A Latin Playlist for Pope Francis' U.S. Visit

Juanes 2015
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Juanes performs at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 19, 2015 in New York City.

As Pope Francisco (or Francis, as he’s referred to in the U.S.), embarks on his U.S. visit, we wanted to welcome him with a list of songs we think he’d enjoy on his personal playlist.

We hear from reputable sources that Pope Francis is a big music fan, and considering he’s Argentine, we’ll buy that. So, in the spirit of good music and good will, here’s our Pope Francis playlist, in no particular order.

  1. Diego Torres, "Color Esperanza": A hymn of hope penned during Argentina’s worst financial crisis became a huge Latin hit.
  2. Juanes, "A Dios le Pido": Of course it has to make this list (plus Juanes is performing for the Pope in Philadelphia). Hope and dance together? We love it.
  3. Arthur Hanlon, "Que te Vaya Bien": Written for immigrants and travelers, this beautiful instrumental perfectly fits the Pope’s message.
  4. Natalia Jiménez, "Creo en mi": An ode to self-belief and positivity.
  5. Luis Fonsi, "No me doy por vencido": And another one!
  6. Maná, "Vivir sin aire": Who knew the Pope was going to be into the environment? Here’s Maná’s take.
  7. Carlos Vives, "Volví a nacer": Yes, he wrote it to his wife, but it’s a metaphor for so many things.
  8. Astor Piazzolla, "Adios Nonino": Simply because it’s beautiful (Piazzolla wrote it for his dad after his death) and from a fellow Argentine.
  9. Laura Pausini, "Bienvenido": An uplifting song about having arms wide open.


  1. Juan Luis Guerra, "Ojalá que llueva café": This isn’t one of Guerra’s Christian songs, but it’s so lovely and celebratory we had to have it!



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