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puerto rico songs To Get You Hype And Proud To Be

Proud To Be Puerto Rican. Whether it’s our bandera – hanging from our car mirror, tattooed on our arm or plastered on any piece of clothing – or a typical “Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas” chant, those are indications you’ve spotted a Puerto Rican. After hundreds of years of colonialism under Spain and then the U.S., our pride is what has kept our culture alive. It’s an act of resistance passed down through each generation, and there’s probably no better way to witness it than through our música.

Whether boleros that transport abuela and abuelo back to la isla, salsa hits played at every family house party or hip-hop tracks that have even non-Puerto Ricans chantin’ “Boricua, morena,” these songs capture the beautiful pride and self-love of the people of “La Isla del Encanto.”

1. When you want to remind people of all the magic that has come out of our tiny isla, you play Charlie Cruz’s “Grita Conmigo.”

From barrier-breakers like Roberto Clemente and Rita Moreno to our vast championships in boxing, baseball and beauty pageants to creating one of the greatest Latino music genres of all time – salsa – Puerto Ricans are bad af, and Cruz will tell you all about la “isla tan pequeñita y con tanta historia” in this song.

2. If Frankie Ruiz’s “Puerto Rico” isn’t bumping from the speakers at least once, you’re not really at a Boricua house party.

Frankie Ruiz is the king of salsa romántica, and his greatest love song might have just been this endearing canción for his tierra.

3. Want to watch someone sing their heart and soul at the top of their lungs? Find a Puerto Rican and play “Preciosa.”

Written by Rafael Hernández Marín but popularly sung by Marc Anthony, “Preciosa” epitomizes the love, nostalgia and longing for freedom Puerto Ricans have for their island.

4. We have to let everyone we meet know that we’re Puerto Rican, and Taino’s “Yo Soy Boricua Pa’ Que Tu Lo Sepas” makes this very clear.

This ’90s hit breaks down just how real the orgullo is.

5. We LOVE our flag, so much so that we make songs about it. One of our favorites: “Que Bonita Bandera” by Florencio Morales Ramos.

Catch Boricuas singing the song’s chorus at a Puerto Rican parade near you.

6. For people feeling nostalgic about their time living or vacationing on the island in their youth, Aventura’s “Mi Puerto Rico” will resonate.

Little-known fact: Aventura’s lead singer, megastar Romeo Santos, is half-Dominican and half-Puerto Rican, and he got the whole band to write a song about Puerto Rico. In it, the bachatero sings about his childhood memories on the island, from waking up to the sound of roosters crowing and partying with family.

7. Puerto Ricans may be prideful, but we’re not self-centered. Like Hector Lavoe demonstrates in “Mi Gente,” we’re all about the people.

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Lavoe invites puertorriqueños, Latinos and everyone of the African diaspora to sing in unity in this Bori party fave.

8. But we’re still mad proud, especially those of us who don’t live on the island. Evidence: “100 percent” by the Bronx’s own Big Pun.

There’s probably no song that can get a Puerto Rican, particularly a Nuyorican, more hype than this hip-hop classic. It’s straight-up diaspora magic.

9. Want to know “how we do it down in Puerto Rico?” Watch Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” music video.

Sure, we’re ALL tired of the song, but Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee gave us the latest Boricua hit and we’ll be dancing to it till we’re grey-haired and wrinkled.


Read: 10 Things Every Person Dating A Puerto Rican Should Know

If you’re Bori, you know this list is incomplete. Name your favorite songs about Puerto Rico in the comments!

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

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Run Away From That Toxic Relationship with Dalex’s New Single “Feeling”

Puerto Rican singer Dalex is back to his Latin R&B roots with “Feeling“, which is about leaving behind that relationship that made you question everything, including changing who you are to please the other person.

Produced by Dimelo Flow, “Feeling” not only does it get deep about leaving behind what no longer serves you, but it is also packed with punchlines like “Te olvide como El Chavo, sin querer queriendo“.

In our interview for Latido Music by mitú, Dalex talked to us about the feeling he wanted to convey with the song, singing about heartbreak instead of his usual songs that tend to be more intimate.

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In “Feeling,” Dalex wants to explore other sounds and try doing a more commercial record that more people can relate to.

The colorful music video was shot in Miami, directed by Adrián Arredondo for Wildhouse Pictures. Dalex and his love interest are seen riding around dirt bikes, which we later found out in the interview was one of his Top 5 Feelings.

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Dalex has a busy 2021 ahead, and “Feeling” is the first single from his upcoming album due this year. The Rich Music singer told us that he has a collab with Reggaetón heavy hitters Wisin & Yandel and Zion & Lennox on the way, as well as an American singer which for now he can’t reveal, but we can’t wait to find out.

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Javiera Mena Turns Up the Melodrama in “Dos” Music Video

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Javiera Mena Turns Up the Melodrama in “Dos” Music Video

Chilean singer-songwriter Javiera Mena is back with her first single of 2021. She is shining in her new music video for “Dos.”

“Dos” is about getting caught up in the feelings of a love triangle.

“Dos” is the newest single from Mena’s upcoming EP. Last year, she previewed the EP with the futuristic “Flashback” and club-ready “Corazón Astral.”

With “Dos,” Mena retains her crown as the Latine queen of synth-pop. Whereas “Flashback” and “Corazón Astral” were more upbeat, she now puts her electronic touch on a heartbreaking ballad. Mena produced the song with Pablo Stipicic and co-wrote it with Marian Ruzzi. “Dos” channels the ’80s pop power ballads and Mena brings on the melodrama. She’s so in love with two and doesn’t know what to do.

“‘Dos’ is a classic ballad with an avant-garde message,” Mena said in a statement. “The song talks about a common topic, triangular relationships but from a different point of view. In this case from a person who is having feelings for two loves and that perhaps both of them fit in his/her heart.”

In the “Dos” music video, Mena sings her heart out.

Despite singing of a love triangle, Mena is all alone in the music video. She plays the piano in an abandoned warehouse. The openly queer icon sings her heart out in the stunning visual.

Mena’s new EP is due out later this spring. “[It’s] a night album with a desire as a common thread,” she adds. “A lot of mystery, sensual dance and above all, a lot of fire. This style of the album is an evolution of who I am: Electro with ballad tints.”

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