“Aserejé (The Ketchup Song)” by Las Ketchup
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
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
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.
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
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 Símbolo–TNN
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 ? ?
This ’90s merengue jam was a mainstay on the dance floor and had people doing this:
“Za Za Za” by DJ Oscar Lobo and Grupo Climax
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”!
“El Venao” by Los Cantantes
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.
“Sopa de Caracol” by Banda Blanca
After the electro-harp intro, the first notes from the horns alert you to grab someone and hit the dance floor! Although most people have no idea what “Watawuinegui wanaga” means, it’s still a blast to shake your hips to this classic party song.
“La Bala” by Los Hermanos Flores
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
“Mi cucu” by La Sonora Dinamita
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
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.