Many studies show that music can be a powerful tool when it comes to learning languages. Of course, this does not mean that it will happen overnight. But, listening to songs you like while paying extra attention to the lyrics can fast-track your learning!
— May 28th, 2020
Below we will share a list of Spanish artists and songs to get you started:
1. Shakira – Me Gusta
We’ll get started with Shakira, who is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, and record producer. Shakira is often called The Queen of Latin Pop. The good thing about her is that most songs have also the English version, so you can go back and forth to make your learning experience easier.
This classic song “Suerte” or in English “Whenever, Wherever” was one of her biggest hits!
2. Enrique Iglesias – Bailando
While Shakira is the “Queen”, “The King of Latin Pop” is widely considered to be Enrique Iglesias. Enrique is a Spanish singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.
Enrique’s last album, “Sex and Love”, was Spotify’s 7th most-streamed album worldwide in 2014. “Bailando” turned out to be the most popular song on that album and it spent 41 weeks in the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
3. Maluma – Robarte Un Beso
At just twenty-six years old, Juan Luis Londoño, better known by his stage name, ‘Maluma‘, has become one of the Artists with the greatest impact on urban music and the youth idol of Latin music globally.
This song “Robarte un Beso” features two other Colombian artists: Carlos Vives and Sebastian Yatra.
4. Marc Anthony – Vivir Mi Vida
One of the biggest Latin music genres is Salsa, and one of the biggest Salsa artists is Marc Anthony. Anthony is the top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. He has won two Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy awards. He has also sold over 12 million copies worldwide.
One of Marc’s most popular songs is Vivir Mi Vida. Vivir Mi Vida is a nice feel-good song, and due to its repetitiveness and slow tempo, it’s a great song for beginner Spanish learners!
5. Luis Fonsi – Despacito
Last but not least, we have Despacito. A song was written by Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, and actor Luis Fonsi.
The artists have received seven Guinness World Records titles thanks to this chart-topping song! As of today, the Youtube video has 6.7 billion views, making it the most viewed video on the platform.
Its catchy tunes will certainly get stuck on your head and help you remember some basic Spanish words.
6. Ricky Martin – Living La Vida Loca
This song is an oldie, but a really good song as Ricky Martin has a very neutral accent. It is also the perfect song to get you moving!
There you have it! Six songs to help you learn Spanish. Remember to download the lyrics and listen carefully to the words on each verse.