What Are Some Traditional Mexican Songs?


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With diverse cultural influences, traditional Mexican songs include "Júrame" by Maria Grever, "Bésame Mucho" by Consuelo Velázquez, "Jesusita en Chihuahua" by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés, "Somos Novios" by Armando Manzanero and "Cielito Lindo" popularized by author Quirino Mendoza y Cortés. Traditional Mexican folk music generally falls into one of several categories, including son, ranchera and corrido. Other traditional Mexican music includes mariachi and grupera.

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Traditional mariachi bands consist of five or more members, and usually include trumpets, the violin, a classical guitar, a large bass guitar and a vihuela. Other instruments occasionally found in a mariachi group are the organ, flute, French horn and accordion. Some famous mariachi performers are Pedro Fernández, Antonio Aguilar, Pedro Infante and Miguel Aceves Mejía. Mariachi bands play at weddings, quinceañeras, birthday parties and other celebrations.

Ranchera music carries the tempo of a bolero, waltz or polka, and often reflect themes of patriotism, love or nature. Musicians and audience members often shout "El Grito Mexicano” during the instrumental segments of ranchera music. Traditionally, only one musician performs this type of music by simultaneously singing and strumming a guitar. Popular ranchera composers include Cuco Sánchez, José Alfredo Jiménez, Vicente Fernández and Lucha Reyes.

Corrido music generally tells a story, often about famous heroes or criminals, love and drug trafficking. Some examples include "Laurita Garza," "La Venganza de Maria" and "La tragedia de Rosita and la Adelita."

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