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These Salsa Songs Are Everything You Need At Your Next Dance Party

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A widely popular dance/music genre, salsa has spread throughout the Americas since its origins in the mid 1970s. Whether dancing for fun or competitions, it takes a lot of practice to perfect the moves and go along to the rhythm. With salsa music loved for generations, here are 20 songs to include in your playlist.

1. “La Salsa De Puerto Rico” – N’Klabe

Credit: N’Klabe. Digital Image. Facebook. January 7, 2017.

Starting off upbeat, La Salsa De Puerto Rico is the song to blast if you are ready to dance to from the get-go. It will electrify your space and your body will feel so alive.

2. “Toro Mata” – Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco

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Toro Mata is definitely a song to warm up to or dance to if you are a beginner. A classic song, it has a relaxed and fun feel. Plus, you can never go wrong with Celia Cruz.

3. “Mi Gente” – Héctor Lavoe

Credit: Héctor Lavoe. Digital Image. El Heraldo. June 29, 2018.

A slower rhythm, “Mi Gente” can be played in a friendly social setting while preparing for some dance competition.

4. “Ese Hombre” – La India

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“Ese Hombre” starts off soft and in less than half a minute, hits off with the quick rhythm. This is a song to use to build up your dance to the ultimate dance experience.

5. “Tengo Ganas” – Víctor Manuelle

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“Tengo Ganas” translates to “in the mood”, which is exactly how you feel about dancing when you play this song. It is just the best mood setter, tbh.

6. “Tu Cariñito” – Puerto Rican Power

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Beginning with beats and pauses, “Tu Cariñito” offers a dramatic vibe to add bigger movements in your dance. You won’t regret it when you turn it on.

7. “Acucuye” – DLG

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“Acucuye” gives the feel of just wanting to dance for fun so this is a song if play for good laughs and great times.

8. “Me Vas A Extrañar” – Yiyo Sarante

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If you’re feeling competitive while in a relaxed mood, “Me Vas a Extrañar” gives a feel good vibe while having a fast paced rhythm to jam on the dance floor.

9. “Cali Pachanguero” – Grupo Niche

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Another dramatic rhythm, “Cali Pachanguero” will have you shuffle onto the dance floor to show off your moves.

10. “Herencia Rumbera” – Roberto Roena

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“Herencia Rumbera” starts off slow and builds up to salsa dance groove, making it the perfect song to warm up your energy and kicking off your moves.

11. “Lloraras” – Oscar D’Leon

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A smooth jam, “Lloraras” would be a great song to dance to when finishing off a dance session or to cool down.

12. “Sin Un Adiós” – Grupo Bananas

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Prepared to own that dance floor? “Sin Un Adiós” will have you challenge your dance moves with its speedy tempo.

13.  “Rebelion” – Joe Arroyo

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A slow paced 6-minute song, warm up your muscles to prepare showing off your speedy dance moves.

14. “Mi Ritmo Te Llama” – Ray Barretto

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Impress your dance partner when dancing to “Mi Ritmo Te Llama.” Very upbeat, the vibe is sure to power through your salsa dancing.

15. “Asi Es La Vida” – Willie Colón

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An 80s classic, “Asi Es La Vida” will have you happy, energized, and wanting to dance more.

16. “Boranda” – Sonora Ponceña

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A suspenseful buildup, put your focus into the song to feel the dance flow through your body. After all, this song is under Sonora Ponceña’s album “Energized.”

17. “Alto Songo” – Ibrahim Ferrer

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A happy and lively tune, your best version of yourself will definitely sine through when dancing.

18. “No Podras Escapar De Mi” – Willie González

Credit: Willie Gonzáles. Digital Image. Washington Hispanic. February 10, 2017.

“No Podras Escapar De Mi” will make you feel like you have dance chemistry with your partner. A song to play to leave the night with some good times.

19. “Caricias Prohibidas” – Viti Ruiz

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Kick off lively times with “Caricias Prohibidas.” Bring together your friends and dance to this song for a night to remember.

20. “Valio La Pena” (Salsa Version) – Marc Anthony

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It will definitely be worth it to dance to “Valio La Pena,” for its upbeat rhythm with make you naturally lead you and your partner feel rich in dance moves.


READ: A-Z-U-C-A-R! Here’s A Quick History Lesson About Salsa And Its Growth Around The World

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Check Out These 20 Latino Podcasts To Help You Make It Through The Holidays

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There’s nothing more comforting and empowering than hearing people of your community speak on issues that impact your communities. This Christmas, while you sip your champurrado, coquito, crema de vie, or whatever holiday drink you gravitate towards. Here are some Latino-run podcasts to connect you to your community wherever you are as you celebrate the holidays.

Latinos Who Lunch

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I mean, what Latino doesn’t, but these New Mexico residents, Justin Favela (FavyFav) and Emanuel Ortega (Babelito), will elevate your lunch hour. One is an artist and the other a curator, both of whom are hilarious, queer and brilliant. Grab a taco and season your ears.

Bag Ladiez

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Estephanie and Lena are God’s gift to all of us. These two Bronx-based Afro-Dominicans will actually make you crack up while they “just tryna be better and make you better too, join usssss as we try to get rid of our baggage cuz deadass that stuff is heavy af.”

Their episode titles tell it all: “Serena Let Us Know if We Should Pull Up” and “If You Waited in Line to Buy Jordans, You Can Go Vote.”

Nos Vemos en el Swap Meet

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Are you a shy introvert who thrives off hearing the drama and conversations safe on the outside? Luis Octavio is your guy to overhear his conversations with folks at swap meets across Southern California.

Radio Menea

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Co-hosted by Verónica Bayetti Flores and Miriam Zoila Pérez, two women with very different music preferences, this podcast will fill the hole in your musical heart that Justin Bieber created. They bring in the oldies and help you discover new artists from all over Latin America that will make you dance in your seat all the way to work.

Allegedly NYC

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These two New Yorkers Nomi Ruiz and Ava Sanjurjo are just here to spill tea. They’re like a living breathing “overheardinNYC” podcast that can also catch you up on all the new slang (i.e. Slang Sessions). They’ll keep you young.

NPR’s Latino USA

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If you listen to New York Times’ The Daily, you’ll want to follow that up with Latino USA. NPR’s award winning journalist Maria Hinojosa offers Latino Americans the content we deserve. She doesn’t just offer breaking news. She interviews the Latinos whose perspective we can relate with and need to hear.

Anzaldúing It

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If you don’t know Gloria Anzaldúa, a Latinx Heritage Month icon, listen up. Anzaldúa famously wrote about “La Frontera,” and the borders that language creates around gender, identity and more. Queer soul friends Angélica Becerra and Jackie Cáraves Anzaldú it like nobody else (except maybe Gloria Anzaldúa) in breaking down how we live and switch into different identities as Latinx Americans.

Super Mamas

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Bricia and Paulina Lopez are sisters by blood and as co-hosts of the Super Mamas podcast that supplies the huge demand for Latina mothers to hear their experience in America mirrored. As you can imagine, topics range from the struggle of raising bilingual children, of maintaining Latino culture while assimilating their kids in America, and so much more.

Bitter Brown Femmes

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Ruben and Cassandra are here to (in their own words) “dismantle -isms while running their mouths.” They release a new podcast about once a month, with titles like, “Abolish ICE, Then We’ll Talk” and “Where Does the Gay Go?” The bitterness is just so relatable.

Bodega Boys

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Boys, listen up, Desus Nice and Joel Martinez are actual comedians in the Bronx with a Viceland late night show, “Desus & Mero.” When you’re not risking your life by watching the show in your phone in your car, you can listen to them on their OG platform: Bodega Boys.

Café con Pam

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Miami based Pam keeps it real about that bilingual life of constantly saying “come se dice,” what it’s like living in this new Latinx culture that is also so very American, and all of this while drinking Cafe Bustelo.

Café con Pam is wildly popular, explicit and riveting. Every episode she interviews a new barrier breaker on topics ranging from dreams, sex, politics and mental health.

In the Thick Show

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Self described as “journalists of color tell you what you’re missing from the mainstream news.” Award-winning journalists Maria Hinojosa and Julio Ricardo Varela talk about what nobody else wants to talk about, including in depth investigation on the ground in Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria.

Latino Rebels

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Latino Rebels is increible. They really do push boundaries in calling out machismo and even interviewing a Latino worker that once worked for an anti-immigration organization. Listen up.

Let There Be Luz

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We are aware of all the trend into astrological awareness that we all grew up with. Somos brujas. Let There Be Luz aims for their podcast to “create a space where we can make personal strides, learn to trust our inner guidance and move towards our deepest desires.”

Linda Garcia is talking to women to reclaim our menstruation as a gift, our yonis as our spirital guides and the power of femininity.

Locatora Radio

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Looking for a genderqueer Latinx podcast to validate your experience as a brown bruja who hates gender norms? Mala y Diosa are here for you to peel the layers of the performance of femininity, which is so high for Latinas, mental health, trauma and sexuality.

Latina Theory

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Latina Theory is for you Latinos who don’t live in Los Angeles or New York. Maria Isa and Arianna Genis live in Minnesota. That’s right. Hear their perspective in perfect Spanglish on (you guessed it) Latina Theory.

Radio Ambulante

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Daniel Alarcón and Carolina Guerrero are here to give you the news in Latin America, so we don’t stay in our American bubble por siempre. Plus, they’re trying to bring longform back by giving you detailed, in depth investigative stories. Listen to this award winning Spanish-language podcast to hear about everything from used book-sellers in Bogotá to metal music in the ’80s and ’90s in Havana.

Tamarindo Podcast

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These two Angelenos, Melinna Bobadilla and Brenda Gonzalez, unpack every issue Latinos in Los Angeles have to deal with, including even the term “Latinx.” They self describe as “a socially conscious talk show with a Latino vibe.” They talk about Mexican-Arab influences, how to love our noses, and decolonizing our beauty and diets, as well as titles like “What in the Actual Hell: US Immigration in 2018.”

Wait, Hold Up

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Yarel Ramos and Jessica Molina have no limits on what’s on the table to discuss. Every episode will either talk about the latest major “wait, hold up” moment or interview a Latinx that experienced their own “wait, hold up” moment that changed their lives. Learn from other people’s experiences, people.

Cerebronas

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These cerebronas are casual Yale and Stanford law students from working class immigrant families. They started this podcast to democratize knowledge and unpack their sh*t. Sometimes, they break down interesting immigration cases, and other times they talk about intergenerational trauma.


READ: Two Latinx Women Are Tackling Major Issues In Their Community One Podcast At A Time

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