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any music suggestions in spanish?

{sorry for any mistakes, english isn't my first language}

hello everyone! i think that music is a really great tool to learn a new language, at least it is for me, and i was wondering if any of you can recommend me a few artists {that sings in spanish, not necessarily from spain though}.

here are a few recommendations for you:)

i "found" in my search a few that i liked such as

carla morrison : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U7pynSqPyY

jesse y joy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0eIhlsks4s

{both have fun songs too:)}

but i haven't found any MALE ARTIST or a band with a male singer that i liked, so i would really appreciate it if you could recommend me some in the same genre of music as the artists above. {if it helps: my musical taste: mumford & sons, keane, johnny flynn, laura marling, regina spektor, alex turner...}

thanks in advance!

February 22, 2013



I must say I don't fancy music in Spanish (which is not exactly the same as Spanish music, though). My favourite Spanish bands: Barón Rojo, Leño, Obús, Barricada, Celtas Cortos, Sinientro Total, Avalanch (more recent and they've got other spirit),

I personally depise Mago de Oz, but they are famous too.

There has been a revival (I cannot use New Wave for that) of Spanish pop, which got really good critics... sort of explosion of small pop groups (very much as in the rest of Europe, I would say). Unfortunately I cannot tell you groups because... I really do not like it

If you're just curious about Spanish music cultural wise.,.. what sounded when and what is famous you may have a look here:




thank you! i will check all of these!


Damn, good taste. Se te olvidó mencionar SODA STEREO! :D


I am listening to Manu Chao, he is reggae and his songs are not too hard to follow. Here is a video with translations and explanations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNZRngaPsWE


These are a Mix of soft moving love songs and funky quirky more upbeat songs ñ_ñ; enjoy!

Tito El Bambino ( lyrics on screen ) Reggaeton/Bachata

~ Te Pido Perdon - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29mq1-0GCXo

~ Llama Al Sol ( official remix ) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0Npghg4H4o

~ El Amor - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbNuBvpfDuY

~ Mi Cama Huele A Ti - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL3UosYsRM0

Prince Royce ( lyrics on screen ) Bachata

~ Corazon Sin Cara - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGAgVAELtg0

~ Stand By Me ( Spanglish ) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqWexqEIn68

~ Incondicional - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY3hShXxZT4

~ Las Cosas Pequeñas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Oa2ahySVnk

Jesse y Joy(lyrics on screen .. u_u` except 1) alternative latin pop-folk

~ Chocolate - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFFRfpHryFI

~ Espacio Sideral {Superman} - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdCCKnovRek

~ Llorar - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mz-x7sqahQ

~ Me Voy - http://vimeo.com/29770757

==> lyrics for " Me Voy" can be found at the link below:


Chayanne (lyrics on screen .. u_u` except 1) latino pop

~ Si No Estas - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4VxIt1piVM

~ Me Pierdo Contigo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycqcM00kEK4

~ Me Enamoré De Tí - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ruo1tjyQ-XI

~ Por Esa Mujer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL08_M11otY

~ Dame Dame ( no lyrics ) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8o4VBLtTAk

==> lyrics for " dame dame " can be found at the link below:


Manu Chao (lyrics on screen) uhm.. latino reggae? not reggaeton tho lol

~ Me Gustas Tú - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2oIqlEkX5s

~ Bongo Bong (en.) & Je Ne T'aime Plus (fr.) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCoP7G2K7Hc ok not spanish but good songs lol.. shrug


I'm learning Spanish and a Spanish friend recommended I listed to Amar Y Querer by José José (a very famous 70s song by a very famous Mexican singer). It was a very nice way to answer my question about the difference between the 2 words for love 'Amar' and 'Querer'.

Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HJt4r_r7HY

And here is the translation for the lyrics from Spanish to English: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/Querer-y-amar-Querer-y-amar.html

Since you're interested in using songs to learn Spanish, LyricsTranslate.com might be a very handy tool for you.


Elefante, Café Tacuva


Old conversation: but use Spotify's similar artist list. Personally, I think Camilla & Reik are two of the best bands regardless of language.


you have wonderful music taste, actually! thank you for your recomendations! and... hello from Ukraine ;)


hi mate ;) You can throw in Asfalto, ñu, Extremoduro (I never quite liked them, but they were immensely popular) and Platero y Tú... Of course Rosendo, when he went on his own...

Funfact is that most of those bands were diverging radically from the conventional Rock on their lyrics and wrote about the social problems in the open. Back on the old days all the music was translated on the cover. I have the Bob Dylan Albums from my old man with all the lyrics in Spanish and even some people referred to the titles with the Spanish translation, so a lot of people from my age would take national music because of the lyrics.

However bands like Muro, Panzer and ñu would sound like British bands.

Heroes del Silencio were also (and still are) very famous... (I never before thought I would be actually recommending them to anybody :D)

For a laugh you can take a look to Gigatrón and La Destilería (although I think they've got only a demo)


hello la furia roha, and thanks:) glad to recommend, hope you'll like them:)

ramosraul, thank you! i love bob dylan:) and i don't eally care for popularity, that's not what i am looking for in music;) i will listen to all!


Well i can sujest listening to Gianmarco, Alejandro Sanz, Pedro Suarez Vertiz , Soda Estereo! :)


thank you, i will !


Soda Stereo is the greatest rock en español band of all time. Make sure you're ready! ;)


Hola, ya te han dicho muchas bandas españolas buenas, pero te dejo alguna mas por si te interesa! Vetusta morla, Fito y fitipaldis, Joaquin Sabina, Cafe Quijano, Andrés Calamaro, Manolo Garcia. Saludos desde Madrid! =D


maldita dulzura! como seria en ingles?


sii, damn sweetness. damn your sweetness. damn my sweetness... =D


I don't know if this is in line wth your genre preference but a personal favourite of mine is the band Orishas. They're a male Cuban band and have some good songs (Amor al Arte, Stress,Bombo, Nací Orishas, Reina de la Calle to name a few).


thanks i'll try it! :)


he is a spanish singer


ur welcome i will see if i remember any more :)


she sings in spanish and english so when u look her up u need to put in spanish try this song look this up on youtube..... kari jobe somos la luz


thanks!! i hope i'll like them:)


Hi! My natural language is Spanish, even if almost I listen to music in English, however I recommend you Maná, the track Manda una señal. That´s a lovely tune and easy to understand. Nonetheless, I wonder, what kind of Spanish are you learning? Because of there are many differents pronunciation in every country, like Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Mexico. :)


Personally I love Amaral, a pop-rock band though they cover a few different styles. I can't really represent their range in a single song, but this is perhaps one of their best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAyjDHbsmRg

I am also in the process of translating all of their lyrics into English, which you can find here: http://lyricstranslate.com/en/amaral-lyrics.html

I also like Nena Daconte (who is very easy to understand – check out particularly the first two albums, He Perdido Los Zapatos and Retales de Carnaval) and Bebe (who is not so easy to understand but fun to listen to). El Canto Del Loco and Pereza are both pretty good too. Gloria Estafan is a Colombian who does some very nice latino music.


i tried amaral actually and i liked them at first, but i kind of had trouble with her pronunciation, the whole "th" when pronouncing c or s {i don't remember which}, it's not that i have a real problem with that but it bothered me a bit when i listened to them...

i will try everything else though! i really appreciate it, thanks a lot!


This is the "standard" pronunciation for Spanish in Spain :)

The rules of it are actually quite easy – basically any c before an e or an i plus any z is pronounced as a 'th' sound. In some ways it's easier than the Spanish typical to Latin America because you always know whether to spell a word you hear with a c or an s. This is called 'distinción' (though often mistakenly referred to as 'ceceo', which is slightly different) and you can read all about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phonological_history_of_Spanish_coronal_fricatives

The singers in Nena Daconte, El Canto Del Locos and Pereza ("Peretha" ;) ) all do the same thing, though if memory serves Bebe doesn't (though her accent is very interesting in many other ways). Gloria Estafan obviously, as a Colombian, speaks with 'seseo' (the Spanish pronunciation you are used to).

I think it's worth exposing yourself to as many different accents as possible because it will make your ability to understand Spanish speakers much better (you may have gotten very used to Duolingo's "voice" if you've been mostly learning through this site...). For me it was the opposite thing - listening to someone NOT pronounce c and z as different to s was a bit unnerving because my Spanish teachers were all from Spain. But by exposing myself to it I've become more adept at understanding different accents and dialects.


thanks for the explanation! i grew up watching 3 Argentinian soaps when i was like ten so i guess it stuck from there... and you are right i should be more opened:)


psst Argentinian Soaps

soup is sopa

soap is jabón

Why do we call them soaps? I am sorry I have no clue as to that lol.


I'd like to tag along on this discussion post (if you don't mind) and request a more specific music recommendation: a Spanish artist that sounds like either Carla Bruni (French) or like Seu Jorge (Brazilian). I especially enjoy Seu Jorge's "Life Aquatic" David Bowie covers. What about Spanish artists that just sing and play acoustic guitar? Thanks.


of course i don't mind that was the whole point:) and i actually would really like someone like carla bruni too!:)


She has a lovely voice, doesn't she?


really lovely! :)


did you try danny drigs and kary jobe???????


Can't believe no one's mentioned Café Tacvba... the lead singer has kind of a distinct nasal voice so it's not for everyone. "Cuatro caminos" is their seminal album. Soda Stereo was mentioned up top and they're good too. (Not male, but I highly recommend Ana Tijoux.)

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