Although Cinco De Mayo began as a traditional holiday celebrating the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862, with each passing year, more and more countries and cultures are embracing May the 5th as a celebration of their own. What's not to love about Mexican culture? The food, beverages, festivities, garments, and of course, the music. If you're holding a Cinco De Mayo party tomorrow, you're going to need a playlist, right? We've got "Cinco" songs for you that are totally fiesta-ready, so get your salsa on!
5. Heat of the Night - Aqua
"In the heat of the night, we are having a fiesta / We dance until siesta, when the sun comes alive"
We know that 90s pop hitmakers Aqua are comprised of Danish/Norwegian members, but that didn't stop them from making a Mexican-themed party jam! We remember when we first heard the song some 15 years ago on our cassette tape decks and couldn't stop dancing to it.
4. Santana ft. Rob Thomas - Smooth
"My mu equita, my Spanish Harlem Mona Lisa / You're my reason for reason / The step in my groove"
Mexican guitar legend Carlos Santana made the crossover to pop music with this classic hit from 1999, featuring the "smooth" vocal stylings of Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas. Even if the temperature isn't warm where you are, if you turn on this song, things are bound to heat up!
3. Lady Gaga - Alejandro
"You know that I love you, boy / Hot like Mexico, rejoice / At this point I gotta choose / Nothing to lose"
Gaga goes Latin in her tale of bidding farewell to her "hot like Mexico" lover Alejandro! We dare you to sing along to this song and not feel like a Spanish diva.
2. Selena - Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
"Bidi bidi bom bom / Bidi bidi bom bom / Bidi bidi bom bom / Bidi bidi bidi"
The beautiful, talented, and gone-too-soon Mexican-American singer Selena's voice will instantly transport you south of the border. We're not too sure what the meaning behind these lyrics are, but we love them anyway! #SelenaForever
1. Lou Bega - Mambo No. 5
"I do all to fall in love with a girl like you / You can't run and you can't hide / You and me gonna touch the sky / Mambo Number 5"
It may be one of the cheesiest one-hit-wonders of all time, but hey! The mambo dance phase picked up steam in Mexico City some 50+ years ago and hasn't slowed down since. Plus, you gotta admit: it's totally fun to sing along to these lyrics, especially at a Cinco De Mayo party!
What songs will you be jamming out to this Cinco De Mayo? Let us know in the comments!