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What Are The Mexican Types Of Music

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Mexican music refers to the music of Mexico and its people. It is a diverse and rich blend of indigenous, European, and African influences. We want to cover all the different Mexican types of music here today, so I hope you are ready. 

Mexican Types Of Music

History Of Mexican Music

The history of Mexican music dates back to pre-Columbian times. This is when indigenous music was played on instruments such as drums, flutes, and rattles. With the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, European music such as the guitar and harp were introduced. And so the blending of European and indigenous music began.

During the colonial period, religious music was dominant. With the Catholic Church using music as a tool to spread its message. Indigenous music was suppressed, and the use of indigenous instruments was forbidden. 

However, indigenous music survived in rural areas and continued to evolve. In the 19th century, Mexican music was influenced by the French and Italian operas, and the waltz became popular. 

The Mexican Revolution of 1910 brought about a renewed interest in indigenous music. Composers began incorporating indigenous elements into their music.

Different Types Of Mexican Music

In the 20th century, Mexican music continued to evolve. With the emergence of new genres such as ranchera, bolero, and mariachi. So let’s discuss these further. 

Ranchera music, which originated in the countryside, is characterized by its use of the guitar and accordion. It also is known by the themes of love, loss, and patriotism. 

Bolero, which originated in Cuba, is a slower and more romantic style of music that became popular in Mexico in the 1940s. 

Mariachi, which originated in the state of Jalisco, is a style of music that features trumpets, violins, and guitars and is often associated with Mexican culture.

Famous Mexican Artists

This world is a better place for Mexican and latino artists, but here are just a few of them that have graced our music industry. Aren’t we lucky? 

Mexican music is influenced by a variety of cultures, including indigenous, Spanish, and African. It often features the use of traditional instruments such as the mariachi, guitarrón, and vihuela, and incorporates elements such as the use of trumpets, harmonies, and storytelling lyrics.

Some famous Mexican musicians include Carlos Santana, Vicente Fernandez, Selena Quintanilla, and Luis Miguel, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Selena, Gloria Estefan, Daddy Yankee, Carlos Santana and Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Mexican Music Festivals

Some of the most famous Mexican music festivals include the Vive Latino Festival, Corona Capital Festival, and Machaca Fest. 

Vive Latino 

Mexican Types Of Music

Vive Latino is a music festival held annually in Mexico City, featuring a diverse lineup of Latin American and international artists across various genres such as rock, pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. The festival has been running since 1998 and has become one of the largest and most influential music festivals in Latin America, attracting thousands of fans from all over the world. In addition to music, the festival also features art installations, food vendors, and other cultural activities.

Corona Capital Festival

Mexican Types Of Music

Corona Capital Festival is an annual music festival held in Mexico City, featuring a lineup of international and local artists across various genres such as rock, indie, electronic, and more. The festival was first held in 2010 and has since become one of the most popular music festivals in Mexico, attracting thousands of attendees each year. Some notable past performers include The Killers, Foo Fighters, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys, and more.

Machaca Fest

Mexican Types Of Music

Machaca Fest is a music festival held annually in Monterrey, Mexico. It features a lineup of popular Latin American and international artists across a variety of genres, including rock, pop, hip-hop, and electronic music. The festival also includes food vendors, art installations, and other activities.


Today, Mexican music continues to be a vibrant and diverse art form, with new genres and styles emerging all the time. It remains an important part of Mexican culture and identity. As you can see, it will be a prominent part of the music industry and so it should be.


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