Arabic songs are some of the most passionately loved and popular means of pop culture not only in the Middle East, but across the globe. From timeless classics to recent top hit songs, here are some of the greatest of all Arabic songs that are bound to get you in the mood for an appreciation of Arab culture.
‘Quds al Atika’ by Fairuz
A timeless classic, Fairuz is loved by generations across the board; and her song about Jerusalem touches the heart of all Arabs.
‘Habibi Ya Nour El Ayn’ by Amr Diab
Amr Diab, the Egyptian king of all Arabic pop, has numerous songs that are memorized by heart by Arabs across the region. This top hit remains one of his most loved songs of all time.
Shik Shak Shok
Although adapted by numerous singers, this song remains one of the most catchy and hip-shaking Arabic songs of all time—it’s almost impossible not to dance to!
‘Alf Lela Wa Lela’ by Umm Kulthum
Umm Kulthum, Egypt’s classic diva, delivers this sultry (and quite long) song that remains a favorite across generations and cultures.
‘C’est la Vie’ by Khaled
Hailing from Algeria, Khaled delivers this pop song in both Arabic and French, remaining a favorite song in both North Africa, the Middle East, and France as well.
‘Abdul Qadir’ by Khaled, Rachid Taha, and Faudel
Another song by Khaled in collaboration with other well-known Algerian and Tunisian singers, this song is about the timeless hero, Abdul Qadir, an Algerian military fighter against French colonialism.
‘Ah W Noss’ by Nancy Ajram
Nancy Ajram, from Lebanon, has some of the most famous music videos in the Arab world, and remains at the top of the charts; especially with addictive pop songs such as this one.