Spending Christmas in a tropical country never promised to be a standard, normal experience. Even though there’s definitely a lot of predictable Christmas entourage in every corner, the whole atmosphere is still unusually exotic. And the Latin Christmas songbook just intensifies such feeling: among holiday standards and melodic Spanish vocals, there are numerous hot Latin rhythms that set me in completely different Christmas mood.
Here are twelve songs for your own exotic Christmas:
11. Juanes – “Mi Burrito Sabanero”
There’s no getting away from “Mi Burrito Sabanero” at Christmas in Latin America where it has become one of the most typical Christmas songs – probably due to its ridiculously catchy chorus: Tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui, Tuqui tuqui tuqui tá.
10. Chavela Vargas – “Los Peces en el Río”
This song has very touching lyrics about Virgin Mary being busy with daily routine, such as cleaning or washing clothes, and living a completely ‘normal’ human life. Check out Chavela Vargas’ version from 1965:
9. Gloria Estefan – “Navidad (Más Allá)”
8. Christina Aguilera – “The Christmas Song”
Not really a Spanish or Latin Christmas song, but Christina Aguilera is half Ecuadorian, after all, so she deserves to be on this list, too.
7. Andrea Bocelli – “Blanca Navidad”
“White Christmas” version in Spanish by the most recognized voices of our century.
6. Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe – “La Murga”
The song was recorded in 1970 and is still considered as one of the coolest tropical Latin songs out there – the festival-like mood it conveys is very representative for Christmas and New Year’s spirit in South America.
5. El Gran Combo – “La Fiesta de Pilito”
Latin America can’t last a day without salsa! So here’s some special Puerto Ricoean Christmas salsa edition that celebrates family, friends, dancing, eating sweets, and enjoying little delights of life!
4. Carla Morrison – “Jesus”
Listen to it on SoundCloud , it’s so peaceful, beautiful, and relaxing.
3. Jose Feliciano – “Feliz Navidad”
This is indeed a classic Latin Christmas song, that’s been popular since its release in 1970. It’s soon to be 2015, and the song currently maintains an impressive #2 position on the Billboard Latin Digital Songs chart. That’s some real Christmas spirit!
2. Silvio Rodriguez – “Cancion de Navidad”
Originally from Cuba, Silvio Rodriguez released this song in 1988 – a beautiful ballad about little things and basic values we all cherish.
1. Andrea Bocelli – “Noche de Paz”
Silent Night is one of those songs that are loved by everybody. It has this power to turn each and every one of us into a child full of joy that has known no worries and no sorrows. And Bocelli’s flawless version will even make you re-believe in Santa Clause!