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Best Global Music Artists of 2023

Dec/31/2023 / by jordana-weiss

Tune in to these vocalists that made a mark this year

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It’s easy to get bogged down in a routine of listening to the same songs, albums, and artists over and over again. A study from 2018 published in “The New York Times” revealed that for women, the most significant musical influence occurs between the ages of 11 and 14, peaking at age 13. This means that for most of us, our favorite songs and most beloved music are things we listened to at that time.

Breaking out of this habit requires concerted effort, and it’s essential to regularly expand your musical knowledge to ensure you don’t get stuck solely listening to whatever was popular on your thirteenth birthday.

Check out some of the biggest global artists of 2023 to add to your playlist.  

Diljit Dosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh is an Indian singer-songwriter who made history as the first Punjabi artist to play at Coachella earlier this year. Although he has 12 albums and has been a well-known musician in India since 2005, he started to make waves globally in 2020 when he appeared on “Billboard’s” Social 50 list, a chart ranking the most popular global artists on social media. Some of his most popular songs include “Hass Hass”(featuring Sia), “Lalkara”, and “Lemonade”.

Karol G

Colombian singer-songwriter Karol G first burst onto the scene in North America by appearing in the Bad Bunny hit “Ahora Me Llama” in 2017. Her style is primarily reggaeton and Latin trap, and she’s considered one of the most prominent female artists in these genres today. While she grew in popularity over the years, her highest-charting single was released earlier in 2023 – a collaboration with Shakira called “TQG”.

Arijit Singh

Too often, the singers behind your favorite on-screen songs are not given the accolades they deserve. Thankfully, Arijit Singh is breaking this mold and gaining recognition as one of the most exceptional playback singers in the Indian music industry. With a soulful voice and an impressive range, Singh has captured the hearts of listeners worldwide. Some of his biggest songs include “Meet” from the movie “Simran”and “Haareya”from “Meri Pyaari Bindu”

Natalia Lafourcade

Hailing from Mexico, Natalia Lafourcade is an artist who effortlessly blends genres, including pop, rock, and folk. Her soul-stirring vocals and poetic lyrics have garnered her international acclaim. With tons of awards under her belt, including a Grammy for her 2016 album “Hasta la Raíz”, Lafourcade continues to redefine Latin music in 2023 and beyond.

DIVINE

Indian rapper DIVINE has been a trailblazer in the global hip-hop scene. After growing up in Mumbai and initially seeing success in his hometown, his raw and authentic storytelling is now resonating with audiences worldwide. Collaborations with international artists have further solidified DIVINE’s position as a force to be reckoned with in the global rap landscape.   

LimeLight

K-pop has experienced a significant boom in popularity across North America in recent years, and it seems like dozens of new acts spread from South Korea to fans around the globe every year. One of the biggest of 2023 is LimeLight, a brand-new girl group created by 143 Entertainment. MiU, Suhye, and Gaeun are the original members, but managers say they have plans to expand the group in the future. Currently, their biggest hits include “Starlight” and “Eye to Eye” from their self-titled debut EP.

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