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Spanish hits: The best Spanish songs of all time

The Spanish-speaking world has produced great music for many decades. Whether you are looking for songs to brush up on your language skills or are just curious to discover something new, here you will find the best Spanish songs that you should definitely listen to.

Almost 600 million people speak Spanish in the world. Most of them live in Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America and of course Spain. The following playlist takes you across time and space, from Europe to the Caribbean and from the 1920s to 2019.

Spanish music is extremely diverse. Our Spanish playlist contains the full spectrum of Latin American music. From the traditional flamenco sound to the irresistible rhythm of reggaeton to Mexican ballads and Colombian salsa, we offer you a colorful musical mix.

Our selection is not limited to hits, but also includes songs that had a cultural influence, highlighted a moment and are simply great compositions. Each of the songs has its own story that is still relevant today.

(For each list we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

01. Hijo de la Luna from Mecano

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Mecano achieved its international breakthrough with Hijo De La Luna. Not only the enchanting, mystical music make this song so unique, but also the lyrics that tell a story. So the song is about a legend. A gypsy swears the moon to give her a man. She gets this, but in return she is supposed to give her first child to the moon. She agrees, but when the child is born, she actually wants to reverse the matter. The man in turn thinks that she has cheated on him because the child has too light a skin color (like the moon) and stabs her. In the end, the power of the moon and magic won and we get a romantic full moon when the child is happy and laughing or a crescent moon when the child cries and the moon lulls him to sleep. Nice idea, nice music and unique sound!

02. Estoy Aqui from Shakira

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The song Estoy Aqui is one of the first songs Shakira healed. In her homeland she already achieved a hit with this song. Even today, the pop song is one of the best Spanish songs. The Spanish sound, the brilliant music and the great voice of Shakira are definitely the reason for the great success.

03. Bailando from Loona

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With Bailando, Loona achieved a hit that enjoyed great popularity throughout Europe. Loona got an echo for the song. The hit convinces with its rhythm and can be seen as a real dance song. In any case, Bailando is one of the most successful Spanish hits in Europe and is still very popular today. With the song, Spanish songs became modern, especially in the summer months, and prompted people to simply swing their hips and forget about everyday life.

04. Macarena of Los del Rio

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Los del Rio's Macarena was one of the most successful hits in the Spanish language around the world. Macarena is practically cult. Today almost everyone knows the song and the dance to go with it. The song was inspired by the performance of a flamenco dancer. The song was published for the first time in Spain in 1993. The single quickly became popular there, but it wasn't until years later that it was also successful in Latin America. In 1995, Carlos Alberto de Yarza and Mike Triay from Miami discovered the song and transformed the traditional guitar sounds into a new version that was also suitable for the disco.

05. Vayamos Compañeros from Marquess

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Marquess achieved a real summer hit with Vayamos Compañeros. Although Spanish is not the mother tongue of the front vocalist of the band, the singer convinces with his temperament and simply puts you in a good mood with the song. At Vayamos Compañeros you will feel like summer, vacation and fun. The rather simple lyrics and the happy music capture the mood of the summer. Whoever hears the song usually wants to sing along or dance right away. In any case, Marquess had a good nose for the piece and became known practically overnight through the song. The song didn't make it to Latin America, but it made it into the charts across Europe.

06. Hoy by Gloria Estefan

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With Hoy by Gloria Estefan we get a strong Spanish ballad that was very popular not only in Latin America but also in Europe. Gloria Estefan has long been a star in Latin America. In this country it was only known much later, but the song is now a Spanish classic even in our latitudes. With this piece, too, you can practically feel the summer and remember the warm season. Nevertheless, the song also has a somewhat melancholy character that makes you think.

07. Guantanamera by Celia Cruz and Pete Seeger

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Guantanamera is one of the real classics of the Spanish language and is still one of the best Spanish songs today. Even in schools, people like to sing Guantanamera in music lessons. The classic is very popular not only in South America, but also in Spain and throughout Europe as well as in the USA. The Caribbean sounds make you want to sun, sand and sea and remind you of the holiday season. Guantanamera is an old, timeless song that is constantly being reinterpreted and also likes to invite you to dance. Anyway, with the song you immediately get in a good mood!

08. Muy Dentro De Mi by Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony also made it into the international charts with Muy Dentro De Mi. The English version of the song is called You Sang To Me, by the way. Marc Anthony is rather unknown in this country, but achieved greater fame through his wedding to Jennifer Lopez. In Latin America and the USA, however, Marc Anthony is one of the most popular Latino singers and was also able to convince there with Muy Dentro De Mi, among others. This song also has something slightly melancholy about it and can be seen as a successful Spanish ballad. The song invites you to dream in any case, even if you don't speak a word of Spanish!

09.Suerte from Shakira

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In Latin America and the United States, Shakira is a mega-star anyway. But she also made her breakthrough in Europe with “Suerte” and the English version of the song “Whenever Wherever”. Suerte was just as successful in Latin America as it was in the United States. In any case, both versions of the song are ideal for partying and exude a good mood. Not only the unique swing of Shakira's hips, but also the moving sound of her songs make the singer a mega-star who is celebrated worldwide. Suerte is definitely one of her most famous songs and is as convincing in English as in Spanish.

10. No Tengo Nada by Alejandro Sanz

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Alejandro Sanz comes from Madrid and is the second son of María Pizarro Medina and Jesús Sánchez Madero. He started playing guitar at the age of 7. At the age of 10 he was already composing his first songs. At the age of 16, Alejandro moved to Moratalaz, where he attended management courses. His first album was created during this time. Alejandro Sanz is now one of the most famous singers from Spain. No Tengo Nada is one of his most successful songs, which also made him a star in Latin America. Alejandro Sanz has even worked with greats like Shakira.

11. Livin la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin comes from Puerto Rico and made for top positions in the charts with numerous songs. Livin la Vida Loca is one of his best known and probably also most popular songs. Ricky Martin is now also very popular in Europe and has made it into the charts again and again. The sympathetic singer convinces with his passion for music, the Latino look and his charming smile. Of course, he also has a great voice and unique songs that make you want more!

12. Ay Amor by Ana Gabriel

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Ana Gabriel is a Mexican singer who also has Chinese roots. Ana Gabriel is one of the most famous singers in Latin America today and enjoys great popularity with numerous songs. Ay Amor is one of her most famous songs and, as so often, describes love. With Ay Amor, Anna made it into the charts not only in Latin America, but also in the USA and Europe. Anna Gabriel is rather unknown in this country, but she convinces with her great voice and the unique songs that reflect the lifestyle of Latin America. In any case, she is a great artist who also shaped Latin American music.

13. Oye Como Va from Santana

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Santana, also known by the name Santana Blues Band, is a Latin-US rock band. The band was founded in 1966 in San Francisco by the American-Mexican singer and guitarist Carlos Santana. Santana was repeatedly cast and contributed to Latin rock becoming famous and popular outside of Latin America. The band has numerous songs to offer that have become real mega hits. Oye Como Va is one of the most famous songs, also outside of South America and the USA.

14. Somos Novios by Armando Manzanero

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Armando Manzanero Canché is a singer and composer from Mexico, who is considered one of the most successful and important composers in Mexico and all of Latin America. Manzanero was honored for his life's work in the USA in 2014. Somos Novios is one of his most famous songs, which also became very popular in Europe. The singer offers us a piece of Mexican culture and convinces with his strong lyrics and unique sounds. Even today, Armando is revered throughout Latin America and the United States. In any case, his works are timeless and are still very popular today. With his songs he made a significant contribution to the history of Latin American music.

15. Mujeres by Ricardo Arjona

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Ricardo Arjona comes from Guatemala and is not only one of the most popular singers there, but also a former basketball player. In 2006 he received a Latin Grammy for the best male pop album and a US Grammy for the best Latin pop album in 2007. Arjona is known throughout Latin America and the USA and convinces with his Latino sounds and a great one Voice. Mujeres is one of his best songs, which was also known in Europe. The song combines the Latin American sounds with the Spanish language and culture and is still one of the most famous songs from Guatemala today. Whoever listens to Mujeres will immediately want to move to the unique sounds!

16. Mariposa Traicionera of Maná

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Maná is a Mexican music group that has enjoyed international success. The band's style is somewhere between hard rock and soft pop sounds. Elements from ska, reggae and mariachi also appear in the songs. Stylistic similarities can be seen in the songs with the English band called The Police. With Mariposa Traicionera, Maná has won over numerous fans around the world. The piece is one of the most famous songs from Latin America today and is also very well known in the USA and Europe. In any case, the band can generate enthusiasm not only with their vocals, but also with their lyrics.

17. El Beso Del Final by Christina Aguilera

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With El Beso Del Final, Christina Aguilera provides us with an enchanting Latin American ballad, which became known and popular primarily through the film Dirty Dancing 2. The ballad scores not only with the strong voice of the singer, but also with a sensitive text and a successful melody. As so often in life, this song is about love or a past love. In any case, the melody invites you to dream and also convinces all people who do not speak a word of Spanish. The unique sounds made the song internationally known and exude a slightly Caribbean flair.

18. Qué Hiciste by Jennifer Lopez

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Jennifer Lopez is a star not only in Latin America and the United States, but everywhere else in the world. The US singer likes to sing in Spanish, her second mother tongue. JLo scores with the song Qué Hiciste above all with the Latin American sound and the beauty of the Spanish language. Of course, Jennifer Lopez is also a great singer and therefore also makes it into the international charts with the Spanish songs. JLo has a nose for that certain something and can convince worldwide with a great voice, character, charm and her songs.

19. La Camisa Negra by Juanes

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This song translates as the black shirt and is one of Juanes most famous songs. The hit song from Colombia also became a number 1 hit in Europe. Right-wing Italians even see the song as a kind of anthem, while left-wing groups even called for a boycott at the time. The Colombian singer Juanes asserts, however, that his song is not a hymn for a national alliance, but just a simple love song. Juanes is one of the most important artists from Colombia and is known worldwide for his music. In Europe, too, some of his songs made it into the charts and became a summer hit.

20. Chantaje ft. Maluma by Shakira

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With Chantaje, Shakira and Maluma managed to create a mega hit. The two are not only a beautiful couple in the music video, but can also convince with their singing and the unique sound of the song. Fans all over the world immediately fell in love with the song and so Chantaje became a worldwide success. Maluma and Shakira are both big names from Latin America that you don't have to introduce anymore. Shakira is practically revered as an icon in her homeland and can convince not only with her music, but also with her unique hip swing.

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Each song is linked to the associated music video via the title.