Global Pop Round-Up: November 2023 Edition

The Bias List is a K-pop blog that also covers a fair amount of J-pop. But just like most music fans, I enjoy tracks from all around the world. So, I thought I’d start a monthly round-up of some of the non-K-pop songs that have caught my ear. No ratings — just highlights!

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Benjamin – Uutta exää

Benjamin just doesn’t make bad songs. This is another synth-driven banger.

Conan Gray – Killing Me

I love this 80’s vibe Conan is mining. Moody verses give way to a bombastic Holding Out For A Hero style chorus.

Diamante – 1987

This is a loving re-creation of late-80’s rock. It’s very satisfying!

Dua Lipa – Houdini

Initially, I was underwhelmed by this. However, it’s quickly grown into a major earworm (as any Dua Lipa song is apt to do).

Eden XO – Bad Apple (1, 2, 3)

A little Padam Padam, but it’s quirky enough to stand on its own.

Erika Vikman – Elizabeth Taylor

I’ll gladly devour any new music Erika Vikman wants to give us, and Elizabeth Taylor continues her bombastic run of grade-A power pop. I hope this means an album is on the way!

Gia Woods – Your Engine (Album)

If you enjoyed Slayyyter’s new album the way I did, you owe it to yourself to listen to Your Engine for a nonstop barrage of upbeat europop.

KEiiNO – Insomnia

Another Nordic dance banger from KeiiNO. They don’t miss.

Mari Bella – Love Me / Hate Me

This is very Dua Lipa with a ton of bounce in its step. A very solid pop track!

Matteson – Waves

Metteson’s voice is striking and this atmospheric club track is so entrancing. I love the choral elements in the production.

Synne Vo – Ti kniver i hjertet

It’s a very Scandinavian round-up this month, and Synne Vo closes us out with a quirky dance track that has plenty of melodic bite. It’s a little Robyn-esque in places.

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