Gipsy Kings - Bamboleo
This may be one of most famous performances by the Gipsy Kings, released in 1987. Bamboleo means "swaying" in Spanish, and is certainly one of the most famous Spanish songs ever!
Andrea Bocelli - Perfidia
One of the most critically acclaimed performances by Bocelli, from his 14th album titled 'Passione'. The Spanish word 'Perfidia' means 'betrayal'.
Olavi Virta - Quizás, Quizás, Quizás
Written by Osvaldo Farrés, this song became a hit in 1947 and has since been covered by many successful artists. You may recognize the tune from the English version, 'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps'.
Los Cinco Latinos - Dímelo Tú
One of the most successful songs in Central and South America in the 1950s. Dímelo Tú means 'You tell me'.
Virginia Lopez - A Quién Será
This wonderful 'Mambo' song was released in 1953 and quickly gained fame, especially due to the 1954 English rendition by Dean Martin, titled Sway. Since then, the song has been covered dozens of time in multiple languages. 'Quién Será' means 'Who will be'.
Trini L López - Cuando Calienta el Sol
Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
One of the most famous Mexican folk songs, combining Spanish, Central American, and African styles.
Trio Los Panchos - Bésame Mucho
One of the most sung songs in Latin America! Bésame Mucho was written in 1940 and is one of the most famous boleros in the world. The meaning of 'Bésame Mucho' is 'Kiss Me a Lot'.
Placido Domingo - Siboney
Written by one of the most beloved Cuban composers, Ernesto Lecuona, this song was the inspiration for a Mexican-Cuban film of the same name. Placido Domingo's rendition is one of the most beautiful versions of this song, thanks to the tenor's powerful voice.
Santana Brothers - En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor
A modern take on the 1963 song by Richard Anthony, performed by Carlos and Jorge Santana. The song itself is a beautiful love song.
Trio Los Panchos - Aquellos Ojos Verde
This 1929 classic, played by Trio Los Panchos was originally a hit in Cuba and the Latin community in New York. In 1939 an English version was released and became another chart-topper. The name of the song means 'Those green eyes'.
Luciano Pavarotti - Granada
Written in 1932, the song tells the story of the Spanish town, Granada. The song enjoyed quite a bit of popularity throughout the years and has dozens of cover versions. Here's Pavarotti's take on it.
Cecilia - Un Ramito De Violetas
The Spanish singer, Cecilia, is said to have contributed a lot to the feminist movement in Spain. Her music is described as 'existential', yet her lyrics and melodies are not easily forgotten.
Luis Alberto Del Parana - El Porompompero
Paraguay's best-selling artist, Luis Alberto Del Parana was a phenomenon in the 1950's and 60's. Here he is performing Manolo Escobar's El Porompompero. Despite being one of the best Spanish songs of all time, Porompompero has no meaning whatsoever.
Armando Manzanero - Esta Tarde Vi Llover
Written by the Mexican singer and songwriter, Armando Manzanero, virtually every big name in Latin American music has covered this classic at some point in their career! There's even an English-language version of the song, called 'Yesterday I Heard the Rain'.
Perez Prado - Mambo #5
When mambo fever took over the United States in the fifties, nobody was more influential than the legendary Dámaso Perez Prado. In 1999, Lou Bega's cover made this song resonate with a whole new generation once again.
José Alfredo Jiménrez - El Rey
Jiménrez is known as one of the greatest mariachi singers of all time, and this song perfectly illustrates what it means to be a macho mariachi artist - lover, hero, king, and man of the hour.
Juan Gabriel - Querida
Originally recorded in 1984, this song was incredibly successful and influential, which is why it has been covered so many times ever since!
José Luis Perales - Y Cómo Es El
José Luis Perales is a Spanish singer/songwriter known for writing many of the great ballads which defined they golden years of romantic Latin music from the 70s and 80s, and ' Y Cómo Es El' is certainly no exception.
Hector Lavoe - El Cantante
Set to a simple salsa piano line mixed with orchestral horns and strings, this masterpiece of Spanish music tells a story about a famous entertainer with a fragile ego undergoing an existential crisis.
Willie Colón - El Gran Varón
Here's a song that broke new ground for Spanish music. It tells the tale of Simon's downfall, who goes to the USA to follow his dreams but ends up catching AIDS and eventually dying from it. Despite its sensitive subject matter, this song went on to turn into a massive continental hit, and is now regarded as one of the most famous Spanish songs ever.
Grupo Niche - Cali Pachanguero
Here's a song that completely redefined the world of Spanish salsa. With its energetic tempo and hard-hitting signature sound, there's no way we could have left this one out of our list.
Joan Manuel Serrat - Mediterraneo
This 1971 hit is so powerful that it has been voted the best pop song in Spain on numerous occasions. You only need to listen to Mediterraneo once to be instantly transported back to your own childhood, where life was slower and problems were far less complicated.
Mocedades - Eres Tu
Starting out as a Eurovision runner-up, Eres Tu is a revolutionary song that features subtle gospel tinges and numerous complex harmonies that really make it something special!
Sara Montiel - La Violetera
Written in 1914, this song tells the story of a girl who sells violets on the street. Sara Montiel's version became famous due to its inclusion in the 1958 film, The Violet Seller.