Latin Music Songs for A Christmas Party
A Compilation of Tropical Hits for A Night of Dancing during Christmas Time
"Farolito" - Gloria Estefan
This track is one of the best singles from the album Abriendo Puertas by Gloria Estefan. The song encompasses the traditional sounds of Currulao, a traditional music style from the Pacific Coast of Colombia. Its sound, in fact, has the signature of the famous Colombian songwriter Kike Santander. Gloria Estefan proves with "Farolito" her enormous talent singing music in Spanish.
"Parranda De Navidad" - Tania
"Parranda De Navidad" is one of the most popular singles of this Venezuelan singer. The song is about a Christmas party and being happy during this time of the year. This single offers very nice string sessions and a wonderful voice by an artist who enjoyed most of her popularity in Colombia.
"Bomba En Navidad" - Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz
Back in the old good times of Salsa, Richie Ray and Bobby Cruz were among the most influential artists of this genre. They produced various hits including different Latin music songs for Christmas. "Bomba En Navidad," which is defined by Puerto Rican Bomba beats, is one of the most enduring Christmas-related singles produced by this duo. Additional Christmas tracks include other titles such as "Aguinaldo Navideño" and "Navidad".
"Pascua De Navidad" - Nelson y sus Estrellas
Nelson y sus Estrellas is one of the most famous Tropical bands from Venezuela. For generations, their music has captured audiences throughout Latin America. "Pascua De Navidad" is the most famous Christmas song this band has produced. This is a very nice tune to add in a playlist for a Christmas party.
"En La Noche Buena" - La Sonora Matancera
From one of the most influential bands in the history of Latin music, "En La Noche Buena" is probably the best Christmas song La Sonora Matancera produced during its golden years. The single features the distinct sound of the band's trumpets and the unforgettable voices of the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz and the singer Celio Gonzalez.
"Cantares De Navidad" - Billo's Caracas Boys
The Billos Caracas Boys, is Venezuela's most legendary Tropical orchestra. Several generations grew up with the festive sounds of this famous band. For the past decades, "Cantares De Navidad" has been one of the most popular Latin music songs for Christmas. This single is an ideal track not only for Christmas but also for a New Year's Eve party.
"Sabor Navideño" - Afrosound
"Sabor Navideño" offers a very nice sound defined by the beats of Colombian Cumbia. As far as dancing goes, this track is as good as it gets for a Christmas party celebration. This single is very instrumental and because of that it offers an elegant sound that enhances the appealing of its melody. This is definitely one of my favorite Latin music songs for Christmas.
"No Hay Cama Pa' Tanta Gente" - El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico
From one of the best Salsa bands in the history of Latin music, "No Hay Cama Pa' Tanta Gente" is one of the most popular Christmas songs produced by El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico. This track belong to the album Nuestra Musica, which also includes other Christmas-related tracks such as "La Fiesta de Pilito" and "El Arbolito". Besides bein a Christmas hit, "No Hay Cama Pa' Tanta Gente" is also one of the best songs El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico has ever produced.
Vallenatos are among the most popular songs in Colombia. Although the world has been exposed to Vallenato only recently thanks to the music of Carlos Vives, Colombians have embraced this genre for generations. From "Los Caminos De La Vida" by Los Diablitos to Carlos Vives's "La Gota Fria," the following are some of most popular Vallenato songs ever produced.
10. “Los Caminos De La Vida” – Los Diablitos
The song "Los Caminos De La Vida" is a Vallenato song that belongs to the modern romantic style of this genre. Since its inception in 1983, the group Los Diablitos has been one of the most important names of romantic Vallenato in Colombia. This track has been one of the most popular vallenatos ever produced by this group.
9. “La Espinita” – Los Hermanos Zuleta
Los Hermanos Zuleta (The Zuleta brothers) have been producing vallenatos since 1969. Their father was the famous Vallenato composer Emiliano Zuleta who wrote the single "La Gota Fria," the most popular Vallenato song in the world. "La Espinita," which is one of their most enduring songs, moves between the classic and modern versions of Vallenato. The solo of accordion is plain fantastic and creates a very nice transition between the different segments of this song. This is one of my favorite vallenatos of all time.
8. “El Santo Cachon” – Los Embajadores Vallenatos
This has been one of the most popular Vallenato songs ever produced. To a big extent, the lyrics of this song are responsible for this popularity. "El Santo Cachon" is a hillarious song that deals with the story of someone who has been cheated on. This is by far the most popular single ever produced by Los Embajadores Vallenatos.
7. “El Mochuelo” – Otto Serge y Rafael Ricardo
Otto Serge and Rafael Ricardo were among the pioneers of romantic Vallenato. Their elegant style allowed this legendary duo to capture audiences all over Colombia helping to introduce Vallenato to the interior part of the country. Although "El Mochuelo" is not the typical romantic Vallenato song, this single offers all the unique style that defined the career of the legendary Vallenato duo.
6. “Dime Pajarito” – El Binomio de Oro
El Binomio de Oro is an authentic legend in Vallenato music. The original group was formed in 1976 by Rafael Orozco (lead singer) and Ismael Romero (accordionist). El Binomio de Oro played an important role in the transformation of Vallenato into a mainstream phenomenon in Colombia. After the assassination of Rafael Orozco, the group changed its name to El Binomio de Oro de America. From the 1980 album Clase Aparte, "Dime Pajarito" is one of the most beautiful vallenatos ever written.
5. “Tarde Lo Conoci” – Patricia Teheran y sus Diosas del Vallenato
Patricia Teheran's tragic death when she was only 25 years of age, elevated this Colombian singer to the status of Goddess of Vallenato. Besides her very nice voice, Patricia was also a talented musician who knew how to play clarinet and accordion. "Tarde Lo Conoci" (I Met You Late) is a timeless Vallenato song that tells the story of a woman who falls in love with the wrong man.
4. “Esta Vida” – Jorge Celedon and Jimmy Zambrano
Jorge Celedon is one of today's most popular Vallenato artists. He was a lead singer of the Binomio de Oro after the death of Rafael Orozco. After spending some time with this group, he moved with success into a solo career. With "Esta Vida," a very uplifting song that talks about the good things in life, Jorge Celedon became a huge star not only for Vallenato but for Colombian music as a whole.
3. “Sin Medir Distancias” – Diomedes Diaz
Although Carlos Vives is the most popular Vallenato singer in the world, the true king of this genre is Diomedes Diaz. This singer represents everything Vallenato is all about. If you want to get a feeling for real Vallenato, you have to listen to the songs of Diomedes Diaz. "Sin Medir Distancias" is one of the best vallenatos in history… if not the best one.
2. “El Testamento” – Rafael Escalona
Rafael Escalona is usually considered the father of Vallenato and one of the best songwriters in the history of the rhythm. He is the author of some of the most popular vallenatos in history including songs like "La Casa En El Aire," "La Custodia de Badillo" and "El Testamento". If you want to discover the original sound of Vallenato, which was softer than later expressions of the rhythm, you have to get your hands on the stuff that produced Rafael Escalona.
1. “La Gota Fria” – Carlos Vives
Thanks to Carlos Vives, Vallenato music moved beyond the Colombian borders. Without sacrificing the original sound of Vallenato, this charismatic singer and actor added a new sound to this rhythm transforming it into an authentic mainstream phenomenon. If we could define Colombia by one song, the answer will probably be "La Gota Fria". Because of his contribution to Vallenato and Colombian folklore, Carlos Vives is one of the most influential Colombian artists in history.
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