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Music Playlist: Glossolalia Songs

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What’s a “Glossolalia Song” you ask? Well, the dictionary descibes glossolalia as follows:

glos·so·la·li·a ( P ) Pronunciation Key (glôs-ll-, gls-)
1. Fabricated and nonmeaningful speech, especially such speech associated with a trance state or certain schizophrenic syndromes.
2. The gift of tongues.

In other words, “Glossolalia Songs” are songs whose lyrics are made-up words. Some bands have actually created their own personal languages as in Sigur Rós’ “Hopelandic”, and “Kobaian” a language created by the French prog rock outfit Magma. Besides these two obvious choices, this playlist contains 13 other artists who have used glossolalia in song.

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The Glossolalia Playlist:

1. “Iceblink Luck” – Cocteau Twins
2. “Cantara” – Dead Can Dance
3. “(vaka)” – Sigur Ros

4. “I Zimbra” – Talking Heads
5. “Solar Prestige A Gammon” – Elton John
6. “Warszawa” – David Bowie
7. “The Great Gig In The Sky” – Pink Floyd
8. “Mahna Mahna” – Cake
9. “Ma Meeshka Mow Skwoz” – Mr. Bungle
10. “Oompa Radar” – Goldfrapp
11. “The O-Men” – Butthole Surfers
12. “Twist” – Korn
13. “Tubular Bells (Part 2)” – Mike Oldfield
14. “Tourette’s” – Nirvana
15. “Kohntark” – Magma

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