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LF Content Team | Updated on 13 March 2023
Learning Spanish with Rock 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 5 Rock 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 Rock!
1 La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
2 La Camisa Negra (The Black Shirt) - Juanes
3 Eres (You Are) - Café Tacvba
4 De Música Ligera (Of Light Music) - Soda Stereo
5 Persiana Americana (American Blind) - Soda Stereo
1. La Bamba
Ritchie Valens
Para bailar La Bamba
Para bailar La Bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia
Una poca de gracia
To dance La Bamba
To dance La Bamba
A little bit of grace is needed
A little bit of grace
"La Bamba" is a Mexican folk song, originally from the state of Veracruz, also known as "La Bomba". The song is best known from a 1958 adaptation by Ritchie Valens, a Top 40 hit in the U.S. charts. Valens's version is ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine′s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The song is popular for its lively rhythm and is often associated with dancing. The lyrics speak about the importance of having a little bit of grace and energy to dance the bamba. "La Bamba" is a joyful celebration of music and dance that encourages listeners to let go and have fun.
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2. La Camisa Negra (The Black Shirt)
No por pobre y feo, pero por antojado
Tengo la camisa negra
Hoy mi amor está de luto
Hoy tengo en el alma una pena
Not for being poor or ugly, but for longing
I have the black shirt
Today my love is mourning
Today I have in my soul a sorrow
In La Camisa Negra by Juanes, the singer expresses his pain and sorrow after being abandoned by his lover. He wears a black shirt to symbolize his grief and loneliness, and reflects on how he was deceived by his partner's false promises. He laments his misfortune in having met her, and how he was left broken-hearted and full of sorrow after tasting the bitter poison of her love. He is left with only his black shirt and a dead heart beneath it.
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3. Eres (You Are)
Café Tacvba
Lo que más quiero en este mundo, eso eres
Mi pensamiento más profundo también eres
Tan sólo dime lo que hago, aquí me tienes
You are
What I most want in this world, you are
My deepest thought also you are
Just tell me what to do, here you have me
The song "Eres" by Café Tacvba is an award winning song being nominated at the Latin Grammy Awards for the "Song of the Year" and won "Best Rock Song". Based on the lyrics, "Eres" is a declaration of love to someone who is the most important person in the singer's life. The lyrics describe how this person is the singer's deepest thought, the one thing they need to feel complete, and the only thing that inhabits their mind. The singer expresses their willingness to do anything for this person, including giving their life. The person is not only the singer's love interest but also their salvation, hope, and faith. The song portrays a deep sense of devotion and admiration for this special person, who is the center of the singer's world.
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4. De Música Ligera (Of Light Music)
Soda Stereo
Ella durmió
Al calor de las masas
Y yo desperté
Queriendo soñarla
She slept
To the warmth of the masses
And I woke up
Wanting to dream of her
"De Música Ligera" (Spanish for 'Of easy-listening music') is a song by the Argentine rock band Soda Stereo from their fifth studio album Canción Animal (1990). It is one of Soda Stereo's most famous and symbolic songs, whose musical influence has been remarkable in the history of Latin rock for over two decades. Due to its popularity, the song is considered an anthem of rock en español. De Música Ligera by Soda Stereo is a song about the power of love and how it can be both beautiful and painful. The lyrics tell the story of a man who is trying to move on from a past love, but is still haunted by the memories of it. He realizes that no matter how hard he tries, he can't escape the power of love and that it will always be a part of him.
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5. Persiana Americana (American Blind)
Soda Stereo
Yo te prefiero
Fuera de foco
Yo te prefiero
I prefer you
Out of focus
I prefer you
In the song "Persiana Americana" by Soda Stereo, the singer explores the desire to observe someone from afar, without committing. The singer refers to himself as a "spy" and a "spectator" who looks through "American blinds" to see the person he loves. The singer admits that it is hard to believe that he will ever know how far their relationship will go, but he continues to look through the blinds. The singer also suggests that there is no need to understand what may happen between them, but rather to simply enjoy the moment.
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