ᐅ Top 100 Mexican Songs About Mexico To Add to Your Playlist ♫

Mexican Songs About Mexico music playlist

Mexico, the land of unique sounds, tight beats, and distinctive melodies, has been the inspiration for artists over thousand of years. You can’t think of Mexico without being reminded of its vibrant culture, colorful traditions, and rhythmic music. As an ode to one of my favorite countries, today I want to share with you my Mexico Playlist, serving as a source of entertainment and inspiration. Read on to discover a collection of songs about Mexico as a legacy of this country’s music. You will find songs with Mexico in the lyrics, Mexico inspired songs that remind you of Mexico, traditional and famous Mexican songs. I hope that it brings you much joy, maybe gets you dancing, and gives you an authentic taste of Estados Unidos Mexicanos.

As often said in Mexico, “music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”

Music is a key feature of life in Mexico. Song, dance, and music form an important component of Mexican culture, drawing inspiration from traditional folklore. The rhythms are everywhere, from cultural gatherings, social events, and traditional activities to individual homes, stores, and public transport. The rhythms and beats of Mexico are catchy and compelling, getting all those who listen to smile and dance. 

Will these songs from Mexico have the same affect on you? Keep reading to find out.

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What is the music like in Mexico?

With musical tastes as diverse as the people that call this country home,  music in Mexico is rich and vibrant. Different regions have their own distinctive musical style, but the sounds in Mexican songs often transcend beyond the area of origin. Popular genres include mariachi, ranchera, banda, son, and corrido, with their own distinctive characteristics and instruments and serving as global Mexican symbols.

Other genres you will also hear include zacatecano, tamborazo, huasteco, jarocho, norteño grupera, and marimba-based ensembles.

Check out the full details below to discover some new music about Mexico as well as the old-time favourites.

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Compiling a list of the best Mexico songs is no easy task and this playlist is by no means complete. What is your favourite song about Mexico? You know, the one that transports you straight to the country and its culture. I would love to add it to this playlist for others to discover and enjoy it too


SONGS ABOUT MEXICO: YOUR ULTIMATE PLAYLIST

Let’s take a journey around the country with these famous and popular songs about Mexico.
Find songs created by artists from around the world that have been inspired by Mexico or that have Mexico in the lyrics. You will also discover songs by Mexican artists and musicians that hail from the Spanish diaspora along with some traditional Mexican songs.

What are the best songs about Mexico? Let’s get into it…

First up….
What is the most played Mexican song?

1 | La Bamba — Ritchie Valens

From: USA
Album: Ritchie Valens
Released: 1958
Genre: Son jarocho Mexican folk music

Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba

Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba

Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba
Ba ba bamba

2 | Are You With Me — Lost Frequencies

From: Belgium
Album: Are you with me
Released: 2014
Genre: Dance/Electronic

I wanna dance by water ‘neath the Mexican sky
Drink some Margaritas by a string of blue lights
Listen to the Mariachi play at midnight
Are you with me, are you with me?

Are you with me?

Are you with me?

Drink some Margaritas by a string of blue lights
Listen to the Mariachi play at midnight
Are you with me, are you with me?

I wanna dance by water ‘neath the Mexican sky
Drink some Margaritas by a string of blue lights
Listen to the Mariachi play at midnight
Are you with me, are you with me?

Are you with me?

3 | Mexico — Lucas Estrada & Alex Alexander

From: Britain
Album: Mexico
Released: 2018
Genre: Pop

How could I get you off my mind
Even if time has passed us by
I can explain my things in ways
That only you and I can trace

Even when I’m far away I want you to know
What I feel is real
I don’t wanna leave this place
I won’t let it go
Once upon a time with you in Mexico

While the waves are moving on
Sunny beach and patios
Feel the air is tropical
Should we just run away and go

4 | Down in Mexico — The Coasters

From: USA
Album: The Coasters, 1957 (HD Remastered)
Released: 1957
Genre: Pop

Down in the Mexicali
There’s a crazy little place that I know
Where the drinks are hotter than the chili sauce
And the boss is a cat named Joe

He wears a red bandana, plays a blues pianna
In a honky-tonk down in Mexico
He wears a purple sash and a black moustache
In a honky-tonk down in Mexico

Well, the first time that I saw him
He was a-sittin’ on a piano stool
I said a-tell me dad, when does the fun begin?
He just winked his eye and said man, be cool

He wears a red bandana, plays a blues pianna
In a honky-tonk down in Mexico
He wears a purple sash and a black moustache
In a honky-tonk down in MexicoAll of a sudden in walks this chick
(In Mexico)
Joe starts playing on a Latin kick
(In Mexico)
Around her waist she wore three fishnets
(In Mexico)
She started dancin’ with the castanets
(In Mexico)
I didn’t know just what to expect
(In Mexico)
She threw her arms around my neck
(In Mexico)
We started dancin’ all around the floor
And then she did a dance I never saw before

5 | Stays In Mexico — Toby Keith

From: USA
Album: Greatest Hits 2
Released: 2004
Genre: Country

He woke up in the morning and he made a little telephone call,
To check on his wife and his kids back at home in Sioux Falls,
She hopped right in the shower with a heavy heavy mind,
(Spoken) What am I doing?
He knew it was the first time Gina had ever crossed that line,
They walked down to the beach and started drinking again,
Jumped into the ocean for a dirty swim,
One more margarita they were falling in love,
One more is never enough

Don’t bite off more than you can chew,
There’s things down here the devil himself wouldn’t do,
Just remember when you let it all go,
What happens in Mexico,
Stays in Mexico
Oh Mexico

Waiting at the bar at the terminal gate,
She says ‘Steve I gotta go, I’m going to miss my plane’
He said one more tequila before you climb on up,
She said one more is never enough

Don’t bite off more than you can chew,
There’s things down here the devil himself wouldn’t do,
Just remember when you let it all go,
What happens in Mexico,
Stays in Mexico
Stays in Mexico,
Oh Mexico

6 | Mexico en la Piel — Luis Miguel

From: Mexico
Album: Mexico en la Piel
Released: 2004
Genre: Pop, Regional Mexican

Como una mirada hecha en Sonora
Vestida con el mar de Cozumel
Con el color del sol por todo el cuerpo
Así se lleva a México en la piel

Como el buen tequila de esta tierra
O como un amigo en Yucatán
En Aguascalientes deshilados
O lana tejida en Teotitlán

Así se siente México, así se siente México
Así como unos labios por la piel
Así te envuelve México, así te sabe México
Así se lleva México en la piel

Como ver la sierra de Chihuahua
O la artesanía en San Miguel
Remontar el cerro de la silla
Así se lleva México en la piel

7 | Goin’ Down to Mexico — ZZ Top

From: USA
Album: ZZ Top’s First Album
Released: 1971
Genre: Blues, Folk

I was on my way down to Mexico,
There was trouble on the rise.
It was nothing more than I’d left behind,
Which was much to my surprise.
I turned around and lit a cigarette
Wiped the dust off of my boots.
When up ahead I saw the crowd,
I knew it was no use.
It’s been the same way for Oh so long,
It looks like I’m singing the same old song.
A fine and fancy man was he,
Doing good things for the poor.
Giving rides in his rocking Eighty-eight for free.
They could not hope for more.
When it came my turn he said to me,
“Have I seen your face before?”
I said, “Oh no, you must be wrong,
I’m from a distant shore.

8 | That’s Why God Made Mexico — Tim McGraw

From: USA
Album: Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
Released: 2002
Genre: Country music

Life is sweet in a border town
You learn to let your hair down
And you don’t make trouble
You learn to dance the fandango

You change your name and you change your face
Get used to beans and chile paste
And learn to live and love life in the slow lane

And that’s why God made Mexico
A place where we can lay low
Maybe Monterey or Acapulco
Anywhere the warm winds blow
Don’t you know
That’s why God made Mexico
That’s why God made Mexico

9 | México Lindo — Jorge Negrete

From: Spain
Album: México Lindo
Released: 1973
Genre: Regional Mexican Mariachi

Known throughout the Spanish-speaking world for its characterization of patriotism and loyalty for the land of Mexico.

Voz de la guitarra mía
Al despertar la mañana
Quiere cantar su alegría
A mi tierra mexicana

Yo le canto a tus volcanes
A tus praderas y flores
Que son como talismanes
Del amor de mis amores

México lindo y querido
Si muero lejos de ti
Que digan que estoy dormido
Y que me traigan aquí
Que digan que estoy dormido
Y que me traigan aquí
México lindo y querido
Si muero lejos de ti

Que me entierren en la sierra
Al pie de los magueyales
Y que me cubra esta tierra
Que es cuna de hombres cabales

10 | Alejandro — Lady Gaga

From: USA
Album: The Fame Monster
Released: 2010
Genre: Synth-pop

I know that we are young
And I know that you may love me
But I just can’t be with you like this anymore
Alejandro

She’s got both hands
In her pocket
And she won’t look at you
Won’t look at you
She hides true love
En su bolsillo
She got a halo around her finger
Around you

You know that I love you boy
Hot like Mexico, rejoice
At this point I gotta choose
Nothing to lose

Don’t call my name
Don’t call my name, Alejandro
I’m not your babe
I’m not your babe, Fernando

11 | They all Went to Mexico — Carlos Santana

From:
Album: Havana Moon
Released: 1983
Genre: Classic soul

Where’s my pal, where’s my friend
All good things must have an end
Sad things and nothings
On and on they go
I guess he went to Mexico

They all went to Mexico
Buenas dias, got to go
Tengo que obedecer
Mi corazon
They all went to Mexico song
Where’s my mule, where’s my dray
Straw hat’s packed up and gone
away
Mule don’t go north and dray go slow
They both went to Mexico
Where’s my sweetie, where’s the face
That lit dark corners every place
She put up with me long time you know
And then she had to go to Mexico

They all went to Mexico
Buenas dias, got to go
Tengo que obedecer
Mi corazon
They all went to Mexico
Where’s my mule, where’s my dray
Straw hat’s packed up and gone
away
Mule don’t go north and dray go slow
They both went to Mexico
Where’s my sweetie, where’s the face
That lit dark corners every place
She put up with me long time you know
And then she had to go to Mexico

12 | La Incondicional — Luis Miguel

From: Mexico
Album:  Busca una Mujer
Released: 1988
Genre: pop

Tú, la misma, siempre tú
Amistad, ternura ¿qué sé yo?
Tú, mi sombra has sido tú
La historia de un amor
Que no fue nada

Tú, mi eternamente tú
Un hotel, tu cuerpo y un adiós
Tú, mi oculta amiga tú
Un golpe de pasión
Amor de madrugada

No existe un lazo entre tú y yo
Nada de amores
Nada de nada

Tú, la misma de ayer
La incondicional
La que no espera nada
Tú, la misma de ayer
La que no supe amar
No sé por qué

13 | Blame it on Mexico — George Strait

From: USA
Album: Strait Country
Released: 1981
Genre: Country

We struck up some idle conversation
Traded all the troubles on our minds
One thing led to another in the evening
And I fell in love again for my last time

Blame it on Mexico if you need a reason
Say too much guitar music, tequila, salt and lime
Blame it on Mexico, but she’s the reason
That I fell in love again for my last time

Then daylight dawned and found me in Del Rio
In a rundown motel room as dark as hell
I felt all the pains of a morning after
And all alone as far as I could tell

Why she left I have no way of knowing
Guess she caught her train and that’s a crime
She took everything I ever wanted
And I fell in love again for my last time

14 | Beer in Mexico — Kenny Chesney

From: United States
Album: The Road and the Radio
Released: 2005
Genre: Country

Starin’ out into the wild blue yonder
So many thoughts to sit and ponder
‘Bout life and love and lack of
And this emptiness in my heart

Too old to be wild and free still
Too young to be over the hill
Should I try to grow up?
But who knows where to start

So I just
Sit right here and have another beer in Mexico
Do my best to waste another day
Sit right here and have another beer in Mexico
Let the warm air melt these blues away

Sun comes up and sun sinks down
And I seen ’em both in this tourist town
Up for days in a rage
Just tryin’ to search my soul

15 | Mexico Song — James Taylor

From: USA
Album: Gorilla
Released: 1975
Genre: Folk

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple, I just got to go
The sun’s so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I’ll have to go now

Americano got the sleepy eye
But his body’s still shaking like a live wire
Sleepy señorita with the eyes on fire

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low
The moon’s so bright like to light up the night
Make everything all right

Baby’s hungry and the money’s all gone
The folks back home don’t want to talk on the phone
She gets a long letter, sends back a postcard
Times are hard

Oh, Mexico
I’ve never really been but I’d sure like to go
Oh, Mexico
I guess I’ll have to go now

16 | Seashores of Old Mexico — George Strait

From: America
Album: Somewhere Down in Texas
Released: 2005
Genre: Country

I left out of Tucson with no destination in mind
I was runnin’ from trouble and the jail term, the Judge had in mind
And the border meant freedom, a new life, romance
And that’s why I thought I should go
And start my life over on the seashores of old Mexico

My first night in Juarez, lost all the money I had
One bad senorita made use of one innocent lad
But I must keep on runnin’, it’s too late to turn back
I’m wanted in Tucson, I’m told
Yeah, and things will blow over on the seashores of old Mexico

Two Mexican farmers en route to a town I can’t say
Let me ride on the back of a flatbed half-loaded with hay
Down through Durango, Colima, Almiera
Then in the Manzanillos
Where I slept in the sunshine on seashores of old Mexico

Yeah, she loved the gringo, my red hair and lingo
That’s all I needed to know, ha-ha
Yeah, I found what I needed on the seashores of old Mexico

17 | Rodeo or Mexico — Garth Brooks

From: USA
Album: Scarecrow
Released: 2001
Genre: Country

For a change I headed south across the border
For the Paso’s and a different horse to ride
I’d be back to make the rodeo in Waco
But that was long before I saw those dark brown eyes

With long black hair and English bad and broken
Her body said the words she couldn’t find
Cause I hung on every word she left unspoken
The question started leaning on my mind

Rodeo or Mexico
They both keep a cowboy satisfied
Rodeo or Mexico
The only way I know how to decide
Is just get on and ride

18 | Ain’t no God in Mexico — Waylon Jennings

From: United States of America
Album: Honky Tonk Heroes
Released: 1973
Genre: Country

Down the road a ways I’ve heard say
A new day’s coming on
Where the women folks are friendly
And the law leaves you alone
I’ll believe it when I see it
And I haven’t seen it yet
Don’t mind me just keep on talking
I’m just looking for my hat

There ain’t no God in Mexico
Ain’t no way to understand
How that border crossing feeling
Makes a fool out of a man
If I’d never felt the sunshine
Hell, I would not curse the rain
If my feet could fit a railroad track
I guess I’d been a train

19 | Mexico — Afrojack feat. Shirazi

From: Netherlands
Album: Forget the world
Released: 2014
Genre: Electronic dance

Suite case packed, no letters in the way I go
Flames blow away our memories out the smoke
And now it’s time for miles and miles
And I’ll be going until I just run out the road

If you’re looking for me
I’ll be in the land of the free
Nobody there’s guilty

By the time you know
That your love is gone
Oh, we down, down, down, down
In Mexico

Sun cames back, no lanes in the way I go
Flames blow away our memories out the smoke
And now it’s time for miles and miles
And I’ll be going until I just run out the road

20 | Mexico Lindo y Querido — Vicente Fernandez

From: Mexico
Album: The Living Legend
Released: 2006
Genre: Regional Mexican songs

Voz de la guitarra mía al despertar la mañana
Quiere cantar su alegría a mi tierra mexicana

Yo le canto a tus volcanes, a tus praderas y flores
Que son como talismanes del amor de mis amores

México lindo y querido, si muero lejos de ti
Que digan que estoy dormido
Y que me traigan aquí
Que digan que estoy dormido
Y que me traigan aquí
México lindo y querido
Si muero lejos de ti

Que me entierren en la sierra
Al pie de los magueyales
Y que me cubra ésta tierra
Que es cuna de hombres cabales

21 | Oye Cómo Va — Santana

From: USA
Album: Abraxas
Released: 1970
Genre: Pop

¡Rrr, sabor!

Oye cómo va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa’ gozar
Mulata

Oye cómo va
Mi ritmo
Bueno pa’ gozar
Mulata

22 | Playboys of the Southwestern World — Blake Shelton

From: USA
Album: The Dreamer
Released: 2003
Genre: Country

Hey Romeo, let’s go down to Mexico
Chase senoritas drink ourselves silly
Show them Mexican girls a couple real hillbillies
Got a pocket full of cash and that old Ford truck
Fuzzy cat hangin’ from the mirror for luck
Said don’t you know all those little brown-eyed girls
Want playboys of the southwestern world

Long around our tenth year
We found two airplane tickets to the hell outta here
Got scholarships to some small town school in Texas
We learned to drink Sangrias ’til the dawn’s early light
Eat eggs Ranchero’s and throw up all night
And tell those daddy’s girls we were majorin’ in the rodeo
Aw but my favorite memory of school that fall
Was the night John Roy came runnin’ down in the hall
Wearin’ nothing but cowboy boots and a big sombrero
And he was yellin’

23 | Have Love, Will Travel – The Sonics

From: USA
Album: Here Are The Sonics
Released: 1965
Genre: Rock

Yeah, I travel from Maine to Mexico
Just to find a little girl that loves me so
No matter when, no matter where I’ll be
I’m looking for a woman that’ll satisfy me

Have love
Whoa, baby, will travel
I said, yeah, yeah, have love
Woah, baby, will travel
I said, if you need loving then
Mm, hmm, I’ll travel
Woah!

Yeah, yeah, yeah, have love
Oh baby, will travel
Uh huh, have love
Oh, pretty baby, will travel
I said if you need loving then
Mmm, I’ll travel

Well, I might take a boat or I’ll take a plane
I might hitch hike or jump a railroad train
You’re kind of love drives a man insane
So look for me walking just a any old way

24 | Como la Flor — Selena

From: USA
Album: Entre a Mi Mundo
Released: 1992
Genre: Tejano Latin pop

Yo sé que tienes un nuevo amor
Sin embargo, te deseo lo mejor
Si en mí encontraste felicidad
Tal vez, alguien más te la dará

Como la flor con tanto amor
Me diste tú, se marchitó
Me marcho hoy, yo sé perder
Pero, ah-ah-ay, ¡cómo me duele!
Ah-ah-ay, ¡cómo me duele!

Si vieras cómo duele perder tu amor
Con tu adiós te llevas mi corazón
No sé si pueda volver a amar
Porque te di todo el amor que pude dar

Como la flor con tanto amor
Me diste tú, se marchitó
Me marcho hoy, yo sé perder
Pero, ah-ah-ay, ¡cómo me duele!
Ah-ah-ay, ¡cómo me duele!

25 | South of the Border Down Mexico Way — Frank Sinatra 

From: USA
Album: Come Fly With Me
Released: 1958
Genre: Pop

South of the border – down Mexico way
That’s where I fell in love, where the stars above – came out to play
And now as I wander – my thoughts ever stray
South of the border – down Mexico way

She was a picture – in old Spanish lace
Just for a tender while, I kissed a smile – upon her face
‘Cause it was fiesta – and we were so gay
South of the border – Mexico way

Then she smiled as she whispered “manjanna”
Never dreaming that we were parting
Then I lied as a whispered “manjanna”
‘Cause our tomorrow never came

South of the border – I jumped back one day
There in a veil of white, by the candle light – she knelt to pray
The mission bells told me (ding-dong) – that I musn’t stay
South of the border – Mexico way

26 | Down in Mexico — Jerrod Niemann

From: USA
Album:  Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury
Released: 2010
Genre: Country

It was 3 a.m.
Got a call from my friends in Teavana.
They said we’re down in Mexico
Man you outta go hop a plane, if you wanna
We been soaking up the sun
Here having fun
Hangin’ out on the beach and drinking.
As I packed my bags, couldn’t help but laugh
As I got to thinking.

Can you really be down, in Mexico?
With sweet drinks in hand, girls with cinnamon tans,
Don’t mix mix with tears you know.
From Monterrey to Tampico Bay
Don’t matter how far south you go.
Can you really be down in Mexico?

So here I am, surrounded by sand and clear water.
Watching the sunshine making tan lines,
Don’t know which is hotter.
Mariachi bands don’t play the blues and,
That proves it’s the only place.
That you can have a broken heart and a smile on your face.

27 | Mexican Vacation — Elton John

From: UK
Album:  The Diving Board
Released: 2013
Genre: Pop

I carried you in my arms
Through the hotel to our room
The night was filled with music
Those old historic tunes
Songs of revolution
Filled our hearts and fed our souls
As the fireworks exploded
Like those cannons long ago

See the kids in the candlelight
Spirits on the mend
Every golden child tonight
Just changes on the wind
See the kids in the candlelight
See ’em shining bright
Innocence beyond the fight
See the kids in the candlelight

Five hundred wooden saints below
The color’s cracked and dry
You said their stories should be told
Did they suffer when they died?
Give us your tradition
Give us hope and send us home
We’ll be the cracked bells tolling
The voice of dust and bones

28 | Banditos — The Refreshments

From: USA
Album: Wheelie
Released: 1995
Genre: Rock

So just how far down do you want to go
And we can talk it out over a cup of Joe
And you can look deep into my eyes
Like I was a super-model

Well it’s just you and me baby
No one else we can trust
We’ll say nothin’ to no one
No how or we’ll bust
Never crack a smile or flinch or cry
For nobody

So give you ID card to the border guard
Your alias says you got John Luke Picard
Of the united federation of planets
‘Cause they won’t speak English any ways

Everybody knows
That the world is full of stupid people
So meet me at the mission at midnight
We’ll divvy up there

29 | Mexican Girl — Smokie

From: England
Album: The Montreux Album
Released: 1978
Genre: Rock

Made in mexico, schooled in france, ooh la lovin’ she needed no teachin’
Oh, man I can say international ways I believe in

Mexican girl, don’t leave me alone
I got a heart as big as a stone
And I need you, believe me, to be here and love me tonight
Mexican girl, I want you to stay
You know my heart is longing to say
That as long as I live I will always remember the one that I called
My mexican girl

Her skin was soft as the velvet sky and her hair it shone in the moonlight
As the music did play, well the night turned to day, and I held her tight

Then she looked at me with her dark brown eyes, and she whispered: “hasta la vista”
Well, I don’t know what that means, but it sounded so good so I kissed her

30 | Good To Go to Mexico — Toby Keith

From: United States of America
Album: Unleashed
Released: 2002
Genre: Country

Baby if you’re good to go we’ll go down to Mexico
Get a place in Cabo, kick back in the sand
It’ll be just you and me and moonlight dancing on the sea
To Spanish guitar melody of a mariachi band

I got two tickets bought
There won’t be no second thought
Weather’s always nice down there in paradise
We’ll find that little man who owns that taco stand
We’ll be drinkin’ margaritas while we’re workin’ on our tan

Baby if you’re good to go we’ll go down to Mexico
Get a place in Cabo, kick back in the sand
It’ll be just you and me and moonlight dancing on the sea
To Spanish guitar melody of a mariachi band

Cancun don’t get me high
That’s where the snow birds fly
They like to winter there
Then they come from everywhere
I’ll take the Baja sun
It ain’t overrun
With the gringos and the touristas
We might be the only ones

31 | Meet Me in Mexico — The Drums

From: NYC
Album: Meet Me In Mexico
Released: 2018
Genre: Alternative/Indie

Oh, oh, oh, Mexico
Oh, oh, oh, Mexico

Yes, now you tell me how to live
But currently I don’t know
How to talk to you, with people watching
They don’t know how it feels
To be afraid to touch, the one you want the most

Escape
(No puedo bailar con estos gringos locos)
We can’t escape
(No puedo festejar con estos tontos gringos)

I want to love you a specific way
This is code for meet me in Mexico
I want you to love me a specific way
Can we go down to Mexico

Oh, oh, oh, Mexico
Oh, oh, oh, Mexico

32 | Going to Mexico — Steve Miller Band

From: CA
Album: Number 5
Released: 1970
Genre: Alternative rock

Pack my bags
Don’t be too slow
I should have quit you, baby
A long time ago
Left you flat
And split for Mexico

Don’t try to stop me
Child, you’re talkin’ too fast
‘Cause you and your friends, babe
You are a thing in my past
You’re much too slow
I’m goin’ to Mexico

I’ve got four or five hundred miles to go
Down that southbound highway
’53 Studebaker goin’ for broke
I’m pushin’ it night and day

33 | El Nuevo Contrabando — Los Luceros del Norte

From: Mexico
Album: El nuevo contrabando / Viejitos del central
Released: 1980
Genre: Latino

34 | Mexican Rose — Freddy Fender

From: USA
Album: Church Street Station Presents: Freddy Fender
Released: 1988
Genre: Country

35 | Mexico Song — Chris Holsten

From: Norway
Album: MEXICO
Released: 2017
Genre: Pop

Tune on the beach down in Mexico
Sippin’ on a drink I can’t let go
Looking at the girls from the bar
I’m waving with my golden credit card

Ride with the ocean waves
Can feel the breeze just hit my soul
Every wish in one big place
Right in the heart of Mexico
Sun goes up, Sun goes down
Girls fly in, girls fly out
Sold my house but I still own
My one-way ticket to Mexico

One-way ticket to Mexico

Shakin’ to a beat everywhere I go
And singing to a song that I should have known
Got myself a hat and a cheap cigar
I know I’m poor but i look like a star

Ride with the ocean waves
Can feel the breeze just hit my soul
Every wish in one big place
Right in the heart of Mexico
Sun goes up, Sun goes down
Girls fly in, girls fly out
Sold my house but I still own
My one-way ticket to Mexico song

One-way ticket to Mexico

36 | Mexicola — Queens of the Stone Age

From: American
Album: Queens of the Stone Age
Released: 1998
Genre: Indie rock

Setting sun deals hands of gold
There’s velvet eyes in Mexico
Just a fall away and all she said was true
Speak in tongues, speak in lies
Drooling livers, born to die
It’s a wonder that those guns don’t point at you

Oh, oh
Oh, oh

go on
(Keep sayin’) you won’t (live forever)
(Keep sayin’) go on, (keep sayin’) go on
(Keep sayin’) you won’t (live forever)

Point and shoot, I know just what you mean
In a world that’s full of shit and gasoline, babe
One dog’s dead, one’s on the phone, just leave a lung or leave it alone
It’s that same old song again, I hate it ’cause it’s true

37 | Querida — Juan Gabriel

From: Mexico
Album: Recuerdos, Vol. II
Released: 1984
Genre: Latin pop

Querida
Cada momento de mi vida
Yo pienso en ti más cada día
Mira mi soledad, mira mi soledad
Que no me sienta nada bien, oh ven ya

Querida
No me ha sanado bien la herida
Te extraño y lloro todavía
Mira mi soledad, mira mi soledad
Que no me sienta nada bien, oh ven ya

Querida
Piensa en mi sólo un momento y ven
Date cuenta de que el tiempo es cruel
Y lo he pasado yo sin ti, oh ven ya

Querida
Hazlo por quien más quieras tú
Yo quiero ver de nuevo luz
En todo mi casa, oh, oh

38 | Just like Mexico — Don Cisco

From: USA
Album: Oh Boy
Released: 2000
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

You want to know why I
Ride or die for this West Coast turf
From Sacra, San Diego, homeboys put in work
California soldiers, we was born to ball
It’s like L.A. and the Bay, is the heart of it all
Pump the blood of an Aztec, mean mug, not a plastic
What’s up homie, fire up, let’s get blasted
Flash on the pass, homie, you ain’t know
California used to be Mexico
Now check the Spanish surnames or the cities to claim
Los Angeles and San Francisco, all the same
It’s the Golden State of California, baby, baby
Fore you hate on us, we got to warn ya
Mexican’s Cali’s biggest minority
In the millennium, eventually will be the majority
Take a look around you, the world is a barrio
And everybody’s lowriding like they on a way to a car show

Please believe it
The Bay Area, huh
Just like Mexico, Mexico, Mexico…

39 | Eddy Raven — I got Mexico

From: USA
Album: I Could Use Another You
Released: 1984
Genre: Country

I just got tired of that same old job,
Tired of fightin’ that freeway mob.
I bet you never thought I’d really go,
I’d never get as far as Mexico.

But I’ve even learned to speak the language some,
Down on the beach drinkin’ coke and rum.
You wouldn’t know me with this golden glow,
Soakin’ sun in Mexico.

I’m eatin right and I’m livin good,
Doin’ everything I said I would.
I should have left a long time ago,
Who needs you? I got Mexico.

Through it all nothing’s really changed,
No matter what honey that’s a shame.
I still love you that’s the way it goes,
He’s got you, I’ve got Mexico.

40 | Soul to Squeeze — Red Hot Chili Peppers

From: USA
Album: Coneheads (Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Released: 1993
Genre: Rock

Oh, so polite indeed
Well, I got everything I need
I’ll make my days a breeze
And take away my self-destruction

It’s bitter baby and it’s very sweet
Holy rollercoaster, but I’m on my feet
Take me to the river, let me on your shore
I’ll be comin’ back maybe, I’ll be comin’ back for more
Doo-doo dingle zing a dong bone
Ba-di ba-da ba-zumba crunga cong gone bad
I could not forget, but I will not endeavor
Simple pleasures are much better
But I won’t regret it never

Where I go, I just don’t know
I got to, got to, gotta take it slow
When I find my peace of mind
I’m gonna give ya some of my good time
Where I go, I just don’t know
I might end up somewhere in Mexico
When I find my peace of mind
I’m gonna keep ya for the end of time

41 | Moon over Mexico — Luke Combs

From: USA
Album: What You See Is What You Get
Released: 2019
Genre: Country

I can still see your blue sky
Blue eyes hanging on a mango kiss
Hear the waves and the breeze and the Joshua trees
Was just about as good as it gets
Taste the salt on the rim, feel that sand on your skin
And the wild in the wind like I’m right there again

Under a moon over Mexico
Holding onto you as the low tide rolls
Whatever that buzz was, I ain’t felt it since
But I can’t seem to let it go
And there was a shine in the dark, a flame from a spark
And a lime in a Pacifico
Under a moon over Mexico

The second I left I was kicking myself
‘Cause I knew I should’ve stayed
Still tequila love drunk, from us waking up
Under the Cabo palm leaf shade
And it’s crazy I know, but I’d give anything to go
To you and me on that coast, in the midnight glow

Under a moon over Mexico
Over Mexico

42 | Beaches of Mexico — Gil Caro

From: Latin America
Album: Marietta Rain
Released: 2003
Genre: Pop

43 | Down to Mexico — Paul Gilbert

From: USA
Album: Flying Dog
Released: 1998
Genre: Metal

If you found the answer but still you don’t know
You could run down to Mexico
You don’t need to buy your friends
They’re just glad to meet ya
Maybe even meet yourself
A friendly senorita

If you never try it you will never know
You could run down to Mexico
Oau!

Take me a vacation from the freezing cold
Gonna run down to Mexico
Should have left a long, long time ago
Gonna run down to Mexico
Sun is always in the sky
Bands are always hoppin’
You can shake it all you want
‘Til you feel like stoppin’
If you never try it you will never know
You could run down to Mexico
Yeah!

44 | Once Upon a Time — Leah Turner

From: USA
Album: Lost In Translation
Released: 2021
Genre: Country

Some loves fade and some loves don’t
Some love stories won’t let go
Once upon a time in Mexico

I can feel his hands on my hips
Still love stoned off a kiss
Every summer night I reminisce
I still wonder where he is

Coulda been the sand, the mariachi band
Coulda been the way he said my name
Heat on my skin, when he pulled me in
As he whispered bese me

We danced until the moon let go
And I fell for a vaquero
Once upon a time in Mexico

45 | ¡Viva México! — Pedro Galindo Galarza

From: Mexico City
Album: Viva México!
Genre: Latin

Soy puro mexicano
Nacido en este suelo
En esta hermosa tierra
Que es mi linda nación

Mi México querido
Que linda es mi bandera
Si alguno la mancilla
Le parto el corazón

¡Viva México!
(¡Viva!)
¡Viva América!
(¡Viva!)
Oh suelo bendito de Dios
¡Viva México!
(¡Viva!)
¡Viva América!
(¡Viva!)
Mi sangre por ti daré yo

46 | Mexican Seafood — Nirvana

From: USA
Album: Live On Air 1987
Released: 1987
Genre: Alternative rock

Ah, the itchy flakes, it is a flaming
All the gels and cremes, it is pertaining
To a fungus mold cured by injection
Hope it’s only ah, a yeast infection

Oh well it hurts when I, it hurts when I pee
Oh well it hurts when I, it hurts when I see

Now I vomit cum and diarrhea on the tile floor like oatmeal pizza
Fill my toilet bowl full of a cloudy puss
I feel the blood becoming chowder rust

Oh well it hurts when I, it hurts when I pee
Oh well it hurts when I, it hurts when I see

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47 | People of the Sun — Rage Against the Machine

From: USA
Album: Evil Empire
Released: 1996
Genre: Metal

This single was written after lead vocalist Zach de la Rocha visited Southern Mexico.

Yeah, people come up
Yeah
We better turn the bass up on this one

Check it, since 1516, minds attacked and overseen
Now crawl amidst the ruins of this empty dream
With their borders and boots, on top of us
Pullin’ knobs on the floor, of their toxic metropolis
But how you gonna get what you need to get?
The gut eaters, blood drenched get offensive like Tet
The fifth sun sets get back reclaim
The spirit of Cuauhtémoc, alive and untamed
Now face the funk now blastin’ out your speaker
On the one – Maya, Mexica
That vulture came to try and steal your name but now you got a gun
Yeah, this is for the people of the sun!

It’s comin’ back around again!
This is for the people of the sun! – It’s comin’ back around again! Uh
It’s comin’ back around again!
This is for the people of the sun! – It’s comin’ back around again! Uh

48 | Mexico Songs — Husbands

From: France
Album: After the Gold Rush Party
Released: 2020
Genre: Alternative Pop

We’re keepin’ in
To keep ’em out
Do it again? She said, “Without any doubt”
You know I want you

You took the words
Right out my mouth
Do it again? I said, “Without any doubt”
You know I want you, too

She said, “I can’t see through it
But we could find ourselves a beach house down in Mexico”
Baby, I’m so down

49 | Oye Mi Amor — Maná

From: Guadalajara, Mexico
Album: ¿Dónde Jugarán los Niños?
Released: 1992
Genre: Spanish Rock

No sabes cómo te deseo
No sabes cómo te he soñado
Si tú supieras que me muero
Por tu amor y por tus labios

Si tú supieras que soy sincero
Yo soy derecho y no te fallo
Si tú supieras lo que te quiero
Podría darte todo hasta mis ojos, eh

Pero tú ya tienes otro
Un tipo frío y aburrido
Un tonto que es un reprimido
Eso no te pega a ti
No te va

Oye mi amor, no me digas que no
Y vamos juntando las almas
Oye mi amor, no me digas que no
Y vamos juntando los cuerpos

50 | Mexico — Firefall

From: USA
Album: Firefall
Released: 1976
Genre: Alternative rock

Somewhere that’s close to the ocean
Somewhere that’s warm and alive
Somewhere to sleep in the open
With the sun in my eyes

I have to go, I feel I’m sinkin’
I just don’t know
But I can’t stop thinkin’
Mexico Songs

Winter wind blowin’
And Lord but they sting
Summer wind sing to me
Promise me everything
Blue skies and sunshine wherever I go
Sweet senoritas are waiting to love me I know

Mexico
Mexico

51 | Mexicali Blues — Bob Weir

From: USA
Album: Dick’s Picks Volume 7
Released: 1997
Genre: Country rock

And it’s three days ride from Bakersfield and I don’t know why I came
I guess I came to keep from payin’ dues
So instead I’ve got a bottle and a girl who’s just fourteen
And a damn good case of the Mexicali Blues Yeh

Is there anything a man don’t stand to lose
When the devil wants to take it all away?
Cherish well your thoughts, and keep a tight grip on your booze
‘Cause thinkin’ and drinkin’ are all I have today

She said her name was Billy Jean and she was fresh in town
I didn’t know a stage line ran from hell
She had raven hair, a ruffled dress, a necklace made of gold
All the french perfume you’d care to smell

She took me up into her room and whispered in my ear
Go on, my friend, do anything you choose
Now I’m payin’ for those happy hours I spent there in her arms
With a lifetime’s worth of the Mexicali Blues, yeh

52 | Vete Ya — Valentin Elizalde

From: Mexico
Album:  Mi Satisfacción
Released: 2003
Genre: Latino

Vete ya
Si no encuentras motivos
Para seguir conmigo
¿Para qué continuar?

Es mejor terminar como amigos
Que ser como enemigos
Esperando atacar

Vete si no sientes que mi boca te provoca
Sensaciones cuando ronda por tus labios
Vete si tu cuerpo no se excita cuando en forma de caricias
Te recorro con mis manos
Nada justifica en esta vida soportar con la mentira
Una relación si no hay amor
Vete ya, si no hay amor

53 | Two Pina Coladas — Brooks Jefferson

From: USA
Album: Strummin’ On Garth
Released: 2015
Genre: Country

Now I’ve got a smile
That goes on for miles
With no inclination to roam

I’ve gotta say
That I think I’ve gotta stay
‘Cause this is feelin’ more and more like home

So bring me two pina coladas
One for each hand
Let’s set sail with Captin Morgan
And never leave dry land

Troubles I forgot ’em
I buried ’em in the sand
So bring me two pina coladas
She said good-bye to her good timin’ man

54 | Mexico — Jimmy Buffett

From: USA
Album: Barometer Soup
Released: 1995
Genre: Country

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple, I just got to go
The sun’s so hot, I forgot to go home
I guess I’ll have to go now

Americano’s got the sleepy eyes
But his body’s still shakin’ like a live wire
Senorita with her eyes on fire
Don’t you know

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so sweet with the sun sinkin’ low
The moon so bright likes to light up the night
Make everything alright

Baby’s hungry and the money’s all gone
The folks back home don’t want to talk on the phone
She gets a long letter and sends back a postcard
Times are hard

Oh, down in Mexico
I’ve never really been, so I don’t really know
Oh-oh-oh, Mexico
I guess I’ll have to go now

Oh, Mexico
I’ve never really been but I’d sure like to go
Oh-oh-oh, Mexico
I guess I’ll have to go now

Talkin’ ’bout Mexico (Mexico)
Little honkey tonk down in Mexico
South of Margaritaville, I’ve been told

55 | Still Feels like Mexico — Ronnie Dunn ft. Reba McEntire

From: United States
Album: Tattooed Heart
Released: 2016
Genre: Country

We might be a thousand miles away
Thank God some memories never fade

Still feels like Mexico
Still feels like the first time baby
Still feels like we’re in Cancun
‘Cause I’m still drunk on you, that beachside motel room
Still feels like those summer days
Those nights we went a little crazy
Who cares if we never go back
When you kiss me like that, still feels like Mexico

We don’t need no string of lights
No Mariachi band that’s right
Baby, we got this
Put those pretty lips on mine
Cross that border one more time
Let’s take a little trip

56 | Mexico City — Jolie Holland

From: USA
Album: The Living and the Dead
Released: 2008
Genre: Alternative/Indie

But how can we help it there was no where else to go
I sent Julie and Billy out on that long hard road
On that long hard road, on that long hard road

I’m just back from Mexico city
I came back north to Texas to rest my weary head
My true love is fresh from the battle field
Sewing up the dying and carting off the dead
My baby don’t stand no fighting amongst the living or the dead

What’s that black smoke rising Jack, is the world on fire?
What’s that distant singing, is it a heavenly choir?
Of the living and the dead, the living and the dead
The living and the dead, the living and the dead
The living and the dead, the living and the dead

57 | Peso in my Pocket — Toby Keith

From: America
Album: Peso in My Pocket
Released: 2021
Genre: Country

Hey there señorita, don’t you wanna go?
Grab a big ol’ green burrito at a Mexican show
Put on your red stilettos and get here on the double
We’ll drink margaritas ’til we find ourselves some trouble

Got a peso in my pocket
Got a pepper in my pants
Got a poncho on my shoulder
And a cha-cha in my dance
It’s always nice and crazy when I’m down in Mexico
What’s up little mama? Que paso

She loves my gringo lingo, but she’s hard to understand
I know where to find her when I cross that Rio Grande
We really get it cookin’ when we get down by the water
Like a chicken quesadilla and a red hot enchilada

Got a peso in my pocket
Got a pepper in my pants
Got a poncho on my shoulder
And a cha-cha in my dance
It’s always nice and crazy when I’m down in Mexico
What’s up little mama? Que paso
Yeah, what’s up little mama? Que paso

58 | A Sky full of Stars — Coldplay

From: UK
Album: Ghost Stories
Released: 2014
Genre: Pop rock

‘Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
I’m gonna give you my heart
‘Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
‘Cause you light up the path

I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do, ooh-ooh, ooh
‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in a sky full of stars
I think I saw you

‘Cause you’re a sky, ’cause you’re a sky full of stars
I wanna die in your arms, oh, oh-oh
‘Cause you get lighter the more it gets dark
I’m gonna give you my heart, oh

I don’t care, go on and tear me apart
I don’t care if you do, ooh-ooh, ooh
‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in sky full of stars
I think I see you
I think I see you

59 | Mexico (Under the Sun in Mexico) — Long John Baldry

From: Canada
Album: Let the Heartaches Begin: The Pye Anthology
Released: 1998
Genre: Blues

Just take my hand and come along with me
There is so little time to spare
There is a place I have to give the world to see
When the musics softly playin’
And the rhythms gently swayin’
Underneath the stars
And a million bars
Guitars are softly sayin’

Mexico
You got to be in so much to see in
Mexico
Take it from me, yeah
You’re gonna see the greatest show
Underneath the sun in Mexico

Underneath the sun in Mexico
The magic has begun in Mexico
Underneath the sun in Mexico…

60 | Across the Border — Bruce Springsteen

From: USA
Album: The Ghost of Tom Joad
Released: 1995
Genre: Rock Folk

Tonight my bag is packed
Tomorrow I’ll walk these tracks
That will lead me across the border
Tomorrow my love and I
Will sleep beneath auburn skies
Somewhere across the border
We’ll leave behind my dear
The pain and sadness we found here
And we’ll drink from the Bravo’s muddy water
Where the sky grows gray and wide
We’ll meet on the other side
There, across the border

For you I’ll build a house
High upon a grassy hill
Somewhere across the border
Where pain and memory
Pain and memory have been stilled
There, across the border
And sweet blossoms fill the air
Pastures of gold and green
Roll down into cool clear waters
And in your arms beneath open skies
I’ll kiss the sorrow from your eyes
There, across the border

61 | La Zandunga — Chavela Vargas

From: Costa Rica- Mexico
Album:  Los Éxitos De Siempre, Vol. 1
Released: 2016
Genre: Mexican ranchera

Antenoche fui a tu casa,
Tres golpes le di al candado,
Tienes el sueño pesado.

Ay! Sandunga, Sandunga
Mamá por Dios.
Sandunga, no seas ingrata,
Mamá de mi corazón.

Me ofreciste acompañarme
Desde la iglesia hasta mi choza,
Pero como no llegaste
Tuve que venirme solo.

A orillas del Papaloapam
Me estaba bañando ayer,
Pasaste por las orillas
Y no quisiste ver.

62 | Mexico — Carrie Underwood

From: USA
Album: Storyteller
Released: 2015
Genre: Country

Blue lights on the horizon
Dust clouds filling the sky
If they get the cuffs on us
It’s twenty-five to life
Run, run, your own direction
And I’ll lead ’em down a different road
Take the gun, hide the car and the money
I’ll meet you in Mexico

Look for the golden sombrero
Puerto Nuevo west
Blonde had a little too much fun
I’ll be brunette
Adios till then

Crossing that border; passport says Jane Doe
For a little while, baby, just lay low
Oh oh oh, I’ll meet you in Mexico
Suntan, seaside, feeling that breeze blow
We’ll be sipping that smooth Don Julio
Oh oh oh, I’ll meet you in Mexico, yeah
Oh oh, oh oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh oh, oh oh, oh, oh, oh

I’ll meet you in Mexico

63 | Back Seat of my Car — Paul and Linda McCartney

From: USA
Album: Ram
Released: 1971
Genre: Pop

Speed along the highway, honey I want it my way
But listen to her daddy’s song, don’t stay out to long
Were just busy hidin’, sitting the back seat of my car
(Looking for a ride and all about)
(Looking for a ride in and out of town)
(Strolling around and all about)
(Looking for a ride in and out of)

The laser lights are pretty
We may end up in Mexico city
But listen to her daddy’s song
Making love is wrong
Ooh, we’re just busy riding
Sitting in the back seat of my car

Oh oh, Oh oh
Oh oh, Oh oh

64 | Salt, Lime & Tequila — Ryan Griffin

From: Nashville, TN
Album: Slow Down Sunrise
Released: 2022
Genre: Country

Ain’t much worth stressin’ over
Let it roll right off your shoulder
Time flies and life is short
So why not have one more
With a dash on the rim
Pour it strong, mix it in
When it don’t go your way
Take it all with a grain of

Salt, lime, and tequila
It all gets to fadin’ with
One, two, maybe three margaritas
Throw ’em back and watch ’em
Wash all your worries away
At the end of the day
All you gotta do is take
Life with a grain of
Salt, lime, and tequila

65 | Somos mas Americanos — Los Tigres del Norte

From: Mexico
Album: Uniendo Fronteras
Released: 2001
Genre: Norteño, Regional Mexican

Ya me gritaron mil veces que me regrese a mi tierra,
Porque aqui no quepo yo
Quiero recordarle al gringo: Yo no cruce la frontera, la frontera me cruzo.
America nacio libre, el hombre la dividio.
Ellos pintaron la raya, para que yo la brincara
Y me llaman imbasor
Es un error bien marcado nos quitaron ocho estados
Quien es aqui el imbasor.
Soy extranjero en mi tierra,
Y no vengo a darles guerra, soy hombre trabajador.… 

Y si no miente la historia,
Aqui se asento en la gloria la poderosa nacion
Entre guerreros valientes, indios de dos continentes, mezclados
Con espanol.
Y si a los siglos nos vamos:
Somos mas americanos,
Somos mas americanos que el hijo del anglo-saxon.

66 | Mexico — The Movement

From: The US
Album: Set Sail
Released: 2008
Genre: Reggae

Went sailin on a voyage
Over through the mountain and the sea
Heard the music that was comin with originality
Seen the waves
And when they’re crashin with the perfect melody
That’s the reason
That I’m chillin with my girl down by the beach
I got my lover, got my stereo
It’s all that really matters
When you’re thinkin about it all
I got my guitar and I got someplace to go
And that’s the reason I’m chillin
On a Sunday afternoon in Mexico

In Mexico
Down in Mexico it goes something like…

67 | My Old School — Steely Dan

From: American
Album: Countdown to Ecstasy
Released: 1973
Genre: Pop rock

Oleanders growing outside her door
Soon they’re gonna be in bloom up in Annandale
I can’t stand her
Doing what she did before
Living like a gypsy queen in a fairy tale
Well, I hear the whistle but I can’t go, I’m gonna
Take her down to Mexico, she said oh no
Guadalajara won’t do

Well, I did not think the girl
Could be so cruel
And I’m never going back
To my old school

California tumbles into the sea
That’ll be the day I go back to Annandale
Tried to warn you
About Chino and Daddy Gee
But I can’t seem to get to you through the U.S. Mail
Well I hear the whistle but I can’t go, I’m gonna
Take her down to Mexico, she said oh no
Guadalajara won’t do

Well, I did not think the girl
Could be so cruel
And I’m never going back
To my old school

68 | Tequila — The Champs

From: USA
Album: Go Champs Go
Released: 1958
Genre: Jazz

Tequila!
Tequila!
Tequila!

69 | Ride Like The Wind — Christopher Cross

From: USA
Album: Christopher Cross
Released: 1979
Genre: Pop rock

It is the night
My body’s weak
I’m on the run
No time to sleep
I’ve got to ride
Ride like the wind
To be free again

And I’ve got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind

I was born the son of a lawless man
Always spoke my mind with a gun in my hand
Lived nine lives
Gunned down ten
Gonna ride like the wind

And I’ve got such a long way to go (such a long way to go)
To make it to the border of Mexico
So I’ll ride like the wind
Ride like the wind. Gonna ride like the wind

70 | La Jaula de Oro — Los Tigres del Norte

From: Mexico
Album: Jaula de Oro
Released: 1983
Genre: Latin

“Escúchame hijo
Te gustaría que regresáramos a vivir México?”
“Whatcha talkin’ about dad?
I don’t wanna go back to Mexico, no way dad”

Mis hijos no hablan conmigo
Otro idioma han aprendido, y olvidado el español
Piensan como Americanos, niegan que son Mexicanos
Aunque tengan mi color

De mi trabajo a mi casa
No sé lo que me pasa
Que aunque soy hombre de hogar
Casi no salgo a la calle
Pues tengo miedo que me hallen
Y me pueden deportar

De que me sirve el dinero
Si estoy como prisionero
Dentro de esta gran nación
Cuando me acuerdo hasta lloro
Aunque la jaula sea de oro
No deja de ser prisión

71 | Getaway — Henri Purnell ft. Goldbird

From: USA
Album: Getaway
Released: 2019
Genre: Dance Electronic

Na nana nana
I need a getaway, getaway
Na nana nana
I need a getaway, getaway

Wake up in the morning
Same old, same old day
Wanna tell different stories
I need a getaway, getaway
I need a getaway, getaway
I need a getaway, getaway
I need to go (I need to go)

Na nana nana
I need a getaway, getaway
Na nana nana
I need a getaway, getaway
Oh, I’m ready to leave
Na nana nana
I need a getaway, getaway

I need a getaway, getaway
Oh, I’m ready to leave
I need a getaway, getaway
I need a getaway, getaway
Na nana nana
Oh, I’m ready to leave
Na nana nana
I need a getaway, getaway
Na nana nana

72 | Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir — Los Lobos

From: USA
Album: La Pistola y El Corazón
Released: 1988
Genre:  Latin rock Tex-Mex

No te asombres si te digo lo que fuiste
Una ingrata con mi pobre corazón
Porque el fuego de tus lindos ojos negros
Alumbraron el camino de otro amor

Y pensar que te adoraba ciegamente
Que a tu lado como nunca me sentí
Y por esas cosas raras de la vida
Sin el beso de tu boca, yo me ví

Amor de mis amores, alma mía que me hiciste
Que no puedo consolarme sin poderte contemplar
Ya que pagaste mal mi cariño tan sincero
Solo conseguirás que no te nombre nunca más
Amor de mis amores si dejaste de quererme
No hay cuidado que la gente de esto no se enterará
¿Qué gano con decir que tu amor cambió mi suerte?
Se burlarán de mí, que nadie sepa mi sufrir

73 | Hypnotized — Fleetwood Mac

From: Britain
Album:  Mystery to Me
Released: 1973
Genre: Alternative rock

They say there’s a place down in Mexico
Where a man can fly over mountains and hills
And he don’t need an airplane or some kind of engine
And he never will
Now you know it’s a meaningless question
To ask if those stories are right
‘Cause what matters most is the feeling
You get when you’re hypnotized

Seems like a dream
They got me hypnotized
Seems like a dream
They got me hypnotized
Seems like a dream
They got me hypnotized
Got me hypnotized

74 | Riff Raff – AC/DC

From: Australia
Album: Powerage
Released: 1978
Genre: Hard rock

See it on television every day
Hear it on the radio
It ain’t humid but it sure is hot
Down in Mexico
Boss man tryin’ to tell me
Beginnin’ of the end
Sayin’ it’ll bend me
Too late my friend
Riff raff
It’s good for a laugh
Riff raff
Laugh yourself in half
Now I’m the kind of guy that keeps his big mouth shut
It don’t bother me
Somebody kickin’ me when I’m up

75 | Bésame Mucho — Consuelo Velázquez

From: Mexican
Album: Bésame mucho
Released: 1940
Genre: Bolero

This Mexican song is recognized as the most recorded and covered song in Spanish of all time. This important Latin music hymn is also considered one of the most popular songs of all time.

Bésame
Bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame
Bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte despuésBésame (bésame)
Bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame
Bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Quiero tenerte muy cerca
Mirarme en tus ojos
Verte junto a mí

Piensa que tal vez mañana
Ya estaré lejos
Muy lejos de aquí

76 | Mexico, Tequila, and Me — Alan Jackson

From: USA
Album: Angels and Alcohol
Released: 2015
Genre: Country

Whoa, aw, yeah
I’m docking out, I’m loading up
Well, I’m out of Alabama, down to Louisiana
Halfway ’bout to New Orleans
Yeah, I’m leaning on my Chevy
Rolling through the levees trying to get to where I wanna be
And I’m looking back at Texas
That’s where I reckon I can finally put myself at ease
Check my life there at the border
Everything over my shoulder, just Mexico, Tequila and me
Yeah, there’s Mexico, tequila and me, that’s all

Well, I’m tired of the rat-race, even tired of her sweet face
Sick of what I’m supposed to be
I need a little time to vegetate my mind
Escape from my reality
Just Mexico, tequila and me
That’s right

I’m not entirely unhappy, ’cause sometime’s life’s crappy
Make me wanna stop and run
Take a three-day breather, sip a Margarita
Drift away beside the sea
Just Mexico, tequila and me, ah yeah

Yeah, a little sand, a little sun, a little sangria, baby
Buenas noches

77 | Sexy Mexican Maid – Red Hot Chilli Peppers 

From: USA
Album: Mother’s Milk
Released: 1989
Genre: Alternative/Indie rock

Hair so smooth, black as coal
Aw baby the way you sway
You wear the dress so very blue
That you take my blues away
She comes and goes that I know
She comes at least once a day
I can’t resist I kiss you lips [sic]
You’re my sexy Mexican maid

My angel girl she sings to me
Baby tell me this is not a dream
She’s pushing me onto my knees
I’m prayin’ to my baby she screams
Squeezing me so tight I cry
I’ll low you ’till the day I die
Let me please get on my knees, I come alone

When I wake up in the morn
She greets me where I lay
I look outside to find that I’s a bright and sunny day
So serene she gives to me my toast and marmalade
What more can I say she’s my sexy Mexican maid

78 | Una mas cerveza — Tommy Alverson

From: USA
Album: Me on the Jukebox
Released: 2007
Genre: Country

Was down in Mexico where I had roamed
Not too much Spanish by then had I known
I found myself in a terrible mess
There were ten bad banditos, one gringo to mess
I was surrounded no where could I run
They had Los Pistols and I had no gun
I searched my memory for something to say
I had to think quick this could be my last day
Una mas cerveza
Una mas cerveza
Una mas cerveza
Was all I could say

79 | Dr. Psiquiatra — Gloria Trevi

From: Mexico
Album: ¿Qué Hago Aquí?
Released: 1989
Genre: Latin

Creo que ya es tiempo de ir con el psiquiatra
(Bam, bam, bam-bam-bam)
(Bara-bara-bara-bam, bam, bam)
Lo dijeron en mi casa y me trajeron casi a rastras
(Bam, bam, bam-bam-bam)
(Bara-bara-bara-bam, bam, bam)

Pues cuando llego de noche
Y me quieren hacer un reproche
No oigo nada, no oigo nada
Y corro a la ventana

Pero, del quinto piso el que salta, se mata
Me pongo violenta, aviento adornos de casa
No estoy loca, no estoy loca, no estoy loca
Sólo estoy desesperada

80 | Willin’ – Little Feat

From: USA
Album: Little Feat
Released: 1971
Genre: Country rock

Well, I’ve been kicked by the wind
Robbed by the sleet
Had my head stoved in
But I’m still on my feet
And I’m still… willin’

I smuggled some smokes
And folks from Mexico
Baked by the sun
Every time I go to Mexico
And I’m still…

And I been from Tucson to Tucumcari
Tehachapi to Tonapah
Driven every kind of rig that’s ever been made
Driven the back roads
So I wouldn’t get weighed
And if you give me weed, whites, and wine
And you show me a sign
I’ll be willin’… to be movin’

81 | Mas Tequila — Sammy Hagar

From: USA
Album: Red Voodoo
Released: 1999
Genre: Rock

Mas Tequila
All right now, here we go …
Now we’re gonna tell you a little story
About the way we like to party – take ya on a trip!
HIT IT!
That’s right
I’m goin’ way down south where the big blue agave grow,
Takin’ a weekend trip down to Baja, Mexico!
Where you can drink the water, but don’t ya eat the ice,
Take your vitamin “T” with salt ‘n lemon slice …
I say,
One shot…Hey! Mas Tequila-
Two shots…Hey! que veneno-
Three shots…Arriba! Mas Tequila!
Hey! Hey!
She did a mean macarena to the funky cold medina
Behind a body shot and three margaritas.
She’ll drink it straight from the bottle, terra cotta jug,
From a boda bag coppin’ a major buzz.

82 | Till It Snows in Mexico — Reba McEntire

From: USA
Album: What Am I Gonna Do About You
Released: 1986
Genre: Country

We met on a road from Tulsa
Travelers in the night
Well I knew we belong together
It just felt so right
There’s something about this gal you ought to know
She’s gonna love you
Till it snows in Mexico

I’m gonna love you
Till it snows in Mexico
Or till the Rio Grande freezes over
Cause darling when God made our love
He threw away the mold
And I’m gonna love you
Till it snows in Mexico

If you should ever leave me
Heaven forbid
But you don’t have to worry none
About me ?
You know exactly where I’ll go
I’ll be waiting for the snow in Mexico

83 | Adios Mexico — Texas Tornados

From: USA
Album: Texas Tornados
Released: 1990
Genre: Tejano

Adiós México
Adiós México
How I got along without ya, I never know
Now it’s adiós México

I got a little chavala
Down there in Lake, Lake Chapala
Adiós México

Well, a sweet señorita is waiting for me
Down there in Ajijic
And I love her
Adiós México
Adiós México
Adiós México
How I got along without ya, I never know
Now it’s adiós México


I hope you enjoyed this Mexican playlist and this list of the best songs about Mexico.

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Until the next jarabe tapatío,

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