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, even during a lockdown.
So, take out your favorite bottle of tequila or mezcal, and get ready to party!
1. "Cielito Lindo" -- Mariachi Vargas
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.
2. "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).
3. "El Noa Noa" -- Juan Gabriel
You can count on Juan Gabriel's classic party anthem to get everyone on the dance floor.
4. "Amor a la Mexicana" -- Thalia
Sultry, pop cumbia that celebrates love, Mexican-style, with “Horse, boot, hat, tequila, tabacco and rum.”
5. "Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida" -- Jenni Rivera
Our late banda queen with the song that defined her as a party girl.
6. "El Rey" -- Vicente Fernandez
The ultimate mariachi track performed by the ultimate mariachi singer.
7. "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.
8. "México Lindo" -- Alejandro Fernandez
Alejandro Fernandez brings his own distinct voice and sound to the mariachi tradition. A joy to hear.
9. "México en la Piel" -- Luis Miguel
It has Mexican pride written all over it! "A good tequila from this country, that's how you feel Mexico in your skin." Viva Mexico!
10. "Huapango" -- Arthur Hanlon*
They call this "Huapango" by composer Jose Pablo Moncayo the unofficial Mexican anthem. Celebrate with this instrumental version.
11. "Botellita de Tequila" -- Pepe Aguilar
Tequila shot, anyone?
12. "Mi Ranchito" -- Roberto Tapia
This ranchera song will make you feel as if you were actually in Mexico.
13. "Jefe de Jefes" -- Los Tigres del Norte
Leave it to Los Tigres del Norte's power anthem to get everyone on the dance floor feeling like a jefe (boss).
14. "La Bamba" -- Ritchie Valens
Hats off to our first Mexican American pop star.
15. "Amor Prohibido" -- Selena
No, you can't celebrate 5 de Mayo without going to Selena. You may shed a tear or two, but it's worth it.
16. "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.
17. "La Venia Bendita" -- Marco Antonio Solís
No party would be fully complete without a Marco Antonio Solís song to remind us that love exists.
18. "Hasta la Raiz" -- Natalia Lafourcade
Lafourcade's gorgeous take on her Mexican roots provides a bit of lovely introspection.
19. "Quédate Con Ella" -- Natalia Jimenez
The always fiery Natalia Jimenez always pays homage to Mexico. We've included "Quedate" on our 5 de Mayo playlists before because it's fun to send the guy packing for a change.
20. "Tragos Amargos" -- Ramón Ayala
Because a real Mexican party always ends with Ramon Ayala's "Tragos Amargos!"
*Editor's Note: Hanlon is married to Billboard's vp/Latin industry lead, Leila Cobo.