Hello and welcome to a brand new spin-off from the commercially ignored and critically underrated DiS Does Pop. In the innovatively-titled DiS Does International Pop column we’ll be cocking our ear for a Top 40 smash abroad and shining a light on the biggest hits from foreign lands.
Want a sarcastic view of the Eurovision Song Contest that isn’t written by a Guardian staff writer? Fancy dipping your toes into the hyperactive world of J-Pop? Got a burning desire to discover Azerbaijan’s answer to Jedward? We’ll be answering most, if not all, of these questions in the months ahead.
We begin the column with a list of the biggest singles you’ve never heard of. Some are good. Some are excruciatingly bad. One of them is by Shakira.
1) B’z – Taiyo no Komachi Angel
2) Fun – We Are Young
3) Shakira – La Tortura
4) Marlon Roudette – New Age
5) Celine Dion – Pour que tu m’aimes encore
6) Tino Rossi – Petit Papa Noël
7) Big Bang & 2NE1 – Lollipop
8) Jedward – Bad Behaviour
9) Kent – Max 500
10) Chris Rene – Young Homie