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Latin music is a catch-all term for a number of diverse styles from different regions and countries in Latin America. Often, the term refers to Latin pop -- either dance-based or pop oriented-music sung in Spanish or Tejano. Tejano has a number of different styles, from romantic ballads to the narrative nortenos, and they're usually performed by large groups with acoustic instruments and horns. In the '80s and '90s, Tejano has also adopted smooth production techniques from American pop-rock and soft rock. Latin America is also known for such dance music as salsas and sambas, which have layers of percussion, blaring horns and an infectious sense of style. A related style to salsa is the bossa nova, a cool, laid-back style that crossed dance music with jazz. With the exception of tejano and mariachi, which is folk and pop based, most Latin music is defined by its strong rhythms.

Latin Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Cais Lô Borges / Milton Nascimento
Sampa Caetano Veloso
Pedro Navaja Rubén Blades / Willie Colón
I Could Fall in Love Selena
I've Got No Strings Gipsy Kings
Watermelon Man Mongo Santamaría
Batidinha Antônio Carlos Jobim
Chan Chan Buena Vista Social Club
Loca Shakira
Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony
Bombon de Pollo Beny Moré
Cositas Buenas (Tangos) Paco de Lucía
Chan Chan Buena Vista Social Club
Aquarela Do Brasil
João Gilberto
Cordão Chico Buarque
Morro Velho Milton Nascimento
Acid Ray Barretto
Ran Kan Kan
Tito Puente
Un Amor Gipsy Kings
Amor Prohibido Selena
Nunca Contigo Eddie Palmieri / Lalo Rodríguez
So Danço Samba Antônio Carlos Jobim
Pachito E'ché Beny Moré / Pérez Prado
Willie Colón
Mercy Mercy Baby
Ray Barretto
Che Che Colé Willie Colón
Michelangelo '70 Astor Piazzolla
Buscando América Rubén Blades
Coqueta Intocable
Mambo Jambo Machito & Afro Cuban Salseros
Baby Gal Costa
Cinema Olympia Gal Costa
El Ratico Juanes
Corcovado Astrud Gilberto
Mendocino Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet
It's Gonna Be Easy Doug Sahm
Jumpin' with Symphony Sid Tito Puente
Volver Carlos Gardel
La Banda del Carro Rojo Los Tigres del Norte
Ran Kan Kan Tito Puente & His Orchestra
Afro Blue Mongo Santamaría
Bonito y Sabroso Beny Moré
A Little More Blue Caetano Veloso
Caxangá Elis Regina

Latin subgenres and styles [+]