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LF Content Team | Updated on 2 February 2023
Learning Spanish with Cumbia is a great way to learn Spanish! Learning with music is fun, engaging, and includes a cultural aspect that is often missing from other language learning methods. So music and song lyrics are a great way to supplement your learning and stay motivated to keep learning Spanish!
Below are 12 Cumbia song recommendations to get you started learning Spanish! We have full lyric translations and lessons for each of the songs recommended below, so check out all of our resources. We hope you enjoy learning Spanish with Cumbia!
1 Como La Flor (Like The Flower) - Selena
2 No Se Va (It Doesn't Go) - Grupo Frontera
3 OJITOS ROJOS (RED EYES) - Grupo Frontera
4 Si Una Vez (If I Once) - Selena
5 Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love) - Selena
6 Nunca Es Suficiente (It's Never Enough) - Los Angeles Azules
7 No Me Queda Más (I've Nothing More Left) - Selena
8 Tú Y Tú (You And You) - Los Angeles Azules
9 Tú, Solo Tú (You Only You) - Selena
10 Un Cumbión Dolido (A Painful Dance) - Christian Nodal
11 Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti (How I Love You) - Selena
12 Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar (How Am I Going To Forget You) - Los Angeles Azules
1. Como La Flor (Like The Flower)
Yo sé que tienes un nuevo amor
Sin embargo, te deseo lo mejor
Si en mi no encontraste felicidad
Tal vez alguien más te la dará
I know that you have a new love
Nevertheless, I wish you the best
If you didn't find happiness with me
Maybe someone else will give it to you
In Como La Flor by Selena, the singer expresses her sadness at the loss of her love, despite knowing that her partner has found someone new. She wishes him the best, but is still hurt by the fact that she gave him all the love she could and it wasn't enough. She acknowledges that she must move on, but the pain of losing her love is still strong.
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2. No Se Va (It Doesn't Go)
Grupo Frontera
Tan fácil que es enamorarme
Y tan difícil olvidarte
Porque la vida me juraste
Y hoy te busco y tú no estás
It's so easy to fall in love
And so hard to forget you
Because you promised me life
And today I look for you and you're not here
Grupa Frontera's song No Se Va is a heartfelt plea for a lost love to return. The lyrics express the difficulty of forgetting someone who promised a life together, and the singer's attempts to train their broken heart in case they meet again. The chorus repeats the phrase "Tu recuerdo no se va" ("Your memory does not go away") as a reminder that the love is still alive, and the singer begs for the beloved to stay for the night, for longer than twelve o'clock, and even for life. Despite the pain of seeing their photo, the singer is determined to never forget this love.
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Grupo Frontera, Ke personajes
Aquí un soldado caído
Con el corazón partido
Queriendo sobrevivir
Here's a fallen soldier
With a broken heart
Wanting to survive
"Ojitos Rojos" by Grupo Frontera featuring Ke Personajes is a heartfelt song that tells the story of a fallen soldier with a broken heart, desperately trying to survive. The lyrics express the pain of being without the person they love and the longing to be with them again. The song explores the emotions of jealousy and the hope of reuniting, even if the person they love is with someone else. The lyrics also touch on the idea of holding onto memories and refusing to let go, as well as the belief that there is still time to make things right. With its emotional lyrics and captivating melody, "Ojitos Rojos" is a powerful song that resonates with listeners.
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4. Si Una Vez (If I Once)
Yo te di todo mi amor y más
Y tú no reconoces ni lo que es amar
Yo me puse dispuesta a tus pies
Y tan solo con desprecio me has pagado pero ahora ve
I gave you all my love and more
And you don't even recognize what it is to love
I put myself ready at your feet
And only with contempt you have paid me but now go
In the song "Si Una Vez" by Selena, the singer reflects on a past relationship in which she gave her all and was met with disrespect. She expresses regret for having loved so deeply and admits that she was foolish to think that her love would be reciprocated. She acknowledges that her mistake is in the past and that one day her former partner will regret their actions.
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5. Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love)
Con unas ansias locas quiero verte hoy
Espero ese momento en que escuche tu voz
Y cuando al fin estemos juntos los dos
Qué importa qué dirán
With a crazy craving I want to see you today
I wait for that moment in which I hear your voice
And when finally we're together both
What does it matter what they'll say
In Amor Prohibido by Selena, the singer expresses her desire to be with her beloved despite the disapproval of their families and society. She emphasizes that money and social status are not important in their relationship, and that their love is worth more than anything else. Despite the whispers of disapproval from the streets, they will continue to love each other.
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6. Nunca Es Suficiente (It's Never Enough)
Los Angeles Azules, Natalia Lafourcade
Nunca es suficiente para mí
Porque siempre quiero más de ti
Yo quisiera hacerte más feliz
Hoy, mañana, siempre, hasta el fin
It's never enough for me
Because I always want more from you
I'd like to make you happier
Today, tomorrow, always, until the end
Los Angeles Azules' song "Nunca Es Suficiente" is a heartfelt ballad about unrequited love. The narrator expresses their desire to make their beloved happy, but they are aware that their love is not enough. Despite the pain of being rejected, the narrator still loves their beloved and is willing to offer them unconditional love. The song speaks to the universal experience of loving someone who does not love you back, and the narrator's resilience in the face of heartbreak.
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7. No Me Queda Más (I've Nothing More Left)
No me queda más
Que perderme en un abismo de tristeza y lágrimas
No me queda más
Que aguantar bien mi derrota y brindarte felicidad
I've nothing more left
Than lose myself in an abyss of sadness and tears
I've nothing more left
Than endure well my defeat and toast you happiness
"No Me Queda Más" by Selena is a song about the pain of unrequited love. The lyrics describe the singer's feelings of sadness and loss, as well as her determination to accept her defeat and wish her former love happiness. Despite the fact that he claims that the relationship was not love, the singer still cherishes those experiences as the sweetest memories of her life. She had a hope and an illusion that her love would be reciprocated, but now she must accept that her former love will only be a friend. Despite the pain of being wrong and living in love, she still believes that it was the most beautiful and grandest love.
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8. Tú Y Tú (You And You)
Los Angeles Azules, Cazzu, Santa Fe Klan
Los Ángeles Azules, Santa Fe Klan, Y Cazzu
Acércate conmigo, yo voy a cuidarte
De mi corazón ya no podré arrancarte
No dejo de pensarte, tú me enamoraste
Los Ángeles Azules, Santa Fe Klan, and Cazzu
Come with me, I'm going to take care of you
From my heart I won't be able to tear you
I don't stop thinking of you, you made me fall in love
"Tú Y Tú" by Los Angeles Azules featuring Cazzu and Santa Fe Klan is a romantic song about the intense feelings of love and devotion towards someone special. The lyrics express the desire to be close to the person, to care for them, and to be with them always. The song talks about how the person has become the center of the singer's world, and how they are willing to do anything to make them happy. The lyrics also mention the transformative power of love, how it can heal pain and bring joy. Overall, "Tú Y Tú" is a beautiful ode to love and the special connection between two people.
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9. Tú, Solo Tú (You Only You)
Mira como ando mi amor por tu querer
Borracha y apasionada
Nomás por tu amor
Mira como ando mi bien
Look how I'm doing my love for your loving
Drunk and passionate
Only for your love
Look how I'm doing my good
Tú, Solo Tú by Selena is a song about the pain of unrequited love. The lyrics describe the narrator's obsession with the object of her affection, and how they are driven to distraction and despair by her inability to forget him. The narrator is desperate to forget her love, but is instead driven to drink and destruction. Ultimately, she realizes that it is only their beloved who has filled their life with sorrow and opened a wound in her heart.
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10. Un Cumbión Dolido (A Painful Dance)
Christian Nodal
Tomándome unos tragos con extraños
En un bar de mala muerte es donde estoy
Brindando por los recuerdos que has dejado
Cantando las de despecho a todo pulmón
Having drinks with strangers
In a rundown bar is where I am
Toasting to the memories that you've left
Singing heartbreak songs at the top of my lungs
Un Cumbión Dolido by Christian Nodal is a song about heartbreak and the pain that comes with it. The lyrics describe the singer drinking alone in a seedy bar, singing songs of heartbreak and loss. He reflects on the fact that he is not the only one who has experienced this kind of pain, as he sees another man next to him who has also lost everything due to blind love. The singer's grandmother warned him that love can be dangerous and even deadly, and he now seeks solace in dancing with a broken-hearted woman who can understand his pain. Despite the sadness and heartache, the song encourages listeners to keep going and find joy in life, even in the midst of difficult times.
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11. Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti (How I Love You)
Siempre voy pensando, pensando en ti
Y me lleno de alegría, pero no estás aquí
Que triste y tonta por pensar
Que tus ojitos me querrán mirar
I'm always thinking, thinking of you
And I fill myself with joy, but you're not here
How sad and foolish to think
That your little eyes will want to look at me
The song "Como Te Quiero Yo A Ti" by Selena is about unrequited love. The lyrics express the singer's feelings of love and hope for the person they desire, but also acknowledge the sad reality that this love will never be returned. The singer acknowledges that their feelings are just crazy dreams and illusions, and they will likely never be loved in return in the way they love the other person. The song is a melancholic expression of the pain and longing of unrequited love.
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12. Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar (How Am I Going To Forget You)
Los Angeles Azules
Amor, amor, amor
Quiero que me vuelvan a mirar
Tus ojos
Amor, amor, amor
Love, love, love
I want to look at me again
Your eyes
Love, love, love
Los Angeles Azules' song "Cómo Te Voy A Olvidar" is a romantic ballad about the difficulty of forgetting a lost love. The lyrics express the singer's longing to see their beloved's eyes and kiss their red lips again, and how they are reminded of them everywhere they go. The singer wonders how they can forget them when they are present in every rose, every breath, and even in the cross and prayers.
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