When people hear the word Spanish they’re instantly reminded of the lively and energetic music that comes with the language. Over the years, we’ve been lucky enough to hear so many great Spanish songs and even use them when learning Spanish with music, which means they’re perfect for more than just dancing to.
The best Spanish music are songs that are lively and energetic, whether it’s Spanish music for kids or adults. Hearing these songs on the radio gives you a small chance to learn Spanish through music, even if it’s just a few words here and there throughout the chorus. We’re here to count down the most popular music in Spanish and which 10 songs will always be enjoyed in the summertime.
#10: The Ketchup Song (Asereje) – Las Ketchup
Whether you loved to bop along to it or found it annoyingly catchy, there was no avoiding The Ketchup Song following the year that it came out. Released in 2002 this catch ditty was performed by Las Ketchup, a group of Spanish sisters who danced around on the beach and sang the unforgettable lyrics.
This girl group was formed in the early 2000s and this was their only major hit, but it was still a big one that will always be remembered. The dance that accompanied the song was just as famous with people trying their best to recreate it.
#9: Despacito – Luis Fonsi Feat. Daddy Yankee
The most recent Spanish song on our list but one that will undoubtedly be remembered just as long as the others is Despacito. Released in 2017 this song is still enjoying quite a bit of airtime today and it’s all thanks to the catchy lyrics and smooth singing. Another version even featured Justin Bieber which made it even more attractive to the younger audience, but we still think it’s a major hit even without him.
#8: Macarena – Los Del Rio
When Macarena came out in 1993 nobody had any idea what type of impact it would make on the world of music. Not only was the song incredibly catch but so too was the dance, giving people an easy way to spice up a wedding or party.
Whenever the song plays and its catchy rhythm begins it draws people almost instantly to the dance floor, which is what makes Spanish music such a standout when compared to other languages. Macarena was the only hit for Los Del Rio but it was such a big one that it still gets people up and dancing to this day.
#7: Bailando – Enrique Iglesias
No Spanish song list would be complete without at least one song from Enrique Iglesias. Perhaps his most famous Spanish song was Bailando which came out in 2014 with both a Spanish and English version to be heard.
What made this song so special was its title as the first song to reach over a billion views on YouTube, which had never been done by a Spanish language song before.
#6: Livin’ La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin
When Ricky Martin first appeared on stages and screens around the world, everybody had instant Latin fever. Singing his songs with both Spanish and English words helped him to captivate an even wider audience, especially when he released his biggest hit Livin’ La Vida Loca.
The song came out in 1999 and Ricky had quite a few hits after that. Thankfully he is still a major player in the world of music and a great representation for the Spanish people.
#5: La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
One of the older songs on our Spanish music list but undoubtedly one of the most recognizable, La Bamba was released in 1958 but has roots that date back much further.
Richie Valens was the one to bring the song to the public however it was simply a version of a Mexican folk song that is centuries old. Nonetheless, people enjoyed its catchy beat and lyrics and find it easy to sing along to even without knowing the language.
#4: Bamboleo – Gypsy Kings
This hugely successful pop hit from Gypsy Kings came out in 1987 and featured both original lyrics with some borrowed from a Venezuelan folk song. The iconic song translates to “I swing” or “I sway” and that’s exactly what people want to do when they hear it. Still enjoyed today and instantly recognizable as soon as it plays, this is definitely one of the biggest Spanish hits.
#3: Besame Mucho – Andrea Bocelli
Although he technically didn’t write the song, Andrea Bocelli certainly made it a popular one around the world. Besame Mucho was first performed by Consuelo Velazquez in the 1940s and translates to “kiss me a lot”.
Andrea Bocelli first sang the song live on stage in Italy which helped to bring it to the world and continues to perform it as a fan favorite at all of his shows.
#2: Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony
He’s famous for being more than just Jennifer Lopez’s ex-husband, as Marc Anthony is known as one of the greatest Spanish language artists of all time. Perhaps his most famous song is Vivir Mi Vida which he released in 2013 on his 3.0 studio album. This song is a Spanish cover of the famous Khaled song Cest La Vie and continues to be sampled by many other artists today, in all kinds of musical genres.
#1: La Bicecleta – Carlos Vives And Shakira
It doesn’t get much more summery than riding your bikes around a beachside town, and that’s exactly what Shakira did with Carlos Vives in the video clip for La Bicecleta. The song was only released in 2017 but solidified itself as a Spanish summer anthem and was on Vives’ album which came out that year.
The song is a fusion of reggae and cumbia and features lighthearted and beautiful lyrics sung in the Spanish language.