Spanish Hits: The 116 Best Spanish Songs Of All Time


The Spanish-speaking world has released great music over many decades. Whether you’re looking for songs to help you brush up on your language skills or you’re just curious to discover something new, here are the best Spanish songs you should definitely listen to.

In the world, almost 600 million people speak Spanish. Most of them live in Mexico, the Caribbean, South and Central America, and, of course, Spain. The playlist below takes you across space and time, from Europe to the Caribbean and from the 1920s to 2019.

Spanish music is enormously diverse. Our Spanish playlist contains the entire spectrum of Latin American music. From the traditional flamenco sound to the irresistible rhythm of reggaeton, Mexican ballads, and Colombian salsa, we offer you a colorful musical mix.

Our selection is not limited to hits, but also includes songs that had a cultural impact, marked a moment, and are simply great compositions. Behind each of the songs is a story that is still relevant today.

(For each list, we have created a Spotify playlist for you with all the songs listed here.)

01. Hijo De La Luna by Mecano

With Hijo De La Luna Mecano made his international breakthrough. Not only the enchanting, mystical music makes this song so unique, but also the lyrics that tell a story.

So the song is about a legend. A gypsy woman implores the moon to give her a man. She gets this one, but in return, she is supposed to give the moon her first child.

She agrees, but when the child is born, she actually wants to undo the thing. The man, in turn, thinks she has cheated on him because the child has too light a skin color (like the moon) and stabs her to death. In the end, the power of the moon and the magic won and we get a romantic full moon when the child is happy and laughing or a half-moon when the child cries and the moon lulls him to sleep.

Nice idea, beautiful music, and unique sound!

02. Estoy Aqui by Shakira

The song Estoy Aqui is one of the first songs that Shakira has healthy. In her homeland, she already achieved a hit with this song. Even today the pop song is one of the best Spanish songs.

The Spanish sound, the brilliant music, and the great voice of Shakira are for sure the reason for the great success.

03. Bailando by Loona

With Bailando, Loona succeeded a hit, which enjoyed great popularity all over Europe. Loona got for the song an Echo awarded.

The hit convinces especially with its rhythm and can be considered a real dance song. In any case, Bailando is one of the most successful Spanish hits in Europe and is still very popular today. With the song, Spanish songs became fashionable, especially in the summer months, and thus encouraged people to simply let their hips swing and forget about everyday life.

04. Macarena by Los del Rio

Los del Rio succeeded with Macarena one of the most successful hits of the Spanish language in the whole world. Macarena is practically a cult. The song and the dance to it know today probably almost everyone.

The song was inspired by the performance of a flamenco dancer. The song was published in 1993 for the first time in Spain. The single quickly became popular there, but it wasn’t until years later that it found success in Latin America as well.

In 1995 Carlos Alberto de Yarza and Mike Triay from Miami discovered the song and transformed the traditional guitar sounds into a new version that was also suitable for disco.

05. Vayamos Compañeros by Marquess

Marquess achieved with Vayamos Compañeros a real Summer hit. Although Spanish is not the mother tongue of the front singer of the band, the singer convinces by his temperament and provides the song simply in good mood.

Vayamos Compañeros makes you feel like summer, vacation, and fun. The quite simple lyrics and the cheerful music capture the mood of summer. Whoever hears the song usually immediately wants to sing along or dance. In any case, Marquess had a good nose with the song and became famous practically overnight.

The song did not make it to Latin America, but it reached good places in the charts all over Europe.

06. Hoy by Gloria Estefan

With Hoy by Gloria Estefan, we get a strong Spanish ballad, which enjoyed great popularity not only in Latin America but also in Europe. In Latin America, Gloria Estefan has long been a star.

In this country it was known only much later, nevertheless, the song counts also in our latitudes meanwhile as Spanish classics. Also with this piece, you can practically feel the summer and remember the warm season. Nevertheless, the song also has a somewhat melancholic character, which makes you think about it.

07. Guantanamera by Celia Cruz and Pete Seeger

Guantanamera is one of the true classics of the Spanish language and still one of the best Spanish songs today. Even in schools, they like to sing Guantanamera in the music lessons. The classic is very popular not only in South America but also in Spain and all over Europe, as well as in the USA.

Die karibischen Klänge machen Lust auf Sonne, Strand und Meer und erinnern an die Urlaubszeit. Guantanamera is an old, timeless song, which is rePerformered again and again and also gladly asks to dance. With the song you get in any case immediately a good mood!

08. Muy Dentro De Mi by Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony also made it into the international charts with Muy Dentro De Mi. By the way, the English version of the song is called You Sang To Me.

Marc Anthony is rather unknown in this country but reached greater fame through the wedding with Jennifer Lopez. In Latin America and the USA, Marc Anthony counts however as one of the most popular Latino singers and could convince also be there among other things with Muy Dentro De Mi. This song also has something slightly melancholic and can be considered a successful Spanish ballad.

The song invites in any case to dream, even if you do not speak a word of Spanish!

09. Suerte by Shakira

In Latin America and the USA Shakira is a megastar anyway. But also in Europe, she had her breakthrough with “Suerte” and the English version of the song “Whenever Wherever”. Suerte celebrated as much success in Latin America as in the USA.

Both versions of the song are in any case perfectly to celebrate suitably and spread a good mood. Not only the unique hip swing of Shakira but also the moving sound of her songs let the singer become a megastar, celebrated worldwide. Suerte is in any case one of her most famous songs and is convincing in English as well as in Spanish.

10. No Tengo Nada by Alejandro Sanz

Alejandro Sanz comes from Madrid and is the second son of María Pizarro Medina and Jesús Sánchez Madero. He started playing the guitar at the age of 7.

At the age of 10, he already composed his first songs. At the age of 16, Alejandro moved to Moratalaz, where he attended management courses. His first album was written during this time. Alejandro Sanz is now one of the most famous singers from Spain.

No Tengo Nada is one of his most successful songs, which made him a star in Latin America as well. Alejandro Sanz has even collaborated with the likes of Shakira.

11. Livin la Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin is a native of Puerto Rico and has reached the top of the charts with numerous songs. Livin la Vida Loca is one of his best-known and probably most popular songs.

Ricky Martin is now also very popular in Europe and made it here again and again in the charts. The likable singer convinces with his passion for music, the Latino look, and his charming smile. Of course, he also has a great voice to offer and unique songs that make you want more!

12. Ay Amor by Ana Gabriel

Ana Gabriel is a Mexican singer who also has Chinese roots. Ana Gabriel is today one of the most famous singers of Latin America and enjoys great popularity with numerous songs.

Ay Amor is one of her most famous songs and describes, as so often, love. With Ay Amor, Anna made it to the charts not only in Latin America but also in the U.S. and in Europe. Anna Gabriel is rather unknown in this country, but she convinces with her great voice and the unique songs, which reflect the attitude towards life in Latin America.

In any case, she is a great artist who has also left her mark on Latin music.

13. Oye Como Va by Santana

Santana, also known as Santana Blues Band, is a Latin-US rock band. The band was founded in 1966 in San Francisco by the American-Mexican singer and guitarist Anna Gabriel Guitarists Carlos Santana.

Santana was recast again and again and contributed to Latin rock becoming famous and popular outside of Latin America. The band has numerous songs that became real mega-hits. Oye Como Va is one of the most famous songs, also outside of South America and the USA.

14. Somos Novios by Armando Manzanero

Armando Manzanero Canché is a singer and composer from Mexico, considered one of the most successful and important composers of Mexico and all Latin America. Manzanero was honored in 2014 in the USA for his life’s work. Somos Novios is one of his most famous songs, which also became very popular in Europe.

The singer offers us a piece of Mexican culture and convinces us with his strong lyrics and unique sounds. Even today Armando is revered throughout Latin America and the USA. His works are in any case timeless and are still very well received today.

With his songs, he contributed significantly to Latin American music history.

15. Mujeres by Ricardo Arjona

Ricardo Arjona comes from Guatemala and is not only one of the most popular singers there, but also a former basketball player. In 2006 it received a Latin Grammy for the best male pop album and a US Grammy for the best Latin pop album in 2007.

Arjona is known throughout Latin America and the USA and convinces with its Latino sounds and a great voice. Mujeres is one of its best songs, which also became known in Europe. The song combines the Latin American sounds with the Spanish language and culture and is still today one of the most famous songs from Guatemala.

Whoever hears Mujeres will immediately want to move to the unique sounds!

16. Mariposa Traicionera by Maná

Maná is a Mexican music group that has had international success. The style of the band is between hard rock and soft pop sounds.

Elements of ska, reggae, and mariachi are also present in the songs. Stylistic similarities can be seen in the songs with the English band called The Police. With Mariposa, Traicionera Maná convinces, in any case, numerous fans worldwide. The song is one of the most popular songs from Latin America today and is also very well known in the USA and Europe.

In any case, the band can provide enthusiasm not only with singing but also with their lyrics.

17. El Beso Del Final by Christina Aguilera

With El Beso Del Final Christina Aguilera delivers an enchanting Latin ballad, which became famous and popular especially through the movie Dirty Dancing 2. The ballad can score not only with the strong voice of the singer but also with a sensitive text and a successful melody. As so often in life, this song is also about love, or rather, it is about the love of the world. a past love.

In any case, the melody invites to dream and convinces even all people who do not speak a word of Spanish. The unique sounds gave the song international fame and exude a slight Caribbean flair.

18. Qué Hiciste by Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez is a star not only in Latin America and the U.S. but also everywhere else in the world. The US singer likes to sing in Spanish, her second mother tongue.

JLo scores with the song Qué Hiciste especially with the Latin American sound and the beauty of the Spanish language. Of course, Jennifer Lopez is also a great singer and therefore she makes it into the international charts with Spanish songs as well. JLo has just the nose for a certain something and can convince with a great voice, character, charm, and her songs worldwide.

19. La Camisa Negra by Juanes

This song translates to the black shirt and is one of Juanes most famous songs. The hit song from Colombia also became a number 1 hit in Europe.

Right-wing Italians even consider the song a kind of anthem, while left-wing groups even called for a boycott at the time. However, Colombian singer Juanes insists that his song is not an anthem for a National Alliance, but just a simple Love song. Juanes is one of the most important artists from Colombia and is known worldwide for his music.

Some of his songs also made it to the charts in Europe and became summer hits.

20. Chantaje ft. Maluma by Shakira

Shakira and Maluma managed to create a mega-hit with Chantaje. The two are not only a beautiful couple in the music video, but can also convince with their singing and the unique sound of the song. Fans around the world immediately fell in love with the song and so Chantaje became a worldwide success.

Maluma and Shakira are both big names from Latin America that don’t need to be introduced anymore. So Shakira is practically already revered as an icon in her homeland and can convince not only with her music but also with her unique hip swing.

Places 21-116 of the best Spanish hits of all time:

Each song is linked to its music video via the title.

Plätze: Song: Performer: Listen:
21. Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony
22. Tu Pum Pum El General
23. Ginza J Balvin
24. Despacito Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee
25. Como la Flor Selena
26. Macarena Los del Rio, Bayside Boys
27. Sin Documentos Los Rodríguez
28. Burbujas de Amor Juan Luis Guerra
29. Piensa en Mi Luz Casal
30. El Rey José Alfredo Jiménez, Vicente Fernández
31. Bailando Enrique Iglesias feat. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
32. No Pidas Perdón Mala Rodríguez
33. Tren al Sur Los Prisioneros
34. 19 Dias Y 500 Noches Joaquin Sabina
35. El Taxi Pitbull feat. Sensato, Osmani Garcia and Dayami La Musa
36. No me doy por vencido Luis Fonsi
37. Oye Mi Amor Maná
38. De la monarquía a la criptocracia Triángulo De Amor Bizarro
39. Opinion de mierda Los Punsetes
40. Eres Tu Mocedades
41. Lambada Kaoma
42. Clandestino Manu Chao
43. La Maza Silvio Rodríguez, Luis Eduardo Aute, Mercedes Sosa, Shakira
44. Matador Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
45. Ahí Estas Tú Chambao
46. El Tiburón Proyecto Uno
47. Vivir sin aire Mana
48. Bonito y Sabroso Benny Moré
49. Aquellos Ojos Mujeres
50. Dr. Psiquiatra Gloria Trevi
51. Entre dos Tierras Héroes del Silencio
52. La Gota Fría Carlos Vives
53. Eloise Tino Casal
54. La playa Los Planetas
55. Amigo Roberto Carlos
56. Tu y Yo Somos Uno Mismo Timbiriche
57. Me cuesta tanto olvidarte Mecano
58. Ese Hombre La India
59. A puro dolor Son by Four
60. La Bamba Ritchie Valens
61. Mi gran Noche Raphael
62. Black Is Black Los Bravos
63. Un Buen Día Los Planetas
64. La Rebelion Joe Arroyo
65. El hombre que casi conoció a Michi Panero Nacho Vegas
66. La Incondicional Luis Miguel
67. No dudaría Antonio Flores
68. Corazon Partió Alejandro Sanz
69. María (Pablo Flores Remix) Ricky Martin
70. Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo? Alex Anwandter
71. Por Que te vas Jeanette
72. A Quien le Importa Alaska y Dinarama
73. Mas Que Nada Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66
74. Mediterráneo Joan Manuel Serrat
75. La Negra Tomasa Caifanes
76. Ahora Quien Marc Anthony
77. Embrujada Tino Casal
78. Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar Los Ángeles Azules
79. La nave del Olvido José José
80. Inténtalo 3BallMTY
81. Serenade Dover
82. Danza Kuduro Don Omar feat. Lucenzo
83. Suavemente Elvis Crespo
84. Un beso y una flor Nino Bravo
85. Al Amanecer Los Fresones Rebeldes
86. La Negra Tiene Tumbao Celia Cruz
87. Pedro Navaja Rubén Blades
88. El Periódico de Ayer Héctor Lavoe
89. Amor Prohibido Selena
90. Conga Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
91. Manteca Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo
92. Obsesión Aventura
93. El Cantante Héctor Lavoe
94. Plástico Rubén Blades and Willie Colón
95. Somos Novios Armando Manzanero
96. Fuego Bomba Estéreo
97. Cali Pachanguero Grupo Niche
98. La Jaula de Oro Los Tigres del Norte
99. Si no te hubieras ido Marco Antonio Solís
100. Y Cómo es el José Luis Perales
101. Atrévete-Te-Te Calle 13
102. Querida Juan Gabriel
103. Quiero Bailar Ivy Queen
104. Ciega, sordomuda Shakira
105. A Dios Le Pido Juanes
106. El Buen Perdedor Franco De Vita
107. Secreto de Amor Joan Sebastían
108. Amor Eterno Rocío Dúrcal
109. El gran varón Willie Colón
110. Pa’ Que Retozen Tego Calderón
111. Algo Esta Cambiando Julieta Venegas
112. Eres Café Tacvba
113. Música Ligera Soda Stereo
114. Yo No Te Pido la Luna Daniela Romo
115. El Perdon Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias
116. Gasolina Daddy Yankee

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Spanish songs are not only popular in Spain and Latin America, but are also popular all over the world. The songs convince with their rhythm and the enchanting sound of the language and guarantee numerous timeless summer hits.

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