Spanish Songs You Can Drink Wine To

Have you ever returned from a holiday in Spain and wanted to replicate the ambiance back at home? Perhaps you have fallen in love with the music or the wine but trying to copy such amazing times is hard back in your own country. One way to try and bring the memories flooding back is to pair your listening experience with food and drink.

Here are some great Spanish songs that you may recognize from your recent holiday, and we have paired them with some exciting wines to help refresh your memories. So, break out the tapas and uncork the bottle as we take a trip down the memory lane.

Bong Bong

An infectious tune from one of Galicia’s major stars. Bong Bong has that ideal summer feel to it that will keep your hips moving and your feet tapping. Performed by Manu Chao it is perfect for an outside BBQ or garden party. So, grab your pinny and barbeque tongs ready to flip those burgers. A nice chilled glass of Albarino will go down excellently with flame grilled food.

Cuando Quiero el Sol

If you fell in love with sherry during your holiday in Spain, then you would have realized that the genuine McCoy is far from what your grandma served up in her lounge. Spanish fortified wines are delightful and are to be drank slowly so you get the full enjoyment from them. Perhaps it reminds you of a Spanish cellar bar playing jazzy tunes such as Cuando Quiero el Sol. And if so, pour yourself a glass, turn off the lights and listen to Presuntos Implicados as they sing their melancholic songs.

Todo Tienda

The big band sound of the octet Ojos de Brujo cannot help to remind you of Spain. They play an intriguing mix of flamenco and hip-hop which is ideal to keep the body swaying. And if you are in a party mood then there is nothing better than a glass of bubbly, and Cava fits the bill precisely. The delightful mix of the music together with the fizz will be reminiscent of great nights out under the starlight.

Killed Me

Another classic recent Spanish song has to be Killed Me by Amparanoia. The lead singer has a unique voice that lends itself perfectly to the blend of chilled out music the band plays. The music is complex and would suit a dark and robust wine. Try listening to Killed Me whilst sipping a glass of aged Tempranillo and sit back and relax.

Son Son

The music produced from this very eclectic band is hard to characterize. But Son Son by Macaco is typical of their sound. Macaco is a collective of musicians from all over the world. They hail from Spain, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, and Brazil and their biggest attribute is their rhythm playing. Expect anything from hip-hop to reggae with a bit of flamenco thrown in for good measure. To enjoy this mixed-up sound a complex wine such as Txacoli will blend in perfectly.

So the next step is up to you, buy the wine, play the tunes and relax as the memories of good times in Spain return once more.

Classic Spanish Songs of All Time

If you love music then some songs simply become part of your blood, they course through your veins and are like an itch that cannot ever be scratched enough. They may be songs that compel you to put on your shoes and dance, or they may be songs that have great meaning and break your heart. Music has the power to do all these things, and Spanish music has produced some of the most classic songs of all time. Great songs are timeless, sometimes we call them classics, and here are some of the best songs Spanish and Latin artists have written and sung.

Mambo No. 5 – Various Artists

If a Latin song ever rocked the dance floors around the world it was Mambo No. 5 that originally swamped America in the 1950s by an artist called Damaso Perez Prado. By the suffix No. 5 you can assume that there has been many versions of The Mambo. But No. 5 remains the most popular and has become the signature song for all Mambos. Then Lou Bega in 1999 reignited the craze for this dance/song for a whole new generation.

Besame Mucho – Various Artists

What makes a classic song? One answer could easily be if it is performed by many major singers. And Besame Mucho is one such song. Translated as Kiss me a Lot and written by Consuelo Velazquez, this classic song has been covered by such luminaries as The Beatles, Andrea Bocelli, Michale Buble, Diana Krall and even more recently by Il Divo in 2015. The song has been translated into many languages and is known all over the world.

El Dia Que Me Quieras – Various Artists

It is impossible to ignore a song that has entered the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame, and that is exactly what El Dia Que Me Quieras did in 2001. The song was a collaboration between Alfredo Le Pera and Carlos Gardel who were known as the immortals of Tango. It first appeared in a film of the same title and made the song a tango anthem. This romantic and powerful song has been covered by many Latin artists and in 2001 it was translated into English so Gloria Estefan could have a huge hit with it.

Pedro Navaja – Ruben Blades

Our final Spanish/Latin song is Pedro Navaja by Ruben Blades. This classic salsa song is included as it is an amazing version of an all-time classic, namely Mack the Knife. Somebody once said that if you were going to copy a classic song make it completely different. This fabulous salsa version of the Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin hit records and is fresh and engaging. Your mind does not even make comparisons with the original recordings, it just makes you want to get up and dance. It even introduced the New York club scene to a new type of beat that would dominate dance floors for years to come. Obviously these classic Latin songs are just a snapshot of all Spanish songs but they are a good place to start to enjoy this infectious music.

Music festivals in Spain

Without a doubt, when people are planning their holidays and want to be somewhere warm, Spain is usually one of the options. Of course, the country itself is full of culture and art, food and wine, but what is left unsaid is the music festivals during the summer. There are many of them taking place and you can choose which one you want to attend regarding your desires and taste. They consist of multiple genres, from folk to electronic, from pop to hard rock, often including world famous music artists. Let’s review some of the hottest music festivals in Spain.

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Why Latin Music is So Popular

Latin music is loved all over the world, the infectious rhythms and vibrant colorful scene make for one of the most unique music cultures in the world. Latin has influenced many kinds of different music from classical to dance and everything in between. And here are the main reasons why people enjoy and love Latin music so much.

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What is Spanish Music?

There are no separate genres of Spanish music as it has been influenced by multicultural nations of South America and the Caribbean. There are many modern artists performing all manners of music including, classical, rock, flamenco, and jazz in Spain. The country is proud by its traditional guitar music that was always accompanied by dance. As a result, the classical guitar music and flamenco are still very popular in this country.

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Spain’s Psych Rock Music Bands are Surreal

There are several artists, musicians, and entertainers who have hailed from Spain. Their legendary contribution to the arts and entertainment industry is one that is celebrated throughout the world even today. Therefore, it comes as no surprise when the country that gave the world Dali or Goya is capable of producing music that is celebrated and surreal too. Through the 70s and even the 60s, there was a massive language barrier that couldn’t get Spain’s psych bands to the forefront. There were also too many English speaking bands that were able to move forward, and the Spanish influence was snuffed out. However, the times have changed, and the tides have turned in favor of the Spanish bands which give the world the fantastic genre of Psych Rock.

The Top Bands

There are several neighboring countries to Spain that has managed to give the international music scene some psychedelic rock music. They have combined native styles of music and added some modern tinges to create something exquisite, mind-bending, and never-heard-before music. The list of Spain’s psych-rock bands are few, but they have the power to develop explosive music. Bands like Acid Mess, Cachemira, Celica XX, Celestial Bums, etc. are some of the well-known names in the international scenario.

Some of these bands have drug-fueled insanity that they portray in their music like that of Acid Mess. They show that they have no control and are led by an instrumental trio from Oviedo. However, the music by Acid Mess doesn’t need the drugs to make the listener feel the insanity. Their music is more than enough to create feelings of free-noise. The same goes for the music created by Cachemira as their music shows that there are no bounds to the mind-bending capabilities that music can create for its listeners and creators.

Creating Mind Visuals

Bands like Celica XX and Celestial bums are best at delivering the neo-psych rock. They are inspired by visuals and the future of the world. From swirling, guitars and pedals for a stairway are a taste of the abstract imagination they pour into their music. While one focuses on space and the future, the other draws inspiration from Japanese high powered technology. The futuristic machines and the impossibility of fusing sadness into an upbeat harmony is their specialty. Overall, these bands are best at crashing the mind with two different powers of imagery – one of the soul through music and one through the visuals they provide.

The Ones That Draw Inspiration

While these are the futuristic musicians and the mind-altering imagery, there are still the ones that draw inspiration from the retro aspect of psych-rock. They don’t limit themselves to where they find their inspiration from being in from desert vistas, or icons like Jethro Tull. In the end, their music is a reflection of what inspires them to create something beautiful. They manage to use the sounds that they have heard and reflect the same in the future. Seamlessly bringing together the past, present, inspiration, and the future.

Iconic British Rock Festival Makes Its Way to Madrid – The Download Festival Madrid

The reason why many countries run music festivals is to encourage the thriving entertainment industry in their location. With tourists flocking to the venue, there is a need to keep up to the standards of the festival and continue to prove a seamless experience for the musicians and the public. While many music festivals start and then fail to capture the attention of the masses, some of them manage to get all the boxes ticked to provide that legendary experience that fans won’t mind traveling to experience every year if they have to. Only a hand full of festivals today have managed to keep the life of the party going for years. One of these festivals is the Download Festival in London.

The Download Festival

London has a very thriving music scene. From local bars to full-blown festivals, there is a significant demand in the entertainment industry that the country can satisfy with ease. The Download Music Festival has graced the venues of London for over 15 years. For a festival to carry such a big reputation and for so long is not an easy feat. Being one of the most famous rock festivals in Britain, the Download is one that people from all around the globe wait to experience at least once in their lifetime. Understanding the demand for the festival and catering to the market is a crucial aspect for music festival organizers to consider. Owing to this fact, the organizers of the DM Festival, have spread their wings to Spain’s capital to flood the Spanish local with a piece of pure British and local Spanish rock music.

Madrid’s Version of the Download Rock Festival

A music festival that is legendary in Britain is great to visit, but when people from all around Europe are flocking to the one venue, it becomes almost impossible to satisfy all the fans. Starting up a sister festival in Spain was not an easy decision for the organizers. When the download festival was first launched in Madrid, the people were not wholly kicked by it and did not expect it to be as legendary as the rock festival in London. However, the organizers were prepared for failure but kept pushing the concept. A few years down the line, the festival garnered momentum as expected and has almost caught up to the popularity of its British counterpart.

The Madrid Download Rock Music Festival explores different styles of rock music and features artists from across the horizon. The festival might be only four years old in Madrid, but it has managed to bring in throngs of people to flock to Madrid’s city center to experience it. While Madrid has a history of failed music festivals, this rock festival has managed to take root firmly in Spain and is here to stay. The reliable artist database that performs at the festival and the similar epic experience as its Britain counterpart has been the reason for the success of this music festival in Madrid.

The Greatest Rock Band from Spain – The Hinds

The young rock follower, Carlotta Cosials had once created a handmade scrapbook filled with the band Arctic Monkeys’ lyrics. Back when nobody had a printer the new song ‘Suck it and see’ had just been released in the year of 2011 which was when Carlotta handwrote all the lyrics in a scrapbook. The 27-yr old guitarist-singer claims to have sparked an obsession for songs when they were first introduced to the one and only, Alex Turner. Carlotta soon created a band called ‘Hinds’ Carlotta and her mates. The band consisted of singer-guitarist Ana Garcia Perrote, bass guitar Ade Martin, and the drummer Amber Grimbergen still think like fans, which is why when they realized that the Arctic Monkeys would be making an appearance in New York the same time as they were there they couldn’t imagine let alone think of missing their idol’s concert.

Taking Flight in Music

After meeting the one and only Alex Turner the all-girl band released a new debut ‘Leave Me Alone’ and shortly after in April followed their second album ‘I Don’t Run.’ After releasing ‘Leave Me Alone,’ viewers were soon naming them a garage rock sensation. After all these years of being in the spotlight, the Hinds are still as excited as they were at the beginning. Hinds put a lot of energy, effort, and emotion into their song to show viewers that they really care. Hinds don’t feel insecure about their disturbingly loud vocal as they are aware of them and they enjoy it. Hinds have a reputation for being party animals, and they are proud of it as they are usually stuck on a tour bus or indoors and the after parties and the time on stage is the only time they can just let loose and be themselves without any consequences.

What’s In A Name

The original name for the band was Deers, but since they were facing legal issues from a group that had a similar name to theirs, they forced to change their image. In 2015 the band got the opportunity to go on their first world tour, as they already performed in Australia and Thailand in February and the US in March. They played shows at some significant events and festivals such as festival international de benicàssim where they played 16 shows in only four days. The year of 2017, Hinds designed an exclusive limited-edition clothing line through a store called Urban Outfitters.

Overall this band is a garage-live rock band that is similar to a variety of rock, pop and lo-fi bands like The Pastels, Velvet Underground, etc. Their main inspirations to start a band was Black Lips, The Parrots, The Vaccines and more as their primary influencers. Their singles include Demo, Barn, Split 7, Holograma, etc. Their music videos Bamboo, Trippy Gum, Castigadas Granero, Chili Town, Davey Crockett, Garden, San Diego, Easy, Warts, Bamboo (animated version), New 4 You, The Club, Finally Floating and British Mind.

Hit after Hit, Scaling The Rock Music Industry in Spain – Joaquin Sabina

Music inspires the soul to live in the body to spark it alive – This saying is one with value. Many music legends are hardly plagued by health issues because of the music that they are involved with. Something about the tones and melody of music has a tendency to keep the body moving both in dance and in well-being. Several amazing musicians have been known to even live a long time because of their close relationship with the sounds of music. Spain is a country that is known for its musical and culinary brilliance. Spain gave much more than pure musical tones and slightly palatable gastronomy delicacies. Spain’s famous food and musicians are known to have an explosion in terms of wowing their fans and audiences. Together, the food, and music from Spain give one the feeling fo fulfillment and joy.

Speaking of iconic legendary music and health the life and music of Joaquin Sabina are celebrated throughout the world. As a singer and a writer, Sabina is one of the earliest musicians who came from Spain to the international space. At the beginning of his career, he started writing poems for which he became recognized and started gaining popularity. The young Sabina was contacted by local bands to write for them and be a part of their rock music. Soon, the singer turned into an actor and took to the theatre like a fish in the water. Soon, he was singing, he was writing, and he was acting. In fact, he by far one of the few rock artists who have been known to take front and center stage in a variety of artistic roles.

Everyone Recognises the Rock Legend

His albums in rock music were selling throughout the world in the 80s and promoted the artist to travel on tour throughout the world and introduce people to his music. As a rock artist, he performed over 200 shows in 1992. His work and efforts were not neglected by the entertainment industry in Spain. The Spanish Songwriter’s Association recognized his efforts and gave him the title of being the best songwriter to hail from Spain in 1997. The legend took a break from his singing/acting career in the year 2001 due to a stroke but was ready to bounce back on stage in a couple of years. He released albums after albums and continues to impress his fans throughout the world. Today as a musician, he is not done with making ethical old fashion Spanish rock music for the world. In fact, he is far from being done. His most recent albums were sold to the Sony label in 2015 and another to the S&L label. Both the records were instant hits throughout the industry and scored to the top of the charts in Spanish rock music. His shows and tours are instantly sold out throughout the world and whenever he plays. After all, it takes but a few minutes for people to recognize the name that has brought Spain a genuinely glorious place in the rock hall of fame.