If you type in on google “Arabic pop music” you get to see a list of popular songs and artists. The artists that are on ranked highest and most are Amr Diab (top left) and Nancy Ajra (middle middle). He is Egyptian, she is Lebanese. They share the music genre Arab pop. It is a subgenre of pop music and Arabic music. It combines pop melodies with elements of different Arabic styles. Characteristics such as Middle Eastern instruments and minor key occur. The most popular themes are romance and focus on longing, melancholy and love issues. Alcohol and sexuality, things that are forbidden in the Islam, are rarely mentioned.
The language barrier did not stop the music from charting in Europe. Many artists, even the ones mentioned above speak multiple languages and cooperate that in their songs. Obviously, the biggest audience lays in the Middle East itself. The pop music is not only popular amongst the young generation, but it has also older fans. As a result of the Arabic film industry (mainly Egyptian movies), is Cairo in Egypt the main center for Arabic pop music. Followed by Beirut in Lebanon.