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13 Songs That Made Us Do Silly Dances We Couldn’t Help But Love

“Aserejé (The Ketchup Song)” by Las Ketchup

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This is the song that you had to secretly dance to in your room because your mom thought it was brujería. If she only knew the chorus is actually a nonsensical translation of the “Rapper’s Delight” lyrics “I said a hip, hop, the hippie to the hippie.” #TheMoreYouKnow

“Payaso del Rodeo” by Caballo Dorado

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The title of this song is exactly what you’ll be looking like after downing shots of tequila at your cousin’s quince. The song starts off as a slow version of “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus, and speeds up to get everyone’s asses moving. Good luck not getting your foot stomped on!

“Lambada” by Kaoma

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The lambada is a dance style that has its roots in Brazil. The Afro-Brazilian dance went mainstream in the ’90s when the French group Kaoma released “Lambada” in Portuguese. The “forbidden” dance was marked by fast, swaying hip movements, which were perfect to show off those major V-bikinis and short skirts of the ’90s.

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The music video that put the song on the map told the tale of two young star-crossed lovers who were denied seeing each other because they were too close. Eventually, they’re allowed to dance their little hearts away. Awwww.

“Macarena” by Los del Río

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This is arguably the ultimate crazy Latino dance song. This one-hit wonder from Spain is like a siren song we can’t ignore. Excuse us while we go put our arms one by one on our head and sway our hips from side to side… ? ?

“La Bomba” by Azul Azul

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“Todo el mundo una mano en la cabeza…” If we are going to take orders from anyone on the dance floor, Azul Azul is the group to do it from. We’ll put our hand on our head and on our hip to show we’re having a blast. BTW, this song is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S when you’re people watching at a nightclub.

“1, 2, 3” by El SímboloTNN

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This cute but entertaining song from Argentine dance pop group El Símbolo-TNN made everyone get down on the dance floor. The dance steps are easy enough: everyone to the bottom, everyone to the top, then get close to your dance partner and shake it off.

“El baile del perrito” by Wilfrido Vargas ? ?

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This ’90s merengue jam was a mainstay on the dance floor and had people doing this:

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“Za Za Za” by DJ Oscar Lobo and Grupo Climax

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The second you hear “Mesa, mesa,” your quince party or boda is about to be ?. Get ready to see your guests put their hands in the air and start clapping. “Mesa, mesa que mas aplauda”!

READ: These Are the 9 Types of Salsa Dancers

“El Venao” by Los Cantantes

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When you see people raise their fingers to their heads  while they dance — to simulate deer antlers — it’s because “El Venao” is playing. Originally called “El Venado” by Los Pakines, the version by Los Cantantes is the most entertaining one — probably because they are actually dressed as deer in the music video. However, the Los Pakines version features a guy with computer-generated horns. Tough to beat.

READ: This White Guy Slayed At El Zapateado Y Bachata During His Wedding Dance And…It. Was. Epic.

“Sopa de Caracol” by Banda Blanca

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“La Bala” by Los Hermanos Flores

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This band from El Salvador brought us a cumbia that kinda makes it seem like you have a tummy ache: you place your hand on your stomach and then rub it. #TrueStory

READ: 13 Latino Songs Guaranteed to Get You Out of Your Chair and Dancing

“Mi cucu” by La Sonora Dinamita

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While the dancing isn’t too crazy for this particular song, the lyrics make it a funny one to dance to on a rowdy Saturday night. Just imagine your tios and tias saying “que lindo es tu cucu” while doing a slow twirl. LOL ? ?

“La Chona” by Los Tucanes de Tijuana

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This is THE gold standard of quebradita songs when it comes to party anthems. Once you get past the fact that “la chona” is NOT talking about chonies, it’s an entertaining song to almost “break your back” to on the dance floor. La chona is definitely the girl you want to have as your wingwoman when going out for the weekend.

WATCH: This White Guy Slayed At El Zapateado Y Bachata During His Wedding Dance

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These 17 Latino Dances Were Huge At One Time And They Should Be Huge Again

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These 17 Latino Dances Were Huge At One Time And They Should Be Huge Again

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There’s something to be said about the versatility of dance. Feeling down? Shake it off with a boogie. Feeling happy? Feel even better by tapping your feet to the beat, babes! Trying to avoid that one socially-awkward cousin at a big family bash? You guessed it – it’s time to make your way to the dance floor. We’ve put together a list of stellar latino dances for you to try at home, so you’ll never be caught unawares when you next need to show off your moves. You’re welcome.

1. La Macarena by Los del Rio

If you don’t know the Macarena, babes, you’re lacking some serious cultural education. This Spanish hit was released in 1993, and the rest was history. La Macarena is a mainstay on the wedding circuit, and it unfailingly gets everyone up out of their seats when it starts playing. Even if you don’t have a rhythmic bone in your body, it’s pretty easy to follow the steps once everyone is on their third rotation of the dance.

2. Suavemente by Elvis Crespo

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If there is anything that is iconic about the video clip for Suavemente, it’s the clearly 90s-esque vibe it’s got going on. Elvis Crespo gave us a classic song for us to show off the best of our merengue skills. The trick is having a partner who can keep up with our fabulousness, right? Or, uh, making sure to move our hips to the music while we keep our upper body relaxed and slow-moving.

3. El Baile del Perrito by Wilfrido Vargas

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Considering that dogs are one of the best things in the world, it only stands to reason that The Puppy Dance is the goodest of bois. Dances. We mean dances. Wilfrido Vargas taught us all how to dance to the rhythm of a dog’s bark – and if that isn’t a worthy achievement, then we don’t know what is.

4. Hong Kong Mambo by Tito Puente

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If your abuela doesn’t know this song, you need to find yourself a new abuelita. Okay, if her cooking makes up for it, then you can keep her around for a little longer. Anyway, the Hong Kong Mambo was literally made for dancing the mambo. In fact, the album it was released on, Dance Mania, is listed on the US’ National Recording Registry, which makes it a certified banger. 

5. Aserejé (The Ketchup Song) by Las Ketchup

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Who could forget this absolute classic from the early 2000s? Even though no-one really knew what the lyrics were on about, that wasn’t really the point of the song. Rather, it was one hella bueno song to just swing your hips, your hands and your hair, and know that you definitely nailed it.

6. Retrato Cantado de um Amor by Reinaldo

But what if you’re in the mood to do a classic samba? Don’t worry babes, Reinaldo’s got you covered. This hit from Rio de Janeiro is played without fail at Carnival, so you better brush up on the samba before you go!

7. Payaso del Rodeo by Caballo Dorado

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Caballo Dorado’s Payaso del Rodeo starts out like your typical box-step kinda tune – think along the lines of Billy Ray Cyrus’ “Achy Breaky Heart.” But don’t be fooled, since the song speeds up and will have you sweating by the end of it!

8. La Chona by Los Tucanes de Tijuana

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You know when the party starts to die down, and everyone’s taking a breather? Well, La Chona’s the song that gets everyone back on the dance floor again, ready to tackle the quebradita!

9. Lambada by Kaoma

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Even though Kaoma is a French group, they released their catchy song, Lambada, in Portuguese in honor of the dance style found in Brazil! It’s characterized by real fast, swaying hip movements, which were only accentuated by 90s fashion when the song was released.

10. Mi Cucu by La Sonora Dinamita

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So, this isn’t necessarily the fastest song in the playbook when it comes to putting together a Saturday night playlist. But, does that make it any less fun to dance along to? No, no it does not. Slow twirls are the way to go with this one. And it least it gives you some time to catch your breath!

11. La Bomba by Azul Azul

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You put your hand on your head, and then your hand on your hips. And if it looks like “this,” then you’re doing it right – wait, wrong song. Anyway, if you do as the man says, you can’t go wrong with La Bomba.

12. La Bala by Los Hermanos Flores

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If you wondering what song you’ll be dancing your next cumbia to, it’ll probably be Los Hermanos Flores’ La Bala. This El Salvadoran band gave us the perfect melody for placing your hand on your stomach, and then rubbing it. And yes, you’ll look like you’re hungry. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you’ve been eyeing off the guac – hopefully someone will take pity on you and save some for later.

13. 1, 2, 3 by El Símbolo-TNN

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This Argentinian hit is nice and easy – to be honest, it’s a great way to get the party started. The dance goes like so: everyone to the bottom, everyone to the top, then get close to your dance partner and shake it off. 

14. Sopa de Caracol by Banda Blanca

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It’s electro, it’s got horns, and it’s got unintelligible lyrics – it’s perfect! While the original music video had everyone shaking their hips to beat, you could probably get away with almost anything when it comes to Sopa de Caracol. This is your time to shine, babe.

15. Oy Como Va by Celia Cruz

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The cha-cha is a great excuse to get close to your dance partner and have some fun! Especially since there’s something real sexy about swinging your hips and shuffling your feet quickly in time to a fast beat. And so, Celia Cruz’s Oy Como Va is the perfect song to get those cha-cha-cha vibes going!

16. El Vanao by Los Cantantes

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This is the best song for letting your weird shine through. And it’s the best song for everyone else to get their weird on, too. If you’re not putting your fingers to your head in a mock-horn fashion, then you’re doing it wrong. After all, the point of it is to look like the music video! The original featured the artists dressed as deers, while remixes since have had computer-generated horns coming out of people’s heads. Yeah. Wow.

17. Za Za Za by DJ Oscar Lobo and Grupo Climax

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This song will have you clapping. Seriously! The true way to get into this song is by singing “mesa mesa” at the top of your lungs, and clapping along to the beat. That’s what makes it such a classic at quinceaneras.

So, which dance is your favorite? Let us know on our Facebook page – you can find it by clicking on the logo at the top of the page. 

The Top 12 Salsas From Across Latin America, Ranked

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The Top 12 Salsas From Across Latin America, Ranked

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Hot sauce has been a kitchen table staple for Latinos for thousands of years. The Aztecs pretty much invented it. We put it on eggs, on snacks, on meat….you probably have that person in your life who would put it on their finest cardboard and eat it up, the stuff is so popular. Anything that brings vegans and carnivores together at the dinner table deserves to be celebrated. Enjoy this roundup of hot sauces from all over Latin America to try out with your next meal.

1. Mexico: Cholula

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Made in Chapala, Jalisco, the sauce is made with a blend of piquín and arbol chiles. It’s often put up against Tapatio on American restaurant tables in a Coke vs. Pepsi level battle of the condiments. But we know there’s room for both. However, if you’re really dedicated, you might be able to join the Order of Cholula for exclusive offers.

2. Belize: Marie Sharp

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Made in Stann Creek, Belize, Marie Sharp started her line of hot sauces in her kitchen where she experimented with blends of Habanero peppers and jams and jellies made from fruits and vegetables picked from her farm. The brand has long outgrown the kitchen and went international. We stan an entrepeneurial queen.

3. Costa Rica: Banquete Chilero

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This thicker sauce from Costa Rica gets its flavor from habanero peppers and carrots. Some might compare it to an asian sweet and sour sauce.

4. Guatemala: Picama’s Salsa Brava

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This mild, green sauce has a ketchup-like consistency and is made with serrano peppers. The color is straight up neon, but some people swear by it, stocking up on bottles when they visit Guatemala. Also, don’t you love when an abuela comes through like this?

5. Honduras: D’Olanchano

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This hot sauce uses Tabasco peppers grown in the Olancho valley and later aged in wooden barrels to acquire its taste.

6. Nicaragua: Chilango

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Chilango Chile sources their ingredients from all over the world to create unique flavors in their line of hot sauces. The Cabro Consteño is made with the Nicaraguan yellow “goat” pepper grown on the Atlantic coast. The Habanero Chocolate gets its name from the dark, brown pepper it uses for flavor. It doesn’t actually have chocolate in it – whether that relieves or distresses you.

7. Panama: D’Elidas

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This yellow is made with Habanero peppers, mustard, and vinegar. Hot sauce lovers report getting a lot of that mustard taste in the sauce, so adjust expectations accordingly. People are known to fill up their suitcases with bottles before leaving Panama.

8. Brazil: Mendez Hot Sauce

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Mendez Hot Sauce is a brand out of Central Brazil where creator, Rafael Mendez strives for sustainable business practices that help his community. The sauce uses the locally sourced Malagueta pepper which creates work for local farming families, lifting many of them out of poverty.

9. Chile: Diaguitas

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Diaguitas is the most popular hot sauce in Chile, coming in a few flavors. It’s light on ingredients, letting the peppers speak for themselves. It’s salty, so handle with care to balance that taste out on your food.

10. Colombia: Amazon Pepper Sauce

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This brand uses a variety of Amazon peppers that grow at the edge of the rainforest in the Andes Cauca Valley. They blend the chilis with other tropical ingredients. They have a mild flavor that stands out made with guava. 

11. Ecuador: Ole

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Ole carries a few different flavors, but it always goes back to the ingredients to make a hot sauce unique to the region it comes from. Ole uses the tena pepper which only grows in Ecuador. They have it on its own where you get the fruit taste with a lash of heat. They also put it in their Tamarillo sauce which couples the tena with the fruit from the pepper tomato tree.

12. Peru: Salsa de Aji Amarillo

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What’s actually the most popular thing to do in Peru is to just make your own hot sauces. However, sometimes you can find bottled sauces that will satisfy the craving. The Peru Chef makes one with the aji amarillo pepper which has a subtle sweetness to it and is a cornerstone of Peruvian cuisine.

Of course, there are many hot sauces from all over Latin America that you’ll simply have to travel for if you want the best like Llajwa sauce from Bolivia. You could also probably stay home and get some bomb green sauce from King Taco.