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4 Spanish songs to help you with your Spanish listening

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The benefits of music are almost too many to enumerate in such a small article. One thing is true though; for those that enjoy it, it is a wonderful thing. One of the most complicated parts of learning a new language is getting used to local accents and the many, many ways of pronouncing words.

As you all know, Spanish is a very vocabulary-rich language and with so many countries speaking it, there are many ways of saying the same thing. That’s when music exerts one of its many benefits: you can download the lyrics and listen to it countless times; and that is one of the keys of learning a language, reinforcement and repetition. Here we bring you five songs that may help you with your everyday conversations.

‘Yolanda’ by Pablo Milanes

This song has been categorised by many as one of the most beautiful romantic songs ever to come out from the Latin American “Nueva Trova” o “Nueva canción” movement during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Written in 1970,, this ballad is dedicated to Pablo’s lover after a very heartfelt breakup, and in the song he confess that, to him, she will be eternally “Yolanda”.

‘Mediterráneo’ by Joan Manuel Serrat

Dedicated to the Mediterranean sea that bathes the coast of Joan Manuel’s native region, “Catalunya,” in Spain, this is a very sentimental song about belonging to somewhere and taking from there every aspect of your personality. Released in 1971, it consolidated the artist’s international reputation and propelled him to stardom. In 2010, it was chosen as Spain’s best pop song by the Rolling Stone Magazine.

’19 Dias y 500 Noches’ by Joaquin Sabina

Another Spaniard on this list is Sabina. Sabina has gained worldwide recognition, in the Spanish-speaking world, because of his intelligent songwriting and is credited with having advanced the art of popular songwriting (besides serving as an inspiration to a whole new generation of young songwriters). “19 Dias y 500 Noches”, title of the same album, was released in 1999 to commercial and critical acclaim. This one will keep you on your toes because it has many lyrics and mentions lots of things and situations, but is very cleverly written.

‘Gracias a la vida’ by Violeta Parra

This is a popular Chilean folk song written by singer-songwriter Violeta Parra, one of the artists that help found the artistic movement of “Nueva Canción” in Chile. The song was written in 1966 and opened Parra’s last album, “Las últimas composiciones,” before she committed suicide. This song has been considered in many occasions as one of the most important in Spanish music,  nd has been named as the “humanist hymn”, permanently obtaining critics’ and the general public’s recognition as a profound human and universal work of art.

If you want to keep listening to many other songs, Spotify has many playlists for Spanish songs and this discussion thread also shows some good ideas for YouTube music videos.

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