Famous latin songs

What are famous latin songs that you know? This is our list of 20 famous latin songs in history of latin music:

1. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Matador
2. Soda Stereo – De Música Ligera
3. Manu Chao – Clandestino
4. Héroes del Silencio – Entre dos tierras
5. Molotov – Gimme tha power
6. Soda Stereo – Persiana americana
7. Aterciopelados – Bolero falaz
8. Santana – Oye como va
9. Los Tres – Déjate caer
10. Caifanes – Afuera
11. Los Rodriguez – Sin documentos
12. Bersuit Vergarabat – Sr. Cobranza
13. Soda Stereo – Cuando pase el temblor
14. Café Tacuba – Las flores
15. Mano Negra – Señor Matanza
16. Mano Negra – Mala vida
17. Los Prisioneros – We are south american rockers
18. Aterciopelados – Florecita rockera
19. El Tri – Triste canción de amor
20. Café Tacuba – La ingrata


Famous latin singers

What are famous latin singers that you know? This is our list of 20  famous latin singers in history of latin music:

1. Soda Stereo (1982 – 1997, Argentina)
2. Café Tacuba (1989 -, Mexico)
3. Charly Garcia (born 1951 -, Argentina)
4. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs (1984 -, Argentina)
5. Caifanes (1987 – 1995, Mexico)
6. Héroes del Silencio (1985 – 1996, Spain)
7. Mano Negra (1986 – 1995, France)
8. Andrés Calamaro (born 1961 -, Argentina)
9. Luis Alberto Spinetta (born 1950 -, Argentina)
10. Molotov (1995 -, Mexico)
11. Fito Páez (born 1963 -, Argentina)
12. Gustavo Cerati (born 1959 -, Argentina)
13. Babasónicos (1991 -, Argentina)
14. Aterciopelados (1990 -, Colombia)
15. Los Prisioneros (1979 – 2006, Chile)
16. Three Souls in My Mind/El Tri (1968-1984, 1984 -, Mexico)
17. Los Rodriguez (1990 – 1996, Argentina – Spain)
18. Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio (1985 -, Mexico)
19. Sui Generis (1969 – 1975, Argentina)
20. Enanitos Verdes (1979 -, Argentina)

Latin music history

Currently, Latin America, the countries of the Western Hemisphere south of the United States, include the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central and South America and contain an amalgamation of cultural influences, namely European, The Moors, Mexican, and other African tribes. Europe contributed the religions two main languages, Spanish and Portuguese.

The element in Moorish, African & Caribbean music that many find most distinctive, is its rhythms are derived from Moorish, and other Africans via the slave trade (1550-1880). Unlike the Moors of North American and some that were enslaved, who in 1776 were forbidden from playing drums (except for areas such as New Orleans Congo Square), Caribbean slaves were liberally allowed to play their drums, which of course were not only for recreation and entertainment, but used as a means of communicating. These were considered talking drums, carrying current, as well as timeless messages; message of history, struggle, and unspeakable joy. All this was accomplished through the replaying of these traditional Moorish and African rhythms, sung on a drum.

During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries these rhythms spread, developed, and canonized throughout the Caribbean, around the same time that another American art form was beginning its conception. It would incorporate blues intonation, African drums and rhythms, Indian cymbals, European instruments, harmony, and musical forms with a syncopated beat namely jazz.

Every country and every island in the Caribbean developed its own unique musical culture, be it folk idioms or a national conservatory styles. Four countries, namely Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico have had the most significant influences on music in the United States (Cuba having the most enduring). These influences included Latin rhythms and/or dances that infatuated the United States, like the habanera, bolero (Cuba),samba, bossa nova (Brazil), tango (Argentina), and mariachi (Mexico).

As these rhythmic structures and their dances canonized, they began effecting music making everywhere, from the concert hall, to the New Orleans Street parade, to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley. As goods including people, were traded through the convenient and busy port of New Orleans, Louisiana, musically inclined workers on Caribbean ships were afforded the opportunity to exchange new rhythms, dances, and songs with the various Creole and African dancers and musicians at public performance spaces ice Congo Square. It didn’t take long for composers to begin writing Latin-influenced works. For example, American Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), who hailed from Louisiana, and studied composition in France with Aaron Coplands teacher Nadia Boulanger, toured Cuba in 1857 performing his Latin-influenced works. Some of the most famous compositions of this nature include George Bizets hababera from his opera Carmen (1875); Scott Joplin’s Mexican serenade, Solace (1902); Maurice Ravels Rapsodie Espagnole (1907), and his Bolero (1928), Jelly Roll Morton, the famed New Orleans jazz composer and pianist, spoke to Alan Lomax of the Library of Congress on the importance, even in the earlier days of jazz (the end of the nineteenth century) of the jazz musician being able to work with the Spanish tinge. He said, In fact, if you cant manage to put tinges of Spanish in your tunes, you will never be able to get the right seasoning, I call it, for jazz.


types of latin music

There are hundreds different types and rhythms of latin music including mainstream ones such as Salsa, Tango, Merengue and Brazilian music, as well as traditional rhythms like Andean music, Puerto Rican Bomba, Cuban Son and Musica Llanera.

Salsa – based on Cuban music (especially Cuban son and son montuno) in rhythm, tempo, bass line, riffs and instrumentation, Salsa represents an amalgamation of musical styles including rock, jazz, and other Latin American (and Puerto Rican) musical traditions. Modern salsa was forged in the pan-Latin melting pot of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Tango – originated in Rio de la Plata, early tango was known as tango criollo. Today, there are different types of tango dance such as Argentine tango or Uruguayan. Popularly and among tango dancing circles, the authentic tango is considered to be the one which is closest to that originally danced in Argentina and Uruguay.

Merengue – type of music and dance originated in Dominican Republic, which has become popular all over Latin America – even in those countries which formerly had their own type of music traditions. It may derived from the French meringue, a dessert made from whipped egg whites and sugar, but is equally likely to be related to similar West African words related to dance and music.



What is latin music?

Latin music is popular music genre that has full spectrum of rhythms and styles from Latin America and the broader Latin world including musical fusions by Latinos in the US as well as genres and artists from European countries such as Portugal and Spain.

Latin music is mainly defined by four elements: Music style, geography, cultural background of the artist, and language. For the most part, geography refers to Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula. The cultural background includes artists from Latin America or artists with a Latin (Europe)/Latino (US) background. Language refers to Spanish and Portuguese.

These four elements interact in different ways and very often a combination of only two or three of these elements is enough to place a given production into the Latin music genre.