Top 40 Salsa Songs

Posted by Richard on 14th September 2014

At our events, I'm often asked "where can I find the tracks you play?". If that's you, then you've come to the right place!

This is the first in a series of posts from me about the music that makes up our events – kicking it all off with my top 40 salsa tracks of all time!

Quite a few people tell me that they don't really like salsa music, so if I had to convince you that salsa music really is awesome, these are the tracks I'd play. There's something about each and every one of them that makes me go crazy. It could be that party vibe, great for playing around with your musicality, or have some awesome vocals, each one has something to offer.

So here they are, I hope you enjoy them, I certainly do, and it was excruciating trying to limit it to just 40!

I've provided links to listen to / buy them on Spotify and iTunes. You can also listen to most of them on YouTube.

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Track

Artist

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1

Valio La Pena - Salsa Version

Marc Anthony

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2

Ave Maria Lola

Sonora Carruseles

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3

Mambo Gozón

Tito Puente

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4

Sin Poderte Hablar

Willie Colón

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5

Via

Al DeLory

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6

La Pantera Mambo

La 33

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7

Vivir Mi Vida

Marc Anthony

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8

Todo Tiene Su Final

Héctor Lavoe

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9

Time To Spend

Kevin Davis and Ban Caribe

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10

Lloraras

Oscar D'León

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11

Lluvia

Louie Ramirez

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12

Cuando Yo Te Vi'

Edwin Rivera

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13

Abre Que Voy

Miguel Enriquez

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14

I Believe In Miracles

Sunlightsquare

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15

Aguanile

Marc Anthony

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16

La Banda

Héctor Lavoe & Willie Colón

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17

No No No

Boogaloo Assassins

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18

Singapore Vibes

La Maxima 79

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19

He Tratado

Victor Manuelle

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20

Ven Devorame Otra Vez

Lalo Rodriguez

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21

Comerte A Besos - Salsa Version

Frankie Negrón

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22

Para Ochum

Héctor Lavoe

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23

Indestructible

Ray Barretto

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24

Que Se Sepa

Roberto Roena

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25

Soy El Rey

Pete Rodriguez

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26

La Murga

Héctor Lavoe & Willie Colón

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27

Tengo Un Tumbao' - Whiskey Barons Mas Duro Mix

Fuego 77

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28

Arranca En Fa

Sonora Carruseles

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29

No Sirvo Pa' Queso

La Maxima 79

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30

Es La Musica

 

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31

Pobrecita

La Maxima 79

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32

Instinto Y Deseo - Salsa Version

Victor Manuelle

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33

Micaela

Sonora Carruseles

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34

En Barranquilla Me Quedo

Joe Arroyo Y La Verdad

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35

Mambo Nuevo

Latin Soul Orchestra

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36

Higher Love

Alex Wilson

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37

Bonus Track

Cesta All Stars

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38

Caigo

La Sucursal S.A.

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39

Suelta Lo Que No Es Tuyo

Berna Jam, Carlos Sarmiento, Yos Palma, Herminio El Indio

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40

Beautiful

Edwin Rivera

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By Richard

I started Salsa in early 2012 shortly after moving to Leeds from Brighton. I started learning at a small class in Huddersfield before joining in the fun at StreetSalsa a few months later.

I'm something of an old timer now, and you can find me doing pretty much any job that needs doing every Monday at Smokestack. I'm also part of the team at Leeds University Union's Salsa Society.

By Jake on 20th September 2014 at 20:19

Great post this Rich, just wanted to let everyone know that you can sign in to Spotify with your Facebook account, so no need to signup or anything!

My favourite is Ave Maria Lola, or possibly He Tratado - but it changes all the time. What's your favourite people?

By Richard on 31st December 2014 at 01:07

I've added part two in this series - non salsa tracks. Check it out here:

THIS IS NOT SALSA

By Rosa on 10th February 2015 at 13:37

By Hannah on 4th October 2015 at 21:38

This is so useful I never know where to find Salsa songs... 

I love Tito Puente - Ran Kan Kan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LDea8s4yZE

By Richard on 2nd October 2016 at 13:04

If I was writing this today, this one deserves a mention. Certainly a future classic:

https://youtu.be/irUVku1JNYM