Mexico’s most energetic celebration is, once again, nearly upon us with September 16 marking Mexico’s Independence Day (Dia de Independencia). Millions will kick off the celebration with El Grito (the Cry); a traditional shout of: “Viva México!”
But how many know the how to celebrate with most classic songs? Well we’ve done the homework for you. Check out these top 10 hits that will set the weekend celebratory mood!
Pedro Galindo Galarza wrote many beautiful songs in his lifetime, but this one takes the cake.
Though many have tackled this one, no one does it justice quite like Pedro Infante, who embodies Mexican cinema’s golden age.
“Mexico Lindo y Querido”
Jorge Negrete is synonymous with Mexican heritage and this song is proof.
“15 de Septiembre”
Annual celebrations of Mexican independence typically kick off the night of Sept. 15, commemorating the famous Grito de Dolores. Who better than José Alfredo Jimenez, a native of Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, to sing about this historic event?
“Mexico en la Piel”
They don’t call Luis Miguel el Sol de México [Mexico’s Sunshine] for nothing.
“Alla en el Rancho Grande”
You just knew, listening to a young Pedro Fernandez in the 1983 film Niño Pobre, Niño Rico, that he’d be around for a long time.
Ranchera icon Lola Beltrán is a national treasure. Here’s why.
If you’ve ever witnessed Vicente Fernandez singing “El Rey” live in all of his charrosplendor, consider yourself lucky.
“Que Bonita es mi Tierra”
All these years later, Javier Solís’ voice still sounds golden.
“Somos Más Americanos”
In an era of xenophobia, this norteño immigrant anthem by Los Tigres del Norte is more relevant than ever. “I’d like to remind the Gringo that I didn’t cross the border, the border crossed me,” is just one of the memorable lines. A newly recorded rendition by Maná is now being used to mobilize voter registration among Latinos in the U.S.