Inside: Authentic Spanish songs with reflexive verbs: a classroom playlist.
I have collected lots of LONG Spanish music playlists… but sometimes teachers are looking for something specific. If you are looking for songs packed with reflexive verbs / pronouns, here’s your more targeted list!
(If you’re looking for more lists of Songs in Spanish by theme and category, I have a ton you can browse through or save for later.)
Let’s take a tour of our top picks!
SPANISH SONGS WITH REFLEXIVE VERBS
Of course, always preview, and let me know if you have any suggestions or comments about the song here.
1. ¿CON QUIÉN SE QUEDA EL PERRO? – JESSE Y JOY
Here’s a great song about a couple breaking up and having to decide who gets the dog. You’ll get good examples of pronouns, especially in the chorus. (The official video is great, but contains one scene at 0:20 you probably won’t want to show in class– if not, use the lyrics video below.)
2. ME VOY – JULIETA VENEGAS
Julieta Venegas has a nice clear accent, and I love her songs. The chorus is great for introducing reflexive verbs in the context of “yo.”
3. Y NO HAGO MÁS NA – EL GRAN COMBO
So many reflexive pronouns in this classic Spanish song, and even ordered to explain the events of a day.
If you want some more explicit highlights of the grammar:
4. DI QUE NO TE VAS – MORAT
I really love Morat. This song is actually not full of reflexive pronouns– it’s mostly just “no te vas“– but that line gets repeated over and over again. If you teach object pronouns first, and then reflexives, you could compare and contrast with the lines that are full of object pronouns. If you teach reflexives, just focused on the chorus– they’ll never forget te vas!
If you teach through CI without much targeting, just enjoy.
5. TE MUEVES TÚ, SE MUEVEN TODO
This song is super-fun, and the second video includes a lesson on how to to the dance (not G-rated– preview and see what you think).
6. CUANDO ME ENAMORO – ENRIQUE IGLESIAS Y JUAN LUIS GUERRA
Juanes is another iconic Latin singer and Es por ti is one of his best love songs. I love this live version.
7. SIN MIEDO A NADA – ALEX UBAGO
If you are looking for all sorts of pronouns together, this song provides lots of examples of both, to compare and contrast. Or just enjoy this Spanish classic!
8. MAQUÍLLATE – MECANO
If you like repetition, this one’s for you! A tongue-in-cheek song about make-up.
9. SOMOS NOVIOS – ANDREA BOCELLI Y CHRISTINA AGUILERA
Unlike most of the other songs listed here, this one focuses on “nos _____.” If you want a classic, use this one!
In researching this post, I came across more resources for reflexives. I’m just including them in a list here in case you need some more ideas!
- Four GREAT stories from Kara Jacobs & Elena López using reflexives
- Activities to go with Ya No Hago Más Na
- MovieTalks or activities with Mr. Bean videos
- Mi rutina diaria con Frida Kahlo:
What romantic song did I miss? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
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