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    Posted on Apr 8, 2015

    33 Songs That Every Latino Heard In Their Childhood


    1. "Amor Prohibido" By Selena Quintanilla

    EMI Music

    This classic by the Queen of Tejano music is still being blasted in homes worldwide! She taught you to shake off the haters one hip swing at a time.

    2. "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" by Celia Cruz

    Kevork Djansezian / AP Images

    This anthem for positivity added every needed bit of azucar in your life. It got your family off their feet and taught that life isn't as serious as people make it out to be.

    3. "Vuela Vuela" by Magneto


    The fabulous '90s beat and upbeat lyrics are every bit of motivation anyone could ever need. Reaching for your dreams is easy when you've got Magneto encouraging you.

    4. "La Incondicional" By Luis Miguel

    Warner Music Latina

    Being well-versed in the issues of love at the age of 10 is perfectly normal when you've got Luis Miguel to guide you through. The emotion in this song is so powerful that you could just feel his heartbreak.

    5. "Suavemente" by Elvis Crespo

    Sony Music

    The classic jam must have inspired millions to smooch both on and off the dance floor. Even if you didn't want to know the words, you did anyway.

    6. "Macarena" by Los del Rio


    This is the one song that even your white friends know. The Macarena is not just a song, it's a MOVEMENT.

    7. "Pelo Suelto" by Gloria Trevi


    Forget scrunchies. Gloria and all that crazy hair inspired you to let your hair down and be whoever the hell you want to be because fuck everyone else.

    8. "Amor a la Mexicana" by Thalia

    EMI Latin
    EMI Latin

    Knowing what you want in a man is good, and Thalia showed just how good she likes it. This ode to Mexican-style love is the DGAF anthem that made you hungry with power.

    9. "Ese Hombre Es Mio" by Paulina Rubio


    As a child, you might have used “mio” to claim some toy or snack. Paulina taught you that "mio" could claim a man, too.

    10. "Ingrata" by Café Tacuba

    Warner Music

    There's not enough time in your day for an ungrateful lover. Luckily you had this song to teach you just that.

    11. "Vivir Sin Aire" by Maná


    A lost love hurts, sure, but when Mana sings about it, it makes that hurt a little more tolerable.

    12. "Estoy Aquí" By Shakira

    Sony Music

    Shakira Shakira! You almost wanted to have your heart broken just so you could put this song on an endless loop.

    13. "No Rompas Más Mi Pobre Corazón" by Caballo Dorado

    M Felix /

    Every wedding and quince just wouldn't be the same without this Spanish "Achy Breaky Heart." You've known that line dance since the day you left the womb.

    14. "No Controles" by Flans

    Universal Music México

    Instead of being just another pawn in the game of life, Flans showed you that you're an i-n-d-e-p-e-n-d-e-n-t person who refuses to be chained down!

    15. "La Cumbia Sampuesana" by Aniceto Molina

    Mundo Cumbia

    This goes to show that it takes very few words to get an entire crowd off their seats and moving around. ¡Baile con ganas!

    16. "Frijolero" by Molotov

    Surco Records

    This song helped make you more socially aware in the funniest way possible. It should be played at every bar in the US during Cinco de Mayo.

    17. "Súbete A Mi Moto" By Menudo

    Padosa / RCA

    Before One Direction, there was Menudo. If only it was Ricky Martin could actually give you a ride on his moto.

    18. "La Negra Tomasa" by Caifanes

    RCA / Sony Music

    Whether or not the song is about a lover is up in the air, but there's no denying the love runs WAY deep.

    19. "La Culebra" by Banda Machos

    Warner Music

    For all the snake haters and people who hate snake-like people in general.

    20. "Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar" by Los Ángeles Azules


    They have the word "blue" in their name for this reason. Moving on in life is never easy, but Los Ángeles Azules helped talk you through that pain together.

    21. "De Punta a Punta" by Alvaro Torres

    EMI Latin

    In hindsight, a love song this passionate about sex probably wasn't appropriate to play around young ones. But there's no denying that your madre probably played it anyway.

    22. "Tú Y Yo Somos Uno Mismo" by Timbiriche

    EMI Music

    Timbiriche's pain demonstrates why it's important to be a whole person yourself before falling in love!

    23. "Acá Entre Nos" by Vicente Fernandez

    Sony http://U.S. Latin

    A heart's wounds will never feel as fresh as Vicente's. It probably demonstrated to you at a young age that tequila can't always fix all your problems.

    24. "A Puro Dolor" By Son By Four

    Sony Music

    Yes, this is another heartbreak ballad, but you can feel the soul of the song even if you've lost all faith in love by this point.

    25. "Lamento Boliviano" by Enanitos Verdes

    Sony Music

    Los Enanitos Verdes showed you what being drunk in love ACTUALLY meant.

    26. "Mí Tierra" by Gloria Estefan

    Sony BMG

    Though Gloria was referring back to her Cuban roots, "La Tierra" taught you just how beautiful your own individual roots can be, no matter where they are.

    27. "No Podrás" by Christian Castro


    Falling out of love doesn't necessarily mean the slate is wiped clean. Love lingers and your love for Christian is probably still lingering.

    28. "Enternamente Bella" by Alejandra Guzmán

    Universal Music

    While Lana Del Rey is asking whether or not you'll still love her when she's no longer beautiful, Alejandra is let you know that she'll ALWAYS be on top of her game.

    29. "Provocame" by Chayanne

    Sony Music

    Being a heartbreak guru as a child was no easy task, but singing for love was so much sweeter. Chayanne taught you that making the first move can lead to great things in life. For example, getting with Chayanne.

    30. "La Bilirrubina" by Juan Luis Guerra

    Capitol Latin

    Love is an illness and this song was definitive proof of that.

    31. "Que No Quede Huella" by Bronco

    Producciones Alsol

    This tune was always played in your home whether or not anyone was actually sad. It's just that good. At least Bronco warns listeners that some tears will be comin' in the very first line.

    32. "De Música Ligera" by Soda Stereo

    Sony Latin

    This one of the most poetic and cryptic songs you'll ever remember. At only seven lines, the song is still able to carry a powerful punch.

    33. "Vivir Lo Nuestro" by Marc Anthony and La India

    Universal Latino

    This song taught you that love can feel as liberating as flying. Get them a magic carpet immediately.

    34. "Matador" by Fabulosos Cadillacs


    For all those folks who felt like they were on the road less traveled, this was their anthem. The killer metaphor may have been misinterpreted when you were a child, but now you're a revolutionary in your own right because of this song.

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