For many of us, music is an important and significant part of our lives..
If it’s a passion, a profession or just a hobby, there’s nothing quite like a laid back afternoon with your favourite band or musician.
As Friedrich Nietzsche said:
“Without music, life would be a mistake.”
In some countries, music is a big part of the culture and tradition and dictates what songs we listen to during holidays, family events and even parties!
For example: In Spain, one of the most popular cultural traditions is the famous Flamenco.
This “genre” of music includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps).
The first mentioning of the Flamenco was in 1774 (!!) and since then it really evolved and spread to the whole world. In fact, there are more academies that teach Flamenco in Japan than in Spain!
The Flamenco dance, as most people know, is a highly complicated, emotional and passionate form of dance and it involves a sort of “proud carrying” of the dancer as well as expressive use of the arms and stamping of the feet.
It should come as no surprise that Spain is the birthplace of the Guitar as we know it and has introduced to the world some of the more famous guitar players, such as the Gypsy kings and Santana who mainly use guitars and they’re own voices.
Below are a few very famous and popular songs in the Spanish language, most of them are not from Spain itself since the Spanish language is spoken in so many places, these songs came from other countries and are very popular there, as well as in Spain.
Los Lobos revived this ’50s dance tune, which also became a movie theme. This song has become very famous since and was played all over the world. It is known by millions of people in several languages.
This bilingual hit by Enrique Iglesias is also the title of his 1999 greatest-hits album. As its name suggests, it’s a great tune to dance to, and it remains one of his most well-known Spanish songs for English-speaking audiences.
As much as anything, this repetitious bilingual hit by José Feliciano has made the phrase “feliz Navidad” understood even where Spanish isn’t. It has become a modern holiday classic.
A cover of this song, written in the 1960s by Cachao, was performed a decade later by Santana and was one of his biggest hits.
This is a 2002 single by Dominican-American bachata band Aventura.
It achieved huge success in many countries, topping many international charts. In France, the single held the country’s number one slot for seven weeks and became the 442nd best-selling of all time in the country!
In the week of May 23, 1998 the song debuted and reached number eighteen on the U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks.
It was a huge success in South America and is still hugely popular there.
We hope you enjoyed our Spanish music article, and remember what the great Albert Einstein said:
“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
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