8 Catchy Songs to Practice Your Spanish
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We know you already love Despacito, but what if we told you that listening to music will help you enhance your language skills?! Yes, you read that correctly: listening to music can help you learn a new language, especially Spanish.
Listening to Spanish music immerses you into the language. It helps you build new vocabulary and develops your listening skills. By listening to music, you're more likely to memorize phrases, hear how they're pronounced, and understand how they're used in context.
Listening to Spanish music is an excellent method to learn about the various Spanish-speaking cultures. With this method, not only will you be having fun listening to music but you might also discover your next favorite artist.
Check out our collection of 8 popular Spanish songs that will have you singing and dancing all day.
Natalia Lafourcade – Soledad y El mar
Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican singer and composer who specializes in pop-rock and folk music. She is also one of Latin America's most prominent indie artists.
In English, her song Soledad y El Mar means "Solitude and the Sea" or "Loneliness and the Sea." The song explores the depths of loneliness while also finding comfort in it. The song is quite poetic, and it reminds you that even loneliness has its own beauty.
Miki Nuñez – Me Vale
In 2019, Miki Nuñez represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song La Venda. He came in 22nd out of the 26 countries that competed. Following the competition, he published the album “Amuza,” which hit number one on the Spanish Albums Chart.
In 2020, Nuñez released the song Me Vale. The song is a burst of energy that is also incredibly catchy. The music video for the song was directed by the singer himself during the COVID-19 quarantine. In the video, Miki can be seen having a good time and living life to the fullest at home.
Monsieur Periné ft. Vicente García – Nuestra Canción
Monsieur Periné is a Bogota-based Colombian band. The band earned Colombia's National Gold Album award in 2012, and the Latin Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2015.
Their song Nuestra Cancion, which translates to "Our Song," is about two people who fell in love but weren't meant to be together. Despite the tragic story behind it, the snappy tune has received over 12 million views on TikTok worldwide.
Julieta Venegas – Eres para Mí
Julieta Venegas is a Mexican singer and songwriter who can play 17 different instruments. She is one of the most well-known Latin singers in the world. She launched her album "Limon y Sal" in 2006, which is still her best-selling album to this day.
One of the tracks of the album, Eres para Mí, features the Chilean rapper Anita Tijoux. Eres para Mí has become one of the most popular on the Hot Latin Charts in the United States.
Sebastián Yatra – Tacones Rojos
Sebastián Yatra is a singer and songwriter from Colombia who gained popularity in 2016 after releasing the song Traicionera. His new single Tacones Rojos is an upbeat track that “was inspired by morning rays of light...that can take you a new and happy place”.
Tacones Rojos is a sweet song about a man who has fallen in love with a woman and how he feels when she is nearby. Get ready to put on your red shoes and dance to the beat of Tacones Rojos which translates to Red High Heels.
Alvaro Soler – Sofia
Alvaro Soler is a Spanish-German musician best known for his song El mismo sun, which featured Jennifer Lopez. Soler is a polyglot and he can speak Spanish, Catalan, German, English, Italian, French, and Japanese.
Fun fact: three weeks after its debut, the song Sofia became a massive hit in Italy. Sofia reached the top of both the Italian FIMI and Italian Airplay charts. After that, the singer's song became an international hit. In Italy, Soler’s hit Sofia was certified seven times platinum. And in Spain, the song was certified twice platinum.
Juanes – La Bilirrubina
Another Colombian musician on our list is Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, also known as Juanes. Juanes has won two Grammy Awards and twenty Latin Grammy Awards. At the 2010 BMI Latin Awards, he also got the BMI President's Award. He is one of the most popular Latin artists on the planet.
Juanes re-recorded La Bilirrubina with Juan Luis Guerra this year. In this rendition, Juanes adds extra elements to the song, such as Colombian percussion, reggae, and bachata.
Ximena Sarinana – Lo Bailado
Ximena Sariñana is a Mexican singer, songwriter, and actress. Her album Mediocre, which was released in 2008, received positive reviews and was nominated for a Grammy.
Lo Bailado is a song inspired by the Spanish phrase "nadie te quita lo bailado," which translates to "nobody can take away what you've danced." The song is about having a good time, making the most of the moments, and living life to the fullest.