Your favorite Spanish/Lating pop song (within certain parameters)

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Hi all,

I need the hive mind.

This summer La Vuelta (the Tour of Spain - cycling) is coming to the Netherlands.

With others I run a small movie theatre, and we're organizing a little festival in july with movies about cycling. In between films we want to rock some Spanish tunes.

So, what's your favorite Spanish song? I think I'll need about 100, i'll put them in a playlist (preferably Spotify) and run them as the 'DJ'.

It (obviously) needs vocals in Spanish, and it should be suitable for grannies too.

Help me out. Gracias!

Ludo, Friday, 13 May 2022 07:57 (one week ago) link

Especially for grannies
Juan Luis Guerra - Burbujas de amor
Sergio Mendes - Mas que nada
Antonia Rodriguez - La Bamba
Paco Paco - Taka, Takata
Van McCoy - Soul Cha Cha
Elli Medeiros - A bailar calypso
Gary Low - La colegiala

Pop classics
Becky G - Todo cambio
Nelly Furtado - No hay igual
Belle Perez - El mundo bailando
Enrique Iglesias - Subème la radio
Gente de Zona - Algo contigo

90's Indie
Le Mans - Un rayo de sol
Nosoträsh - Voy a aterrizar
Gustavo Cerati - Tabú
La Buena Vida - Desde hoy en adelante
Le Mans - Por tres años
Caifanes - Hasta morir
Me Enveneno de Azules - Imagenes
Soda Stereo - Nuestra fe

Funny covers
Azuquita & Mattias Reim - Te queiro a veces (Verdammt ich lieb dich)
Guianko - No puedes comprarme (Can't Buy Me Love)

ArchCarrier, Friday, 13 May 2022 09:16 (one week ago) link

many thanks!

Ludo, Friday, 13 May 2022 13:15 (one week ago) link

Some good ones from the granny generation:

Los Brincos - Lola
Cecilia - Nada de nada
Juan y Junior - La caza
Karina - La fiesta
Marisol - Corazón Contento
Encarnita Polo - Paco, Paco, Paco
Joan Manuel Serrat - Tu nombre me sabe a yerba
Camilo Sesto - Fresa salvaje
Los Stop - Tres cosas (Salud, dinero y amor)

Josefa, Friday, 13 May 2022 15:09 (one week ago) link

R.Valens (or Los Lobos) La Bamba is too old skool, I guess ?

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 13 May 2022 15:18 (one week ago) link

Oups sorry, I hadn't seen it suggested already !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 13 May 2022 15:18 (one week ago) link

You have the Buena Vista Social Club that could basically rock your party all night long !

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 13 May 2022 15:21 (one week ago) link

Oh and another one from the movies : "Arranca" from Manzanita (from Miami Vice !)

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 13 May 2022 15:22 (one week ago) link

Some oldies :
Mala Vida - Mano Negra (I don't like solo Manu Chao but he has some popular tunes too).
Porque te vas - Jeanette
Cuando caliente el sol - raffaella carra
Don Quichotte No estan aqui - Magazine 60

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 13 May 2022 15:41 (one week ago) link

A few ideas with no geographical limit

Guillermo Portabales - El Carretero
Willie Colón - Che Che Cole
Willie Colón - Te Conozco
Willie Colón - Tiempo pa matar
Paco de Lucia - Entre Dos Aguas
Camarón de la Isla - La Leyenda del Tiempo
Joan Manuel Serrat - Mediterraneo
Silvio Rodriguez - Cancion del Elegido
Silvio Rodriguez - Ojala
La Dama se Esconde - Amenazas
Toto la Momposina - El Pescador
Bomba Estereo - Fuego
Bomba Estereo - Sintiendo
Bomba Estereo - Al Alma y el Cuerpo
Natalia Lafourcade - Hasta la Raiz
Natalia Lafourcade - Ella es bonita
Natalia Lafourcade - Un derecho de nacimiento
Javiera Mena - Luz de piedra luz de luna
Javiera Mena - Otra Era
Rosalía - Di mi nombre
Rosalía - Malamente
Rosalía - A Palé
Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés - Tras de Ti
Los Rakas - Abrazame (Uproot Andy remix)
Carla Morrison - Diamantes
Lido Pimienta - Nada
Bad Bunny - Hasta que Dios Diga
Anuel AA - Reggaetonera
Rauw Alejandro - Todo de ti
Karol G - Bichota
Karol G - Provenza

Nabozo, Friday, 13 May 2022 16:04 (one week ago) link

xzanfar, Friday, 13 May 2022 20:44 (one week ago) link

xzanfar, Friday, 13 May 2022 20:46 (one week ago) link

xzanfar, Friday, 13 May 2022 20:50 (one week ago) link

Awesome Spanish pop songs not actually sung by spanish/latinamericans:

Paradisio - Bailando
Righeira - vamos a la playa

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 13 May 2022 21:05 (one week ago) link

Jeanette - porque te vas

Is an awesome tune and popular with grannies too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 13 May 2022 21:13 (one week ago) link

celia cruz - la vida es un carnaval

Los Angeles Azules, Juan Gabriel and Luis Miguel are extremely popular in every age gap in Mexico. Not sure about the first two in Spain, but at least Luis Miguel is pretty well known.

Three of his biggest early hits are also covers of well known English artists:

No culpes a la playa (Jackson 5)
Ahora te puedes marchar (Dusty Springfield)
Cuando Calienta el Sol (Engelbert Humperdinck)

And he has many classic bolero and mariachi covers as well that most spanish speaking grannies would recognize.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 14 May 2022 18:44 (one week ago) link

Super! They will all go in the playlist and be shuffled in july.


Ludo, Saturday, 14 May 2022 20:39 (one week ago) link

This playlist:

60 70 80 España

Has several hits that you can pick from

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:29 (one week ago) link

Plenty of good spotify playlists if you search 60s or 70s España

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:30 (one week ago) link

Azúcar Moreno • Bandido

butt-mooning is a polysemous word, hoss! (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:33 (one week ago) link

“Sera que no me amas” is the actual title of the “dont blame it on the boogie” cover not “no culpes a la playa” sorry lol

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:41 (one week ago) link

His bolero albums are easy to distinguish they are a “Romance” series: Romance, Segundo Romance, Romances, Mis Romances…

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 14 May 2022 23:43 (one week ago) link

Those Luis Miguel covers are great, Moka!

Paradisio - Bailando

The Loona version was the bigger hit in Holland, maybe all over the world?

Also, I have a big soft spot for Hijo de la luna by Meccano.

ArchCarrier, Sunday, 15 May 2022 11:29 (one week ago) link

Hijo de La Luna is great. Most Mecano hits would be winners in my book, every Spanish speaker in the 30-60 year age gap knows plenty of their hits by heart.

Hombres G haven’t been mentioned yet and they are also really well known in different generations. I’d pick “el ataque de las chicas cocodrilo” because it’s my favorite one.

Regarding Paradisio: I had never heard the Loona track before! That’s interesting… I’m guessing it was a successful cover in countries where the original wasn’t a hit. The one that was massively popular in Mexico and most of Europe is the Paradisio one.

Let me check the spotify numbers… Paradisio version has 89M streams vs Loona with 16M. On youtube official videos are currently 50M for Paradisio vs 800k for Loona.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 15 May 2022 13:46 (one week ago) link

That's funny, because *I* had never heard the original before this week!

It looks like Loona was only a hit in the Netherlands and German speaking countries: it reached number 1 in Switzerland and Germany and 3 in Austria.

Paradisio has never been played on Dutch radio in the last few years, Loona a couple of times.

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 11:48 (five days ago) link

But anyway, Loona's is the better version because of the extra synth line after the chorus.

And they even made a 'Hijo de la luna' cover!

ArchCarrier, Tuesday, 17 May 2022 11:57 (five days ago) link

added everything, at 5 hours and 18 minutes atm. Should be enough for 2 days of after-movie-partying. If anyone wants to make it 6 hours with obscure personal favourites, be my guest.

I'll quit adding after 6 hours of music :-)

Muchas gracias ILXos!

And I'm sure movie buffs will agree we're playing Breaking Away too!

Ludo, Friday, 20 May 2022 14:47 (two days ago) link

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