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    34 Non-American Musicians You Need To Add To Your Playlist

    After all, good music knows no borders.

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    Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share who their favorite non-American musical artists are, for your listening pleasure. Here are the results:

    1. Yuna

    Tuan Mohd Aiman / Via Facebook: yunamusic

    Who she is: Malaysian singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Yuna has bright, sunny vocals with top-notch production values to match. Her cover of Drake's "Hold On, We're Going Home" is ethereal. Yuna's guaranteed to bring a little more sunshine to your day.

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    Fryd Frydendahl / Via Facebook: MOMOMOYOUTH

    Who she is: Danish singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: MØ is the voice behind song of the summer contender "Lean On" so unless you've been hiding under a rock, you should be PRETTY familiar with her haunting vocals by now! MØ is both an acronym for the singer's name AND Danish for maiden or virgin. But she's got an edgier, hipper sound that's akin to a Scandinavian Banks. And if you don't know who Banks is...well, that's another problem entirely.

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    3. BIGBANG

    Facebook: BIGBANG

    Who they are: K-Pop group (from South Korea, if you're not familiar with K-Pop).

    Why you should listen: There's a strong chance your workout mix is severely lacking in hip-hop infused K-Pop. Thankfully, the five-member Korean boy band BIGBANG is here to right that wrong. Oh, and they can get heartfelt too, on tracks like "IF YOU" and "LOSER."

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    4. Yelle

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    Who they are: French electropop band.

    Why you should listen: Yelle is the feminized version of the acronym for "You Enjoy Life" and that positivity soaks into the band's work. You don't have to speak French to enjoy Yelle's infectious work...just enjoy the ride!

    Submitted by Caitlin Michelle Beerer, Facebook

    5. Tarkan

    Ozgur Ulker / Via Facebook: tarkan

    Who he is: Turkish pop star.

    Why you should listen: Tarkan hasn't released new music since 2010, but that just means you have more time to catch up on his impressive body of work. He may sing in Turkish, but his sweeping vocals and worldly production values are guaranteed to have you on your feet dancing.

    Submitted by Linda Cadenza, Facebook

    6. Justice

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    Who they are: French electronic duo.

    Why you should listen: Disco-rock-electronica? YES PLEASE! Justice is electronic music done RIGHT, and is the perfect addition to your workout mix — and you'll feel instantly cooler in the process. Whether it's the Michael Jackson-influenced "D.A.N.C.E." or the anthemic "Civilization," Justice can truly do no wrong. Get listening NOW.

    Submitted by Caitlin Michelle Beerer, Facebook

    7. Yemi Alade

    Aderemi Adegbite / Via Facebook: KingYemiAlade

    Who she is: Nigerian pop star.

    Why you should listen: Think of a more Afro-tinged Janelle Monae, and you've got Yemi Alade. Slightly weird in a groovy way and way too catchy, Alade is probably unlike anything you've heard before.

    Submitted by Celina Anderson, Facebook

    8. Rodrigo y Gabriela

    Facebook: rodgab

    Who they are: Mexican acoustic guitar duo.

    Why you should listen: The duo are INSANELY talented: They performed at the White House for President Obama with MOTHERFUCKING BEYONCÉ. Most of Rodrigo y Gabriela's work is instrumental, but don't let the lack of vocals deter you. They're just plain FUN to listen to. Oh, and definitely break out your air guitar for their incredible cover of "Stairway to Heaven."

    Submitted by Cory Jane, Facebook

    9. Wizkid

    Facebook: wizkidmusic

    Who he is: Nigerian performing artist/songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Wizkid — real name Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun — is HUGE in Africa, and with good reason. He's like a modern-day Akon who rap-sings over siq beats, and he's more than worth a listen.

    Submitted by Elfreda Tetteh, Facebook

    10. Cheryl/Girls Aloud

    Facebook: CherylOfficial

    Who she is: British pop star. She was a part of Girls Aloud, a girl group.

    Why you should listen: Cheryl and her girl group Girls Aloud (which unfortunately broke up in 2013) are pure Britpop perfection, and totally steamrolled the charts. Cheryl also judges on UK's The X Factor when she isn't dropping fire singles. The only drawback to stanning for this queen of pop? Not all of Cheryl's work is available on Spotify (her INSANE banger "Call My Name" produced by Calvin Harris is noticeably missing).

    Submitted by Nick, Facebook

    11. Khaled

    Facebook: KhaledOfficial

    Who he is: Algerian singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Khaled sings in the traditional genre of raï, which combines Algerian folk with influences from French, Spanish, African, and Arabic music. If you liked Shakira's infectious World Cup anthem "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)", then you'll LOVE Khaled. Oh, and Khaled — also known as Cheb Khaled — has collaborated with Pitbull, so you know he can lay down a hot track.

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    12. Laura Pausini

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    Who she is: Italian singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Pausini has been on the music scene for more than two decades — her self-titled debut album came out in 1993. If you crossed Idina Menzel with Celine Dion, you'd get Pausini. She has an English album — 2002's From the Inside — but has achieved most of her success singing in Italian and Spanish. Don't let the language barrier deter you, because her emotion absolutely shines through in her breathtaking vocals.

    Submitted by Praelo Zandonadi, Facebook

    13. Alphabeat

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    Who they are: Danish pop group.

    Why you should listen: Full disclosure: I AM OBSESSED WITH ALPHABEAT. Imagine a world in which we never moved beyond bubblegum '90s pop. THAT's Alphabeat. Lead by the saccharine-sweet vocals of Stine Bramsen and Anders SG, the band's discography is pure pop perfection. Also, do yourself a favor and listen to their iqoniq cover of "Bad Romance" and "Telephone." It gives Gaga a run for her money, honey.

    Submitted by Julie Guld Christensen, Facebook

    14. EXO

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    Who they are: Chinese-South Korean boy band.

    Why you should listen: EXO is kind of confusing on paper. Technically, the group is made of two subgroups – EXO-K and EXO-M — that sing in Korean and Mandarin. The group has nine members — in classic boy-band fashion, three have left in the past few months — but what's undeniable is their music is CATCHY. Remember how much you loved NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys in the '90s (and still do, admit it)? Well that's EXO, except they're from Asia. Thank me later.

    Submitted by Paula Cruz Vidal, Facebook

    15. Allie X

    Facebook: 125356847504071

    Who she is: Canadian singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Imagine if Lorde and Lady Gaga circa 2008 had a love child and BOOM, you've got Allie X. Her weird act can come across as a little gimmicky, but boy, can this girl SING. If you're looking for synthy, ~chill~ vibes then look no further: Allie X is your GURL. Oh, and her music has even caught the attention of Katy Perry. Yup, add her to your playlist NOW.

    Submitted by Sam Stryker

    16. The Hives

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    Who they are: Swedish rock band.

    Why you should listen: Cater to your inner punk/emo self in the most tasteful way possible with The Hives. They're energetic, badass, but with pop sensibility — they caught the attention of superproducers Pharrell Williams and Timbaland, for starters. The group hasn't released a new album since 2012, but the new song "Blood Red Moon" should tide you over until a sixth studio album comes out.

    Submitted by Brittni Philippi, Facebook

    17. Chronixx

    Facebook: chronixxmusic

    Who he is: Jamaican reggae artist.

    Why you should listen: Chronixx was labeled "Reggae's Next Big Thing" by Billboard in 2013, and he certainly has the work to back it up. A collaboration with Major Lazer? Check. Tracks that make you want to get high by the beach? Check. Summer may be over, but Chronixx will be having you yearning for warm weather and easy living.

    Submitted by Osmery Guerra, Facebook

    18. Inna

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    Who she is: Romanian pop star.

    Why you should listen: Inna has caught the attention of — and collaborated with — Mr. Worldwide himself, and that tells you everything. When Pitbull calls, it's to get the party started...and that's what Inna does best. Whether you're looking to beef up your workout playlist or need some more jams for your Friday pregame, Inna has you covered. It's insanely catchy pop, with an Eastern European sensibility.

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    19. Christine and the Queens

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    Who they are: French music project.

    Why you should listen: A quick breakdown: Christine and the Queens isn't just a band, but a music project from the mind of Heloise Letissier. What does that mean? Synthy, moody tracks that speak to your soul. The group is opening for Marina and the Diamonds this catch them live, if you can!

    Submitted by LouBlu

    20. Girls' Generation

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    Who they are: Yup, another K-Pop group!

    Why you should listen: You didn't think that we'd only have male K-Pop groups, right? Girls' Generation features eight badass female members, and they're the Korean answer to the Spice Girls-sized void in your heart. The girls' most recent album, Lion Heart, is just over a month old and is chock full of pregame anthems for when you're doing vodka shots with your girl squad.

    Submitted by Sophia L Stewart, Facebook

    21. Stromae

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    Who he is: Belgian singer-rapper-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Stromae was the mastermind behind arguably the hottest track on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1's soundtrack, "Meltdown." His work is anthemic and bridges genres, tinging Eurohouse with hip-hop. Yup, it'll get your blood flowing.

    Submitted by Kathie Whitesnake Gidulska, Facebook

    22. Il Volo

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    Who they are: Italian operatic pop group.

    Why you should listen: Three handsome Italian men with the voices of angels singing pop-opera in the most beautiful language in the world? NEED I SAY MORE?!

    Submitted by Lori Saltis, Facebook

    23. Tove Styrke

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    Who she is: Swedish singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Don't confuse Styrke with another Tove hailing from Sweden, Tove Lo. Styrke placed third in Swedish Idol in 2009, and has slowly been climbing the ranks since — just this year, Time labelled her a "need-to-know" artist. Styrke combines pop with a serious indie vibe — just give her cover of "...Baby One More Time" a listen ASAP, and you'll see what I mean.

    Submitted by Ian McAdams, Facebook

    24. Foxes

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    Who she is: British singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: You've probably already been introduced to Foxes' vocals already — she's the voice behind Zedd's SMASH hit "Clarity", which garnered a Grammy for Best Dance Recording. But she's so much more than a one-hit wonder. Her heartfelt voice just CONNECTS with you, and her singles are earworms — think of a moredance-tinged Charli XCX. And get excited for more music — her next album, All I Need, should drop early next year.

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    25. The Wanton Bishops

    Facebook: thewantonbishops

    Who they are: Lebanese rock group.

    Why you should listen: The Wanton Bishops sound like they should be singing for whiskey commercials, and I mean that in the best way possible. They sound like the next big American rock band, but actually hail from Beirut. Jump on The Wanton Bishops bandwagon before they hit it big stateside; it really is only a matter of time.

    Submitted by Talar Demirdjian, Facebook

    26. Coeur de Pirate

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    Who she is: Canadian singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: If Lana Del Rey was French-Canadian and a little less SAD, she might — *might* — have turned out something like Coeur de Pirate. Evidence: Her throwback-inspired cover of "Last Kiss" that sounds like the type of song you'd like to listen to when you wake up in the morning. Easy listening should ALWAYS be this good.

    Submitted by Sonia Dubon, Facebook

    27. Bomba Estéreo

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    Who they are: Colombian electronic band.

    Why you should listen: It's kind of hard to pin down WHAT exactly Bomba Esteréo's sound is, exactly. But it might be described best by what producer Simon Mejia says Bomba Esteréo means in their native Colombia: "a really cool, awesome, bad ass party." If that doesn't convince you to listen...well, then I don't know what will!

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    28. Zara Larsson

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    Who she is: Swedish pop star.

    Why you should listen: Larsson is one of the more popular stateside acts on this list, and with good reason: girl has PIPES! She won the 2008 season of Talang, Sweden's equivalent of America's Got Talent and has been releasing music with her signature rosy-bright vocals ever since. Definitely do not miss out on her recent collab with British artist MNEK, "Never Forget You": It is a certifiable BANGER.

    Submitted by Rachel Choi, Facebook

    29. Years & Years

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    Who they are: English electronica band.

    Why you should listen: Years & Years' "King" is the song of the summer that should have been, but no matter: their debut studio album Communion dropped earlier this year and it is chock-full of hits. Years & Years is the British '90s-influenced synthpop band you never knew you needed (think a peppier Disclosure). PLEASE GIVE THEM A LISTEN!!!

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    30. Perfume

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    Who they are: Japanese pop group.

    Why you should listen: Everything about Perfume just makes so much SENSE, from the band's name to their house-y, bubblegum-y sound. Unless you speak Japanese, you won't understand Perfume's lyrics, but goddammit, these girls go in HARD, and that's what you'll here. Be kind to yourself, and add Perfume to your running playlist. Your pace will pick up noticeably, I promise.

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    31. Cro

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    Who he is: German rapper/singer.

    Why you should listen: Germany isn't exactly known for its rap scene...and I don't really get Cro's panda mask...but once you get over that, there's no denying that Cro can...sing-rap? I guess he can be best described as Europe's answer to Hoodie Allen. IDK, just go with it. You won't be sorry.

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    32. Purity Ring

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    Who they are: Canadian electronic duo.

    Why you should listen: Edmonton doesn't just produce awful hockey teams, it ALSO churns out great music acts. Case in point...Purity Ring! If you're into dreamy, ethereal electronica, Purity Ring could be ~your thing.~ Comprised of Megan James on vocals and Corin Roddick on drums, the group has ALSO churned out a hot, hot, hot remix of Lady Gaga's "Applause" that is a must-listen.

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    33. Anitta

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    Who she is: Brazilian pop star.

    Why you should listen: Anitta is one of the youngest artists on this list — she's 22 — but hot damn, does she have a voice! If you loved early Rihanna and Shakira at her poppiest, than you'll love Anitta, with her dance-pop-RnB vibezzz. Never mind that she sings in Portuguese — your booty WILL be shaking, no matter the language barrier.

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    34. Troye Sivan

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    Who he is: Australian singer-songwriter.

    Why you should listen: Sivan is an actor and a YouTuber, but hot damn, he better double down on his music career, because homeboy knows what's good. His recent EP WILD is like an extra-synthy male version of Taylor Swift's 1989 and even has the pop star's approval — she called it "STUNNING AND AWESOME" (caps lock Swift's, not mine). Oh, and I never thought I would say this...but his seven-minute collab with Zedd, "Papercut", HAS to be one of the best songs of the year. 2015, what a time to be alive.

    Submitted by Sam Stryker

    And finally, here's a playlist with all 34 artists for your listening pleasure. Rock out!

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