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I’m currently studying Spanish at college and I felt that a lot of great music in the language is easily overlooked. I’ve blended modern and traditional songs in this list to give you a taste of some of the different genres that are covered in the Spanish language; for the film fans, I wouldn’t be surprised if a couple of these bring back some fond memories.

#1: Las Tremulas Canciones – Estelares

Is it just me who is reminded of the 90’s from this song? The band’s roots come from the 80’s; they’re actually Argentinian and have a profound way of putting passion into modern rock pieces. This song (‘The Tremulous Songs’ in English) is a good example of their music; it has the smoothness and the soul as well as the upbeat vibes that puts a person on their feet to dance. I feel this would be a good song to drive to.

#2: Entre Dos Tierras – Heroes Del Silencio

Rockers from the 80’s and 90’s, they had a massive impact on Spanish music. Considered by many to be one of the greatest bands in Spanish rock, ‘Between Two Lands’ is one of their most well-known songs. A powerful rock ballad, comparable to the rawness of Black Sabbath, this is thrash rock at its most powerful, and helped launched the band into success.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMMj1FrRFH4

#3: Ley De Imposibilidad Del Fenomeno – Miss Cafeina

Impossible law of the Phenomenal’ comes from the seven year-old group Miss Cafeina and it is perhaps the most similar song on this list to modern American post-punk artists such as Paramore and Avril Lavigne, and is unsurprisingly a song played at plenty of teenage parties up and down the country. It’s a soft-hearted song about how impossible things can be made real, and really encapsulates the essence of feel-good pop-rock.

#4: Malagueña Salerosa – Son Huasteco

This is for the Kill Bill fans! One of my favourite songs from all of Tarantino’s films, this song has an interesting history; dating from the 19th century, it is one of 8 traditional styles of Mexican music inspired by Spanish and Indigenous Cultures. This song packs a punch whether you’re a fan of Kill Bill or not, it incorporates flamenco into a boiling pot of rock and extremely potent lyrics, unravelling the tale of a man who tells a woman how beautiful she is while understanding that she rejects him for being too poor (Or ‘Friday nights’, as I call it – Lonely Ed).

#5: Hotel California – The Gypsy Kings

I’m going to come clean. The Big Lebowski is one of my favourite films and it features this fantastic cover of The Eagles’ classic, by The Gypsy Kings. It fits inwith the great mood that comes from traditional Spanish music; the turbulence and passion that explodes into the guitar riffs are sometimes hard to even comprehend. A really beautiful tune, it’s bound to put a smile on your face.

(BONUS SONG) #6: Las Ketchup – Asereje

(What, you thought you could write an article on Spanish music and leave this out? Shame on you. It’s bad enough that there’s no ‘Macarena’ or ‘La Cucaracha’ – Ed)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IQ0snWgef0

About The Author

I’m Will; I’m interested in the alpha to omega of music, (especially the 70s). Aspiring to meet new bands and to become a talented writer. Twitter: @Thatindiesound