Feliz Cinco de Mayo! 10 Songs for Your Party Playlist
Lest you think this much celebrated date is just about partying and good food, think again. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. And while Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence (that’s celebrated Sept. 16), here in the U.S. it’s celebrated with as much -- or more -- impetus.
To commemorate the festive day, we’ve put together a list of songs that are must-haves at any Cinco de Mayo party.
1. "El Último Adiós" -- Paulina Rubio
No better way to drown out sorrows and heartache than with tequila and mariachis, Paulina style (meaning, the mariachis wear no shirts -- only she can pull that off).
2. "Clavado en un Bar" -- Maná
A little bit of reggae, a little island feel, as the quartet “drinks tequila to forget” as they “drown” in a bar.
3. "Amor a la Mexicana" -- Thalia
Sultry, pop cumbia that celebrates love, Mexican-style, with “Horse, boot, hat, tequila, tabacco and rum.”
4. "Ando Bien Pedo" -- Banda Los Recoditos
Yep, this band is really drunk, and really fun.
5. "Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida" -- Jenni Rivera
Our late banda queen with the song that defined her as a party girl.
6. "Hasta Que Salga El Sol" -- Don Omar
The reggaetón star designed this song for a good party. Enjoy!
7. "El Rey" -- Vicente Fernandez
The ultimate mariachi track performed by the ultimate mariachi singer.
8. "La Bamba" -- Ritchie Valens
The real Ritchie Valens, singing “La Bamba” in 1958. Priceless.
9. "Quédate Con Ella" -- Natalia Jiménez
In her new single, Jimenez rebels against domesticity and sends her guy packing.
10. "Cielito Lindo" -- Mariachi Vargas
Sorry, but it's not possible to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without “Cielito Lindo.” There are thousands of versions, but you can’t go wrong with Mariachi Vargas.