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The Best Salsa Songs of All Time

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Best Salsa Songs

We wanted to share with you the best salsa songs of all time, so here they are below. Do you have an infinity with salsa songs, and have you heard of these before? Well, you will have by the end of this article. 

A salsa song is a type of Latin music that originated in the Caribbean and is characterized by its lively and upbeat rhythm, use of percussion instruments, and intricate dance patterns.

Salsa is very important to the Latin community as it is a popular dance and music genre that originated in Latin America and has become a symbol of Latin culture and identity. Salsa is often associated with joy, celebration, and community, and it has played a significant role in shaping Latin American culture and history.

Best Salsa Songs

Periodico de Ayer – Hector Lavoe – One Of The Best Salsa Songs

“Periódico de Ayer” is a salsa song performed by Puerto Rican singer Héctor Lavoe. It was released in 1978 and was written by Tite Curet Alonso. The song tells the story of a man who finds an old newspaper from the day after his lover left him and how he regrets not treating her better. It has become one of Lavoe’s most popular songs and is considered a classic of salsa music.

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Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony

“Vivir Mi Vida” is a song by American singer Marc Anthony. It was released in 2013 and became a huge hit in Latin America and the United States. The song is about living life to the fullest and enjoying every moment. It was written by famous Puerto Rican composer and singer, Juan Luis Guerra.

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He Tratado – Víctor Manuelle

“He Tratado” is a salsa song by Puerto Rican singer Víctor Manuelle, released in 2008. The song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s attempts to move on from a past relationship, despite still feeling love for their ex-partner. The song’s upbeat tempo and catchy melody have made it a popular choice for dancing.

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Fuego En El 23 – La Sonora Ponceña

“Fuego En El 23” is a salsa song performed by the Puerto Rican band La Sonora Ponceña. It was released in 1980 and has since become one of their most popular and iconic songs. The song’s title refers to the band’s former rehearsal space at Calle 23 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The song features a lively and energetic rhythm, with a strong horn section and catchy chorus. It has been covered by numerous artists and remains a staple of salsa music.

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Pedro Navaja – Rubén Blades

“Pedro Navaja” is a popular salsa song by Panamanian singer Rubén Blades. The song tells the story of a criminal named Pedro Navaja and his violent encounter with a woman named Rosalía. The song became a hit in Latin America and was later covered by numerous artists in different languages. It is considered a classic of salsa music and has been praised for its storytelling and social commentary.

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Conclusion – Best Salsa Songs

Best Salsa Songs

Do you agree with our top five of the best salsa songs? We hope you have enjoyed this article and it has got you up and dancing to each of these tracks. Salsa music can have a positive impact on both the body and soul. The upbeat rhythm and tempo can elevate mood, increase energy levels, and encourage movement and dancing, which can provide physical exercise and stress relief. The emotional and expressive nature of the music can also evoke feelings of joy, passion, and connection, which can enhance overall well-being. If you are interested in getting your salsa music published with us at Music Gateway, please do of course get in touch. We would be very happy to hear from you.


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