(From Stuff for Spanish Class, by Bryce Hedstrom, p. 123-126   brycehedstrom.com)


Here is a collection of songs that students need to hear and be able to sing before they leave each level of Spanish class.  YouTube renderings of these songs are found on the links below.  Lyrics, guitar chords, notes and graphics for most of these songs can be found in the book Songs for Spanish Class, and can be purchased on brycehedstrom.com as a hard copy or an e-book download.


When you pre-teach the words before you sing, songs become an ideal teaching tool:  fun, repeated, comprehensible input.  Build up a repertoire with your students and you can sing the whole class period!  


These songs are Classic Folksongs, Spanish Standards, Children’s Songs or Enduring Popular Songs.  All are part of Hispanic culture and/or the general Spanish class experience.  Nothing new or trendy here, these are the enduring classics that you can use again next year.


Songs Spanish I Students Need to Know:

  1. Buenos Días (Basic Greetings, lots of repetition)

(Frere Jacques Tune)

        Little kid singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTb_eCchqOk

        Piano/Flute Instrumental: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClLmYXGC6HA


  1. Cabeza, Hombros, Rodillas y Pies (Body parts, gets them moving, familiar and fun)

(Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)

           From Costa Rica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA774vLgzFY&feature=related

        Karaoke w lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8VWafm8ycM&feature=relmfu              


  1. El Joqui Poqui (Body parts, gets them moving, familiar and fun)

(The Hokey Pokey)

        Karaoke w lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUnf1gIW7_M&feature=relmfu

        Babytvchannel.com: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOlK0L1BH5c&feature=related


  1. Tío Pancho (Vowel sounds, animal sounds)

(Old MacDonald)

        Karaoke: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZg4kly7E0I


  1. Pin Pon (Authentic children’s song; reflexive verbs; referred                                                                                                  to in the Spanish version of “Shrek”)

        Version w simple graphics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F61K0f7OZeY  

        Gingerbread Man mentions Pin Pon in Shrek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZAbKxzjH6c              


  1. De Colores

        Pete Seeger:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHeWxPvpkE


  1. Cumpleaños Feliz / Sapo Verde

(Happy Birthday Song)

        Pillino el Payasito: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjSLgwlpNVw

        Honduran versión: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayZCCsSSWiw&feature=related


  1. Las Mañanitas

Pedro Infante: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVgRSHJkdMg&feature=related

Dora the Explorer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5DUcqINfeo&feature=related


  1. Eres Tú

Justo Lamas w lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJvUWebwKts

Mocedades: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1JXwb80IvI


  1. One Semester of Spanish Spanish Love Song

        Subtitled in English & Spanish: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9227lDYhVKU


Spanish I Alternatives/Extras

  1. Los Pollitos (Simple authentic children’s song.  Good basic                                                                                            vocabulary in the present tense

        Guia Infantil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4y6PEWhGmE


  1. Hay un amigo en mi (simple version)             (This was in Toy Story 3—takes advantage of                                                                                                             familiarity and popularity.  Basic vocabulary)

        Toy Story 3 opening: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7gYadhs6mk

        Simple version Lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gfMuvy5qII

        Simple version:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-xAWE-4tkM

        Buzz & Jessie dancing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjDu0muYpVY


  1. Naranja Dulce

        Rondas Infnatiles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKT91CEG74E

        Homer Simpson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg1IIntXNIY&feature=related


  1. Arroz con leche

Version w simple graphics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AUE4CBDeOY


Songs Spanish II Students Need to Know:

  1. La Bamba (They have heard it and will want to know what it means)

Karaoke:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vkgIwu4MLc&feature=related

Richie Valens version w/lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH9K5YTR2k4&feature=related


  1. La Araña Pequeñita (Fun, familiar, active, preterite)

W lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNqaNes7NtE

W lyrics and graphics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03lS9ZKzoRc


  1. El Barco Chiquito (Numbers, repetitive, imperfect and preterit)

Claudia de Colombia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUU-qNqMsQE

Cuento Cuentos Salvat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmgG06q53As&feature=related


  1. Los Elefantes (Numbers, active, inclusive, imperfect and preterit)

Cuidado Infantil: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZxQMsG2OXM&feature=related

?:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_plI2k9Xho


  1. La Cucaracha                                 (Classic Mexican folksong)

Mariachi versión (fast): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0nQMgaJibc

W lyrics (not standard version): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOFRu5Jx3Fc

Edited version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAy7vvi5qT8&feature=related


  1. La Rana debajo del Agua (Simple, repetitive, reinforces past tense)

Simple versión w guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyHIgB8XCaA

Los Xey: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ny6_kLxgN-8


  1. María Isabel (Romantic, imperfect and preterit, la playa!)

Los Payos (con letra):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fe-wVPawbys&feature=related

Karaoke versión:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MV1jmWk_H8&feature=related


  1. Cielito Lindo (Classic folksong, romantic, well-know even in U.S.)

Karaoke versión:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dtp-6ciGXqo

Mariachi Vargas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjJDv1IeF8I


  1. El Rancho Grande (Classic folksong, romantic, well-know even in U.S.)

Jorge Negrete: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoK_xTlw6DU

Freddy Fender: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kE9gISp1y4

Gene Autry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgYFW1OGKeU


Songs Spanish III Students Need to Know:

  1. La Llorona (Classic folksong, ties in with the legend)

Joan Baez: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZsCRrWrNoI&feature=related

From the movie Frida: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCUddHPYvCY

Yolanda Ortega: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIWq_fQyPAQ


  1. Guantanamera                                 (Classic folksong, romantic, well-know even in U.S.)

Pete Seeger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5JLCAIJLJ8

Julio Iglesias: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuqFFpt3g_s


  1. Sabor a mí (Classic folksong, romantic, well-know even in U.S.)

Trío los Panchos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qg_L54DW69U

Luís Miguel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IexQjTx4oRc


  1. Que será

Girl w guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq8FJQZdC5A

Diego Torrres: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG3huuBnB3E

José Feliciano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvsvCnAG9s&feature=related


  1. Reloj

Luis Miguel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8be5pmO_G_M

Los Panchos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lRLDq1KgzPg

Los Pasteles Verdes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf76o9iiNug&feature=related

José Feliciano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG3vvpthh4w


  1. Bésame mucho

Andrea Boccelli:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQXWaiENNKw

American Idol version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA0BH5eWH0w

Guitar instrumental: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5alOj2xYEYE


  1. Piel canela

Eydie Gorme y Trio Los Panchos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dxl4MGRwjWo

Bobby Capo:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhNPzLLv4l8


  1. Gatatumba

Instrumental: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuuFkFLpZFQ

                Middle School Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tFtSAwkdL4


  1. Ojalá que llueva café

Juan Luís Guerra: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJimpth-yNs

Voice w guitar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54js8uzNIKM


  1. Volaré The Gypsy Kings sang this on Dancing with the Stars; also on the                                                                      ending credits of Toy Story 3;  Future tense.

        Gypsy Kings w Toy Story video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PL_EK-MLzsQ

        Gypsy Kings in Spain:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNgSeJzLJFc


Spanish III Alternatives/Extras

  1. El Condor Pasa

        Plácido Domingo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qmOKsDb3AY


  1. El Rey

        Vicente Fernández classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tFtSAwkdL4

Luis Miguel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqN3RG0jvY8&feature=related