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LF Content Team | Updated on 02 February 2023
Learning Spanish with Salsa 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 Salsa 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 Salsa!
1 La Fórmula (The Formula) - Maluma
2 Tú Me Haces Falta (I Miss You) - Eddie Santiago
3 Vivir Mi Vida (Live My Life) - Marc Anthony
4 Yo No Sé Mañana (I Don't Know Tomorrow) - Luis Enrique
5 Ahora Quien (Now Who) - Marc Anthony
6 La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Life Is A Carnival) - Celia Cruz
7 Mi Mayor Venganza (My Greatest Revenge) - India
8 Cada Vez Otra Vez (Every Time Again) - Eddie Santiago
9 Llorarás (You Will Cry) - Oscar De Leon
10 Que Locura Enamorarme De Ti (What Madness To Fall In Love With You) - Eddie Santiago
11 Tú Con Él (You With Him) - Frankie Ruiz
12 El Día De Mi Suerte (My Lucky Day) - Héctor Lavoe
1. La Fórmula (The Formula)
Maluma, Marc Anthony
Hoy me levanté pensándote más que ayer
Está cabrón que ha pasado el tiempo y yo sigo donde me dejaste
Tú pudiste hacer la vida en otro lugar
Y yo no encuentro quién ocupe tu lugar
Today I got up thinking about you more than yesterday
It's crazy that time has passed and I'm still where you left me
You could make your life in another place
And I can't find who takes your place
In "La Fórmula" by Maluma and Marc Anthony, the singer expresses his longing for a lost love and his hope that they will reunite. He reflects on the difficulty of forgetting the memories of their time together, and acknowledges that there is no formula to erase the memories of their kisses. He also expresses his willingness to wait for them to return, no matter how long it takes.
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2. Tú Me Haces Falta (I Miss You)
Eddie Santiago
Yo no te prometí nunca te prometí serte fiel
Pero no, no confundas cuando dije amar te amé
Yo no te prometí nunca te prometí por temor
A fallar de dejar de cumplir con tu corazón
I didn't promise you I never promised to be faithful to you
But no, don't confuse when I said love I loved you
I didn't promise you I never promised you out of fear
Of failing to fulfill your heart
The song "Tu Me Haces Falta" by Eddie Santiago expresses the singer's feelings of missing and needing his former lover. He admits that he never promised to be faithful, but he did love her. He also acknowledges that he didn't promise her forever, but if he returned, it would be true love. The singer longs for his former lover, and without her, his nights are lonely and painful. He expresses that he wants to be with her again and that he needs her in his life. The song is a plea to his former lover to take him back because he can't live without her.
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3. Vivir Mi Vida (Live My Life)
Marc Anthony
Me preguntan, cúal es tu legado?
La busqueda puede ser complicada
Pero en realidad debería ser simple
Yo soy padre, soy hijo, soy hermano y soy amigo
They ask me, what is your legacy?
The search can be complicated
But it really should be simple
I am a father, I am a son, I am a brother and I am a friend
Marc Anthony's song Vivir Mi Vida is an uplifting anthem about living life to the fullest and embracing the joys and sorrows that come with it. He encourages listeners to laugh, dance, and dream, and to never look back. He also emphasizes the importance of family and friends, and of leaving a legacy. The song is a reminder to appreciate the present moment and to make the most of life.
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4. Yo No Sé Mañana (I Don't Know Tomorrow)
Luis Enrique
Yo no sé si tú, no sé si yo
Seguiremos siendo como hoy
No sé si después de amanecer
Vamos a sentir la misma sed
I don't know if you, I don't know if I
We'll continue being like today
I don't know if after dawn
We're going to feel the same thirst
In the song Yo No Sé Mañana by Luis Enrique, the singer expresses uncertainty about the future of his relationship with his partner. He acknowledges that the future is unpredictable and that no one can know what will happen tomorrow. He encourages his partner to enjoy the present moment and to let their hearts decide what they feel. The song is a reminder to live in the present and to appreciate the beauty of the unknown.
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5. Ahora Quien (Now Who)
Marc Anthony
¿A quién van a engañar ahora tus brazos?
¿A quién van a mentirle ahora tus labios?
¿A quién vas a decirle ahora te amo?
Y luego en el silencio
Who will your arms deceive now?
Who will your lips lie to now?
Who will you tell I love you now?
And then in silence
"Ahora Quien" by Marc Anthony is a song that expresses the pain of someone who has lost his love. The singer asks who will now receive the arms, lips, and love of his former lover. The singer also wonders who will write poems and letters, who will share their fears and flaws, and who will have the pleasure of loving her. The singer feels stupid, illogical, and alone, and expresses his pain at imagining her giving their scent, kisses, and smile to someone else. Finally, the singer concludes that no one will be able to love her as much as he does.
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6. La Vida Es Un Carnaval (Life Is A Carnival)
Celia Cruz
Todo aquel que piense que la vida es desigual
Tiene que saber que no es así
Que la vida es una hermosura
Hay que vivirla
Everyone who thinks that life is unequal
You have to know that it's not so
That life is a beauty
You must live it
Celia Cruz's song "La Vida Es Un Carnaval" encourages listeners to embrace life and find joy in the midst of difficult times. The lyrics remind us that life is not always unfair, that no one is ever truly alone, and that even the worst of times will eventually pass. The song encourages us to put on a brave face and to find solace in singing and dancing, as the carnival is a place of joy and celebration.
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7. Mi Mayor Venganza (My Greatest Revenge)
Ni pienses que voy a pelear por él
Ni sueñes que voy a luchar por él
Yo te lo regalo
Llévatelo lejos
Don't even think that I'm going to fight for him
Don't even dream that I'm going to fight for him
I gift him to you
Take him away
In the song Mi Mayor Venganza by India, the singer expresses her desire for revenge against her former lover. She encourages a woman with who her former lover cheated to take him away. The singer says he is bad luck, and her revenge will be that the other woman discovers his deceit and suffers like she did. She warns the other woman to be careful, as playing with fire can lead to getting burned. In the end, she is liberated from the falseness and is free to move on.
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8. Cada Vez Otra Vez (Every Time Again)
Eddie Santiago
No sé si a ti te pasa lo que a mí
Mi cuerpo está repleto de tus huellas
Que hoy quiero completar
Porque otra vez te irás
I don't know if to you happens what happens to me
My body is full of your footprints
That today I want to complete
Because again you'll leave
Eddie Santiago's song "Cada Vez Otra Vez" is a passionate plea for a loved one to return. The lyrics express the singer's longing for the person he loves and his conviction that she will eventually come back. The singer reflects on the memories of their time together, and how difficult it is to forget the love they shared. He expresses his willingness to wait for her to come back, and his belief that she will return "cada vez otra vez" (each time, again and again).
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9. Llorarás (You Will Cry)
Oscar De Leon
Sé que tú no quieres que yo a ti te quiera
Siempre tú me esquivas de alguna manera
Si te busco por aquí, me sales por allá
Lo único que yo quiero
I know that you don't want me to love you
You always avoid me in some way
If I look for you here, you come out there
The only thing that I want
The song "Llorarás" by Oscar De Leon is about a woman who is playing games with the singer's heart. Despite his efforts to win her affection, she continually avoids him. He warns her that her bad behavior will lead to regret and she will end up crying alone with no one to console her. The singer claims that she will eventually come back to him seeking forgiveness, but he has already moved on and forgotten about her. The chorus repeats the phrase "Llorarás" which means "You will cry." Overall, the song is a warning to those who play games with people's emotions and the consequences that come with it.
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10. Que Locura Enamorarme De Ti (What Madness To Fall In Love With You)
Eddie Santiago
Amiga déjame decirte todo lo que siento
Que yo no puedo mas vivir con este amor secreto
Amiga muero sin tener el beso de tu boca
Soñando el roce de tu piel amor
Friend let me tell you everything that I feel
That I can't live anymore with this secret love
Friend, I die without having the kiss of your mouth
Dreaming of the touch of your skin, love
"Que Locura Enamorarme De Ti" by Eddie Santiago is a song about the intense and forbidden love between two people. The narrator expresses his feelings of love and desire for his friend, knowing that her love belongs to someone else. He expresses his longing for her, wishing to show her what true love is and to make her feel the same way he does. Despite the impossibility of their love, he still hopes that one day she will give in to his pleas and they can experience a passionate love affair.
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11. Tú Con Él (You With Him)
Frankie Ruiz
Seguro, mujer, que hoy eres feliz
Que nada de ayer hoy te hace llorar
Tú con él
El tiempo corre, yo te espero, pero tú con él
Sure, woman, that you're happy today
That nothing from yesterday today makes you cry
You with him
The time passes, I wait for you, but you're with him
"You With Him" is a song by Frankie Ruiz about how he fell in love with a woman, but in the end she ended up with someone else. The song explores his feelings, as he realizes that he was used as an excuse for the woman to show the other person that she could live without him.
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12. El Día De Mi Suerte (My Lucky Day)
Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón
Pronto llegará
El día de mi suerte
Sé que antes de mi muerte
Seguro que mi suerte cambiará
Soon it will arrive
My lucky day
I know that before my death
Surely my luck will change
"El Día De Mi Suerte" by Hector Lavoe is a song that talks about the hope for a better life. The lyrics tell the story of how he has suffered a lot in life, but still hopes that his luck will change. The song focuses on the idea that, before his death, his luck will change and that, even if fate betrays him, he will not fail. The song is an invitation to hope and faith in a better future.
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