter

Linda la Cumbia

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Artist: La Yegros
Year: 2019
Country: Argentina
Recommended by: Anna, Senior Front-end Developer

Afreen Afreen

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Artist: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan & Momina Mustehsan
Year: 2017
Country: Pakistan
Recommended by: Nilesh, Reporter

One Trouser

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Artist: Falz
Year: 2020
Country: Nigeria
Recommended by: Meaghan, Reporter