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Basically, when an imported work is translated, theme songs and other songs are left in the original language. There's a really good reason for this; due to differing language structures, perfectly respectable foreign-language lyrics are nonsensical in English. Songs (like all poetry) are much, much harder to translate than regular dialogue. Hence, rather than overhaul the lyrics in the song as is normally done with spoken dialogue, the song is played in the original language to avoid dialogue failure of Zero Wing proportions.

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This is an aversion of Alternative Foreign Theme Song, where the theme of a foreign TV show, game or film is changed to a completely different one when aired in another country.

Named after the Led Zeppelin song. Not to be confused with the band's concert movie titled The Song Remains the Same. Should not be confused with the Revolution episode "The Song Remains The Same" and the Supernatural episode "The Song Remains The Same". Loosely related to Translated Cover Version.


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Examples:

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Specific examples:

  • Every single incarnation of Astro Boy:
    • The original and 80s versions wrote new lyrics to the same tune (infact the 1960s English version was the first one to have lyrics. The first season of the Japanese version only had an instrumental, but new episodes made after the series was first exported & older ones in syndication added Japanese lyrics). Strangely, both American versions had completely different lyrics for the same tune, while the Japnese ones were the same in all versions.
    • Both the Japanese & English versions of the 2003 series dispensed with the iconic Astroboy theme, the Japanese going the modern Anime Theme Song route with TRUE BLUE by ZONE, while the dub had some techno instrumental tune possibly for music licensing issues (the classic theme song is used as the ending theme for some of the Japanese episodes, though).
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: The Latin American dub of some songs are changed but keep the same meaning as the song, and came out very good Like this Op.
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard: The Italian dub, while translates the various openings and endings, leaves the Ultra Rare songs in Japanese... except in the parts where other characters are talking over the song, where only the instrumental part is left. Also, when the theme songs are used as insert songs, they're left in Japanese.
  • Death Note: The English dub features the original Japanese songs, with both Japanese and English subtitles for the lyrics. It's well translated, and it's quite easy to sing along with the English lyrics... even if one of them has a incomprehensible death metal scream for a lyric.
  • .hack//SIGN: The majority of the soundtrack including its opening theme Obsession, was sung in English by a Japanese artist. Making for an easy transition for English release.
  • Dragon Ball:
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Played With, in that it's played straight in the opening and closing sequences, but when Haruhi sings on stage as part of ENOZ, the dub actually bothers to have an English version of the song.
    • The Russian version did translate the opening and ending.
  • Heidi, Girl of the Alps: All of the songs (including the opening and ending themes) were translated to Spanish for (at least) the Latin-American version and are sung by Cristina Carmago (who voices Heidi).
  • Inuyasha: Played straight in the North American dub. The Italian dub, however, has some of the openings translated into, and sung in, laughably bad English. The first opening, for example. And that's probably the best one. A dubbed one was soon released .
  • Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow: The German dub leaves the opening theme song in Japanese.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: The anime retained the original Japanese songs "Flying In the Sky" and "Trust You Forever", despite the latter having an English version.
  • Naruto: The Spanish dub has a rare exaggeration of this, in that not only they leave the original songs, but add subtitles.... in Japanese. With no Spanish subtitles.
  • Nerima Daikon Brothers: Averted. It's dubbed by ADV Films, because the whole series is a musical and it wouldn't have made sense not to translate the songs, theme included. The one exception is the Prime Minister's theme, which plays in the background when he first appears. The song was only included in the BGM track ADV received, so they couldn't remove the Japanese vocals.
  • Ninja Hattori: The English dub by Disney Channel Asia leaves the theme song in Japanese (perhaps none of the actors can sing?). The English dub by Nickelodeon India translates it into English.
  • Osomatsu-kun: The Spanish dub has all of its songs directly dubbed, except for the musical number at the end of the episode Osomatsu-kun in 40 Years. Instead, it's left in its original Japanese with Spanish subtitles.
  • Outlaw Star: The theme songs weren't translated, except for the two times the first ending theme is featured being sung by Mefina.
  • Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker: Chiisaki Mono, the ending theme of which the first half of the song is rewritten with new English lyrics, then switches back to the Japanese version in the second verse, ultimately resulting in a Japanese-English duet. The full Japanese version is available as a bonus feature on the DVD.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The English and Italian dubs leave the opening and ending theme in Japanese.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Usually plays it straight, but does avert it on (some of) the OVA releases.
    • And when someone sang the first song in-series it was changed to English.
    • For the first 4 or 5 seasons, they actually went to the effort of having the translated subtitles match the music syllables, meaning you could actually sing along if you so wanted to. Later seasons though just translated the lyrics straight up.
  • Record of Lodoss War: The closing theme is translated into English in the dubbed version. Scarily well-translated, at that.
  • The Speed Racer TV series: The opening theme was translated to English, but not very well:
    Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer
    He's a demon on wheels
    He's a demon, and he's gonna be chasing after someone
    • What's interesting here is that the English opening is actually based on the version of the tune that plays over the original's closing credits.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: The English adaptation of the theme song uses the same music, but translated lyrics.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Same music, entirely new (rather than translated) lyrics, which do not match the theme of the original Japanese version, (but adds a kick-ass guitar solo).
    • When The '90s dub started using the original Japanese music for the BGM one insert song was left completely untouched, after that all instances of insert songs used English lyrics with the Japanese music.
    • Viz Media's dub, on the other hand, uses the original theme (perhaps nobody in the Studiopolis dubbing crew can sing?). When the time comes for Usagi and Naru to sing it, however, they sing the new English translation, adding an extra layer of weird.
  • The Italian dub of Sailor Moon Crystal dubs the openings in Italian, but leaves the endings in Japanese.
  • Sands of Destruction: Its opening song "ZERO" is left by AAAnote  and closing song "Kaze no Kioku ~ To the End of the World ~" by Aimmy in Japanese. The game decided to go for an Alternative Foreign Theme Song instead.
  • Sherlock Hound: The Latin Spanish dub leaves the theme song in Italian (as it was based off the Italian dub).
  • Slayers Next: One episode has Lina and Amelia casting a (completely useless) song by dressing in sailor fuku and doing a song and dance routine. They end up doing it twice, once doing it one line at a time, followed by them actually singing the entire song. In dubbed versions, the first pass is done in the dubbed language, while the second is done in the original Japanese. (The English dub even has Lina declaring "In Japanese!" beforehand.)
  • Tenchi Muyo! and most of its spinoffs featured English dubbed theme songs.
  • Urusei Yatsura: The Castilian Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese dubs leave the theme song in Japanese (with the Brazilian dub adding one of the actors saying the distributor's name, the show's Portuguese title, and the name of the dubbing studio over the singing). Oddly enough, the other Spain dubs, all based off the French dub, translated the French dub's Alternative Foreign Theme Song.

    Asian Animation 
  • The English dub of Happy Family leaves the theme song in Chinese.
  • All the Englsh dubs of Happy Heroes leave the opening and closing songs in Chinese, though the dub of Seasons 7 and 8 from Miao Mi has official closed captioning that provides translated lyrics for "Happily Flying Forward" (used as both the opening and closing song for the first eight seasons, as well as the Clip Show season Funny Highlights).
  • Some of Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf's English dubs leave the theme songs in Chinese.

    Films — Animation 
  • For the dub of Princess Mononoke, the lyrics of the theme song and Women Workers' Song were both translated. (Bizarrely, the latter appears in the Japanese version on the soundtrack.)
  • The Finnish dub of Happy Feet didn't have the songs dubbed but subbed. Usually the songs are also translated in Finland, but probably the company translating Happy Feet couldn't afford to organize translating the songs.
  • Usually, songs in the Disney Animated Canon are dubbed in Germany. But I'm Still Here from Treasure Planet was neither dubbed nor subbed.
    • The German versions of Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland originally had their opening title songs dubbed, but subsequent releases of the former (beginning in 1992) use an instrumental version, while DVD/Blu-Ray releases of the latter use the original English version.
  • Massively averted with the likes of Frozen and Moana, where Disney took the effort of having the musical numbers translated, albeit with mixed results.
  • Speaking of Alice In Wonderland, the Brazilian TV re-dub from 1991 also leaves all of the songs in English (with the exception of the opening title theme, which uses an instrumental version).
  • The Albanian, Mandarin Chinese, and Serbian dubs of Dumbo receive this treatment to all of its songs as well.
    • Also, the Song of the Roustabouts is left in English in several foreign dubs (notably Dutch, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, and Polish, as well as Brazilian 1941 and 1973, French 1947, German 1952, Japanese 1983, Latin Spanish 1942, and Swedish 1972), while the Persian dub uses an instrumental version of the song.
  • The Persian dub of The Jungle Book (1967) gets this treatment to all of the songs.
  • The Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, and Turkish dubs of All Dogs Go to Heaven do this to all of its songs.
    • Also, most foreign dubs that dub the songs, leave either one or both of the final two during the ending credits ("Hallelujah" and "Love Survives") in English. Only the Brazilian DVD, Dutch, French Canadian, Latin Spanish, and Polish dubs translate them both, while sometimes, an instrumental version is used for one or both of the songs. For example, the Norwegian and Swedish dubs only translate "Love Survives", while "Hallelujah" is left in English (for the Swedish version) or instrumental (for the Norwegian version). The Hungarian dub leaves "Hallelujah" in English, but "Love Survives" is instrumental. The European Portuguese and Brazilian VHS dubs translate "Hallelujah" but "Love Survives" is left in English. The Romanian, Russian, and Icelandic dubs, on the other hand, use instrumental versions of both ending songs (although the Russian version uses a spoken translation during the first part of "Love Survives").
  • The main criticism leveled against the Hungarian dub of The Nightmare Before Christmas is that the songs, which carry about as much significance as the dialogue, are left in English (perhaps the dubbing studio was pressed for time and decided to dub them for later releases, but never got round to doing that?). What makes this even more bothersome is that the subtitles for the songs on the DVD don't even use the same name translations as the dubbed parts (although the subtitles for the spoken dialogue are the same), thus the movie makes no sense if you watch it on DVD. More fitting and beautifully translated subtitles were only available to go with the movie's television broadcasts.
  • The German dub of Recess: School's Out leaves all of the songs in English. This is true for most of the dubs.
  • Asterix:
    • In the films Asterix and the Big Fight and Asterix Conquers America "Zonked" and "We Are One People" are in English in all versions. Same goes for "Get Down on It" and "Eye of the Tiger" in Asterix and the Vikings. An unusual variant in that all the films were originally in French.
    • For Asterix and the Vikings, Céline Dion recorded French and English versions of "Tous les secrets"/"Let Your Heart Decide".
    • Asterix Versus Caesar; the theme song, "Astérix est là", remains in French in the English, Dutch, Polish 1995, European Spanish, and both Brazilian Portuguese dubs of the movie.
  • In foreign dubs of A Goofy Movie, Powerline's songs remain in English.
    • And in most of dubs of this movie — the Lester's Possum Park song.
  • In a bizarre subversion, the Portuguese dub of A Monster in Paris doesn't feature the songs in its original French version. Instead, they're in English. And it's not even like English is closer to Portuguese than French. This means that many people thought the movie was American, and felt a bit disappointed.
  • This is done again in the dub of The LEGO Movie: what many consider the movie's theme song, "Everything Is Awesome", is kept in English. In fact, when Emmet is asked what his favorite song is near the beginning, he mentions the original title of the song.
  • In the French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese (both Mainland and Taiwanese) dubs of The Brave Little Toaster, all the songs are left in English. (In fact, right before "City of Light", the French dub has the characters literally saying, "Let's sing in English!")
    • The Serbian dub also uses this trope, with the exception of a horribly dubbed (and mostly instrumental) version of "Worthless".
    • In the 2nd Russian dub, "City of Light" is the only song left entirely in English, while the rest of the songs vary between a mix of dubbing a few lines, using a Voiceover Translation, and leaving some parts in English.
  • In the Brazilian Portuguese dubs for The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, all the songs remain in English (using the UK version). In the 2nd dub, only Peewit's ballad is dubbed.
    • For both Italian dubs, most of the songs play either entirely or partially in French. The only song entirely dubbed is Peewit's ballad. The 2nd dub later translates the individual Smurf verses in "Personality", with the music being oddly muted during those parts.
    • The European Spanish version only dubs two songs: "Personality" and "Peewit Wants a Smurf". The rest of the songs are left in French for the 1979 dub and English for the 2011 dub.
  • The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland does this to its European Spanish and Italian dubs.
  • Disney went to great lengths to make sure Frozen's main song "Let It Go" was perfectly translated for every language release. Ensuring it sounded exactly the same with the same beats. They even went through an exhaustive search to find singers that sounded exactly like Idina Menzel. for each language.
  • In Persepolis, Marjane sings "Eye of the Tiger" in stunted English in all versions.
  • The first Italian dub of Bambi left all the songs in English. The second dub, made 20 years later, translated them.
  • The Danish dub of An American Tail has the songs left un-dubbed.
  • Most English dubs of Dingo Pictures films either leave the songs in their original German, or overdub English lyrics on top of the German ones. Oddly, the English versions of The Town Musicians of Bremen and Animal Soccer World use Dutch lyrics for the band's song.
  • The French and Italian dubs of Happily Ever After leave the songs in English. In the case of the Italian version, the songs would be subtitled, while the ending song "Love is the Reason" is in instrumental.
  • The Croatian, Japanese, Korean, and Turkish dubs of Joseph: King of Dreams kept the songs in English. However, in the Albanian dub, they kept the songs in Italian.
  • The Italian dub of Disco Worms leaves the songs in English... but redone by the Italian voice actors.
  • The Japanese dub of The Rugrats Movie keeps "Get Set, Ready, Go!" and "Witch Doctor" in English. But an even more bizzare example of this trope happens with The Stinger, which is kept entirely in English.
  • The Korean dub of Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie often decides to switch between dubbing some songs and leaving a few others in English. Perhaps the dubbing studio was quite small and couldn't fit a choir?
  • The Greek dub of Cats Don't Dance keeps the songs in English with Greek subtitles.
  • The Greek dub of The Swan Princess keeps the songs in English, but the sequels dub them in Greek.
  • The Albanian, Persian, Tamil, and Turkish dubs of The Prince of Egypt had the songs left in English.
  • While in most foreign dubs of The Three Caballeros the eponymous song is translated (except for the final bit that was in Spanish even in the original version), the Italian dub features the entire song in Spanish. This tradition was actually kept alive in later years, as even in later appearances of the song (like in DuckTales (2017) and Legend of the Three Caballeros) the Italian dubs keeps it entirely in Spanish. As a side note, an Italian translation of the song was made in the early 90's for the Disney Sing-Along Songs.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the German version of Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, spoken dialogues are dubbed, songs are subbed. What makes this example odd is the fact that ca. 80 - 90 % of the dialogue is sung instead of spoken, and you have to wonder why they even bothered to dub the negligible rest.
  • After spirited discourse in German, Captain Jean-Luc Picard suddenly launches into "A British Tar" with a very British accent in the German dub of Star Trek: Insurrection. The abrupt change is made all the more noticeable by Commander Worf's sudden glance over at the now-singing captain. It can be seen here
  • In the English dub of Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster, the songs the nightclub singer sings are left in Japanese. The bizarre, surreal male chorus at the ending moments of the film that fits surprisingly well with the mood is cut out and replaced with a reprise of the opening.
  • The Italian dub of Godzilla vs Megalon leaves only the instrumental base of the Jet Jaguar theme song at the end.
  • While several foreign dubs for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory leave almost all of the songs in English, the Japanese, Brazilian TV, Galician, and Italian 1983 versions only dub "The Rowing Song" (though the latter three only translate the spoken second half).
    • Also, the 1st French dub only translates "I Want It Now", which is mostly spoken, save for the 2/3rd of the song in the middle. Also, "The Rowing Song" is fully translated, but oddly uses the instrumental audio of "Pure Imagination" during that part.
    • In the German dub, the only songs translated are "I've Got a Golden Ticket", "Pure Imagination" (including the ending-credits reprise), and the Oompa Loompa songs only during Violet and Mike's scenes. However, the DVD release has the former two songs left in English (though the ending-credits reprise of "Pure Imagination" is still presented in German).
  • Played With in the unofficial 2015 Despecialized Original Trilogy Blu-Rays of the original Star Wars trilogy in languages where the only dubs are Special Editions. The Turkish dub leaves the Emperor hologram in English.
  • Some foreign dubs (including the 1972 French dub and Italian dub) of Bedknobs and Broomsticks left "The Old Home Guard" in English.
  • While many songs in Hungarian dubs of Disney films have been dubbed, this is not the case with the Hungarian dubbing of Mary Poppins, as it left all of its songs in English. The possible reason why the songs were not dubbed into Hungarian because it would have been expensive for Disney to dub to the songs into Hungarian. Due to the fact the songs were left in English, the speaking parts during the songs were left in English as well.
  • The Latin American Spanish dub of Annie leaves all the songs untranslated.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Hungarian dub of The Muppet Show leaves most of the songs (including the theme) in English.
    • The 1st Latin Spanish dub does the same thing. However, the 2nd dub averts this.
  • The Polish dub of The Hoobs leaves all of the Motorettes's songs in the original English.
  • The Macedonian dub of LazyTown leaves all of the songs (except the theme song) in American English.
    • A minor one: In the Russian dub of the song "Techno Generation", Ziggy’s "Pizza! Techno pizza!" line is left in English.
  • The Romanian dub of almost every live-action show from Disney Channel keeps the songs, whether they're the opening theme or any song within the show, in English. In fact, it would be easier to list the aversions.
    • Averted in Bizaardvark. Every song keeps the same music, but the lyrics are translated into Romanian.
  • A variant of this happens in the American dub of Tweenies, where the dub adds an additional verse to the part before the characters say their names (which was instrumental in the original):
    Welcome to our playgroup
    Let's have fun together
    Come on, get to know us better

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Nikolai Volkoff would sing the "Russian National Anthem" before his matches, but it was really just nonsense words to the tune of the real anthem. This is mainly because Nikolai, despite the character he played, was a defector from Yugoslavia, a communist nation, and Nikolai was an avowed anti-communist, and as a result, Nikolai couldn't stomach the idea of glorifying the Soviet Union in song, even as part of his act. However, it's also because Nikolai didn't speak any Russian - his native tongue was Croatian.

    Theater 
  • Operas with lots of dialogue are sometimes performed with the songs in the original language but the dialogue translated. (For example, this performance of The Magic Flute.) In addition to preventing the inherent problems of translating song lyrics, this helps the audience follow the plot better and makes it easier on the singers, who would be familiar with well-known pieces in their original language rather than various very different singing translations, and who may be able to pronounce a foreign language by rote in a song but not speak the language well in spoken dialogue.

    Video Games 
  • The Tales Series usually cuts the lyrics altogether in the opening songs. Tales of Vesperia, on the contrary, translated and wrote English lyrics to "Ring a Bell." It was even sung by the original artist.
  • Square Enix loves averting this. The result is often songs which possess the same melody as the Japanese version but different lyrics. Such as "Simple and Clean" in Kingdom Hearts I, "Sanctuary" in Kingdom Hearts II, and the majority of The World Ends with You soundtrack.
    • Although they have been doing that less and less in recent years. For example, Final Fantasy: Dirge of Cerberus theme songs "Longing" and "Redemption" (sung by Japanese rock-star Gackt) remained in Japanese.
    • Also, Advent Children's theme song "Calling" remained Japanese. So did Crisis Core's theme song, "Why".
    • The reason for the Kingdom Hearts songs having English translations is because singer Utada Hikaru was raised in America and fluent in English. The singer for FFXII's theme is half-Japanese, half-American and lived in Hawaii for a number of years. As for The World Ends With You, the singer lived in Japan but attended English speaking schools.
    • The songs for Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles are interesting cases. The English titles are different ("Kaze no Ne/Sigh of the Wind" became "Morning Sky" and "Hoshizukiyo/Moonlit Starry Night" became "Moonless Starry Night." However, the lyrics to the English songs are actually very close to direct translations of the originals.
  • The Rune Factory series averts this; the theme songs are translated. It actually sounds like they got the same singer of the Japanese songs to perform the English ones, which unfortunately often makes it difficult to understand the lyrics at all.
  • The Wario Land 4 song played in Palm Tree Paradise is kept the same (and has hard to understand Japanese lyrics). The song itself is also in the sound test. Hear it here
    • Strangely, despite the game being made in Japan, the title music stays in English in both versions.
  • In WarioWare: Mega Microgame$, both the American and European releases keep the Japanese songs for Dribble and Spitz' and Kat and Ana's stages. Justified with the latter, since the stage is ninja-themed.
  • The English version of Astal simply removed the vocals to the OP, "Let Me Try Again.", although the version with vocals can be found by playing the game disc in the Sega Saturn's music player (it appears as track 2note .
  • Final Zone II dubbed the Japanese opening song into English.
  • Lunar: The Silver Star: Working Designs dubbed the opening theme into English, with rather different lyrics from the Japanese ones, a straight translation of which was also included in the manual. Luna's "Lala Song" was left undubbed.
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon for the Nintendo 64 kept the opening theme in Japanese with subtitles.
  • Danganronpa typically keeps the credits themes in Japanese. Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony averts it with "The Caged Child", sung by the characters in-universe, and replaces the credits theme with an instrumental track.
  • For the Dutch releases of both Pink Panther's Passport to Peril and Pink Panther: Hokus Pokus Pink, the dialogue was dubbed over but the songs remained in English.
  • While all the European releases of Rhythm Heaven translated the songs in their local languages, for the Wii sequel Rhythm Heaven Fever they decided to not dub them, but instead featuring a double soundtrack in English and in Japanese. The European releases of Rhythm Heaven Megamix keep the translated songs from DS and the English ones from Fever.

    Web Animation 

    Western Animation 

Specific examples:

  • The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3:
    • For the 2nd Greek dub, the intro is dubbed, but some episodes use the original English version.
    • The Italian dub uses a narration-less version of the intro sequence for both this and Super Mario World, and almost every song in these two series is just left as an instrumental track. Exceptions are the ones from the episodes "Dadzilla", "Do the Koopa", "Fire Sale" and "Gopher Bash", which were translated in Italian, and the Milli Vanilli songs from "Kootie Pie Rocks", which were left in English (making the Italian dub one of the few foreign dubs where the songs in the latter episode weren't removed for copyright issues)
  • Adventure Time: The European Portuguese dub has some of the later songs sung kept in English with added subtitles. The only songs that are dubbed in this situation are the show's theme song and closing credits song. Perhaps the dubbing director didn't feel like asking the actors to sing anymore?
  • Alvinnn And The Chipmunks: The theme song was kept in English for the Greek and Spanish dubs.
  • Bob's Beach: The theme song was kept in English for the Arabic dub.
  • Bob the Builder: The Chinese theme song is not dubbed, but subbed.
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show: The theme song in the 1980s French dub.
  • A Bunch of Munsch: The theme song was kept in English for the Arabic dub.
  • Care Bears (1980s) The Finnish dub leaves the theme song in English or sometimes uses part of the Swedish version.
  • Code Lyoko: Theme tune aside, the franchise produced a whole CD of songs for the show's fake band, "The Subdigitals", in both French and English. There is one episode that features two of the songs on the CD, and the English lyrics are used in the English dub. A shame, really, because the English lyrics are kind of stupid.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • The Miami Spanish dub keeps the English vocals in the theme song, but dubs over any spoken lines in the song. Perhaps the dubbing director couldn't find actors who could sing?
    • The Chinese dub does the same thing.
    • The Italian dub did too, until Season 10 when the theme song was changed and they dubbed it in Italian.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In the episode "The Sweet Stench of Success", Bloo's song, "My Evil Producer Kidnapped Me and Won't Let Me Go", is kept in English in most dubs. "I'm Just Another Used-Up Deodorant Stick" is dubbed, however.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • The German dub does this to the songs after episode 39. "Yah! Aah! Ooh! Eee!" note  and "We're Ready To Party" note  are two examples of this.
    • Both theme songs are also left in English for the 2nd Hungarian dub.
  • Kim Possible: The theme song was kept in English for the German and Italian dubs.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • A couple of shorts in their Polish translation. Sometimes they feature an odd mixture: while the entire cartoon is dubbed, the songs are left in English with a Voiceover Translation applied to them (a bland-sounding actor reading the translated lyrics over the English text.) Perhaps the dubbing actors can't sing?
    • The German translation does something similar, sans Voiceover Translation.
    • The Italian dub of "Book Revue" leaves all the songs in English with no translation... and also leaves in English the voices of the girls swooning over Frank Sinatra and yelling "IT'S FRANKY!"
  • The Loud House: In the Italian dub of "Really Loud Music", the songs "Play It Loud", "Best Thing Ever" and "What Everybody Wants" are left in English, while all the other ones are translated in Italian.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Japanese dub translates every song in the first 11 episodes - except "Winter Wrap Up" from the episode of the same name, and "Art of the Dress", both of which are left in English. The original theme song also appears during the credits of later episodes. Rarity's other major song from the first three seasons, "Becoming Popular", was also left undubbed, perhaps because they couldn't find an adequate singing VA.
    • Same goes for basically every song in the Chinese dub. Unlike Japanese viewers, they aren't even granted the courtesy of subtitles.
    • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games: One foreign dub kept at least one of the songs ("Unleash the Magic") in English.
  • Peanuts: There are two different Norwegian dubs of the Musical Episode "Flashbeagle": One where all the songs reinterpreted and performed by the Norwegian actors, and one where the songs are left in English.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • In all foreign dubs except for the Japanese dub, the song "Today Is Gonna Be A Great Day" by Bowling for Soup remained in English. And the Russian viewers didn't get any subtitles.
    • In the Norwegian, Polish and Italian dubs of Summer Belongs To You, Clay Aiken and Chaka Khan's duet is not dubbed, possibly out of respect for the original artists; even their spoken lines are not dubbed (they don't have many of them anyway).
  • Recess: In some foreign dubs, any scene where a group of characters are singing something is usually left in English.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show: The European Portuguese dub has "The Mantid Man Can" and "LOG" left in English, although the latter song is dubbed in the "Log for Girls" skit.
    • While the Serbian dub generally has the songs dubbed, at least one (Happy Happy Joy Joy) dubs the Serbian vocals on top of the English ones. Even the spoken portions are done this way as well.
  • Regular Show: The Russian dub that airs on Cartoon Network has the songs "Party Tonight" & "Summertime Loving, Loving in the Summer (Time)" kept in English, sometimes looping because some parts overlap with the original English dialogue. The other original songs, however, are dubbed.
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer:
    • With the exception of the 1980s Brazilian Portuguese TV dub, most foreign dubs of the 1964 Rankin/Bass version (including Spanish, Greek, and Japanese) leave all of the songs in English. This is also true for most of their other works. However, a Brazilian dub was done before said dub that played this trope straight.
    • A slightly different case happens in the Czech and Slovak dubs of Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town; while the dialogue is dubbed as normal, the songs have a Voiceover Translation applied to them.
  • A variation of the trope: most foreign dubs of Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat remove the "Sagwa you're my best friend" line from the theme song.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • In the German, Greek, Hungarian, and Turkish dubs of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, the main theme song is in English. This was also the case with season 1 episodes in Italian and season 2 episodes in Latin Spanish, as well as one of the Swedish dubs.
    • The theme song for The Scooby-Doo Show also uses this trope for the Czech, German, Turkish, Arabic, and Italian dubs, and occasionally for some episodes of the foreign dubs (French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese) that often use an instrumental version of the theme.
  • The Brazilian and Hungarian dubs for The Snorks give this treatment to the sung part at the end of the intro sequence.
  • The Simpsons: While in Spain, Latin America & Brazil normally plays this straight, in the Clip Show of musical scenes, the songs were all dubbed despite originally airing in English.
  • The Smurfs:
    • The Alternative Foreign Theme Song in the Romanian dub remained in English, but was later dubbed for the 2015 YouTube releases.
    • For the German version, the intro sequence is dubbed, but at least one airing of an episode on Boomerang was given this treatment for unknown reasons.
      • The ending title song to the episode, "Once in a Blue Moon" is left untranslated.
      • The show's original German ending credits from 1988 use a shortened version of the UK English opening theme as well. (This video can be seen here.)
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
  • Super Mario World: All foreign dubs also leave the opening theme song intact in English (although the Super RTL dub of the show in Germany used the Plumber Rap from The Super Mario Bros Super Show! and the Italian dub uses the opening from The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3).
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): The Russian and Italian dubs kept the theme song in English.
  • A weird example in the Italian dub of Teen Titans Go!. During the first appearance of "The Night Begins to Shine" in the Season 2 episode "Slumber Party", the song is left in English. In the Season 3 episode "40%, 40%, 20%" the song is instead translated in Italian, but in the Season 4 4-parter "The Day the Night Stopped Beginning to Shine and Became Dark Even Though It Was the Day", it's once again left in English. It could possibly be the fact that like "Sweet Victory", "The Night Begins To Shine" was actually a track from a stock music library.
  • Most foreign dubs of The Transformers leave the theme song in English (meanwhile, at least one season of the Latin Spanish dub (recorded in Los Angeles) made the theme instrumental instead).
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: Unlike most foreign dubs, the Italian dub leaves the theme song in English. It's the same case for all dubs of the spin-off The Plucky Duck Show.
  • Toad Patrol: The Croatian dub of the episode "Journey's End" leaves Calypso's singing in English.
  • Total Drama:
    • The Castilian Spanish, Dutch, and Turkish dubs leave the opening song in English.
    • In the Persian dub of Total drama World Tour the songs are left in English but all speaking lines in the songs are done in Persian.
  • Totally Spies!: The Italian dub used to have its own Alternative Foreign Theme Song but, after the Channel Hop, it always uses the original opening, even in season 6 with the English lyrics.
  • VeggieTales:
    • There are two Taiwanese Mandarin dubs: the first one which has the songs dubbed by the local voice actors, and the second one which leaves all of the songs in English. Interestingly enough, rap songs are indeed dubbed in the second dub, but without rhymes.
      • On another note, Sven's unnecessary singing lines from Lyle the Kindly Viking are dubbed for an unknown reason, leaving you to wonder why they even bothered to dub those negligible lines, but not the actual songs.
    • The Croatian dub normally averts this, but one episode is given this treatment for unknown reasons. Perhaps the dubbing director got tired of having to hear the voice actors sing off-key so much?
  • What About Mimi?: The Turkish dub leaves the theme in English.

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