Authentic Spanish Songs for Teaching Preterite and Imperfect

by | Aug 10, 2017

Inside: Spanish songs for teaching Spanish 2 classes, with an emphasis on the preterite and the imperfect.

40 Authentic Songs for Spanish I has consistently been one of my top hits. I figure it’s time for Spanish 2 to get some love! Here are 30 authentic Spanish songs with preterite and imperfect verbs throughout the lyrics.

Of course, the content of Spanish 2 varies. In my classes, I look for lots of input in the past tense as we’re looking to communicate about past events. Our music, stories, and novels are preterite and imperfect-heavy, and I use many of the songs from this list. Click here if you are wondering how to teach Spanish through authentic songs.

Let me know if I missed any of your favorites, or should be aware of lyrics or parts of videos I may have missed! Always, always, preview of course. 

We’ll start with songs that have a good mix of both, or you can jump to songs with a heavy dose of imperfect, or songs with mainly preterite verbs.

 

 

Spanish Songs with Preterite and Imperfect Together

 

 

Llegaste tú (Jesse y Joy): lots of opportunities to contrast the two tenses

 

 

En el muelle de San blas (Maná): storyboard possibilities

 

 

Tu mirada (Reik): clear contrast of tenses, with background action and then specific action in the first verse

 

 

¿Dónde Andabas Tú? (SanLuis)

 

 

Todo me de igual (Pignoise)

 

 

El amor que perdimos (Prince Royce): popular song, just be cautious of romantic themes

 

 

Qué hiciste (Jennifer Lopez): perhaps skip intro photo

 

 

Sofía (Alvaro Soler): some preterit, and very catchy

 

 

Rebelión (Joe Arroyo)

 

 

Supe que me amabas (Marcela Gandera): religious

 

 

Spanish songs for teaching the imperfect

 

 

Soy el mismo (Prince Royce): so many imperfect verbs: hablaba, llamaba, escribía, pintaba, daba, salía, robaba. Really good examples of talking about habitual past actions and characteristics. 

 

 

Puerto Rico (Jerry Rivera): Puerto Rico, childhood

 

 

El Perdón (Enrique Iglesias & Nicky Jam): estaba + ando, iendo (beware the “tomando como un loco” line)

 

Tarde para Cambiar (Amaral)

 

Un Elefante se Balanceaba (Traditional Children’s Song)

 

El Barco Chiquitito (Traditional children’s song)

 

 

 

Spanish songs for teaching the preterite

 

 

Fuiste Tú (Gaby Moreno y Ricardo Arjona): fuiste, gorgeous scenes of Guatemala

 

Ayer (Gloria Estefan): good reps of tú and yo preterit verbs

 

 

Corazón en la maleta (Luis Fonsi): another break-up song, lots of preterit yo reps, me fui

 

 

La Selva Negra (Maná): 3rd-person preterit reps, environmentalism

 

 

Amor Con Hielo (Morat): break-up song

 

 

La Historia de Juan (Juanes): 3rd-person preterit reps, direct object pronouns, childhood, poverty, social justice

 

 

Nada Fue un Error (Coti, Julieta Venegas, Paulina Rubio): repetitive song with lots of fue

 

 

Batalla en Fukuoka (Juan Luis Guerra): reps of regular preterit verbs

 

 

Decidisite dejarme (Camila): lots of tú reps

 

 

Me equivoqué (Ventino): tú y yo reps

 

 

Ya No Sé Que Hacer Conmigo (El cauarteto de nos): tons of reps of first-person preterite (fairly negative, be sure to preview– also, “fumé, tomé)

 

 

Ella es mi fiesta (Carlos Vives): fue, fui, conocí

 

 

La gozadera (Gente de Zona y Marc Antony): 3rd person preterit, preview to be sure or use the lyrics video

 

 

 

Gracias papá (Casí creativo): preterite tú reps, fatherhood (careful– shows cerveza at one point)

 

 

Todo cambió (Camila): tú and yo reps in the preterit, plus vi and di

 

 

What other Spanish songs with preterite and imperfect do you like? Leave your recommendations in the comment section!


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