31 Spanish Songs Students Love for Improving Speaking and Vocabulary

Why Learning Spanish through Songs and Music Works

latin spanish musicHave you noticed that the more you listen to a song, the more you like it? That’s because our brains are wired to look for patterns. After listening to a song for a couple of times, you’ll be able to unconsciously fill up the content, even if you don’t listen to the whole thing. Then, why not use that for language learning? After all, speaking a language is not more than combining a certain amount of sounds. After some repetitions, you’ll be able to predict what’s the next appropriate outcome.

The rhythm and melody of a song will help you remember automatically those new words you learnt.

Moreover, listening to music is fun! Singing along to Spanish music not only increases your vocabulary and knowledge of popular Spanish culture, but will allow you to even out your accent and grow acquainted with local slang.

Tips for Learning Spanish through Songs and Music

  • Choose the right genre. Usually, slow romantic songs, like ballads, work the best. Also, repetitive rhythmic songs are easy to follow and they will make the words stick to your mind.
  • Always use Lyrics. When you read “la letra” (lyrics) of a song, you’ll be not only learning new vocabulary, but joining together the sounds you hear in the song with the proper word. Next time you hear somebody use that word, you’ll recognize both the meaning and the spelling of that word.
  • Repetition is key. It’s ok to just listen to the songs you don’t like just one time, as a language practice. But for the songs you do like, make them part of your daily life. Then you will give Spanish the space in your daily routine that it needs to grow in your mind.
  • Sing along for pronunciation practice. You can take advantage of the professional diction of singers. My advice: listen to them first, and then sing along with them, paying attention to the differences. You can choose your favorite Spanish accent!
  • Use the right tools. There are many options today. My favourite resources: Look for songs + lyrics on screen on Youtube. Or use apps like MusixMatch on Spotify for reading lyrics along the song.

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Benefits for Learning Spanish through Songs and Music

  • You’ll train your ear to the specific sounds of the language
  • You’ll get them stuck in your mind all day long. Beware! These songs are catchy – you’ll want to sing them again and again!
  • You’ll connect with a specific culture – all these songs talk about situations real people have in their lives.
  • You can expand your cultural awareness of the different Spanish speaking regions.
  • You can listen to them on Spotify or Youtube!

These songs are sorted by country, so you can decide what variation of Spanish you want to focus of. But most of the vocabulary is shared by all of them. Enjoy!

Learn Spanish Using Spotify and Youtube

We have amazing tools nowadays for improving our language skills. You can listen to these songs, anytime, anywhere, just from your smartphone or laptop.

Take advantage of that otherwise wasted time when you are commuting, or while you are running outside, or working out in the gym. With this Spotify playlist and Youtube list, you can easily access all these resources.

(Click on the Spotify icon to open it in your browser)

Just to get extra inspiration…

If he can do it, so can you!

If Bon Jovi recorded a song in Spanish, what won’t you be able to do?

Spain Spanish Music

La Oreja de Van Gogh – Rosas

La Quinta Estación – El Sol No Regresa

Alex Ubago – Sin Miedo a Nada ft. Amaia Montero

El Canto del Loco – Puede Ser ft. Amaia Montero

Alejandro Sanz – La Tortura ft. Shakira

Enrique Iglesias – Bailando

Pereza – Lady Madrid

Fito Y Los Fitipaldis – Soldadito Marinero

Pablo Alborán – Donde Está el Amor ft Jeese & Joy

Mexico – Spanish Music

Maná – Vivir Sin Aire

Julieta Venegas -Me Voy

Jeese & Joy – ¡Corre!

Alejandro Fernández – Hoy Tengo Ganas de Ti ft Christina Aguilera

Ricardo Arjona – Nada Es Como Tú

Paulina Rubio – Nada Fue un Error ft. Coti & Julieta Venegas

Café Tacvba – Eres

Dominican Republic Spanish Music

Aventura – Obsesión

Romeo Santos – Propuesta Indecente

Juan Luis Guerra – Burbujas de Amor

Daniel Santacruz – Lento

Colombian Spanish Music

Shakira – Suerte

Juanes – La Camisa Negra

Carlos Vives – La Bicicleta ft. Shakira

Puerto Rico Spanish Music

Calle 13 – La Vuelta al Mundo

Marc Anthony – Valió La Pena

Venezuela Spanish Music

Carlos Baute – Colgado en tus Manos ft. Marta Sánchez

Chino & Nacho – Andas en mi Cabeza

Cali y El Dandee – Por Fin Te Encontré ft Juan Magan

Argentina Spanish Music

Fabulosos Cadillacs – Matador

Andrés Calamaro – Flaca

Soda Stereo – Persiana Americana

Bersuit – Un Pacto

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    1 Comment

  1. Judit Lux Urbán
    August 17, 2016

    !Muchas gracias por esta fantástica colección de canciones aptas para enriquece la variedad de métodos de ensenanza la de ELE! Prof.Judit Lux Urbán desde Budapest, Hungría.

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