Music is a great way to practice and learn Spanish. After all, songs are full of idioms, basic vocabulary, and common structures people can easily understand. So, if you’re not sure what to listen to, in this guide, you’ll find 17 easy songs to learn Spanish.
I’ve included songs from different styles and Spanish accents so you get more comprehensive practice and you’re likely to find Spanish songs that you like! Here is how this guide is organized:
- Easy Songs for Beginners
- Songs in Spanish to Learn Past & Future Tenses
- Easy Songs to Practice Conditional Sentences
- Songs to Learn Commands
- Spanish Songs to Practice the Subjunctive Tense
I’ve also linked to the videos for each song so you can read the lyrics to help you learn useful vocabulary and phrases.
So, let’s get started!
Take Note: Many people wonder if they can learn Spanish by listening to music. The simple answer is yes. Spanish songs improve your listening and pronunciation while learning new vocabulary. From a grammar point of view, songs in Spanish can also help you practice conjugations, pronouns, prepositions, verbs, and other parts of speech.
Easy Spanish Songs to Learn Spanish for Beginners
Easy Spanish songs use daily-life vocabulary, simple idioms, and basic verb tenses. Their speed is moderate. So, even though you may struggle at first, you should be able to understand after listening to them several times. The vocabulary and phrases in these songs is perfect for beginner Spanish speakers.
1. La bamba – Ritchie Valens
La bamba is an easy Spanish song to learn because it uses the same set of basic words. If this is your first time listening to music in Spanish, this can be an excellent introductory song.
2. Me gustas tú – Manú Chao
3. Eres tú – Mocedades
Eres tú is a famous old love song in Spanish. It’s called “you are” and uses simple comparisons and metaphors to describe what the person you love is to you. Eres tú reinforces one of the primary uses of the verb ser which describes what a person is.
4. Limón y sal – Julieta Venegas
Limón y sal is a popular Mexican love song about how much you love someone despite their flaws. The pronunciation and the speed of this song are great for practicing your listening skills. It also uses basic irregular verbs such as tener, ir, poner, and querer.
Take Note: In Spanish, we mainly use subject pronouns to emphasize who is performing the action. Limón y sal is a good example of this. She uses ‘yo’ to emphasize her feelings.
Spanish Songs to Learn Past & Future Tenses
6. Antología – Shakira
Antología is a famous love song across Latin America. It’s inspired by Shakira’s first love and talks about falling in love for the first time and how that changes you. You can use this song to get familiar with the past preterite tense.
Tip: If you’re interested in nice love songs in Spanish, you should check out the music from Shakira’s early years.
7. De música ligera – Soda stereo
De música ligera is a popular rock song in Latin American Spanish. This song can help you practice present, past, and future conjugations.
8. Día de enero – Shakira
Día de enero is another easy song to learn Spanish. It talks about helping the person you love during a difficult time. With this love song, you can practice the preterite, present, and the structure ir + a + infinitive.
There is a line in this song where you can see the slight differences between Latin American Spanish dialects. For example: ¿cómo dices? vs ¿qué decís?
9. Mi historia entre tus dedos – Gianluca Grignani
If you’re looking for heartbroken songs in Spanish, you should listen to mi historia entre tus dedos. This ballad expresses how difficult breakups are.
With this song, you can learn how to combine different tenses in Spanish. It also has a good speed, which can help you practice your pronunciation.
10. Lamento Boliviano – Enanitos Verdes
Lamento boliviano is an easy song to learn Spanish because it’s a short theme built with simple structures and vocabulary. You can use it to practice present and future conjugations.
Songs to Learn Spanish Conditional Tense
11. Si tú no vuelves – Miguel Bosé
The name of this Spanish song is If you don’t come back. This is an easy song to learn how the simple conditional in Spanish works. Additionally, this ballad is great for you to practice the Castilian accent.
12.Si la ves – Franco de Vita
Si la ves (if you see her) lists what we want our friend to tell our ex in case they were to meet. As you can see in the title, this is another ballad that can help you practice sentences with ‘si’ in Spanish.
You can also use this song to start getting familiar with simple commands.
13. Eso y más – Joan Sebastián
Eso y más (that and more) is a romantic ballad that talks about what someone would do for the person they love. In short, this simple Mexican song will help you learn another use of the conditionals – referring to things that could happen.
Songs in Spanish for Learning Commands
14. Querida – Juan Gabriel
Querida (Dear) is a Mexican ballad that requests the person we love to come back. You should check it if you want to practice affirmative commands in Spanish and how to attach pronouns to those commands.
15. ¿Y cómo es él? – José Luis Perales
¿Y cómo es él? is a sad song in Spanish that talks about the questions we may have about the new person our ex is dating. On top of helping you practice the affirmative imperative, this song is great for practicing your pronunciation when asking questions.
Spanish Songs to Practice the Subjunctive Tense
16. Aunque no sea conmigo – Enrique Bunbury
Aunque no sea conmigo (even if it’s not with me) is a love song that talks about how we want the person we love to be happy even if we’re not together. This is a slow and easy song to learn how to combine indicative and subjunctive tenses – what it is vs what we wish.
17. Pa’ ti no estoy – Rosana
Pa’ ti no estoy (I’m not for you) is an optimistic break-up song that expresses good wishes to the other person. Because it’s all about wishes, pa’ ti no estoy is an easy song to learn Spanish subjunctive.
Pay special attention to the formula que + verb in subjunctive because this is a structure we use daily to wish something to another person.
Take Note: Pa’ or pa is a short and informal version of the preposition para. It’s mostly used in casual conversations – ¿esto pa quién es?