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Classic Spanish Songs, From Chile to Flamenco…

There are so many wonderful Spanish songs in the world that it’s impossible to know where to start. Below are a few¬†of our favourites, please share in the comments the ones that really touch you so that we can all look them up as well! A hint, to get the lyrics for any of these or other songs, just google the song name and the word ‘letra’, which means lyrics ūüôā

In past years around Thanksgiving we have sent out this song by Mercedes Sosa, Gracias a La Vida, originally composed by Violeta Parra, the Chilean singer-songwriter.

https://youtu.be/WyOJ-A5iv5I

Another classic Mercedes Sosa interpretation is Todo Cambia, written by¬†Julio Numhauser…

This song below, Berlín by Coque Malla, featuring actress Leonor Watling. became a family favourite last year.

Below is¬†a fantastic¬†performance by Paco de Luc√≠a, this song Luzia from the stunning album by the same name. OK, so you won’t learn much Spanish in this video, but watch the interplay between the musicians, the singer and the incredible¬†dancer – as quintessentially Spanish, or perhaps Andalusian, as you could wish.

Here is a long-term favourite of Marina’s, Sin Embargo by Joaquin Sabina, who is something of a Madrile√Īo¬†Bob Dylan. The intro is sung by Olga Roman, and is pure poetry, “Te quiero m√°s que a mis ojos, te quiero m√°s que a mi vida, m√°s que al aire que respiro, y m√°s que a la madre m√≠a”…

Finally, “Ojal√°”, more great poetry from Cuban legend Silvio Rodriguez. Check¬†out the original of this tune, dedicated to his first love, to listen to the words…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB9wpKXvr1o

…but this live version ‘me pone los pelos de punta’, makes my hair stand on end (the way we’d say ‘give’s me goosebumps’)…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cerI1QCEHes

Tell us about your favourite Spanish songs in the comments right here on the blog!

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