Some of the most famous Latin pop songs have survived military dictatorships, war, famine and natural disasters — and they still hold up in spite of passing trends. Rolling Stone contributors selected 50 of the most influential songs in Latin pop history, ranked in chronological order. Valens successfully merged the worlds of Latin American music and American rock in his take, adopting a California surf vibe while keeping the Spanish-language lyrics intact.
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Latin Grammy Award-winning song "Es por ti" by Colombian singer Juanes is about the peace one can have when in a relationship with the right person. An English translation of the chorus: "It's for you that my heart beats, and it's for you that my eyes shine today. It's for you that I'm back to talk about love, and it's for you, soothing my pain. Bachata king Prince Royce continues to win hearts with "Darte un beso" which means "give you a kiss. This song is a little tragic given the background, but beautiful nonetheless. Originally written by Marc Anthony for now ex-wife Jennifer Lopez, the song is about how everything he had to do to be with her was worth it. Even non-Spanish speakers know a few words of this classic! This song, originally written and performed by Miguel Gallardo in , is about a man confessing his love to a woman who's leaving. The original version was a hit outside its native Spain as well as in Mexico, and continues to be covered by other musicians.
Think about it. When you were a preschooler, would you have memorized the alphabet as quickly as you did if you had only heard it as spoken dictation rather than as a song? Or what about the names of the notes in a scale? This simple song is tattooed in your memory. Spanish songs can give your listening comprehension skills a serious upgrade.