Ay Ay Ay Ay: Streams of 'Cielito Lindo' Surge After Mexican World Cup Victory

Pablo Montero
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Singer Pablo Montero touches the box containing the ashes of Mexican music superstar Juan Gabriel, as he pays his respects in the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City on Sept. 5, 2016. The singer's ashes will be on display for two days to give family, friends, and thousands of fans the opportunity to pay tribute and say goodbye.

What was that roar you heard during the Mexico vs Germany World Cup match last Sunday? It was the sound of thousands of Mexicans singing “Cielito Lindo,” which served as a de facto anthem for delirious fans. 

No wonder that streams of “Cielito Lindo,” in its many, many versions, shot through the roof following Mexico’s 1-0 victory over Germany.

According to Spotify, streams of the song in Mexico alone surged by 1,854%. That’s a lot of streams and a lot of versions.

Wondering just how different one “Cielito Lindo” can sound from another? Check out our five favorite versions of the track, from Pablo Montero’s classic rendition to Tokyo Ska Paradise’s instrumental ska reading. 

1. Ana Gabriel: 

2. Enrique Iglesias & Luciano Pavarotti: 

3. Pablo Montero: 

4. Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

5. The Crowds at the World Cup: 


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