Growing up Latino, you were destined to come across at least one Maná song during your formative years. Whether that was dancing to “Oye mi amor” at birthday parties or going on a roadtrip with “Rayando el sol” as the soundtrack, Maná just happens. Now the Latin rock icons are being toasted for all their musical and social activism achievements over the last three decades by receiving the Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin Billboard Awards on April 26. Let’s take a look back at some of their timeless songs that rockeros are still enjoying to this day.
1. “En el muelle de San Blas”
Do any of us know where San Blas even is? Probably not. Do we need to? Not when Maná is painting a mental picture for us. The easy guitar strings easily transport us to a breezy oceanside town as a melancholy woman waits for her long-lost love. It’s the perfect song to listen to when you’re catching some rays on the beach.
2. “Mariposa traicionera”
When Fher calls you out on your cheating ways, it’s pretty much over. Almost everyone can relate to the line wishing an ex the best, and then having to let them fly off into the wind.
3. “Vivir sin aire”
The band is able to switch from melancholy love songs to mesmerizing love ballads like “Vivir sin aire.” It’s simple and sweet lyrics make it a classic in our books. We’d love to also love Maná a little less, but it’s not possible, they are up there with the GOATs!
4. “Me vale”
¡Échale, Vampiro! This was your jam if you went through a rebellious phase in high school and really just wanted to tell your mom no when it came to helping her clean the house on weekends, having to turn down your music or wanting to wear your hair longer than was allowed. You do you!
5. “Rayando el sol”
We totally get it, the agony of a call (or text) going unanswered. It probably would be easier to get to ‘el sol’ than the heart of some of our matches on hinge. *insert eye roll* This song = the anthem of unrequited love.
6. “Angel de amor”
This was one of the rock songs Maná came back with in the late 2000s after some of their most popular songs in the 1990s. It was a nod back to their roquero says with heavy electric guitar, drums and bass mixed in.
7. “Mi verdad”
After taking years away from the spotlight to focus on social activism, Maná invited Shakira to collaborate with them on this mellow, romantic track. It’s not as memorable as some of their classic ballads, but the lyrics still touch our heartstrings—with all the lies in the world, that special person can still be the light of your life and be the voice that can calm you, like Maná and Shakira sing in this tune.
8. “Labios compartidos”
We feel for any of the guys in the band that have had a less-than-ideal relationship, because judging from their songs, it seems like it happens a lot. “Labios compartidos” is about a woman that strings along the relationship, and the hurt that comes with it. It’s the unofficial rock en español song for friends with benefits.
9. “De pies a cabeza”
For a chill vibe, you can count on the guys to melt you and your crush’s heart with the sultry lyrics of this reggae-inspired song. Nicky Jam even got in on the fun to do a remake! Maná knows how to keep making themselves relevant even after all these decades.
10. “Clavado en un bar”
Ugh, this song cuts deep. We have all had those nights where only a shot of tequila or a cold margarita can cure our heartbreak, and Maná just got it with this rock ballad. Excuse us while we go cry into our shot glass.
11. “Se me olvido otra vez”
We know this isn’t Maná’s song (it’s Juan Gabriel’s) but we wanted to include it on here to show the band’s range. They can breathe new life into an already classic song and turn it into a calypso/rock/salsa track that has everyone in the audience sashaying from side to side.
12. “El verdadero amor perdona”
The band made two versions of this song—one as a rock song and another with bachata royalty, Prince Royce. The remake with Prince Royce is probably the best of the two versions because the emotions seem more palpable with the bachata beat in the background. What genre can’t the band do?!
13. “Oye mi amor”
We had to save the best for last. This is Maná’s magnum opus, the Latin American version of the ubiquitous bar closer that is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.”
As soon as that flute starts playing, you had about 5 seconds to run to your place on the dance floor to belt out the first line of “Tú sabes cómo te deseo, tú sabes cómo te he soñado.”
Whoever is dancing next to you while your group sings “Oye mi amor, no me digas que no,” you know that was your crew for life! Friends don’t let friends sing Maná alone.