The 10 Hottest Arabic Party Songs You Need To Know Right Now
By: Holly Johnson/Arab America Contributing Writer
Music is the universal language, an art form of thoughtful expression that bridges the gap between cultural and geographic differences. It has the ability to completely entrance us, invoking passionate emotions and forever connecting us to the time, place, and people that remind us of our favorite tunes. If you’re like me, music is as much a part of my life as breathing, something that I have to hear EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
This being said, how much do you know about Arabic music? Sure, you bust a move to a little Drake in the evenings after getting home from work and sing along with Ariana as she basks in her latest #1. However, as you plan your next weekend get together (outside and safely six feet apart, of course), consider giving these 10 hot Arabic tunes a spin.
(1.) Youm Wara Youm – Samira Said & Cheb Mami
Released in 2002, this is a pop classic in the Arab world. Meaning ‘Day after Day’ in English, this is a beautiful song about love and the overwhelming feeling one has to always be near their partner.
(2.) Alabina – Los Ninos de Sara & Albabino
Fronted by an Arabic pop star and a Spanish-speaking Gypsies musical group, Alabina combines the unique cultural expressions of both the Spanish and Arab worlds. While linguistically diverse, this upbeat tune will have you swinging your hips in no time.
(3.) El 3einab – Saad el Soghayar
Topping four different lists of the best Arabic party songs, El 3einab is a true classic in the Arab world. With a driven beat, this fast-paced tune is perfect for a lively party, or even a bit of inspiration while you’re hitting the gym.
(4.) Hasta Luego – Zouhair Bahaoui ft. TiiwTiiw & CHK
Released in 2017, Hasta Luego was the first (and biggest hit to date) for Zouhair Bahaoui. A smash hit in Morrocco, Bahaoui has since toured internationally and continues to build his fanbase through social media. Currently working on his second album, Bahaoui shared a sneak peek on Instagram in March and is planning a release date in early 2021.
(5.) Sawah – Samir Sorour
Samir Sorour, the smooth saxophone player of days gone by, is the equivalent of John Coltrane in the Arab world. Although this is not a new tune, it will add a little depth to your next get together. Or, crack open your windows and enjoy the gentle breeze of a dusky sunset while playing.
(6.) Ya Lili ft. Hamouda – Balti
Categorized as Christian rap, this was a huge hit in 2017, even serving as the inspiration for a kids’ show! Energetic, it’s a perfect song to dance to and perfect for get-togethers.
(7.) Khebz El Nachef – Hady Khalil
Grab a martini and make your way poolside. What are you waiting for? In fact, the perfect adjectives to describe Hady’s smash hit from the summer of ’18 are saucy, flirty, and fun!
(8.) Al Sa’ban Aleih – Sherine
This classic hit from charismatic Egyptian pop queen Sherine has a claim to fame in the mainstream entertainment world. The opening beat in the 2011 tune Makes Me Better by Fabolous (ft. Ne-Yo) actually features the instrumental from this tune! Who knew?
(9.) Khosara Khosara – Abdel Halim Hafez
Another Egyptian musical icon and another mainstream tie. Infamously used as the tune to Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin, Hafez’ estate sued Jay-Z and producer, Timbaland. After more than three years in court, Jay-Z proved victorious based on a technicality.
(10.) Ah W Noss – Nancy Ahjram
Last but not least, this literal classic from Ahjram (a Lebanese artist popular in the early 2000s) has remained an icon Arab world, with fans spanning multiple generations.
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