We Can Guarantee That If You Go To A Mexican Fiesta You’ll Hear These 18 Songs
Quinceañera, wedding, baptism, school dance hall – Mexicans sure know how to turn any and every occasion into a good time.
And no fiesta is ever complete without a bopping playlist that can carry the dancing late into the night.
Today, we’ve thrown together 17 classic songs that you’re likely to hear at any Mexican party. They should have ya (or at least dear tía Nora) throwing your hands in the air.
Caballo Dorado – Payaso de Rodeo
We’re kicking off the list with this classic wedding / quinceañera number.
‘Payaso de Rodeo’ to some, ‘No romper mi corazón’, to others. Whichever camp you’re in, there’s no not recognizing it once the DJ has his way. It’s a CALL TO ARMS – one that guarantees a stampede to the dancefloor and a whole lotta clapping, hopping and sliding.
This country band may have been formed way back in 1986 but this masterpiece is destined to outlive us all. Just, watch your feet – if you get ran over, it’s your fault.
2. Luis Miguel – Cuando Calienta El Sol
A forever classic from the sol de Mexico himself, perfect for parties under the hot sun, and for invoking nostalgic vibes of youth’s eternal-summer… yeah, and who’s ever forgetting that music vid?
3. Selena Quintanilla – Amor Prohibido
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.
Seems like we’re all suckers for a good forbidden romance – it topped the US States Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart nine weeks in a row in 1994.
4. Jeans – Pepe
The four teens of the original Pepe video may have grown up, but Jeans will always hold a special place in our hearts. It’s a throwback to the days of innocence, bad hair, and those tummy butterflies from crushing on a classmate.
5. Café Tacvba – Ingrata
An anthem for every teen in the 90s who figured they were a rebel. This Mexican band straight out of Satellite were a bunch of teens at the time but boy did they just get us.
6. Banda Blanca – Sopa de Caracol
So no we may never truly know what they are saying, but this song was always guaranteed to get you up and grooving at any fiesta.
7. Los Del Río – La Macarena
This Spanish one-hit wonder of the 90s needs no intro. Put it on any speakers, and the dance moves that follow are basically reflex.
La Macarena made the rounds again in recent years when the internet realised what the lyrics were actually saying. Turns out, the song is all about a girl (Macarena) cheating on her boyfriend with two friends, whilst he’s off in military service. Can I get a #childhoodruined.
8. Garibaldi – Banana
With refrains like ‘Mexicana like it (banana)’ and ‘Yo tengo una bolita que me sube y me baja’ (I have a little ball that goes up and goes down), Garibaldi’s Banana is, admittedly, no poetic masterpiece.
What is IS though, is a Latin beat that’s catchy as hell and sure to get you dancing. Plus, what’s life without a little cheap innuendo.
9. Vicente Fernández – El Rey
There comes a time in every respectable Mexican party when it’s time to break out the ranchera.
We were torn between this song and Chente’s Volver, Volver, but, well, it’s one of the best drinking songs of all time. Scoop up two amigos around the shoulders and bellow along: “PeRo SiGo SiEnDo eL rEy”
10. Los Angeles Azules – 17 Años
Guaranteed to have even the oldest guests getting jiggy, the infectious rhythm in this song is not to be underestimated.
No surprise really – Los Angeles Azules are the wizards of cumbia sonidera – a subgenre that fuses the 1950-1970s with synthy electronic 90s music.
11. Maná – Oye Mi Amor
Here’s one from the Guadalajaran pop rock band Maná – the most successful Latin American band of all time. Like, 40 million albums sold worldwide, kind of successful.
And this song? You might love it, you might hate it, but you most definitely, probably know the lyrics.
12. Pedro Infante – Cucurrucucú Paloma
Maybe not a mainstay of your average houseparty, but we couldn’t resist. Tomas Mandaz wrote this Mexican classic in 1954, and it’s since been covered by the likes of Pedro Infante and Luis Miguel.
And boy is it a crooner. The cucurucucú mimics the sound of a dove, and is meant to signal lovesickness.
13. Magneto – Vuela, Vuela
Whilst Vuela, Vuela is actually a cover of a 80’s French pop song, it’s also the song that helped skyrocket Magneto into the limelight.
Dubbed by some as the Mexican Backstreet Boys, Magneto’s song hit the charts in the early 90s and flew as high as its namesake.
14. Los Tigres Del Norte – El Jefe De Jefes
This Mexican norteño band is famous for their ‘narcocorrido’ – music that glorifies drug trafficking. It’s a genre that’s actually illegal to play at live events in some Mexican states, which has landed the band a hefty fine in the past. Regardless, at parties the song’s a hoot.
15. Molotov – Voto Latino
An anthem for proud crowds of Latinx to roar along to, this Molotov song is a classic in its own right.
16. La Chona – Los Tucanes de Tijuana
An energetic and fast-paced norteño song from a band that’s been around since 1987. They started out playing in nightclubs, so there’s no surprise that it’s virtually impossible to not dance to this.
17. Elvis Crespo – Suavemente
Sultry and sexy, this song is pure Latin rhythm heaven. Not only is it perfect for making eyes and swinging hips across a dancefloor, it also helped popularize merengue music.
18. Ramón Ayala – Tragos Amargos
Contested by some as the ultimate drinking song, would any list of Mexican party songs be complete without some Ramón Ayala to top it off?