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13 Telenovela Theme Songs That’ll Instantly Transport You To Your Childhood

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When you grow up watching telenovelas, all you need is the first few seconds of a familiar theme song to take you right back to the chisme of your childhood friends like Luz Clarita and Teresa. Here are some of the best:

1. “Maria la del Barrio” by Thalía

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/Canciones de Novelas

The theme song for Thalía’s final role in the “Trilogia de las Marias” is a salsa anthem for the young and humble Maria. It was an upbeat number from the telenovela that catapulted villain Soraya Montenegro into legendary meme status. ¡Maldita lisiada!

2. “Luz Clarita” by Daniela Luján

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/ElManiaque

Who can forget “Luz claritaaaaa”? The lyrics for this theme song revolved around sunshine, love and happiness — much like the telenovela about this adorable orphan.

3. “Esmeralda” by Javier Rodríguez

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/Dogland

Oh “Esmeralda,” thank you for creating the soundtrack to watching the eternal television hunk, Fernando Colunga.

4. “Soñadoras” by Sentidos Opuestos

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/SoñadorasVEVO

The techno beats! The huge-ass barrette clip in Aracely Arambula’s hair! The front-wedgie bikinis! Everything about the theme song from the “Soñadoras” telenovela screams ’90s – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

You KNOW the moment the first beats of this song kick in, all you want to do is this. #JudgementFreeZone

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5. “Agujetas De Color De Rosa” by Curvas Peligrosas

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/namcan

If you were a Latina in the early ’90s, this was your JAM. The bubblegum pop lyrics were just as catchy and cheeky as the pink shoelaces on Iran Castillo’s figure skates.

6. “Esa Hembra Es Mala” by Gloria Trevi

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Teresa’s conniving ways lead multiple men to fall in love with her, made her the perfect muse for Gloria Trevi, whose song features the lyrics “esa hembra te miente, esa hembra es mala, trae veneno en los labios.” ? ?

7. “Carrusel” by Astrid Morales, Jessica Morales and the Cast of Children

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/chuyster2010

“La vida es un carrusel,” according to the sweet (yet kinda creepy) telenovela theme song for “Carrusel.”

8. “Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto” by OV7

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/Jose Bello

Ok, so if we casually ignore the fact that the relationship from “Mi Pequeña Traviesa” should never have happened in the first place (reality check: Michelle Veith’s character was in her teens when Héctor Soberón’s 30-ish character fell in love with her), the lyrics for this theme song are actually very sweet. Who wouldn’t want someone telling them they are falling in love with them more and more each day?

9. “Vuelve” by Ricky Martin

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/SuperConns

“O vuelveeeee, que sin tu la vida se me va” just makes us want to bust out our cell phones (or lighters if you are old-school) and start waving them slowly from side to side. Lyrics like “he intentado encontrarte en otras personas, no es igual” and “nos separa un abismo” are what dream telenovela theme songs are made of.  #Classic

10. “Rebelde” by RBD

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/325rita

Both “Rebelde” the telenovela and theme song launched the careers of one of Mexico’s most beloved pop groups, RBD. The song was the soundtrack for teen memories in the 2000s, cementing Dulce María, Anahí and Maite Perroni as the #squadgoals for lots of girls.

11. “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” by Bronco

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/hgbg89

Let’s take it waaay back to 1993, when Erik Estrada was cruising off his “CHiPs” motorcycle fame into telenovela stardom, canas and all. Although the song lyrics pretty much tell you everything you need about the telenovela’s plot, audiences could not get enough, making it one of Televisa’s most successful telenovelas in the past 20 years.

12. “Quinceañera” by Timbiriche

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/MariaThaliaAndPRO

Even if you have never watched a second of the telenovela “Quinceañera,” believe us, you WILL know the beginning notes of this telenovela theme classic. It has been used millions of times for real-life quince waltzes and grand entrances.

13. “Marimar” by Thalía

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CREDIT: Televisa/YouTube/maria la del barrio

Who else but Thalía would rise out from the sea like a Latina Aphrodite and wear leis in one of the most iconic openings of a telenovela? As soon as the queen of telenovelas starts dancing and squeals “Ay!” in the opening notes of the song you’re in for some DRAMA. Bring out the popcorn and get the marathon started!

Which telenovela is your fave? Did we miss one? Tell us in the comments below!

Meet The Artist Who Pays Latino Day Laborers To Be Subjects In His Paintings

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Meet The Artist Who Pays Latino Day Laborers To Be Subjects In His Paintings

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Meet John Sonsini.

A Los Angeles-based artist who originally hails from New York, Sonsini has spent more than a decade painting Latino day laborers.

Throughout the ’80s and ’90s, Sonsini originally focused on painting nudes, but a conversation with a day laborer took him in a new direction.

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In 2001, Sonsini was painting in his Los Angeles studio when he struck up a conversation with a Latino day laborer who was cleaning outside. After learning that the man performed odd jobs, Sonsini decided to hire the laborer for an hourly rate with a new very odd job — as his artistic subject.

The day laborer, Gabriel, soon became Sonsini’s partner in crime.

Soon, Sonsini was painting other day laborers too.

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“It was my partner Gabriel’s idea to approach the guys gathering for work in the neighborhood of our studio. So the notion of painting dayworkers grew entirely out of my need to have sitters who were available to work daily in the studio,” he said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

Sonsini’s pays his subjects which can sit for him as long as two weeks.

“I always pay my sitters, because this is work, and I like it to be treated as work,” said Sonsini in an interview with The Stranger.

Why is Sonsini drawn to day laborers? Because he can relate.

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Sonsini told The Stranger, “Anyone who’s out on the street in the middle of the day looking for work, yes, that’s my kind of person, because that’s what I was doing at that age.”

If you look at enough of his work, you’ll notice lots of defiant stares and somber expressions.

In each of Sonsini’s paintings, the subject’s eyes definitely tell a story. Is it defiance? Bravery? The audacity to move to a new land with only a few items in a suitcase? This powerful image of Louie poignantly shows that some of these men own only the literal shirts on their back.

What does it all mean? It’s up to you.

Although he has focused on painting day laborers for more than a decade, Sonsini says he’s not trying to send a specific message in his work. “Sometimes I try to recreate a facial expression, or bodily gesture, but I try to steer away from trying to convey anything personal or biographical about the sitter. I like all that to be very open, far preferring the viewer to make of it what they will,” said Sonsini to The Huffington Post.

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