My students have kindly introduced me to the very best of Spanish pop music. I’ve sifted through about fifty or so of their recommendations and here are a few of my favs. (All are strictly from Spain.)
One of the best-selling pop rock Spanish groups. In “Son Mis Amigos” (These are My Friends) she sings about childhood friends growing up, moving away and falling out of contact.
La Oreja de Van Gogh
Epic pop-ness that would rival Katy Perry if only people in the states knew about it. Like Amaral, I would call them one of the most popular Spanish groups of the last decade. Check out this original video, “Cometas por el Cielo” (Comets in the Sky), and listen to it ten times on repeat while getting ready to go out.
Sangre & Joseka
This one isn’t strictly pop, but I couldn’t help myself. Their self-described “underground rap” will suck you in. Listen to “Para que las Chicas Bailen” (So the Girls Will Dance).
The named is translated as damn Nerea (a Spanish girls’ name). Among my students there was a general consensus that THIS was a Spanish group that I had to know. I’m such a sucker for poppy-ness.
If you had any stereotypes about Spanish music I plan to satisfy them here. I’m not a huge fan of David Bisbal. But his hair alone is reason to know him. It’s become somewhat of a national joke in Spain. See above.
Anything else you think I should have included?