40+ Authentic and Easy Spanish Songs for Beginner Classes
authentic spanish songs for class

Publication: Jun 12, 2022

Inside: Authentic & easy Spanish songs to learn Spanish and for beginner classes.

As a new teacher, I so badly wanted my students to feel the magic of Spanish. I loved my Latin music, and thought they’d love some realsongs to learn Spanish, too.

The problem was that I didn’t know HOW to bridge authentic resources to my Spanish newbies.

After lots of research, I wrote a post on what I wish I’d known about teaching with authentic music as a new teacher. As a newbie, I’d also wished for a good list of authentic songs to work with. So I made one! The following easy Spanish songs are a jackpot of culture, fun, and authentic language.

Related: Songs in Spanish Library Page

After throwing out my textbook, I started looking around for good content. Although I am calling these “easy Spanish songs,” they are obviously written for fluent Spanish speakers and won’t be 100% comprehensible to beginning learners.

For some songs, only the chorus will be comprehensible, and that’s all I focus on. Some have to do more with culture than language.

Easy Spanish Songs to learn Spanish

Most of the songs I chose for this playlist have lots of high-frequency Spanish verbs in the present tense. I’ve arranged them below more specifically.

The songs are a mix of enduring classics and more recent hits. If I missed anything essential, let me know in the comment.

First, a list of easy Spanish songs divided by what verbs they repeat often:

1. Common verbs in the 3rd person
(hay, es, tiene, dice, va a, basic adjectives)
2. Common verbs in the “yo” form
(soy, tengo, voy a)
3. Common verbs in the “tú” form
(eres, vives, p)
4. Common plural verbs
(tienen, son, )
5. Common verbs in the “nosotros” form
(tienen, son, )
6. Easy Spanish Songs with Object Pronouns
(tienen, son, )

The other section is divided into common themes and topics covered by new Spanish learners:

1. The Family
(hay, es, tiene, dice, va a, basic adjectives)
2. Days and Time
(soy, tengo, voy a)
3. Food and Celebrations
(eres, vives, p)
4. Common Geography and the Environment
(Spanish-speaking countries, environmentalism, etc.)

*These are songs appropriate for most high school settings and up. If there’s anything questionable, I’ve done my best to indicate that. Sometimes I miss things, and standards for “appropriate” vary between schools. Always preview and check, of course!

You can also check into my Authentic Songs for Spanish 1 Activity Pack if you would like printable lyrics and editable activities for 24 of the songs here:

Section I: Simple Verbs 



I start super siete verbs (tener, ser, hay)decir, greetings, classroom objects, some numbers and colors. I rely heavily on Martina Bex Units and storytelling as the bulk of my lessons.

La Vida es un carnaval (Celia Cruz)

Introduce your students to La reina de la salsa with this famous song. All the lyrics won’t be comprehensible, but the phrase “la vida es un carnaval” is a fun way to introduce es. And “hay que” is a great phrase to sound like a native speaker!

Core vocabulary: es, hay que, llorar

Chorus:
Ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Y es más bello vivir cantando
Oh-oh-oh, ay, no hay que llorar (No hay que llorar)
Que la vida es un carnaval
Y las penas se van cantando

La Lista (Aldrey): 

When you are just getting started, this is a simple-ish song (la lista, mi lista are great cognates) that lists a bunch of infinitive verbs.

I could have put it in the tú verbs section, but the phrase “tú estas, tú estas / en el tope de mi lista” lends itself so well to beginners and easily translates into an understanding of “está.

Core vocabulary: ser, cantar, saltar, llevarte, comer(me), poner, vivir

Chorus:
Pero nada
Nada importa
Nada importa más que tú
Porque…Tú estas, tú estas
En el tope de mi lista

Los Pollitos Dicen (Traditional): 

Classroom or doing a lot of storytelling, “dice” (or dicen) is huge. We laugh and don’t take this one too seriously.

Core vocabulary: dicen, tienen hambre, les da, duermen, se despiertan.
(Los pollitos dicen Free Activity Sheet)

Chorus:
Los pollitos dicen pio, pio, pio
Cuando tienen hambre, cuando tienen frío

Section 2: Spanish Songs with High-Frequency “Yo” Verbs

As you teach students to talk about themselves or begin persona especial interviews, these songs come in handy.

Soy Yo (Bomba Estéreo)

 This is a super-clean song that has a ton of repetitions of “soy yo.”

Core vocabulary: soy, somos, nationalities, baila, vamos a bailar.

Chorus:
Y no te preocupes si no te aprueban 
Cuando te critiquen, tú solo di 
Soy yo 
Soy yo
Soy yo (soy, soy, soy, soy, soy, soy, soy)
Soy yo (yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo, yo)


See the video here.

Soy Latino (Tierra Adentro, ft. Nacho, Felipe Peláez & Cruz): 

Another song with a bunch of “soy” repetitions, with really positive lyrics and video.

Core phrases: soy, quiero ser, voy, no le temo, somos, llevo, tengo,

Chorus:
¡Soy latino!
Soy de sangre caliente
Yo no le temo a nada
Porque mi madre reza por mí

Tengo Tu Love (Sie7e): 

This Spanglish song has a highly comprehensible chorus, with a very catchy tune. After a few listens, your students will have “yo tengo” memorized forever!

Core vocabulary: yo tengo, soy, tiene, un, una, adjective agreement.

Chorus:
Yo tengo tu amor
I got your love
Yo tengo tu amor
Yo tengo tu love, yeah

(Heads up that there is a line that mentions a “table dance,” in a negative light, contrasting it to real love.)

No Tengo Dinero (MaFFio)

Similar to Tengo tu love, this song has a ton of repetitions of no tengo and the video makes it even more comprehensible.

Core vocabulary: no tengo, para amarte, hacerte feliz

Chorus:
Voy a reír, voy a bailar
No tengo dinero
Ni un carro del año
No tengo millones
Pa llevarte a Paris
No tengo un avion
Pa que viajes privado
Pero si tengo un gran corazon
Y es para amarte
Para amarte

Vivir Mi Vida (Marc Antony)

This classic has great examples of using voy a, followed by infinitive verbs. I have a free Vivir Mi Vida Free Activity Sheet to use with your students!

Core vocabulary: voy a + infinitives

Chorus:
Voy a reír, voy a bailar
Vivir mi vida, la la la la
Voy a reír, voy a gozar
Vivir mi vida, la la la la


See the song video here.

No Puedo (Paulo Londra)

Core vocabulary: puedo, quiero, hago

Sample lyrics:
Y no puedo
Sacarte de mi mente
Y no quiero
Hablar con otra gente
Y sabiendo
Que siempre he sido un tímido
Y rozo lo cínico, pa’ reconocer

Me Gustas Tú (Manu Chao)

Yep, I know the original of this song has a line that isn’t school-friendly! Thankfully, someone made an edited version for us.

Core vocabulary: me gustas tú, me gusta + noun/adjectives, ¿qué voy a hacer?

Sample lyrics:
Me gustan los aviones, me gustas tú
Me gusta viajar, me gustas tú
Me gusta la mañana, me gustas túMe gusta el viento, me gustas tú
Me gusta soñar, me gustas tú
Me gusta la mar, me gustas tú

¿Qué voy a hacer?

Me gustas (Profetas)

This is an alternative to the song above. If you are comfortable with the “seducirme” line, this one is a good option from a lesser-known group, and the video is great. 

Core vocabulary: me gustas, me gusta

Sample lyrics:
Sabes cómo seducirme 
Con tu sonrisa 
Fresca como la brisa 
Erizas, toda mi piel Me gustas, a mí me gustas tú 
Tú a mí me gustas 
Me gustas, me gustas mucho tú 
Tú a mí me gustas

Yo Voy Ganao (Systema Solar)

There’s a lot of slang in the lyrics, but if you can tease out the English, it’s full of “yo” forms and the video (about fishing) is really fun and packed with cultural scenes.

Core phrases: salgo, voy ganao (=ganando)

Sample lyrics:
Hey hey hey 
Yo no quiero ganarme millones 
Yo no quiero quedarme de new yores 
Les explico que quiero señores 
Muchos colores risas en menores

Yo salgo es a buscá 
Mi mojarra frita camarón 
Chipi chipi y mi caldero de arroz 
Yo voy ganao 

Fronteras (Gaby Moreno)

This song is full of comprehensible language in the present tense, and the video is really beautiful.

Y río y bailo
Está en mis venas
Y libre sueño
This is where I belong
This is where I belong¿Quién sabe lo que el mañana?
Nos quisiera regalar
Hoy es todo lo que tengo
Lo voy a atesorar

Yo Contigo, Tú Contigo (Morat & Alvaro Soler)

Core vocabulary: siento, conozco, contigo, conmigo, ¿Por qué?

Sample Lyrics:
¿Por qué, por qué, por qué? 
Te veo en el espejo aunque no estés 
Reconozco tu voz, sé que hay algo aquí entre los dos 
Siento, siento, siento 
Que te conozco de antes de hace tiempo 
Que el destino cumplió su misión
 

See the song video here.

More options:

  • De colores
    (for me gusta, I like the version with Joan Baez)
  • Canción bonita, from Carlos Vives and Ricky Martin
    (tengo, me quedo, bailo, vuelvo, quiero, does include the word “maldito“)
  • Sofia, from Alvaro Soler
    (sé, te veo, dices, no te creo)
  • Ansiedad, from Carla Morrison
    (no puedo, quiero, camino, corro, lots of infinitive verbs too)
  • Puedo ir al baño (Señor Wooly) and Mambo (Realidades Hip Hop Song) are not authentic songs, but are super comprehensible and catchy.

Section 3: High Frequency Verbs in the “Tú” Form

These songs have lots of high-frequency verbs in the tú form, when talking directly to someone else.

Happy Happy (Nacho, Ft. Los Mendoza)

This is another Spanglish song perfect for beginners, and it has an adorable video as well.

Core phrases: eres,

Sample chorus:
Pero no sabes que tú
Vives en mis pensamientos 
Que tú eres mi luz 
Y estás metida muy dentro

Corazón Sin Cara (Prince Royce)

Core vocabulary: adjectives, eres, no me importa (also: vive, no tiene)

Chorus:
Y si eres gorda o flaca
Todo eso no me importa a mí
Y tampoco soy perfecto
Solo sé que yo te quiero así
Ohhh

Y el corazón no tiene cara
Y te prometo que lo nuestro nunca va a terminar

Y el amor vive en el alma
Ni con deseos sabes que nada de ti va a cambiar

¿Con quién se queda el Perro? (Jesse and Joy)

The lyrics will need some help to make them comprehensible, but I like that there’s a story behind them (a couple splitting up and deciding who gets to keep the dog). The couple is shown kissing in bed, but there are some great scenes from the rest of the video you might be able to use.

Core vocabulary: te vas, me voy, ¿Con quién?

Chorus:
Si tú te vas y yo me voy, ya no hay más remedio
Si tú te vas y yo me voy, esto ya es en serio
Si tú te vas y yo me voy, ¿con quién se queda el perro?

More options:

  • Eres tú (Mocedades)

Section 4: Easy Spanish Songs for Plural Verbs

These songs have lots of common verbs in the plural form, when talking about a group of people or things, in both the ellos/as and nosotros forms.

Puebla (Alvaro Soler)

Core vocabulary: así, nice for plurals: bailan, les gusta, se pierdan, dicen, plus infinitives and object pronouns

Chorus:
En Puebla bailan así
Se pierden en el momento
Al ritmo dicen que sí
Les gusta el movimiento
Todo el mundo empieza a mirar
Poco a poco y cada vez más

Watch the video here.

La Bella y La Bestia (Morat y Reik)

There are some past tense verbs here, but but it also has some good plural verbs that are hard to find!

Core vocabulary: se van, duelen, se borren

Sample lyrics:
Y si se apaga la luna, y si se van las estrellas
Y si se calla la música que me inventé por ella
Tal vez se acabe esta noche, tal vez se borren sus huellas
Tal vez termine esta historia de una bestia sin su bella que me obliga a no dejarte
Y no me deja olvidarte, y no me deja olvidarte

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5hzIOYjNDY

Internacionales (Bomba Estéreo)

The chorus repeats soy many times, but you get a lot of nosotros verbs from this song.

Core vocabulary: soy, somos, escuchamos

Sample lyrics:
Somos los originales
Súper internacionales
Escuchamos tus consejos y aprendemos tus modales
Y aunque somos diferentes, a la vez somos iguales

Somos los prietos (ChocQuibTown)

Core vocabulary: somos, representamos, ¿Dónde están?

Sample lyrics:
Somos los prieto
Afro de Colombia que
Representamos donde quiera
Te lo digo de una vez
Orgullosa de mi bandera

Toc Toc (Macaco)

This song is packed with nosotros forms, even though the chorus isn’t.

Core vocabulary: abre la puerta, somos

Sample lyrics:
Volamos libres entre las jaulas de lo correcto
Rodamos en alegría entre tanto entrecejo
Danzamos como los gatos entre sus techos
Saltamos sin carrerilla entre tanto consejo
Somos la invisible manada
Somos una historia sonada
Somos un rincón de jardín bajo tu almohada

More songs:

  • Me voy enamorando, from Chino & Nacho
    (there is a line that repeats a few times: ¿Por qué no nos besamos? / Y vemos cómo vamos)

Section 5: Object Pronouns

Object pronouns can be tricky to explain and remember, but hearing them in context is a great way to provide high-interest input to learners.

Cuando te veo (ChocQuibTown)

This comprehensible song is great for dipping your toes into object pronouns.

Core phrases: te veo, me hace feliz

Sample lyrics:
Cuando te veo
Cuando te veo ooh!
Cuando te veo

Cuando te veo
Suena esa melodía
Que me llena de inspiración, uoh
Me sale todo lo que tengo
Dentro del corazón, uoh

See the song video here.

Kesi (Camilo)

Core phrases: me dices, te quiero, me dice, me tienes

Chorus:
Pero no me dices que sí
Que sí, que sí, que sí
Ay, tú no me dices que sí
Que sí, que sí, que sí

Robarte un beso (Carlos Vives & Sebastian Yatra)

Core vocabulary: Object pronouns, love in all stages of life

Chorus sample:
Déjame robarte el corazón 
Déjame subirle a esta canción 
Para que bailemos juntos como nadie bailó Déjame robarte un beso que me llegue hasta el alma 
Como un vallenato de esos viejos que nos gustaban 
Se que sientes mariposas, yo también sentí sus alas 
Déjame robarte un beso que te enamore y tú no te vayas

See the song video here.

Aprender a Quererte (Morat)

Another song with semi-romantic lyrics, but could apply to other relationships.

Core vocabulary: Lots of object pronouns. 

Lyrics sample:
Para aprender a quererte
Voy a estudiar cómo se cumplen tus sueños
Voy a leerte siempre muy lentamente
Quiero entenderte

See the song video here.

More songs:

  • Aitana, Cali Y El Dandee – +
    (te quiero, no te olvidaré, te extraño, te echo de menos)
  • Te mando flores, Fonseca
    (te mando, te las mando, quiero encontrarte, darte, tenerte)

Theme 1: LA FAMILIA Y La ESCUELA

Mamá (Siggno)

Core vocabulary: familia, mamá, siempre, te amo, scenes of life in Mexico- refers to poemita Sana, sana, colita de rana

Chorus:
Madre
Eres todo en mi vida, te amo con toda el alma
Mi regalo del cielo eres tú, tan hermosa
Que Dios te cuide y te bendiga siempre

Paraíso (Dvicio)

This is a boy band-style Would make a good MovieTalk for talking about the family and home as well, and patriarchal culture. 

Core vocabulary: mamá, papá, amigo, niña, mujer, hija

Sample lyrics:
Mi paraíso es tu paraíso
En el paraíso
No hay nada como estar contigo
Yo sé que usted es su papá
Que no pensamos igual
Pero su hija ya entró en el paraíso ideal

See the song video here.

En lo profundo (Encanto)

This song only mentions the word hermana a few times, but it would be a great discussion starter for talking about the different roles of siblings in families.

Core vocabulary: hermana, verbs in the “yo” form

Sample lyrics:
¿Quién soy yo si pierdo con el balón?
Y si cedo al
Peso con presión, presión que jamás soltó, whoa
Peso como un tick-tack-tick antes de una explosión, whoa, oh, oh

Dáselo a tu hermana, que nos demuestre
Como lo resiste, se agarra fuerte
¿Qué si pierdo y fallo al soportar?
Si me quiebro

See the song video here.

Theme 2: Easy Spanish Songs About Days and Time

Hoy Es Domingo (Diego Torres, Ruben Blades)

Note to teachers: the lyrics mention opening wine.

 Core vocabulary: hoy, es domingo, mañana, día, para, pastimes

Chorus:
Hoy, hoy es domingo
No hay compromisos con el reloj
Porque hoy, hoy es domingo
No hay nada mejor

See the song video here.

Te Quiero Ver (Natalia Lafourcade)

Core vocabulary: domingo, mañana, tarde, anochecer, te quiero ver, tú no puedes, lots of tú/yo verbs right next  each other, horas, segundos

Chorus:
Al llegar el anochecer
Te quiero ver y tú no puedes
Y tú no puedes

Este amor hace enloquecer
Te quiero ver y tú no puedes
Y tú no puedes

See the song video here.

Mañana es too Late (Jesse y Joy ft. J. Balvin)

Core phrases: mañana, verano, invierno, luna, sol

Sample lyrics:
Si mañana es too late
¿Qué estamos haciendo ahora?
Si mañana es too late
Ya va siendo la hora

Ven, bailemos en la luna
En vez de perseguir el sol
Ya mañana es too late, yeah yeah
Ya mañana es too late, yeah yeah

Section 3: LA COMIDA Y LAS CELEBRACIONES

How do we share food and meals?  

What do food and celebrations tell us about Hispanic culture and life?

Come Vegetables (Casi creativo): somos, vitaminas, plato, deben ser, miel, vegetables, zanahoria, espinaca, tomate, brócoli, fruta, sabores.

8 Vasos al Día (Casi Creativo): antes de comer, al día, vasos

Chocolate (Jesse and Joy)

Core phrase: sabe a chocolate, bombón, nuestro

Las Mañanitas (Alejandro Fernández)

This is a traditional birthday song and popular in Mexico. (I do have a list of Feliz cumpleaños songs.)

Themes: birthdays, despierta, levántate, venimos

Qué linda está la mañana
En que vengo a saludarte
Venimos todos con gusto
Y placer a felicitarte
El día en que tú naciste
Nacieron todas las flores
En la pila del bautismo
Cantaron los ruiseñores

Cielito lindo (Mariachi band)

This is a classic folk song and love song heard at many celebrations in Mexico.

Section 4: Geography and the Environment

La Gozadera (Marc Antony and Gente de Zona)

This is a fun song that names many Spanish-speaking places.

Chorus sample:
Y se formó la gozadera, Miami me lo confirmó
Y el arroz con habichuela, Puerto Rico me lo regaló
Y la tambora merenguera, Dominicana ya repicó
Con México, Colombia y Venezuela
Y del Caribe somos tú y yo

See the song video here.

Latinoamérica (Calle 13)

The video for this song is great and shows many diverse scenes of Latin America (both people and places).

Tu no puedes comprar el viento
Tu no puedes comprar el sol
Tu no puedes comprar la lluvia
Tu no puedes comprar el calor
Tu no puedes comprar las nubes
Tu no puedes comprar los colores
Tu no puedes comprar mi alegría
Tu no puedes comprar mis dolores

See the video here.

Bajo el Mismo Sol (Alvaro Soler)

Core vocabulary: quiero, bajo el mismo sol

Sample lyrics:
Yo quiero que este sea el mundo que conteste
Del este hasta oeste y bajo el mismo sol
Ahora nos vamos y juntos celebramos
Aquí todos estamos bajo el mismo sol

La tierra del olvido (Carlos Vives)

Core vocabulary: te quiero, mas que, tienes, río, mar, lluvia, la luna.

Sample lyrics:
Como la luna que alumbra por la noche los caminos
Como las hojas al viento, como el sol espanta el frío
Como la tierra a la lluvia, como el mar espera el río
Así espero tu regreso a la tierra del olvido

See the song video here.

Madre tierra (Chayanne)

Core vocabulary: abre tus ojo, mira arriba, environmental theme

Chorus:
Oye, abre tus ojos, mira hacia arriba
Disfruta las cosas buenas que tiene la vida
Abre tus ojos, mira hacia arriba
Disfruta las cosas buenas…

See the song video here.

I’d love to hear your favorite songs to learn Spanish! Let me know if I missed any gems!

Authentic easy Spanish Songs for Spanish Class

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50 Comments

  1. thank you so much! I am last minute subsituting in three Spanish I classes and this has been so helpful to me as a quick resource. You are brillant!

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  2. I love how you’ve organized all these songs together. Thank you! I already use several of them, but there are a couple that I will be using. You are so kind and encouraging.

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  3. Volví a Nacer is by Carlos Vives not Diego Torres.

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  4. Thanks for helping us non-native speakers teach our kids! My eldest went to a dual language immersion school where she learned music and language from an awesome teacher. Check out her songs here: http://sara-quintanar.squarespace.com/

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  5. Mariposita

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  6. I love this post! So well thought out! I love using music in my classroom, but I do it to supplement the textbook. I would love to try teaching without a textbook….some day! Some of my faves include De Colores, anything by Juanes-Es Por Ti (to talk about por vs para), Carlos Vives is amazing–I want to get married a thousand times whenever I hear “Volví a nacer”, Shakira is fun! So many favorites. I love your list!

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  7. Wow! What a great resource for teachers! This is the kind of stuff that makes me miss teaching – I LOVED incorporating music and it was always something that stuck with my students. I am currently taking a break from teaching to raise my kiddos but I will definitely be sharing this great resource with old colleagues that I know could use this. ¡Gracias!

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  8. Noe used to sing/play this wonderful song with the kids “juguemos en el bosque” and the “lobo” would run after the kids 🙂 I sang it with my preschoolers too 🙂

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  9. Love “Soy Yo”, especially the video. I crack up every time I see it!

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  10. Awesome list. Julieta venegas is one of my favorite artists. This is simply a fun way to learn Spanish

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  11. I like Los pollitos dicen because I learned it working at an orphanage in Boliva.

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  12. This is a great list. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. I like Camisa negra by Juanes for clothing and colors!

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  14. Oh my goodness…you have outdone yourself with this post! I’m pretty sure I’ll be “tossing my textbook” this year with my homeschooled Spanish students, so this list will come in handy!

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  15. I love la camisa negra and so do my students! I love this list!

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  16. Me parece genial, yo también utilizo muchos recursos multimedia. Me dio
    mucho gusto encontrar propuestas musicales nuevas. Saludos.

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  17. I love the song, “La Bicicleta” by Shakira and Carlos Vives. If you use, Shakira: El triangulo de amor, by Martina Bex, you can connect this song with that unit. Pique (Shakira’s boyfriend), Barranquilla (Shakira’s home town), Tayrona (a national park in Colombia), and Barcelona (Gerard’s home town) are all mentioned in this song. She also talks about “bola e’ trapo” which is a soccer game she grew up playing in the streets in Barranquilla.

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  18. Great collection of songs. We really like 123 Andres in our household.

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  19. So great! Some of my favorite songs to use with my students are:
    La Vida Es Un Carnaval, por Celia Cruz, which I can use to teach “es” and “hay que”
    and
    Mi Primer Millon, por Bacilos, to teach quiero.

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  20. This is a very extensive, well prepared list of great songs to use in lessons. Gracias por todo el trabajo que tomó prpepararlo.

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  21. When my kiddos want to watch TV, I bring them to your site and let them pick a music “show” to watch 😉

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  22. Depending on their age, I love Jorge Anaya’s Whistlefritz Cha, Cha, Cha, Spanish Learning songs. It’s fun music, easy to understand, and very catchy!

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  23. I remember Manu Chao’s Me Gustas Tu from my Spanish class. Since this is the edited version, I will strongly consider using this for my Spanish class as its more appropriate than the original.

    I also like Julieta Venegas “Me Voy.” When I spent a semester abroad in Spain, that was one of the most popular songs on the radio. When I got back to the States, I looked up her other albums as well. Her songs are great because (to me) they are easier to comprehend due to the slower melodies.

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  24. Wow! There are so many songs and targeted words that I almost feel overloaded, but in a good way. Thank you for these ideas!

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  25. OMG! I have seen this post and it has never sunk in how GOOD it is! I do love Sofia by Alvaro Soler – and so do the kiddos!

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  26. Thank you! This is such a comprehensive list! I use a few of these in class (Manu Chau and the Realidades-based songs) but not a lot of authentic songs. I recently stumbled onto Robarte un beso, but now I don’t have to rely on luck to find organized, appropriate songs.

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  27. Los pollitos dicen is my (and my kids’) favorite!

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  28. Soy yo is my favorite!

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  29. We also love los pollitos dicen, anothe favorite is Había un sapo

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  30. Woo hoo! There are some great songs on here and several are new to me so I will have to check them out! Thanks for the links and the categories!! 🙂

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  31. My kids love music! They’re 4.5 and 2.5 and i’ve recently caught them turning on the stereo themselves to jam to “De Colores” or dance to “El Patio De Mi Casa”! Thank you for these suggestions! I’ve added them to my ongoing Youtube “Canciones for Ninos” list that I play almost weekly for my kids! We have done Spanish group music classes which are sometimes hard to find and expensive! We are so lucky nowadays we have more access to all these songs and aren’t just limited to what’s at our local library like when I was growing up!

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  32. I have used so many of the songs on this list! Because I teach a younger crowd, some of them are not quite appropriate, but this is my go-to list when I’m looking for a song to accompany a lesson!

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  33. I’m starting to think I got cheated in my school Spanish courses because of the lack of music. Lol! There was this one song that has partial stuck with me, my first in Spanish, that I had sung with a Mariachi band. I hate that I can’t remember it but I occasionally hum the beat. But I enjoyed both Madre Tierra and Tabco y chanel.

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  34. Me gusta Soy Yo, La gozadera, Vive la vida, Sofia

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  35. My students ask for Los Pollitos almost daily.

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  36. My daughter loves Mi Destino Soy Yo. Not a preschooler song at all but she always wants to hear it!

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  37. Amazing list! Muchisimas gracias!! Eramos tan jovenes is another for el imperfecto?

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  38. The Happy Birthday song is a favorite with my kids because they like to sing it for family birthdays!

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  39. Children’s songs that my kids know in English or Amor Como Fuego would be favorites in our house. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  40. I’ll surely be coming back to this post again and again! Thank you so much!

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  41. I had to teach <> first because I’m always singing it myself!

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  42. Great ideas

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  43. Wow…WOW! This is such a helpful post…thank you so much!! I recently bought some song lessons/bundles from Martina Bex, Kristy Placido, and a couple others because I want my students to start loving and listening to authentic music outside of the classroom, too. A couple of them have brought in songs for me to listen to that they found online, which makes me so excited. 🙂 I think my favorite song is La bicicleta. My students love Prince Royce, too. However, their #1 favorite, year after year, is Selena! I can’t wait to check out the videos you posted here. Thank you, again!!

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  44. My students ask for “Soy Yo” all the time. I really like “Con quién se quede el perro” by Jesse y Joy. Recently I used “Es Tarde” by Juanes and my students enjoyed it.

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  45. Love these! I use so many of them in my classes. I was skeptical about using “Los pollitos dicen” in a high school class, but they ended up loving it! “Vivir mi vida” has been a long-time favorite of mine!

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  46. Oh I loved chocquib town!

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  47. How amazing to include the links with the list. Fabulous work that saves so much time. Thanks!

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  48. This is a great resource for a Spanish teacher. My kids LOVE to sing and I was just running out of simple fun songs for them to sing. Thanks so much!

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  49. I love the song, Sofia. It has such a catchy tune and is easy to follow. Love the way you sorted out good spanish songs. I’ve been looking all over the internet for good songs. Thanks so much!

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  50. This is a treasure! I once started a playlist of my own, but yours is mucho mas marvillosa.
    i <3 Bomba Estereo.

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