Sad Spanish Songs: Your Essential Latin Break-Up Playlist

by | Feb 2, 2018

Inside: The best sad Spanish songs: A Latin Playlist.

 

When I’m sad or frustrated, my husband often tries to fix it. That’s sometimes the opposite of what I want.

“Don’t you see? I’m upset. Right now I just need to sit here and feel bad/mad/sad for a minute.

This had never made sense to him, but I maintain that sometimes a bad day needs to be felt before moving on. If you’ve had that bad day, here’s your list for when you need a moment to be sad. 

Spanish music is famous for its romance and passion. Not surprisingly, its sad music is just as good, if not better: packed with feeling, longing, or whatever you feel when you’re lonely or your heart’s been stomped on.

And really– when you feel that way, you just want songs that empathize with you. 

There are some great angry break-up songs, but this list is all about the best emotion-packed sad songs. Check my Songs in Spanish collection if you want more great playlist, and save my list for All-Time Best Love Songs in Spanish for another day!

 

 

 

The Best Sad Spanish Songs

 

Let’s take a tour of our top picks. Grab the tissues, a fake microphone, and all your feelings. You can browse my suggestions or check out my Spotify playlist below.

 

1. Creo en ti – Reik

  

Uy uy uy — this has got to be one of the best break-up songs. Written by the left-behind-party who continues to love the one who left. Reik’s sad songs are so good you kind of just want him to keep writing unhappy tunes, full-time.

 

2. Si tú no estás aquí – Rosana 

 

I dare you to listen to this song without either tissues or chills. I didn’t include this one because of a fancy video or sound. Rosana and her guitar convey all the raw emotion you could possibly want in a sad song.

 

3. SI NO TE HUBIERAS IDO – MARCO ANTONIO SOLÍS

 

A perennial favorite at karaoke locals, this song blames unhappiness on the person who left. La gente siempre pasa, pasa, tan igual, el ritmo de la vida me parece mal… life feels wrong without you. I love the Maná version as well, but I had to include the original here.

 

 

4. CORRE – JESSE Y JOY

 

Sometimes it’s just time to go, as Jesse y Joy tell us here– without even looking back.  They have a plethora of sad songs to choose from, but this one is so powerful it had to be on the list.

 

5. TANTAS VECES – Andrés Calamaro

 

Sometimes in a broken-heart situation, it was partly your fault too. Here’s your song of regret, wanting to win the other person back, and one that cuts to the soul. Perdón, vida de mi vida, perdón…

 

 

6. OTRO DÍA MÁS SIN VERTE – JHON SECADA

 

An oldie but a (famous, famous) goodie. Here’s your song if you’re counting the days without that someone. 

 

 

7. EL AMOR QUE PERDIMOS – PRINCE ROYCE

 

The famous chorus here– y sufrí, hasta el fin, no te quiero ver…–  makes this one the anthem of those looking back on years with someone, as only a bachata can.

 

 

8. DILE AL AMOR – AVENTURA 

 

If you’ve reached the point that are DONE, and you want to tell love to stay away from you, here’s your bachata perfecta. 

 

 

9. OJALA PUDIERA BORRARTE – MANÁ

 

I love Maná. If you ever ached for someone so bad you wish you’d never met them, this is your song. Vuelve, corazón, no vuelve… 

 

 

10. MI PROBLEMA – ISMAEL SERRANO & NATALIA LAFOURCADE

 

I just discovered this gem of a song, and it’s exquisite. Ever feel like amigos y enemigos a la vez? Relationship are complex; here’s your perfect duet capturing that complexity.

 

 

11. MIL PEDAZOES – CRISTINA Y LOS SUBTERREANOS

 

Heart shattered into a thousand pieces? This one is for you, and just plain spells out what it’s like to have a broken heart.

 

 

12. ETERNA SOLEDAD – ENANITOS VERDES

 

Alone, forever – when it feels like ya se fue el tren, this song tells up to get up and keep going even if we’re alone. 

 

13. POR TU MALDITO AMOR – VINCENTE FERNANDEZ

 

One of the most iconic sad Spanish songs, it’s hard to match force of these words or the sentiment in his voice. I’m fairly certain a number of broken hearts have raised a tequila glass to this song, over the years. 

 

14. EL PERDEDOR – ENRIQUE IGLESIAS 

 

It’s pretty awful watching the one you love with someone else. Enrique Iglesias has this one covered if that’s you.

 

15. SUELTA MI MANO – SIN BANDERA

 

16. FUISTE TÚ – RICARDO ARJONA Y GABY MORENO

 

Caught in a it’s not me, it’s you situation? This one’s for you, with an incredible duet. 

 

17. DEJA VU – PRINCE ROYCE, SHAKIRA

 

This is a new one, but I’m loving these two voices together (even if you can’t use the video in class). “¿Quién puede hablar del amor y defenderlo? Levante la mano, por favor”–  if you feel done with love altogether, this just might be your jam for a while.

 

18. VUELVE – RICKY MARTIN

 

Just wishing you could convince your ex to come back? Ricky Martin wrote the song you need. 

 

19. IMAGÍNAME SIN TI – LUIS FONSI

 

Before Despacito, here’s a song from Luis Fonsi packed with regret and sentiment. 

 

Caught in a it’s not me, it’s you situation? This one’s for you, with an incredible duet. 

 

20. MI HISTORIA ENTRE TUS DEDOS – GIANLUCA GRIGNANI 

 

Ever been told “we can still be friends”?

 

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