Note to self and readers: “Spanish music” is hereby used to define the production of Spanish-speaking artists (so “music in Spanish” would’ve been more fitting, actually, but I’m too lazy to make a new banner), regardless of their geographic origin; in fact, I feel like most of these will be from Argentina.
Bebe – I was jamming to Malo [x] before I even knew what its powerful lyrics against domestic violence meant. The Valencian singer quickly went on to become one of my favorites, with songs like Siempre Me Quedará [x] and Siete Horas [x] being the soundtrack to many a car trip.
Soda Stereo – this famous rock group founded in Buenos Aires in the Eighties and led by the late and lamented Gustavo Cerati have under their belt hits like Trátame Suavemente [x], De Música Ligera [x] and Cuando Pase el Temblor [x].
Shakira – the Colombian singer-songwriter’s beginnings were in her native language, her first widely successful album being Pies Descalzos (1995), followed three years later by
¿Dónde están los ladrones?. It’s a different kind of pop than the one she does now, with a rockier vibe to it: I count among my personal favorites Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos [x], ¿Dónde están los ladrones? [x] and Escondite Inglés [x].
Patricio Rey y Sus Redonditos de Ricota – also known as Los Redondos, this alternative/progressive rock group from Argentina might puzzle you with somewhat enigmatic lyrics (that often have a political subtext), but just go with the flow of their awesome guitar riffs and you’ll love them anyway. I’d recommend Vencedores Vencidos [x], Nadie Es Perfecto [x] and Nuestro Amo Juega al Esclavo [x].
Sui Generis – yeah, guys, you’ve guessed right: I’m all about classic Argentinean rock (and there’s more to come!). Canción Para Mi Muerte [x], Confesiones De Invierno [x] and
Rasguña las Piedras [x] are pretty emblematic examples of their work.
Fito Páez – with so much Argentinean music, I couldn’t overlook him, right? Listen to Al Lado del Camino [x], Mariposa Technicolor [x] and Dar Es Dar [x].
José Feliciano – honestly speaking, I only know one song, that happens to be among my father’s all-time favorites, albeit in its Italian version, Qué Será [x].
Raffaella Carrà – sorry, but when I found out she was a crowd favorite in Latin America in the Seventies I just had to include her, hahaha. Listen to Hay Que Venir al Sur [x] (and watch the music video, please!) and to Fiesta [x], I promise you’ll have fun.
BONUS – random songs I like:
Caminito [x] – a wistful tango, here sung by the beautiful voice of Carlos Gardel.
Todo Cambia [x] – a ballad written by Chilean Julio Numhauser during the years of the Pinochet dictatorship, and made famous by Mercedes Sosa.
Verde (Que Te Quiero Verde) [x] – I suppose I wanna say this should be a flamenco, but I am not that competent in this field so take it with a grain of salt. What I know for sure is that the lyrics were taken from García Lorca’s poem Romance Sonámbulo.
Caminando Por la Vida [x] – I ignore every other song Melendi has ever made, but I’ve had this one playing on repeat in my mind since I first listened to it.
Flaca [x] – more Argentina, guys! This one is brought to you by Andrés Calamaro.
Sofía [x] – well, this one was rather obvious. I don’t really know whether I genuinely like it or it is eating my brains out with its catchy refrain (just kidding, I do enjoy it); anyway, it’s a summer jam and belonged here.