36 Songs About Mexico (Modern, Rock & More)

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36 Songs About Mexico (Modern, Rock & More)

Mexico is a beautiful country full of vibrant colors and rich with its own unique culture. As such artists in Mexico represent exactly that. In songs written by non-Mexican artists speak of Mexic, it is a place to escape your troubles and enjoy life.

I. Modern Mexican Music

Modern Mexican songs and music have diversified over the years. It includes almost all genres as it is a reflection of Mexican music in its entirety as an ‘era’.

1) La Media Vuelta

Artist: Luis Miquel
Album: Segundo Romance
Year: 1994
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La Media Vuelta is a love ballad about how you should want the best for your beloved. The somber ending means love should be about wanting the best for your partner, even if it’s not you.

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2) Si Nos Dejan

Artist: Si Nos Dejan
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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3) Los Mandados

Artist: Los Tigres Del Norte
Album: Y Su Palabra Es La Ley Homenaje A Vicente Fernández
Year: 2020
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This is a ballad about refugees and the struggle to be accepted but never giving up and believing in yourself, especially when others don’t.

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4) Hermoso Cariño

Artist: Vicente Fernández
Album: Vicentre Fernández
Year: 1993
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II. Mexican Folk Songs

Folk songs are directly related to culture and heritage. Mexican Folk Music tries to teach one generation’s lessons and give advice. Folk songs are widely known and loved by their communities.

1) Verdad Amarga

Artist: Antonio Aguilar
Album: 15 Boleros De Siempre 15
Year: 1992
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Verdad Amarga is a folk song about truth and that you should always be honest to yourself and those around you.

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2) Este Torito

Artist: All Around This World
Album: All Around This World: Latin America
Year: 2013
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3) El Maco

Artist: Freddy Gerardo
Album: Los Exitos De Freddy Gerardo
Year: 2009
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4) La Bruja

Artist: Tlen Huicani & Lino Chavez
Album: Veracruz Son Y Huapango
Year: 2009
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La Bruja is a warning tale of a witch that will try to make someone fall in love with her and trap them in the sea. It’s derived from folklore about ‘El Bruja, a different interpretation of a witch that supposedly seeks to do everyone harm.

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5) Goin’ Down to Mexico

Artist: ZZ Top
Album: ZZ Top’s First Album
Year: 1970
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Another love ballad and a new beginning, Goin’ Down to Mexico, is about starting a new life after falling madly in love with someone. All of this was done while on vacation to Mexico.

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6) Tulsa County

Artist: The Byrds
Album: Ballad Of Easy Rider
Year: 1969
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7) Mexican Vacation (Kids In The Candlelight)

Artist: Elton John
Album: The Diving Board
Year: 2013
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Elton John did serve another great song about a vacation in Mexico and sitting in bed with your partner. He sings to the beauty of the country and the comfort of love.

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8) Still Feels like Mexico

Artist: Ronnie Dunn & Reba McEntire
Album: Tattooed Heart
Year: 2016
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III. Country

While country music is not a specific genre within Mexican music, country artists worldwide write about Mexico. These songs range from the beauty of the landscape to the loving nature of its citizens.

1) Seashores of Old Mexico

Artist: George Strait
Album: Somewhere Down In Texas
Year: 2005
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2) That’s why God made Mexico

Artist: Tim McGraw
Album: Tim McGraw And The Dancehall Doctors
Year: 2002
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That’s Why God Made Mexico is about escaping a toxic family and abusive father. Mexico is the land of milk and honey because it offers a fresh start and a new life.

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3) Mexican Girl

Artist: Smokie
Album: The Montreux Album
Year: 1978
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“Mexican Girl” is another fantastic love ballad about finding love in Mexico. The love found wasn’t entirely based on physical attraction but intelligence and inner beauty, makings it even greater.

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4) Playboys of the Southwestern World

Artist: Blake Shelton
Album: The Dreamer
Year: 2003
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IV. Songs about going to Mexico

For years, Mexico has been sung about an escape, vacation, pitstop, or final destination. These songs, in particular, highlight what the artists most recall and feel about Mexico.

1) I got Mexico

Artist: Eddy Raven
Album: Wild Eyed and Crazy
Year: 1994
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2) México en la piel

Artist: Luis Miguel
Album: México en la Piel
Year: 2005
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México en la Piel is about the loving embrace of Mexico, from its warm and cool climate to its ever-loving embrace of people and music.

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3) Let’s Go to Mexico

Artist: Ra
Album: Intercorrupted
Year: 2021
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Ra is searching for a new beginning for himself and his partner. Mexico is their escape and salvation. Mexico is their place of freedom and joy.

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4) Have Love, Will Travel

Artist: The Sonics
Album: Here Are the Sonics
Year: 1965
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V. Rock

This is the genre of fast tempos and truthful lyrics. These songs incorporate Mexico as the essence or message of their songs.

1) Running for the border

Artist: Saxon
Album: Killing Ground
Year: 2001
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In need of a quick escape and a clean slate, this is a song about runaways searching for a safe haven. They set their sites on Mexico as their would-be salvation.

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1) Hypnotized

Artist: Fleetwood Mac
Album: Mystery to Me
Year: 1973
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Hypnotized is about letting go of what’s troubling you and finding peace in yourself. Mexico is the destination where this sense of freedom and release comes from.

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3) Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor

Artist: Juanes
Album: Mi Sangre
Year: 2004
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4)  Lamento Boliviano

Artist: Encaitos Verdes
Album: Big Bang
Year: 1994
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VI. Classic Love Songs

These are the love ballads about Mexico or the love found in the same place. These are Mexican love ballads from everlasting love to short-lived but happy love.

1) Eres

Artist: Café Tacvba
Album: Cuatro Caminos
Year: 2003
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This is a love ballad about how love not only makes you want to ensure happiness for your partner but that they’re healthy in every way.

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2) A Puro Dolor

Artist: Son By Four
Album: Son By 4
Year: 2000
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3) To My Love

Artist: Bomba Estéreo
Album: Amanecer
Year: 2015
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To My Love is a song about finding love only to lose your partner, as well as yourself, in the breakup. The hopeful undertone is about learning to love yourself instead of relying on someone else to love you.

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4) Te Amo

Artist: Rihanna
Album: Rated R
Year: 2009
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VII. American Songs about Mexico

As a bordering country, America has a wide set of views on Mexico. However, these are poetry songs and mutual love for the country.

1) People of the Sun

Artist: Rage Against the Machine
Album: Evil Empire
Year: 1996
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People of the sun speaks to the destructive power of racism. It highlights that despite the pain it creates, the sun will shine on Mexico with grace and wealth instead of pain and prejudice.

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2) Yonaguni

Artist: Bad Bunny
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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3) Soul to Squeeze

Artist: Red Hot Chili Peppers
Album: Greatest Hits
Year: 2003
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The members of Red Hot Chili peppers wrote Soul to Squeeze as an anthem for the oppressed. They mention escaping to Mexico specifically because it’s a fresh start where no one knows your name or history.

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4) My Old School

Artist: Steely Dan
Album: Countdown To Ecstasy
Year: 1973
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VIII. Songs with Mexico in their Lyrics

Straightforward and easy to understand, these are songs with Mexico in their lyrics.

1) Stays in Mexico

Artist: Toby Keith
Album: Greatest Hits 2
Year: 2004
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2) About Mexico

Artist: Aaron Goodvin
Album: Single
Year: 2021
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3) Riff Raff

Artist: AC/DC
Album: Powerage
Year: 1978
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Riff Raff sheds light on racism, mentioning how you can see the effects on your T.V. but still ignore it. That doesn’t mean it’s gone anywhere, nor has the prejudice.

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4) The Only Living Boy in New York

Artist: Simon & Garfunkel
Album: Bridge Over Troubled Water
Year: 1970
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This song is melancholy. Someone has missed their flight to Mexico and is now stuck in snowy New York.

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