If you enjoy listening to music in general, then this language learning method is for you.
Did you know that you can improve your level of Spanish by listening to music in Spanish?
This is actually one of the most engaging ways to learn the language.
Spanish songs can help you find new Spanish words and see vocabulary and grammar rules in action.
Learn Spanish with music! Check out our recommendations and a Top 10 list of Spanish-speaking singers/bands!
Step 1: Select A Catchy Spanish Song To Boost Your Fluency
What’s your favorite genre of music? Start to listen to music in Spanish from that genre.
You need to find Spanish songs and/or music videos in Spanish that you really like. This will make things easier for you, especially because you’ll have to spend a lot of time listening to the song if you want to learn Spanish from it.
But what are the best songs to learn Spanish?
Here are a few ideas of what to listen to help you learn Spanish:
1) Enrique Iglesias (Spain; pop, latin pop)
Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish singer and songwriter. He is from Madrid, so you can hear that he pronounces his words with a slight lisp. This is a phonetic difference affecting the letters C, S, and Z, which reveals that he is from Spain and not from Latin America —even though he’s been singing Latin music for a long while now, and he has actually been nicknamed “the King of Latin Pop”.
Due to this, his accent may sometimes vary as many Spanish singers try to sound more Latin American when singing for a Latin American audience. But overall, this artist can be a good choice if you’d like to improve your Spanish with a love song, and know more about this popular cultural icon in Latin America and Spain.
2) Café Tacvba (Mexico; alternative rock, latin rock, latin hip-hop)
Café Tacvba is a Latin rock Mexican band from the 1990s. The band name is pronounced as “Café Tacuba”, but they chose to write it with a V instead of a U to avoid legal issues with Café de Tacuba, one of the oldest restaurants in Mexico City.
Although they are mostly an alternative rock band, they have experimented with many genres of music in their long career. One of their most famous songs is actually a love song called Eres (“You are”).
3) Caifanes (Mexico; rock, post-punk)
Caifanes is an influential Mexican rock band that emerged in the 1980s and has become an iconic group in Latin American rock music.
Their lyrics are very poetic and their rhythms can easily get stuck in your head.
4) Wos (Argentina; hip-hop, freestyle rap)
Wos is an Argentinian rapper who is famous all around Latin America.
You could be interested in listening to his music if you are into rap and hip hop music, and/or if you want to listen to a clear Rioplatense accent, and/or if you want to take the challenge of understanding him when he raps fast.
Beware, he may say swear words every now and then!
5) Bad Bunny (Puerto Rico; rap, reggaeton)
Bad Bunny is a Puerto Rican rapper mostly known for his reggaeton and trap-like music.
You might find his accent interesting —he doesn’t pronounce the “S” of the plurals in Spanish.
6) Shakira (Colombia; pop, rock)
Shakira is a Colombian artist often referred to as the “Queen of Latin Music”.
She wrote her first song at the age of 10 and already signed a record deal at the age of 13.
She entered the English-Language market with her fifth album but still produces Spanish-language music, too.
She is also a philanthropist and provides education and nutrition to children in vulnerable communities. She is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador since 2003.
She sings pop, rock, and reggaeton.
7) Mon Laferte (Chile; música cebolla, latin alternative, indie pop)
Mon Laferte is a Chilean singer-songwriter who has experimented with various genres of music.
She started playing the guitar when she was just 10 years old and entered a musical conservatory at the age of 13.
She released her first album in 2003 and gained international popularity since then.
She is also a philanthropist who support education, animal rights and feminism.
She has a strong, clear voice that can help you practice your Spanish listening skills.
8) Celia Cruz (Cuba; salsa, guaracha, rumba)
Celia Cruz was a Cuban singer who is still known as the Queen of Salsa.
She reigned for decades and electrified audiences with her wide-ranging soulful voice and rhythmically compelling style.
She won three Grammy Awards, four Latin Grammy Awards, and received many other honors and accolades.
If you’re into salsa and think you’ll learn more with repetitive songs, she might be your best choice.
9) Bebe (Spain; latin pop)
María Nieves Rebolledo Vila, better known by her stage name Bebe is a Spanish singer-songwriter.
She became internationally famous for her singing style, which is heavily influenced by the flamenco music of the region she was raised in, Valencia.
10) Ana Gabriel (Mexico; latin pop, latin ballad, ranchera)
Ana Gabriel is a Mexican singer and songwriter known for her ballads and rancheras.
She is a cultural icon in Mexico and Latin America due to her long and successful career.
During her long career, she has received several accolades.
Step 2: Listen To The Spanish Music Repeatedly
Listen to the song as many times as you need (without reading the Spanish lyrics).
There will be words or phrases that you may not be able to understand the first time, but you may understand them the second or the third time.
Also, keep in mind that there are numerous tools to help you learn Spanish with Spanish music: you can adjust the speed of the song or video you are listening to.
It might sound a little weird at first, but at 0.75 speed, you could easily catch the most important chunks from the songs that you didn’t understand the first time at normal speed.
After you already know all the words and verses of the song, you can move on to the following step! Or, you can even experiment with the speed and listen to the audio one more time at a faster pace.
Did you like our list? If these singers or bands are not your favorite, don’t worry! Check out the following video from Spring Spanish to discover more great Spanish songs.
Step 3: Read The Lyrics To Learn Spanish With Music
Once you’re done with the listening exercise, you can move forward to reading the lyrics.
Did you listen to the words correctly?
Are there any Spanish words that are new for you?
Look them up if you need to. You can also search for the translation of the song.
This will help you improve your Spanish vocabulary and identify word combinations (chunks) that will make you learn the language more quickly and more naturally.
Learn more about the Conversation Based Chunking method here.
Step 4: Sing! And Take Your Spanish To The Next Level
Listen to the song again.
Now you probably know the lyrics already, so try to sing along!
This is a great way of enhancing your Spanish pronunciation skills.
Guide For Beginners: How To Talk About Music In Spanish
Music is a universal language that can express emotions, ideas, and cultures. If you want to learn Spanish, talking about music is a great way to practice your vocabulary and grammar skills.
In this table below, you will have the opportunity to learn same of the most common Spanish chunks on how to talk about music.
The most common Spanish chunks about music
|¿Cuál es tu artista favorito?||What’s your favorite artist?|
|¿Te gusta esta canción?||Do you like this song?|
|Me encanta esta canción||I love this song|
|Mi cantante favorito es Shakira.||My favorite singer is Shakira.|
|Me gusta más el rock que el pop||I like rock more than pop|
|¿Qué tipo de música te gusta?||What kind of music do you like?|
|Estoy escuchando una canción de salsa.||I’m listening to a salsa song.|
|¿Qué canción estás escuchando?||What song are you listening to?|
|¿Tocas algún instrumento musical?||Do you play any musical instrument?|
|¿Qué opinas de la música de hoy en día?||What do you think of today’s music?|
Whether you are a music lover or not, we hope that this table will help you in navigating through the rich musical heritage of the Spanish language.
Of course, there are other tools that could help you learn Spanish more easily.
Lingopie has a dedicated section for Spanish songs called Lingopie Music with which you can sing your way to fluency!
LingoClip also introduced a new way of learning Spanish. It’s pretty easy and fun, you just have to play any song and enjoy testing your listening skills. With this simple app you can enhance your listening skills, boost your grammar, expand your vocabulary and get a better pronunciation.
The Ultimate Music Lover’s Guide to Spanish: Vocabulary, Genres And Conversation Based Chunking
You have learned how to talk about music in Spanish, one of the most enjoyable and rewarding topics to discuss with native speakers.
You have also explored some of the amazing music genres that Spanish-speaking countries have to offer, from salsa to reggaeton.
Now, you are ready to take your Spanish learning to the next level with the Spanish Chunking Starter Pack.
This pack will teach you how to use chunks, or fixed combinations of words, to speak Spanish more fluently and naturally. You will also get access to Full Practice Worksheets and other tools that will help you improve your listening and comprehension skills.
Don’t miss this opportunity to master Spanish with the power of chunking.