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7 Spanish Songs That Aren't 'Despacito'

Forget ‘Despacito’; here are seven Spanish songs that Latin American expats think you should listen to.

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7 Spanish Songs That Aren't 'Despacito'
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The Spanish-language hit ‘Despacito’ by Puerto-Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee has been banned from being aired on government-owned radio and television stations in Malaysia, following some public complaints of indecent lyrics.   

All this heightened interest in catchy Spanish tunes has got us searching for other dance-tastic Spanish songs, with the help of the lovely members of the Latin Ladies Association of Malaysia. Here are their top seven picks:

1. Vivir Mi Vida - Marc Anthony 

Puerto Rican salsa star Marc Anthony delighted fans with the release of Vivir Mi Vida in 2013, after some 10 years without releasing an official album. 
2. La Bicicleta - Shakira and Carlos Vives 

La Bicicleta (meaning 'The Bicycle') combines the elements of Colombian music with heart-warming lyrics about the two artists' childhood memories in Colombia.
3. Bailando - Enrique Iglesias

Unsurprisingly, the music video for Enrique Iglesias's 'Bailando' garnered nearly 600 million views when it first came out, the first non-English Top 10 radio hit in the US. 

4. Borro Cassette - Maluma

Borro Cassette (meaning 'Erased Cassette') was a hit out of Colombian artist Maluma's second album. It shot to fame and was nominated at the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards for the Latin Rhythm Song of The Year.
5. Dame Un Besito - Chino y Nacho

Venezuelan pop duo Jesús Alberto Miranda Pérez and Miguel Ignacio Mendoza Donatti have won several awards over the years, including a Latin Grammy in 2010 for their album 'Mi Niña Bonita'. 

6. Tres Marias - Andres Calamaro

Argentine artist Andres Calamaro was famous in the 90s with his former band, Los Rodriquez, and today is still a huge name in Argentine's rock hall of fame.
7. Hacer Un Puente - La Franela

Hacer Un Puente (meaning 'making a bridge') came from the seven-member Argentine rock band La Franela's second album; the lyrics in this upbeat song express a hopeful desire of looking for someone who's out of your reach