Thursday, February 22, 2024

20 Spanish Songs with Lyrics That Encourage, Inspire and Train

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Spanish music is a global phenomenon. You’ve in all probability heard a couple of hit Spanish tunes in your day, or maybe you’re a full-blown reggaetón

And allow us to let you know a secret, there’s an entire world of severely cool Spanish singers on the market doing their factor. And plenty of of those Spanish songs have deep which means, so it’s not solely informative to take heed to them, it’s inspiring.

However neatest thing about listening to those songs is that you simply get to study Spanish whilst you dance and sing alongside. I can’t consider something higher.

Learn on for 20 poppin’ songs by 20 nice Spanish-speaking artists from around the globe.


1. “Me Gustas Tú” by Manu Chao

Full lyrics:Me Gustas Tú

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt:

My gusta la canela, me gustas tú
— I like cinnamon, I such as you
Mu gusta el fuego, me gustas tú
I like fireplace, I such as you
My gusta menear, me gustas tú
I like swaying, I such as you.
Me gusta la Coruña, me gustas tú
I like La Coruña (a metropolis in Northern Spain), I such as you
Me gusta Malasaña, me gustas tú
I like Malasaña (a neighborhood in Madrid), I such as you
Me gusta la castaña, me gustas tú
I just like the walnut, I such as you
Me gusta Guatemala, me gustas tú
I like Guatemala, I such as you

Manu Chao’s happy-go-lucky music about all of the issues he likes in life is ideal for inexperienced persons. It’s additionally a very easy one to sing alongside to.

The construction of the music is easy, with the verses stating all of the issues Manu Chao likes. The refrain is a mixture of French and Spanish (we’ll ignore the French for the needs of this put up, however if you happen to’re studying French too then it’s a double whammy language lesson music).

This music is a good option to drill into your head the grammar of the verb gustarIf what you’re speaking about is singular, the verb gustar
is singular (e.g. me gusta el mar
 — I like the ocean). In case you’re speaking about one thing plural (e.g. aviones) then gustar is plural ( me gustan los aviones
I like planes).

2. “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony

Full lyrics: Vivir mi vida

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt:

Voy a reír, voy a bailar
I’m going to snigger, I’m going to bounce
Vivir mi vida lalalalá
Stay my life la la la
Voy a reír, voy a gozar
I’m going to snigger, I’m going to get pleasure from myself
Vivir mi vida lalalalá
 — Love my life, la la la

American Marc Anthony is completely large in Latin America, and this music was a large hit in 2013. It’s one other uplifting music excellent for singing alongside on the prime of your voice when you’ve mastered the phrases.

The vocabulary within the music is easy however helpful. There are already a few phrases which are price selecting out and noting down, equivalent to heridas
(wounds or accidents) and gotas
 (drops, on this case he’s speaking about rain).

The grammar can also be pretty easy, so this can be a good one to follow the current tense.

Additionally, as we are able to see with the refrain we’ve simply translated, Anthony makes use of the “ir + a + infinitive” construction a number of instances within the refrain ( Voy a bailar
, for instance).

In case you ever get caught attempting to think about how one can kind this tense, subsequent time you’ll be able to simply consider Mark Anthony and his plans for laughing, dancing and usually having a superb time and dwelling life. For extra on this future kind in addition to different methods to speak concerning the future, see this put up.

3. “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias

Full lyrics: Bailando

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt: 

Yo quiero estar contigo
I wish to be with you
Vivir contigo, bailar contigo
Stay with you, dance with you
Tener contigo una noche loca (una noche loca)
Have a loopy evening with you, a loopy evening
Ay, besar tu boca (y besar tu boca)
Oh, kiss your mouth (kiss your mouth)

Oh, Enrique. You hoped he was going to return up, didn’t you?

In case you didn’t and also you’re upset concerning the lack of feminine artists on this record, we’ll kindly direct you to our put up on studying Spanish with Shakira. Sure, the Colombian goddess will get her personal put up all to herself.

Keep in mind that this music is totally different from “Bailamos” regardless that they’re each about dancing. This one is way much less smoochy and extra upbeat, and the video entails lots of people bailando
(dancing) within the streets. Though all of it perhaps bought a bit a lot for Enrique as he appears to have taken refuge in a tunnel.

Helpful vocabulary is, as we might count on from Enrique, all associated to the corazón
(coronary heart). He talks about his coronary heart beating slowly ( me palpita lento
is the verb “to beat” (as in heartbeat, not beating somebody at Scrabble). He additionally croons about our bodies going up ( subiendo
) and down ( bajando
), however we all know he’s nonetheless speaking concerning the dancing as he retains repeating the phrase bailando, simply in case anybody misinterprets him.

Once more, the music is usually within the current tense, so it’s good and easy.

4. “La Tortura” by Shakira + Alejandro Sanz

Full lyrics: “La Tortura”

Degree: Intermediate/superior

Lyrical excerpt:

No pido que todos los días sean de sol
I don’t ask that on daily basis be sunny
No pido que todos los viernes sean de fiesta
I don’t ask that each Friday be a celebration
Tampoco te pido que vuelvas rogando perdón
Nor do I ask that you simply’ll come again begging for forgiveness
Si lloras con los ojos secos y hablando de ella
In case you cry with dry eyes and speaking about her

The music’s lyrics are a goldmine for choosing up on a regular basis expressions and poetic vibes, making it a enjoyable option to enhance your vocabulary and get a really feel for the tradition.

5. “The place She Goes” by Unhealthy Bunny

Full lyrics: “The place She Goes”

Degree: Newbie/intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

No me gusta perder
I don’t wish to lose
Dime qué vamo’ a hacer
Inform me what we’re going to do
Me paso mirando el cel
I go time taking a look at my cellular phone
Wow, no puede ser
Wow, it might probably’t be

The lyrics are stuffed with up to date colloquialisms and concrete language, so that you’ll be updated on how younger, cool Spanish audio system truly use hte language.

Whereas listening, see what insights into Puerto Rican and Latin American tradition you’ll be able to garner. Are there phrases you haven’t heard earlier than? How about “wow”? Do you know Spanish audio system used that English time period?

6. “Shakira: BZRP Music Classes, Vol. 53” by Bizarrap & Shakira

Full lyrics: “Shakira: BZRP Music Classes, Vol. 53”

Degree: Intermediate/superior

Lyrical excerpt:

Perdón, ya cogí otro avión
Sorry, I already took one other aircraft.
Aquí no vuelvo, no quiero otra decepción
I’m not coming again right here, I don’t need one other lie.
Tanto que te la das de campeón
A lot so that you simply appear to be a champion
Y cuando te necesitaba diste tu peor versión
And once I wanted you, you’ve gotten your worst model

This music contains some nice issues to say to interrupt up with somebody.

Discover that English borrowing of the phrase “wow,” which additionally appeared within the Unhealthy Bunny music earlier than this. 

One other attention-grabbing factor to bear in mind while you’re listening to this music is the convenience with which Spanish audio system rhyme phrases. With most phrases ending in related methods (-a, -o or –ion), it’s a reasonably straightforward factor to do in Spanish lyrics.

7. “Superdeli” by Caloncho

Full lyrics: “Superdeli”

Degree: Intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

No es tan imposible la utopía
Utopia isn’t so not possible
Tú con tus concepts, yo las mías
You along with your concepts, me with mine
Coincidir en esta travesía
Match on this journey
Por si no te encuentro en otra vida
In case I don’t discover ou on one other life

Utilizing tremendous clear Spanish phrase selections and largely the current tense, this music is nice for listening to phrases that you simply already know utilized in context and in a contemporary manner.

Concentrate on the usage of the infinitive verb on the begins of many strains, and likewise have a look at the simple rhyming model that Spanish offers songwriters.

8. “Primera Cita” by Carin Leon

Full lyrics: “Primera cita”

Degree: Intermediate/superior

Lyrical excerpt:

Te vi, me viste, al principio fue una broma
I noticed you, you say me, at first it was a joke
Luego la verdad se asoma, intercambiamos sonrisas
Then the reality emerges, we change smiles
Pasó algún tiempo, poco menos de una hora
Some instances handed, just below an hour
Y por debajo la mesa tu tacón tocó mi bota
And below the desk, your heel touched my foot

Describing a primary date in all its gory and romantic particulars, this music is actually good for serving to you hear how fashionable Spanish customers use romantic language. 

It’s bought some nice particulars, expressed in fairly easy Spanish phrases and tenses, so all learners can profit from listening to this music.

9. “Vivir sin aire” by Maná

Full lyrics: Vivir sin aire

Degree: Intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

Como quisiera poder vivir sin aire
How I want I may stay with out air
Como quisiera calmar mi aflicción
How I’d calm my affliction
Como quisiera poder vivir sin agua
I want I may stay with out water
Me encantaría robar tu corazón
I’d like to steal your coronary heart

Mexican group Maná will get slightly tacky on this music, as they sing about how they want they might stay with out air, water and with out their love however they discover it not possible. As you’ll be able to in all probability inform from the video, the music was launched within the early Nineteen Nineties.

Helpful vocabulary is said to angst-ridden emotions like ahogar
(to suffocate), the road reads me estoy ahogando sin tu amor
 (I’m suffocating with out your love). Try to see what number of different strains you’ll be able to spot that might have been written by a heartsick thirteen-year-old of their journal.

Maná usually use the phrase cómo quisiera
(how I would really like), which is an effective instance of how conditionals are utilized in actual life.

10. “Mambeado” by Onda Vaga

Full lyrics: Mambeado

Degree: Intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

Yo no sé por qué a veces me pierdo
I don’t know why I typically get misplaced
Los ojos se me dan vuelta y me muero por dentro
— My eyes go ’spherical in my head and I die inside
Y me encierro otra vez y no puedo salir
— And I lock myself in once more and I can’t exit
No puedo ver lo lindo de cada momento
— I can’t see how pretty each second is

Onda Vaga don’t have the identical stage of worldwide fame as the opposite artists listed right here, however they’re common of their house nation Argentina, and with good purpose.

Plus, their songs are wonderful for studying Spanish. They’re easy sufficient you can translate them, however filled with sufficient new vocabulary that it’s nonetheless a problem to determine them out.

Now, these lyrics could sound miserable, however the refrain invitations everybody to sing it to the moon, the solar and stars, so this bunch of boys aren’t fairly as moody as they sound at first. This music can also be one other good one to sing on the prime of your lungs. To essentially get within the Onda Vaga temper, that is ideally sung round a campfire.

11. “Paz, paz, paz” by Juanes

Full lyrics: “Paz, paz, paz”

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt:

Somos la nueva semilla del futuro, de la vida
We’re the brand new seed of the long run, of life
Somos los nińos que cantan por la paz y la esperanza
We’re the kids who sing for peace and hope

Numerous tremendous helpful vocabulary is included on this peaceable music. For instance: semilla (seed), futuro (future), vida (life), esperanza (hope) and soñar (to dream).

12. “Carta a Rigoberta Menchú” by Celtas Cortos

Full lyrics: “Carta a Rigoberta Menchú”

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt:

Quiero ver la luz del Sol pure
I wish to see pure daylight
quiero despertar sin temer morir
I wish to get up and not using a concern of dying
quiero caminar de país en país
I wish to discuss from nation to nation
sin tener que odiar a quien vive allí
with out having to hate who lives there

This music is grammatically easy, which makes it a sensible choice for inexperienced persons. It has loads of vocabulary—together with an excellent number of nouns and verbs.

Among the infinitives embrace ver (to see), despertar (to get up), caminar (to stroll), odiar (to hate), resistir (to withstand), cultivar (to domesticate), cantar (to sing) and soñar (to dream).

And these are a number of the nouns: tierra (land), sueños (desires), magia (magic), luz (gentle), jardín (backyard) and mundo (world).

Earlier than studying the lyrics, ensure you know who Rigoberta Menchú is. 

13. “Cámbialo” by Paula Dalli

Full lyrics: “Cámbialo” — Sadly, there aren’t any lyrics of this music with out spelling errors and some phrases are lacking.

Degree: Intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

Cambialo, Salvaló
Change it, reserve it
Unamos todos nuestras manos
Let’s all be a part of palms
Sentiras la amistad
You’ll really feel the friendship
la fuerza del ser humano
The energy of the human being

This music is enjoyable as a result of it is stuffed with rhymes.

Such rhymes embrace hablar – cambiar – dar (to talk, to vary, to provide), cámbialo – sálvalo (change it, reserve it), amor – mejor (love, higher), reacción – ilusión (response, phantasm), sentirás – moverás (you’ll really feel, you’ll transfer), and many others.

There are additionally fairly a couple of examples of the crucial right here, equivalent to ayuda (assist), unamos (let’s be a part of), empieza (begin), toma (take), cámbialo and sálvalo.

It’s also possible to study the helpful expression poner en marcha (set in movement), which seems within the music.

14. “Papeles mojados” by Chambao

Full lyrics: “Papeles mojados”

Degree: Intermediate/superior

Lyrical excerpt:

Miles de sombras, cada noche, trae la marea.
1000’s of shadows the tide brings each evening
Navegan cargaos de ilusiones que en la orilla se quedan.
They sail, loaded with illusions that stay on the shore
Historias del día a día, historias de buena gente.
Tales of on a regular basis life, tales of excellent folks
Se juegan la vida cansaos, con hambre y un frío que pela
They danger their lives, drained hungry and bitterly chilly

This music is nice for listening to a distinct number of Spanish pronunciation as a result of you’ll discover loads of Castilian Spanish pronunciation right here.

For instance, cargaos for cargados (in context: filled with…), cansaos for cansados (drained), mojaos for mojados (moist), ‘ta for hasta (until) and bocaná for bocanada (breath).

As soon as all of the vocabulary is known, ask your self what you assume the title of the music means. Ask your self questions like: ¿De quién son las sombras que trae la marea? (Whose shadows do the tide carry?), ¿Por qué se quedan las ilusiones en la orilla? (Why do the illusions keep on the shore?), ¿Qué significa que los papeles no tienen dueño? (What does “the papers don’t have any proprietor” imply?)

15. “Los niños queremos la paz” by 3 + 2

Full lyrics: “Los niños queremos la paz”

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt:

Canta conmigo canta
Sing with me, sing
gritaremos basta ya.
We’ll shout sufficient is sufficient.
Ven y dame la mano,
Come and provides me your hand,
los niños queremos la paz.
We youngsters need peace.

Pay particular consideration to the rhymes on this music, equivalent to estación – canción – rincón – corazón (station, music, nook, coronary heart); hablar – olvidar – contar – ganar (to speak, to overlook, to depend, to win).

16. “Niño soldado” by Ska-P

Full lyrics: “Niño soldado” — Word that there are few accents lacking.

Degree: Newbie

Lyrical excerpt:

Fui a nacer donde no hay nada
I used to be born the place there’s nothing
Tras esa línea que separa el bien del mal
Past that line that separates good from evil
Mi tierra se llama miseria
My land is known as Distress
Y no conozco la palabra libertad
And I don’t know the phrase freedom

This music is useful with studying the vocabulary of warfare.

For instance: miseria (distress), secuestro (kidnap), tortura (torture), disparar (to shoot), asesinar (to homicide), mutilar (to mutilate), indiferencia (indifference), infierno (hell) and pistola (gun)

17. “Mal bicho” by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs

Full lyrics: “Mal bicho”

Degree: Intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

Es malo tu destino
Your future is dangerous
¿Que marcó tu camino?
What marked your path?
La canción que es valiente
The music that’s breace
Es canción para siempre.
is a music without end.

This music lets you see the usage of vos as a substitute of  (you) in Argentinian Spanish.

It additionally has fairly a little bit of helpful vocabulary, equivalent to:

privilegios (privileges), ambiciones de poder (energy ambitions), discriminar (discriminate), falsas condenas (false sentences), conciencia (conscience), imponiendo posturas (imposing postures), violencia (violence), injusticia (injustice) and codicia (greed)

18. “Sólo le pido a Dios” by Mercedes Sosa

Full lyrics: “Sólo le pido a Dios”


Lyrical excerpt:

Solo le pido a Dios
I solely ask God
Que lo injusto no me sea indiferente
Could the unfair not be detached to me
Que no me abofeteen la otra mejilla
Don’t slap me on the opposite cheek
Después que una garra me arañó esta suerte
After a claw scratched me, this luck

This music is nice to see how the subjunctive is used. Each time the singer asks god for one thing, the subjunctive is used.

For instance, que el dolor no me sea indiferente (that ache isn’t detached to me) and que la reseca muerte no me encuentre (that the dry demise received’t discover me).

Additionally take note of the phrase la guerra es un monstruo grande y pisa fuerte (warfare is a giant monster that steps on arduous), which is a crucial metaphor within the music.

19. “Rosa de la paz” by Amaral

Full lyrics: “Rosa de la paz”

Degree: Intermediate

Lyrical excerpt:

Cuando el mundo entero estalle,
WHen the entire world explodes,
Será demasiado tarde
It will likely be too late
Para reencontrarnos con las leyes naturales
To reconnect with pure legal guidelines
Si hemos roto con los bosques.
If now we have damaged the forests.

exercise to do after listening to this music a couple of instances is to jot down a journal entry on this immediate: ¿Qué diría de este mundo un viajero del futuro? (What would a traveler from the long run say about this world?)

Attempt to use the subjunctive temper, just like the music does with Será.

20. “No dudaría” by Rosario Flores

Full lyrics: “No dudaría”


Lyrical excerpt:

No dudaria no dudaria en volver a reir,
I wouldn’t hesitage, wouldn’t hesitate to snigger once more,
prometo ver la alegria y escarmentar de la experiencia
I promise to see the enjoyment and studying of the expertise
pero nunca nunca mas usar la violencia,
However by no means once more use violence,
si pudiera sembrar los campos que arrase
If I may sow the fields that I devastated.

This music might be an excellent overview or follow for the Spanish conditional. I recommend you write an inventory after listening of 5-10 “Si yo pudiera… no dudaría” (If I may… I wouldn’t doubt) sentences to suggest how one can cease violence.

How Spanish Tune Lyrics Can Enhance Your Fluency

You realize that feeling while you have a look at the lyrics in English and notice “Oh, that’s what the music is about!”? Properly, it’s like that when you determine Spanish lyrics—nevertheless it’s even higher as a result of it requires slightly additional mind energy to decipher the riddle.

In addition to studying a great deal of new vocabulary, you too can see how a few of that grammar you’ve been swotting up on is used within the songs.

Singing alongside to the songs when you’ve figured them out may also help you get used to Spanish pronunciation, and singing the quick bits is an additional problem. And if you happen to ever do occur to go to a karaoke celebration the place all of the songs are in Spanish, you’ll be better off.

For an extra problem, strive specializing in Spanish rap songs. With a excessive quantity of lyrics in a brief span of time, these songs can train you quicker pronunciation and genuine language. 

So, how precisely do you study with music lyrics?

Properly, we suggest the primary time you pay attention you watch the video and benefit from the music with out worrying an excessive amount of concerning the phrases. Hopefully, after this primary viewing you’ll have an concept kind of of what the music is about (if not, don’t panic!).

The second time round you can begin and cease the music to try to pick some extra vocabulary. Strive filling within the gaps with an internet site like LyricsTraining, or just lookup the letra
(lyrics) along with your good good friend Google so you can begin attempting to determine what’s happening.

If you wish to see the lyrics in entrance of you, there are additionally different web sites and sources that may assist you to comply with alongside. The language studying program FluentU, for instance, has a choice of Spanish music movies inside its content material library.

In any other case, you’ll be able to all the time manually lookup any phrases you don’t perceive in songs (strive these apps if you happen to don’t have a superb dictionary). However both manner, that is the essential half: memorize and dissect these lyrics.

The reminiscence half will be achieved by writing all of the lyrics down, or maybe by singing the music over and over till you’ve bought it. The second model might be extra enjoyable, and there are many YouTube variations of songs excellent in your karaoke wants.


So, now you’ll be able to cantarle a la luna y al sol
 (sing to the moon and solar). 

Sing it to the moon, the solar and perhaps even your Spanish instructor!

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