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5 Country Songs That Profess Their Love Of Mexico

Country music has had a resurgence in popularity, and Latinos are becoming a larger share of the country music audience year by year. This appreciation goes both ways: Mexico has also had a special place in country music’s heart. Take a peek at some of the songs written about Mexico lindo y querido, some of which are at least three decades old. We don’t blame them, tbh. After all, what’s not to love about Mexico?!


“The Seashores of Old Mexico” by George Strait

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This country classic from the 1970s was originally written by Merle Haggard, but has been recorded by multiples, including a 2005 chart-topping version by George Strait. This saga tells the tale of a rugged outlaw who heads south of the border to start over in a seaside Mexican town of Manzanillo. There, our protagonist falls in love with a señorita from Sonora who has a penchant for “gringos.”


“That’s Why God Made Mexico” by Tim McGraw

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Tim McGraw knows that la vida es más bella en Mexico. The two protagonists of this song are living separate loveless relationships, and they both decide to head to Mexico to live a slower, happier lifestyle in a border town where they can let their hair down. “That’s why God made Mexico, a place where we can lay low, maybe Monterey or Acapulco, anywhere the warm winds blow,” McGraw philosophizes.


“Beer in Mexico” by Kenny Chesney

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Kenny Chesney tries to solve a pre-mid-life crisis of feeling too old for YOLO antics and too young to be over the hill by sticking his toes in the sand and popping open a nice cold one. He chooses to live in the present by saying he is going to “have another beer in Mexico, [and] let the warm air melt these blues away.”


“Playboys of the Southwestern World” by Blake Shelton

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Leave it to prankster Blake Shelton to sing about two childhood best friends making plans to head down to Mexico to “chase señoritas, drink [themselves] silly, [and] show them Mexican girls a couple of real hillbillies.” The song takes them from their rambunctious teen years to their time in college, where they actually head to Mexico and get in trouble with the law.


 “Felt Good On My Lips” by Tim McGraw

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Now, this song doesn’t specifically mention Mexico per se, but it definitely covers cross-cultural love. The Latina in the song is our type of girl, who tips “the D.J. to play her favorite song, a Spanish little number that was a rockin’ on strong.” Wondering what song it was? We’re putting our money on a Selena classic like “Baila Esta Cumbia.”


READ: Country Music Gaining In Popularity Among Latino Millennials 

Are we missing any of your favorite country songs that sing lyrics about Mexico? Let us know in the comments below!

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Lil Nas X’s Next Big Drop Is A Children’s Book Called ‘C Is For Country’

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Turns out Lil Nas X has more than just country rap up his sleeve. The 21-year-old “Old Town Road” rapper has a penchant for literature too.

On Tuesday, the rapper revealed that he’s written a children’s book called C Is for Country.

“I’m dropping the best kids’ book of all time soon!” the rapper shared in a Tweet earlier this week before adding that he couldn’t “wait to share it” with his fans and young readers.

Nas’s children’s book is being published under Random House Kids, a division of Penguin Random House. It is currently available for preorder on their site.

According to the Random House Kids’ website, the book is a story about Lil Nas X and Panini the pony.

“Join superstar Lil Nas X—who boasts the longest-running #1 song in history—and Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown. Experience wide-open pastures, farm animals, guitar music, cowboy hats, and all things country in this debut picture book that’s perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs and for anyone who loves Nas’s signature genre-blending style,” Random House describes in its explanation.

The book is illustrated by Theodore Taylor III and promises “plenty of hidden surprises for Nas’ biggest fans.”

C Is for County comes out Jan. 5.

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This Year Marks The End Of A Decade: Here Are The Most Viewed Latin Music Videos Of The 2010s

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This Year Marks The End Of A Decade: Here Are The Most Viewed Latin Music Videos Of The 2010s

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It’s November 2019, which means we’re only a few weeks away from the 21st century’s second decade’s official close. To commemorate that we’re something like 99% of the way through the ‘10s, we wanted to look back at the biggest happenings in music over the decade that we’re about to bid goodbye to. 

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and re-visit the 2010s most played music videos.

As we head into the roaring 2020s, we look back at the decade’s top Latin music videos worldwide according to VEVO. Take a trip down memory lane with us and let’s relive all the memories attached to the hits that we couldn’t stop bumping from 2010 to 2019. 

1. Despacito – Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee

It’s not really surprising that this 2017 hit by Boricua powerhouses Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee landed on top of the list. The song was played on every radio station, it was listed in every top-ten chart, every single bar played it. The song single-handedly introduced the word ‘despacito’ to the whole world. Justin Bieber’s English version boosted the song’s crossover success there’s no denying that, but it was the single’s rythm and Fonsi’s voice that captivated listeners worldwide. 

2. Bailando – Enrique Iglesias feat. Descender Bueno, Gente de Zona

The summer of 2014 was defined by this song. And its video, became the first Spanish-language video to hit a billion views. With its flamenco undertones and Spanish guitar, the collaboration with Cuban rappers Gente de Zona and Descender Bueno added a unique flair and rythm to the song. ‘Bailando’ was later recorded in Spanglish with Sean Paul, and in Portuñol with Luan Santana. 

Shot in the Dominican capital, Santo Domingo, the video combines Spanish flamenco dancers with its traditional-inspired dresses and handclaps with a modern and laid-back fiesta on the streets. 

3. Mi Gente – J Balvin and Willy William

The collaboration between the Colombian reggaetón titan J Balvin and French DJ, producer and singer Willy William became an instant hit worldwide. If you didn’t hear this song played on a night out in 2017, it’s because you weren’t going out. The song was later remixed with Beyoncé for an even more successful release. 

4. Chantaje – Shakira feat. Maluma

The queen of belly dance did it again in 2016. When perhaps two of Colombia’s most famous musicians collaborated on this club-ready bop, the result was an international hit. The video sees Shakira show off her signature sensuous moves, luring the Medellín ‘pretty boy’ from a bodega and into a bar. 

5. Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) – Shakira

The reworking of Cameroonian band Golden Sound’s 1986 hit “Zangaléwa” by the Colombian pop queen and South African Afro-Fusion group Freshlyground, served as the official soundtrack of 2010’s World Cup in South Africa. The video saw cameos from fútbol idols like Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi and Gerard Piqué —who would later on become the singer’s husband. The song —and the video— were recorded in mutliple languages and was the first ever music video released in 3D.

6. Échame La Culpa – Luis Fonsi feat. Demi Lovato

The 2010s were definitely a great time for the Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi. In November 2017, he was back at it again with another banger alongside pop star Demi Lovato. In the video the duo dance all night in what appears to be an abandoned warehouse party. The clip hit 17 million views on its first day out.

7. Mayores – Becky G feat. Bad Bunny

The chart-topping club hit ‘Mayores’ established Becky G’s status from “emerging” to pop-star. The song started as a joke about her relationship with Sebastian Lletget —a fútbol player 4 years older than the singer. Assisted by the king of Latin trap himself, the song was bound to become a hit. The video sees Becky G going home with an older man before tying him to the bed and scamming him, just to hop on Benito’s luxury car to escape into the night. 

8. Ay Vamos – J Balvin 

This song quickly became a reggaeton classic. The catchy line “peleamos, nos arreglamos, nos mantenemos en esa pero nos amamos,” resonated with just a few of us millennials and our complicated relationships. The video itself showed Balvin and his love interest in a torrid love-hate relationship and we bear witnesses to the couple’s pranks, fights and romantic moments. 

9. Calma – Pedro Capó, Farruko

“Vamos pa’ la playa, pa’ curarte el alma…” became everyone’s motto over the summer. The pop ballad is a slow, rythmic song, that invokes a Caribbean romance on the beach. Iconic rapper Daddy Yankee was a part of the remix which was released in October of last year. The video sees both singers biking, drinking, partying and just all in all having a great time on the beach —making all of us, city rats, jealous af. 

10. Vente Pa’ Ca – Ricky Martin feat. Maluma

Shot in Miami’s iconic South Beach, the track’s video showed the famous duo take a selfie before heading to a summer pool party. The party-worthy song topped every chart in Latin America in 2016. Ricky’s voice assisted by Maluma’s flairmade the song a pop hit which was played on every radio station all year round.

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