When it comes to music, there's no objective right or wrong, good or bad — but that never stops passionate music fans from sharing and defending their favorites. We spent months discussing, researching and reflecting on music from artists old and new, considering everything from sales to impact to innovation to longevity. The results won't please everyone — and that's as it should be. Everyone has their own takes on the greatest in music — this is ours. Most importantly, even though 50 is not nearly a big enough number to encompass the huge universe of the Latin songbook, every one of these songs continues to be relevant today. We invite you to listen and celebrate with us as we count down from No. Did anyone not dance the Macarena? It was American folk singer Pete Seeger who took the humble acoustic tune to new heights, when he adapted it and recorded it live at Carnegie Hall in
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The following tracks have left a permanent imprint in the history of Latin music. Their celebrated notes and lyrics have inspired several generations across the Latin world and beyond. In one way or the other, each one of these songs has been embraced by different artists, cultures, and music fans across the globe. Besides this global appeal, the following compilation provides a good sample of the richness and diversity that surrounds Latin music. In fact, these songs belong to different genres ranging from bolero and bossa nova to tango and traditional musical expressions from the Americas. Younger generations may be unfamiliar with some of these songs. However, not a single contemporary hit could even match the impact and influence of any of the following tracks.
And no fiesta is ever complete without a bopping playlist that can carry the dancing late into the night. This country band may have been formed way back in but this masterpiece is destined to outlive us all. Straight from the queen herself, this song is a bop and a half. It was famously inspired by the love letters of her abuela, a maid who worked for a wealthy family and ended up falling in love with and marrying their son.
Culture Trip stands with Black Lives Matter. Written by ranchera singer Pedro Galindo Galarza, there are countless versions of this dramatic favorite. This traditional mariachi song was written by the composer Chucho Monge but is most closely associated with the iconic singer and film star Jorge Negrete. A powerful statement of loyalty for the land of Mexico, the song has been covered by almost every established mariachi singer. The song is still a favorite for Mexicans, and people broke into spontaneous outbreaks of the anthem after the most recent earthquakes struck the country in September There are countless versions of this Mexican classic, but the favorite is performed by Chavela Vargas, whose deep, dramatic voice brought the song to life in the film Frida , the story of the flamboyant Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The traditional Mexican waltz tells the story of a Zapotec woman mourning the death of her mother.