Authentic Spanish Songs with the Subjunctive Mood

by | Mar 16, 2018

Inside: The best Spanish songs with the subjunctive mood. 


The subjunctive is one of the harder forms to master. I still mess it up, especially when speaking about the past! 

But let’s not make the mistake of leaving it entirely to Spanish 3 or 4. You can still slip it in (¡Que tengas un buen día!), and this song list is ready whenever you’d like to emphasize the subjunctive mood. 

(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 Subjunctive


Songs in the present subjunctive are at the beginning, and you can find the imperfect subjunctive near the end of the list. 


1. Sueños – Diego Torres


This is a really happy, catchy song full of the subjunctive mood. (Mostly in the context of “quiero que…”)


2. A Dios Le Pido – Juanes 


One of the most iconic Juanes songs out there, the subjunctive here is triggered by a request/desire. This one is PACKED with subjunctive verbs!



3. Azul – Natalia Lafourcade 


Azul has themes you could discuss at length with advanced classes. You’ll find the subjunctive triggered by the form of “tengo miedo que…”



4. Ojalá Que Llueva Café – Juan Luis Guerra


Here you can find a lot of the Ojalá que + verbs, in the context of a social-justice oriented song. 


6. Sólo Le Pido a Dios


With Sólo Le Pido a Dios, you’re exposing your students to the subjunctive while giving them an amazing dose of the best of Latino culture. There are many, many covers of this song. I’ve included a few below– it might be nice to listen and compare versions. 






6. Que Suenen los Tambores – Victor Manuelle 


It’s almost impossible to listen to this one without dancing. There’s a ton of the subjunctive mood, mixed in with a lot of commands.



7. Exigimos – Doctor Krapula


I am *not* very good at branching out into diverse genres, so here’s my attempt. If your class like punk rock, they’ll love this one and it’s message of making the planet & world a better place. 



8. Sería Feliz – Julieta Vengas 


If you’re moving into the imperfect subjunctive, this is a good one to start with. Includes examples of si ______, sería feliz. 



9. Si No Te Hubieras Ido


There are lots of version of this one! I’m including my favorites. It’s only one line that has the huberias ido phrase, but it’s a memorable one and might be a good introduction to the imperfect subjunctive. 




10. Si Yo Fuera un Chico – Beyoncé


This will definitely be a conversation starter and a memorable way to learn “fuera.” There’s a lot of conditional, as well .




What subjunctive songs did I miss? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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Hey! I’m Elisabeth, a teacher and mom raising two bilingual kids in the Peruvian jungle. Read our story here. I love digging up the best Spanish resources for all you busy parents and teachers!

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