Checkout the below listed latest and best top 10 best Arabic songs of all time 2017, The Arab musical culture is richly decorated with musical talent, diversity and style. These middle eastern offerings are but a simple taste of the immense well of creativity that lies within these lands. When their ancestral folk instrumentation is blended with modern pop sounds, the result can be stunning. So enjoy our list of some of the most memorable songs in the Arab world.
- 10. Tariq al Nahal (The Path of the Bees) – Fairuz
- 9. Habibi Ya Nour el Ayn (Light of My Eye) – Amir Diab
- 8. El Donia Helwa (The World is Sweet) – Nancy Ajram
- 7. Khalini Shoufak Billeil (Let Me See You Tonight) – Najwa Karam
- 6. Ana Mosh Kaafir (I’m Not a Heathen) – Ziad Rahbani
- 5. Nesini El Donya (Make Me Forget the World) – Ragheb Alama
- 4. El Leila (Tonight) – Amr Diab
- 3. Fi hagat – Nancy Ajram
- 2. Ahwak (I Love You) – Abdel Halim Hafez
- 1. Al-Atlal (The Ruins) – Umm Kulthum
Here we present the list of top 10 best Arabic songs of all time 2017.
10. Tariq al Nahal (The Path of the Bees) – Fairuz
“Tariq al Nahal” translates to English as “The Path of the Bees”. Performed by Lebanese singer, Fairuz, and composed by the Rahbani Brothers, “Tariq al Nahal”. This is a well done song, but sad and soulful as it tells of a love perhaps lost, and the remembrance of such a love can be bittersweet. Fairuz is a well loved performer, and her treatment of this song, the heartfelt reflections in her voice, as she sings surely earns her the title she is known for, the “Jewel of Lebanon”.
9. Habibi Ya Nour el Ayn (Light of My Eye) – Amir Diab
Released in 1996, this track spawned a music video in which a quaint Andalusian village provides the backdrop, complete with flamenco dancers, and some fantastic guitar work. Performed by the exceptionally talented Egyptian singer Amir Diab, “Habibi Ya Nour el Ayn” is one of the most popular pop songs in the Arab speaking world. Diab is a performer who is proud of his videos, and was instrumental in introducing the music video to the Arab world. A song of love and devotion, “Habibi Ya Nour el Ayn” is guaranteed to make you feel as if spring is indeed, eternal.
8. El Donia Helwa (The World is Sweet) – Nancy Ajram
Our second offering from the multi talented performer, Nancy Ajram, is “El Donia Helwa”. This track became an instant smash hit in the Arab world, and as it was used to promote that wonderful soft drink, Coca Cola, many people were able to partake of it. The perfect song, which infused traditional Arab instrumentation with some sweet pop jam. The song tells the moral of not looking back, and taking your life by the reigns, but to do so in the spirit of love.
7. Khalini Shoufak Billeil (Let Me See You Tonight) – Najwa Karam
Najwa Karam is a multi talented Lebanese performer who often favors using traditional instruments in her songs. She has a powerful voice, as well as an excellent fashion sense, for which she is well known. Her song “Khalini Shoufak Billeil” with lyrics by Houssein Ismael and music by Wissam Al-Amir, concerns forbidden love, the kind which must be hidden from view, under the cover of night, as the night hides transgressions.
6. Ana Mosh Kaafir (I’m Not a Heathen) – Ziad Rahbani
Lebanese performer, author and musician Ziad Rahbani uses politics and satire as a backdrop for most of his work, whether it’s a play or composition. “Ana Mosh Kaafir” is no exception. This composition centers around the Lebanese civil wars which occurred during the 1980’s. Ziad was cognizant that religious beliefs were being utilized to cause these uprisings, so penned the song, “Ana Mosh Kaafir” as a way to express this.
5. Nesini El Donya (Make Me Forget the World) – Ragheb Alama
Ragheb Alama is a multi talented Lebanese performer and composer, and one of the top contributors to Arab musical culture today. “Nessini El Donya” is known as one of his best hits, and concerns the love a man has for his lady, the depths of which lead him to forget everything but their love. “Nessini el Donya” is performed by Ragheb in a gentle and vibrant manner, befitting the subject.
4. El Leila (Tonight) – Amr Diab
Amr Diab is an Arab pop singer and composer from Egypt, and has the distinction of being certified by the Guiness Book of World Records for the title of the “Most World Music Awards for Best Selling Middle Eastern Artist”, in 2016. Prolific and popular, one of his most famous songs is “El Leila”, from the 2013 album of the same name (not to be confused with the 2007 album, El Leila De). El Leila was composed by Amr Tantawi with lyrics by Tamer Hussien, and tells the tale of a man proclaiming his eternal love for the woman in his life.
3. Fi hagat – Nancy Ajram
“Fi Hagat” is a song performed by Lebanese performer, Nancy Ajram, and is the first Arab song to exceed 30 million views on Youtube. Nancy is considered as one of the most successful Arab female singers in history. “Fi Hagat” comes off of her 2010 album, “Seven”, where she experiments with a variety of genres, such as electronica and rhythm and blues, and blends it all together with her particular style of Arab folk music. “Fi Hagat” climbed the Arab charts at a fast pace, and broke the record for number one peak position for the most consecutive weeks.
2. Ahwak (I Love You) – Abdel Halim Hafez
Abdel Halim Hafez, was an Egyptian performer, and is known as “The King of Arab Music”. His voice was so pure and perfect, that the people of Egypt called him the “Tan Nightingale”. Though he considered himself a live performer and shied away from releasing singles, his recordings of his live appearances are everywhere. One of his most beloved songs is “Ahwak”, or “I Love You”. The song is performed with the express feeling of devotion and tenderness, and considered by many as one of this best.
1. Al-Atlal (The Ruins) – Umm Kulthum
One of the most beautiful voices in all music, belongs to the late, great Egyptian songstress, Umm Kulthum. “Al-Atlal” was a poem composed by Ibrahim Nagi, which was put to music by Egyptian composer Riad Al Sunbati, and performed by the Lady of Cairo herself, Umm Kulthum in 1966. Umm Kulthum is known by her fans as the greatest singer to ever live, and they hold this song, as well as all her recordings, very dear to their hearts, and her performance of “Al-Atal” is considered as “The Crown of the Arab Song” and the best 20th century Arab song.
From the lands of ancient pyramids, mysteries and beauty, we have but just glanced upon the surface of such musical talent. What you’ve seen here is but a taste of what is to come, as creative minds allow their juices to flow forth and continue to send us the fruits of their labor, as carried forth in song.