'America,' 'Viva Mexico' & More Songs About Mexican Pride to Play On Cinco De Mayo

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Jorge and Eduardo Hernandez of Los Tigres Del Norte perform at the O.L.A.W. (Organization of Los Angeles Workers) benefit concert for Immigrant Legalization at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on March 23, 2002 in Los Angeles. 

The Cinco de Mayo tradition, which is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, here is a list of timeless songs that perfectly describe the triumph and prideful spirit of the Mexican people.  

“Viva Mexico” - Lucero

Lucero revisits this classic Mexican song composed by Pedro Galindo. The opening lyrics describe a person who’s 100 percent Mexican and proud to be born in the beautiful territory.

“Mexico Lindo y Querido” - Various Artists

Translated to “Mexico beautiful and loved,” this song was originally recorded in 1945 but was made famous by Mexican actor and singer Jorge Negrete. In 2012, Playing for Change Foundation presented a version featuring artists such as Lila Downs and Pepe Aguilar.

“Yo Soy Mexicano” - Jorge Negrete

Known for his rancheras that highlight the love for his country, Jorge Negrete sings about his luck of being Mexican and courageous soul on “Yo Soy Mexicano.”

“Como Mexico No Hay Dos” - Vicente Fernandez

Vicente Fernandez sings loud and proud about his homeland. On “Como Mexico No Hay Dos,” he belts out that no country compares and that the sun is always brighter in Mexico.

“Mexico en la Piel” - Luis Miguel

“Mexico en la Piel” was composed by Jose Manuel Fernandez Espinosa in the ‘90s, and later interpreted by Luis Miguel as part of his ranchera album of the same name.

“America” - Los Tigres del Norte

Los Tigres del Norte always vouch for their people and the Latin community in their songs. “America,” released in the late ‘80s, is an emblematic song that talks about the blessing of being Latino.