Spanish, as a spoken language, has been around for more than 700 years. Since its inception, it has been admired for its beauty and the passion with which Latin artists and singers express themselves.
Regarding music, Spanish is one of the most popular languages for singing the world over. Whether in traditional contexts or more modern Pop and even Rap songs, Spanish has found its way into the hearts of artists and fans worldwide.
Love is probably the oldest theme in world music, and Spanish is one of the best languages for singing or writing about love. So, I’ve decided to take a look at some of the best Spanish love songs ever to grace the ears of listeners. Let’s get started with…
- Top 19 Best Spanish Love Songs
- Ojos Color Sol by Calle 13
- Bésame Mucho by Andrea Bocelli
- To My Love by Bomba Estéreo
- Sor Maria by Maná
- Te Mando Flores by Fonseca
- Ya Te Olvide by Arthur Hanlon (feat. Ricardo Montaner)
- Tu by Shakira
- Es Por Ti by Juanes
- Despacito by Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee)
- Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony
- Me Voy Enamorando by Chino and Nacho (Remix feat. Farruko)
- El Perdón by Nicky Jam (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
- Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor by Juanes
- Lagrimas Negras (Bebo & Cigala version) By Miguel Matamoros
- El Amor De Mi Vida by Ricky Martin
- Eso y Más by Joan Sebastian
- No Sé Tú by Luis Miguel
- A Puro Dolor by Son By Four
- Miamiiii b Becky G (feat. Karol G)
- Looking for More Great Love Songs?
- Best Spanish Love Songs – Final Thoughts
Top 19 Best Spanish Love Songs
Ojos Color Sol by Calle 13
This adorable track is the third single from Calle 13’s fifth studio album, which was a fantastic bit of experimentation with the idea of going viral. The album was given away to audience members in the form of download cards at the debut performance of a South American Tour.
The track was written in collaboration with legendary Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodriguez. Calle 13 has spoken many times of how big of an influence Rodiguez had on his work.
This song is sung as if by a smitten teenager, which makes it that much more endearing. The protagonist of the song explains to his lover that the sun need not rise to color the sky because her face does a better job of it. The accompanying music video is a must-watch if you like this track.
Bésame Mucho by Andrea Bocelli
“Bésame Mucho” is considered one of the most important Spanish songs about love in history. The track was written in 1940 by Mexican singer and songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. She was merely expressing a longing for affection that any young heart feels.
But, it turned out to be something so universal it has remained a staple of Latin music for more than 80 years. Being kissed is something every human being wonders about, so it makes sense a song about it would be so timeless.
The song has been covered by a host of famous singers and musicians over the years, including Frank Sinatra, The Coasters, Andy Russell, and even The Beatles. But, the most romantic version has got to be Andrea’s beautiful rendition with accompaniment by Spanish guitar.
To My Love by Bomba Estéreo
This fantastic track is from Colombian electro tropical duo Bomba Estereo. It is a great modern Spanish love ballad about that wonderful airiness one feels at the onset of a new infatuation. The track comes from Bomba Estereo’s album, Amanecer, which was nominated for two Latin Grammys.
The track is peddled along by an intoxicating beat. Your ears immediately become attuned to what’s going on when the track starts playing. The beautiful mixture of sounds makes the song sound larger than life, just like new love. Soaring over all of this is the gorgeous vocal singing those beautiful lyrics.
If you are particularly taken by the lyrics, like so many of us are, then go and check out the fantastic lyric video that Corona Studios made for the track. In the opening credits, it is stated that this lyric video is designed to “slow you down,” and it sure accomplishes that.
Sor Maria by Maná
Album: Drama Y Luz
This tragic love story comes to us from the Mexican-based Latin Rock group, Maná. It’s a proper tragic Rock ballad that harnesses the power of the story to great effect.
The song is considered a follow-up to the group’s previous release, “El Espejo.” It unfolds in the same place but five years later, in 1595.
The story goes…
The song revolves around the love affair between a young priest and a nun who try to keep their forbidden love a secret but are eventually caught committing “sin.” As a result, they are sentenced to die by firing squad. The track beautifully captures the devotion the two characters have for one another. Even in their very last moments, they are grateful that they can die together instead of being forced to live apart.
The track is expertly produced, and there are beautiful philharmonic parts that feature violin, viola, cello, French horn, double bass, cello, oboe, cello, and trombone. A real pinata of sound this one. And a very popular Spanish love song.
Te Mando Flores by Fonseca
Fonseca’s debut album made some noise regarding his incredible singing talent. But, many will agree that it was his second offering, Corazon, and specifically this memorable Spanish love song that helped him break into the public consciousness.
The track describes a lover who is separated from his beloved by distance. And, for some reason, he can’t communicate or spend time with her in the real world. Therefore, he dreams that he sends her flowers and hopes that she receives them through the ether.
The track features some beautiful hand drums as well as an accordion. One of Fonseca’s biggest hits and a staple of his live shows that always gets the whole crowd emotional and singing along. “Te Mando Flores” earned Fonseca not only a new international following but a Latin Grammy award.
Ya Te Olvide by Arthur Hanlon (feat. Ricardo Montaner)
Album: Piano Sin Fronteras
American music maestro Arthur Hanlon teamed up with Argentinian singer Ricardo Montaner for this epic love ballad from his seventh studio album. The track was such a hit that it marked Arthur’s return to the Billboard charts for the first time since 2005.
The track features some beautiful arranging by Hanlon. There are three guitars, four or five backup singers, a conga drummer, and three cellos accompanying the piano and Montaner. And they all sound like they fit.
Severing ties, the pain of moving on, and the shock of being reminded of someone and then having vivid recollections of time together. These themes are all woven into this classically inspired Spanish epic. Easily a contender for one of the best Spanish love songs.
Tu by Shakira
Album: Donde Estan Los Ladrones
In all lasting relationships, one must make sacrifices. Sometimes, one is so infatuated you don’t want anything except to give your all to someone else. That is the central message embedded in this steel guitar love ballad from Shakira’s fourth record.
The album was Shakira’s first time working with Emilio Estefan. This track was written by Shakira, who also had a hand in the arrangement and production. Dillio O’Brian, who was also involved, had intended the melody for one of his albums, but it ended up being used for “Tu.”
Shakira’s performance on the recording was the subject of much praise. The track won a BMI Latin Award and became a staple of live shows for the Colombian singer. In the United States, the song climbed to #1 on both the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Airplay charts.
Es Por Ti by Juanes
Album: Un Día Normal
Fans of Juanes are not going to be surprised that this tune has made the list. At one point, it was all over Latin radio, and rightfully so. This upbeat love ballad is the second single from his debut album.
The music video looks as though it may have been shot in an elevator and features Juanes in a fetching outfit playing a gorgeous, golden Fender Telecaster. There is also some creative symbology with Juanes being strapped to an operating table by a miniature woman.
“Es Por Ti” was a huge success and helped to jumpstart Juanes’s career. The track also helped his album become one of the most popular Latin albums of that year. Juanes earned two Latin Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year.
Despacito by Luis Fonsi (feat. Daddy Yankee)
A beautifully written and recorded love tune with an upbeat Latin flavor to it. “Despacito” has been credited with sparking the giant resurgence in Spanish and Latin music in the 2010s. Vida was also Fonsi’s first album in five years.
Fonsi had written the song with Panamanian singer and songwriter Erika Edner during a session back in 2015. He wanted something that had swing, but he then decided to give the track what they called an “Urban Injection” by sending it to Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee.
What was the result?
This saucy number describes the desire for a sexual relationship that takes its time to unfold, and the slow delivery of the chorus line frames this beautifully. The track was a massive international success, topping the charts in no less than 47 countries.
The song is tied with “Macarena” for the longest running period as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 at sixteen weeks. It is also the longest-running #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with a staggering 56 weeks.
Vivir Mi Vida by Marc Anthony
Universal love, the kind that is to be shared amongst all people freely, is the central theme of this gorgeous track which was originally called “C’est La Vie.” Originally recorded by Khaled, this multilingual song incorporates Algerian Darja Arabic and the chorus in French.
Not just the title was changed…
Marc Anthony covered it as a Salsa track for his eleventh studio album, and it couldn’t have been done better by anyone else if you ask me. It became one of his biggest hits. The music video sees Anthony celebrating love and life with fans during a performance somewhere in a big city. All in sleek black and white.
The track helped Anthony earn a Latin Grammy for Record of the Year. Furthermore, it holds the record for the second longest run in the Top 5 of the Billboard Latin Songs chart with 51 weeks. Anthony’s version of this song has received over a billion views on YouTube.
Me Voy Enamorando by Chino and Nacho (Remix feat. Farruko)
Album: Radio Universo
One of the best parts about love is the onset of falling in love. That’s the subject of this fantastic Latin number by Venezuelan duo Chino and Nacho. The original version has romance, but it lacks a bit of dance.
When rapper Farruko was brought onboard, the original song was given some edge. Likewise, there’s a nice melding of tropical and Hip Hop influences with that trademark Latin flair. That meant it could be a dance tune too. Truly, this one has a unique sound that can never be duplicated.
The track peaked at #18 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and #20 on the Latin Airplay Billboard chart. It managed to climb to the top of the Tropical Airplay chart and has been certified double-platinum in Spain.
El Perdón by Nicky Jam (feat. Enrique Iglesias)
Enrique Iglesias told one interviewer that he almost always writes or co-writes the tracks that he performs on, yet for this one, he only sang. This attests to the power of the writing that Nicky Jam exhibited with this wonderful track from his fourth album.
Musically, the track is sparse, with a simple piano part keeping the rhythm for most of the intro. This allows a lot of space for the fantastic vocal performance by both singers to shine through.
The light percussion kicks in during the first chorus, and you’re off into a world of love won and love lost. An accompanying music video was filmed in Medellin, Colombia.
The track ended up winning a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Performance and was a huge commercial success. It peaked at #1 on charts in over 40 countries worldwide. It has been certified 27 times platinum in The United States and achieved Diamond status in Mexico.
Nada Valgo Sin Tu Amor by Juanes
Album: Mi Sangre
It seems that Juanes is so good at Latin love songs he can’t help but be featured twice on a list of the best Spanish love songs. Here we have him a few years down the line, more refined and with skills that have now been honed to perfection. This track comes from his third studio album.
Lasting relationships are built on many things…
One of them is the realization of what’s most important in life. Here we have a declaration of how important our loved ones are and how meaningless everything else would become without them. The track starts with a soft acoustic tone and then builds into a more urgent and thumping Rock number. A song that just gets bigger and bigger as it rolls along.
It won a Latin Grammy for Best Rock Song and The Lo Nuestro Award for Rock/Alternative Song of the Year. The track peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot Latin songs chart and the Latin Pop Airplay Chart.
Lagrimas Negras (Bebo & Cigala version) By Miguel Matamoros
Album: Lagrimas Negras
Originally written around 1929 by the legendary leader of the Trio Matamoros Miguel, this track has become a staple of Latin music. Many artists have covered it, and many more will, but this version will go down as one of the best performances ever.
The track speaks of love lost due to circumstance or pure abandonment, yet bitterness does not set in. The protagonist finds him or herself unable to resent or forget their past love. And, in that pain, they find a funny kind of beauty that helps them carry on.
El Amor De Mi Vida by Ricky Martin
Album: Ricky Martin
Ricky is unquestionably one of the biggest Latin artists in the world. His flare, vocal ability, and stage presence have earned him a place among the giants of the industry. But, even he had to start somewhere. And, when you look at the haircut on the album cover of his debut record, you struggle to make the connection.
This track was the second single from his debut album, and it helped him jumpstart a successful international career. Even on this old recording, the inherent ability that would later make him famous is already very prominent. The track peaked at #8 on the Hot Latin Songs Chart.
Eso y Más by Joan Sebastian
Album: Mas Alla Del Sol
In his lifetime, Sebastian won five Grammy awards making him the most awarded Mexican artist in the history of the Grammys. He wrote over 1000 songs in his life, and this is but one of many that revolved around love.
There is a special kind of lover who is hopeless in his infatuation, powerless to resist his erratic behavior despite the harm or embarrassment it may lead to. He is a man destined to dote over his one true love.
That is the protagonist in this lovely ballad. Some might refer to him as a hopeless romantic, but when you see performances of this song, Joan looks anything but hopeless. Instead, you get one of the best love songs ever written in Spanish and an unforgettable performance.
No Sé Tú by Luis Miguel
Originally, the Romance album was intended to be a collaborative project with another writer. But, when that didn’t work out, Miguel decided to make an album of Boleros.
The album is his best-selling record by far. If he hadn’t changed his mind, we wouldn’t have this beautiful Spanish language love song.
Lucky us, right?
The recollection of fleeting love, short-lived but so intense and memorable, is the theme of “No Se Tu.” The track features a whole score of classical musicians, and it elevates the song to a whole other level.
“No Sé Tú” was the second single from the album and was the second to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, where it stayed for seven weeks. It was one of the best-performing Latin songs of the year.
A Puro Dolor by Son By Four
Album: Son By 4
Some tracks are successful despite the writer not being able to comprehend why. According to the man who wrote this great tune, Omar Alfano, it was written in ten minutes because he was under pressure due to a deadline.
The track speaks of emotional longing that becomes so severe the singer feels almost physical anguish. We’ve all experienced such longing at times in our lives. It can become an unbearable feeling, and the performance on this recording perfectly conveys that.
It became a huge Spanish hit song about love, climbing to the top of the Billboard Hot Latin songs chart and staying there for twenty weeks. It even charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, which led to an English version being released.
The track won both a Lo Nuestro Award and a Billboard Music Award, as well as being nominated for a Latin Grammy.
Miamiiii b Becky G (feat. Karol G)
Letting go of someone at the toxic phase of a relationship is sometimes a difficult experience. It is worth it in the end, though, and that’s the message with this liberating banger of a tune from Gomez’s second album.
This is not the first collaboration between the two singers, and hopefully, it is not the last. The track offers a heavy EDM low-end, but the beat is very tropical. Both Karol and Becky shine like they haven’t up until now on this track.
The song is not even a year old yet and is already the most successful track for both singers involved. “Miamiii” made it to #15 on the US Billboard Hot 100 while topping the Hot Latin Songs and many other charts. It has been certified three times platinum in Spain and 11 times Platinum in the US.
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Best Spanish Love Songs – Final Thoughts
Whether you’re singing about the beginning of love, the continuation of love, or the ending of love, the Spanish language will never let you down.
Spanish is expressive and emotional. Yet, it’s also approachable enough to get mixed with all kinds of sounds, both vintage and modern. Take your pick; there’s a Spanish song about love to suit any mood.
Until next time, happy listening.