Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s independence day, it’s Puebla’s national holiday to commemorate their victory over the French army on May 5th, 1862. Fast forward to 2014, this special day in history is celebrated throughout the United States to celebrate Mexico’s heritage. Music and food is a staple to the festivities, so get ready to dance the night away with these kickstarter songs!
"Clavado En Un Bar" by Mana
The translation is, “stuck in a bar,” which most will be during happy hour. The song is about a bad break up but who cares, order some enchiladas and chug your margarita, you’ll be just fine. Mana, know exactly how you feel. Click here to listen.
"Bar Tacuba" by Cafe Tacuba
This 1994 classic by Mexican rock icons, Café Tacuba, is the perfect tune to dance around with your partner, and who says you can’t dance at a cantina?
"Dame Otro Tequila" by Paulina Rubio
“Give me another tequila,” belts out Paulina Rubio, in this raunchy song about drinking unlimited shots. The mariachi band in the background, definitely puts you in the mood to party. The track is off her seventh album, “Pau-Latina,” produced by music extraordinaire, Emilio Estefan. The song peaked #1 on the Hot Latin Songs charts. Up for another round of shots, Paulina?
"La Luz" by Juanes
Multi – Grammy winner, Juanes’, catchy party anthem, “La Luz,” is infused with Spanish guitar chords, Colombian folk pop, with a dash of cumbia influences. The video was shot in the streets of Cartagena, Colombia, complete with firecrackers and candles to illuminate the night.
"La Noche Es Tuya" by 3ball MTY
This tune from Mexican pop trio, 3ball MTY, has popularized cumbia and electronic music from clubs to house parties. Since their debut three years ago, the group continues to bring happy vibes with musical influences of guaracha and tribal. “The night is yours,” so get up off your feet and get loco!
"Bailando" by Enrique Iglesias
When Enrique Iglesias tells you to dance, you dance. Off his tenth studio album, Sex and Love, the Spanish heartthrob shares his seductive side with this reggaeton – flamenco inspired track. Surrounded by sultry brunettes, Enrique challenges the women to show off their best dance moves.
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira feat. Wyclef Jean
Shakira’s hips certainly don’t lie. The sexy Colombiana, still remains on top with this infectious carnival track, having sold 10 million copies worldwide. The trumpet introduction pumps through your vessels, and makes you want to sway your hips side to side.
"Techno Cumbia" by Selena
Last but not least, is the queen of Tex – Mex, Selena, with her reggae – cumbia inspired song. It's funky, intertwined with ska, dancehall and upbeat techno. Time to release your inner Mexicana/Mexicano and follow to the beat of Selena's voice. Don't drop your tequila now!