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12 Popular English Songs in Spanish


There are many songs that become popular and then make a crossover to other languages. Some turn out to be good, but others are a complete disaster. I assume that translating a hit song to a different language is difficult. Think about the challenge of keeping the essence of the original lyrics yet finding the appropriate words to fit in the melody… that takes some in-depth language skills! That is why both versions do not have the exact same translation.

Here is a playlist of 12 Spanish versions of popular English songs (and a Bonus Track in Spanglish). Some were recorded by the same artist; like Celine Dion with All By My Self and Beyoncé with Irreplaceable. There are other songs that not only are in Spanish, but are also available in different rhythms. For example, I found two versions of Hotel California that have the flamenco influence from Spain and Total Eclipse of the Heart with three versions: a pop Spanish, a merengue and a Mexican style. Go ahead, click on the MP3 link to listen to a demo of each song and decide if these songs are just as good as their original versions.

 

Singing Latino Part 1: 12 Popular English Songs in Spanish

Number 1
Demo MP3 | Somebody to love by Queen
Demo MP3 | Un hombre para mi by Ednita Nazario

Number 2
Demo MP3 | Without You by Harry Nilsson
Demo MP3 | Si no estás tú by Harry Nilsson
Demo MP3 | Vivir sin tu cariño by Jenni Rivera

Number 3
Demo MP3 | This Ain’t A Love Song by Bon Jovi
Demo MP3 | Como yo nadie te ha amado by Yuridia

Number 4
Demo MP3 | The Power Of Love by Jennifer Rush
Demo MP3 | Si tú Eres mi hombre y yo tu mujer by Angela Carrasco
Demo MP3 | El poder del amor by Yolandita Monge (video)

Number 5
Demo MP3 | Total Eclipse Of The Heart by Bonnie Tyler
Demo MP3 | Eclipse total del amor by Lissette
Demo MP3 | Eclipse total del amor by Milly Quesada (merengue)
Demo MP3 | Eclipse total del amor by Los Horoscopos de Durango (Mexican style)

Number 6
Demo MP3 | A Whole New World by Peabo Bryson
Demo MP3
| Un mundo ideal

 

PAUSE: WANT MORE ENGLISH SONGS IN SPANISH? Click to go to the second play list with 15 additional songs!

15 Additional Popular English Songs in Spanish

Number 7
Demo MP3 | Blame It On The Boogie by The Jacksons
Demo MP3 | Será que no me amas by Luis Miguel

Number 8
Demo MP3 | Yesterday by The Beatles
Demo MP3 | El ayer by Boyz II Men
Demo MP3 | El ayer by Moncho

Number 9
Demo MP3 | All By Myself by Celine Dion
Demo MP3 | Sola otra vez by Celine Dion

Number 10
Demo MP3 | Irreplaceable by Beyonce
Demo MP3 | Irreemplazable by Beyonce

Number 11
Demo MP3 | Back On The Chain Gang by The Pretenders
Demo MP3 | Fotos y recuerdos by Selena

Number 12
Demo MP3 | Hotel California by The Eagles
Demo MP3 | Hotel California by Gypsy Kings (Spanish)
Demo MP3 | Hotel California (Flamenco version in Spanish)

Bonus Track in Spanglish
Demo MP3 | No One by Alicia Keys
Demo MP3 | Nadie by Prima J (Spanglish Version)

A final recommendation is the legendary Swedish group ABBA. Their ABBA Gold Greatest Hits album also has a Spanish version available called ABBA Oro Grandes Éxitos. Both albums do not have the exact same songs, but they include the hits Mama Mia, Chiquita and Dancing Queen.

So what do you think? Which was you favorite Spanish version? And the worst? Can you think of more songs that exist in both languages? In my opinion these Hispanic and Spanish singers did a great job. I grew up listening to some love songs without knowing that they were Spanish versions of an English song. Today I still don’t know the original English lyrics and I easily follow the tune with the Spanish words… it sounds so good!

If you want to listen to more songs, read the second part of this post Singing Latino: 15 Additional Popular English Songs in Spanish.

Check out these other English Spanish articles.






  • Speaking Latino

    ¿Qué otras canciones podemos agregar a la lista?

    What other songs can we add to this list?

  • http://thespanishversion.org musixamo

    There are hundreds of songs of English and American pop songs that have been remade into Spanish. Some of these are little more than bad karaoke, sometimes though, the spanish language cover versions are better than the original. I think Celine Dion’s “Sola Otra Vez” is better than all the original version of All By Myself. For something a little more quirky, Kampesino Musical’s spanish version of “Achy Breaky Heart” entitled “No Rompas Mas” is way better than the original. thespanishversion.org

    • JaredRomey

      @musixamo I’d completely forgotten about that song!! It’s a great version…No rompas mas, mi pobre corazon…

  • Speaking Latino

    ¿Qué otras canciones podemos agregar a la lista?

    What other songs can we add to this list?

  • http://thespanishversion.org musixamo

    There are hundreds of songs of English and American pop songs that have been remade into Spanish. Some of these are little more than bad karaoke, sometimes though, the spanish language cover versions are better than the original. I think Celine Dion’s “Sola Otra Vez” is better than all the original version of All By Myself. For something a little more quirky, Kampesino Musical’s spanish version of “Achy Breaky Heart” entitled “No Rompas Mas” is way better than the original. thespanishversion.org

    • JaredRomey

      @musixamo I’d completely forgotten about that song!! It’s a great version…No rompas mas, mi pobre corazon…

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  • c w

    You can add love hurts which is …. herida de amor by grupo yndio i love this version. Also you can add i just called to say i love you…. te llame por que te quiero by the ray camacho band also one of my favorites. Hotel california was also redone by el sindicato.

    • http://www.speakinglatino.com/ Jared

      Thanks for the suggestions!

  • c w

    George michaels ‘Careless whisper’ was also redone by grupo extra and johnny bustamante.

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