A Look At Spanish Music
Over the years, Spanish music has developed in such a way that now in our current age, it dominates many playlists and streams, evolving with every second. But Spanish music hasn’t always revolved around Pop. An integral part of Spanish life, music is the centre of all celebrations and festivals and ranges from region to region. With so many variations, let’s see some of the most notable.
A go-to for most people when considering Spanish music, classical guitar (originating in Andalusia) shouts Spanish culture. A complex instrument, the sound of the Spanish guitar is the sound of love and continues to be almost 200 years later. Among the most famous, Paco De Lucia stands out for many people; whether you reside in Spain or not. An extremely innovative player, he held a huge influence over the development of traditional flamenco and the evolution of new flamenco and Latin jazz. Paco recorded 10 albums in his musical span, most of which are regarded as some of the most important in Flamenco History.
Most top 10’s feel incomplete without an irritatingly catchy Spanish pop song. Lest we forget one of the most streamed songs of our era, Despacito, reaching a world record-breaking 6 billion views on Youtube. A tantalising fusion of reggaeton and Latin pop, the song has been ranked the best Latin song of all time by a number of different publications. There are a number of artists influenced by Spanish music including Pitbull, Shakira or Camilla Cabello all of which who regularly see a spot sat firmly in the top ten. A fun combination of Latin beats with American styles, Latin Pop is a sure-fire way to get people moving and grooving on the dance floor.
Not as well known as the other genres, Jazz has been a huge part of Spanish culture unknowingly to a lot of people. Spain took an interest in the dawn of New Orleans jazz, making it their own since the late 1940s. Unfortunately, jazz suffered as a result of political and economic systems, branding creativity as unsuitable. So much so that Francisco Franco, one of Spain’s dictators, placed restraints on jazz being played and listened to. Thankfully, however, Spain returned to democracy and Jazz resumed and developed. Tete Montoliu is among the best known Spanish Jazz artist. Born blind, his piano skills were revolutionary, combining Flamenco and Jazz with pure fluidity.
With a wonderful array of music festivals (Mad Cool, Primavera Sound to name a few) popping up all over Spain, Indie music is taking over the scene, building a strong fan base as it goes. A band that cannot go unmentioned in any Spanish musical article is Los Planetas. Formed in 1993, the band was instrumental in the growth of Spain’s indie scene. Spanning over two decades and influencing most Spanish indie groups of today, they’re most notable songs consist of Que Puedo Hacer and Una Semana En El Motor De Un Autobus – both of which you should give a listen to.
The music that comes out of Spain is influential beyond anyone’s real understanding. Whether you want to share a moonlit date with a loved one or dance the night away to funky beats, Spain has developed a collection of genre’s suited to any mood.
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