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The Weekly List: Baila Conmigo!

March 21, 2017

With GU’s LatinX Dance Showcase Reventón right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to put some *lit* Spanish songs on the playlist for your next party. Expand your Latin music horizons beyond “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Danza Kuduro,” and “Bailando” with this Weekly List – Baila Conmigo!

  1.     Ricky Martin and Maluma, “Vente Pa’ Ca

The best parties are the ones where you get to dance with that ~special someone~. Call your crush over to you by singing the chorus to this playfully sexy song – “vente pa’ ca” [“come over here”]. Be careful – this song’s catchy beat can get stuck in your head for weeks on end.

  1.     Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, “Despacito

The dance floor is warming up, and “des-pa-cito” [“slow-ly”] you and bae are getting closer together. Meanwhile, Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s lively pop-reggaetón fusion tune is playing in the background.

  1.     Shakira and Maluma, “Chantaje

It’s time to dance to impress when “Chantaje” comes on. Two of Latin music’s sultriest voices pair to sing lustily about blackmail, and become the perfect accompaniments to your most irresistible dance moves.

  1.     J Balvin, “Ginza

“Si necesita reggaetón, dale” – if you need some more reggaetón at your party, go ahead and turn on Ginza. As soon as the song’s driving electro-infused rhythm takes off, you’re transported to a world where nothing exists but you, your partner, and dance.

  1.     Juan Magan, “Bailando Por Ahi

Juan Magan’s spirited refrain takes you straight to the streets of Madrid and “los días más felices” [the happiest of days]. The song’s rollicking instrumentals and distinctly Spanish style may just make you forget you’re in a Henle living room.

  1.     Enrique Iglesias and Wisin, “Duele el Corazon

When “Duele el Corazon” comes on, remind bae that you’re the best. Like Enrique says in his upbeat ballad, that other guy she’s been seeing now and then will only ever make her heart hurt – but YOU will make her feet hurt… from dancing together all night long.

  1.     Dyland & Lenny, “Pégate Más

If you’re still feeling like you and bae might be drifting apart, play “Pégate Más” [“Get Closer”] to win her back. Trumpets add sprightly flair to this energetic dance track.

  1.     Juan Magan, “Fiesta

“Fiesta” keeps the energy up with its swiftly moving electronic melody accented by powerful drum beats. Juan Magan is singing about a hot girl at the club, and all is well in the world of party music.

  1.     Dyland & Lenny, “Balada (Tchê tcherere tchê tchê)

There’s nothing like a song that everyone can sing and dance to together. Get the whole crowd jumping and screaming “tchê tcherere tchê tchê” with this bouncy Dyland & Lenny tune. What does “tchê tcherere tchê tchê” mean, you ask? Nothing. What this song lacks in meaningful lyrics it makes up for 10 times over in feel-good vibes.

  1.  Enrique Iglesias, Yandel, and Juan Magan, “Noche Y De Dia

Is it getting late? You have no idea – all you know is that Enrique, Yandel, and Juan Magan are chanting “dance, dance / dance, dance / baila de noche y de dia” [“dance by night and day”]. Electronic flourishes add whimsicality to this party anthem.

The party doesn’t have to stop here – check out my favorite Latin remixes of “Sorry” and “Shape of You”, and find more Latin music hits on Spotify’s “Viva Latino-Top 50” playlist!

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