The Classic Spanish Songs You Need to Know

The Classic Spanish Songs You Need to Know

Inside: The best classic Spanish songs, with YouTube videos.

Some songs run in your veins. They take you home, your heart swells with memories, and maybe you can’t help but go grab your dancing shoes. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I’ve gathered a list of those songs here: those traditional songs in Spanish everyone should know.

To be be down-to-earth and real, reggaeton and bachatas are totally my guilty pleasures.

I use many pop Spanish songs in my classes (and love them)…. BUT–

It’s important to give our kids and students the music of decades or centuries, too

We’re talking the classic songs in Spanish, or from before Spanish was the official language. This music connects us to the present and the past. And music is so entrenched in Hispanic history and culture, you won’t have to look far. (If you’re looking for Spanish folk songs for children, I’ve got a list of those as well!)

 

13 Classic Spanish Songs

 

You don’t have to dissect or study the music, if you don’t want to. It’s okay to simply listen to and love the these songs, together with your family or classes. They speak for themselves, as great art does.

So grab your dancing shoes, maybe a box of tissues in case the nostalgia kicks in, and let’s go!

 

1. Guantanamera

 

2. El condor pasa

 

3. Bamboleo

 

4. México lindo y querido

 

5. La bamba

 

6. Los caminos de la vida

 

7. Sólo le pido a Dios

 

8. Caballito nicoyano

 

9. Cielito lindo

 

10. María Isabel

 

11. La gota fría

 

12. Si vas para Chile

 

13. El solar de Monimbó

 

Now you tell me what I missed! Comment with your favorite traditional songs in Spanish below.

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1. Arrorró mi niño

 

2. Los pollitos dicen, pío pío, pío

 

3. Arroz con leche

I like the drawings in the first one better, but the lyrics are what we sing in the second.

 

 

4. Cucú cucú cantaba la rana

 

5. De colores

Love both versions!

 

 

6. Que llueva

 

7. A la nañita nana

 

8. Pin pón

 

9. Naranja dulce

 

10. La cucaracha

 

11. El barquito chiquito

 

12. Un elefante se balanceaba

 

Make sure you check out my Pinterest board for música infantil too!

Follow Spanish Mama’s board Música infantil / Music for little ones on Pinterest.

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish lullabies or folk songs? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Spanish Greetings Songs

 

 

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2. Buenas noches / Goodnight

 

 

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1. Noche de Paz / Silent Night

 

 

 

 

2. Mi burrito sabanero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Feliz Navidad

 

 

 

 

4. Navidad, navidad / Jingle Bells

 

 

 

 

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