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What They're Listening To In Mexico In Autumn 2016

Picture of Lauren Cocking
Northern England Writer
Updated: 17 September 2016
Given that it’s such a musically diverse country, you might be wondering what exactly Mexico is tuning into this autumn. From classic pop to romantic ballads, we predict which musical genres will be popular in the next few months and have compiled a list of ten top options for your listening pleasure. Broken down into artists, albums, and singles, these musical selections are or will surely be huge hits this season.

ARTISTS

Juan Gabriel

The recently deceased Juan Gabriel will undoubtedly live on in Mexicans’ hearts and on their radio waves for a long time to come, but we think this autumn in particular will continue to see strong record sales for El Divo de Juárez. He already has the top-selling albums of all time in Mexico with his 1984 record Recuerdos, Vol. II and his 2015 Los Dúo. Due to his immense and continuing popularity in Mexico, his albums will certainly be successes throughout the coming months.

ALBUMS

Algo Sucede by Julieta Venegas

This successful but understated artist’s seventh studio album Algo Sucede will likely continue to see strong sales throughout autumn, due to the accompanying Algo Sucede tour for which Venegas is still doing the rounds. With concerts scheduled for Mexico City and Argentina in September, as well as Los Angeles in October and Uruguay in December, Julieta Venegas is a recording artist who shows no sign of slowing down. We recommend Ese Camino in particular.

Des/Amor by Reik

Spearheaded by lead singles Voy A Olvidarte and Ya Me Enteré, Mexicali group Reik are a Latin pop and rock band who released Des/Amor (their fifth studio album and first new album in five years) in June of this year. Their single ‘Ya Me Enteré’ is one of the most Shazam-ed songs in Mexico at the time of writing and undoubtedly points towards their continued success into autumn.

Eres La Persona Correcto En El Momento Equivocado by Río Roma

Mexican duo Río Roma, formed in 2011 by brothers José Luis and Raúl Ortega Castro, have released their third studio album this year and are enjoying considerable success with their recently released single ‘Caminar De Tu Mano, ft. Fonseca.’ Having sold out concerts across Mexico over the summer, they appear set to continue riding this wave of popularity into autumn.

60 Aniversario by Sonora Santanera

A long-standing tropical music group formed principally by Mexican natives, Sonora Santanera has been kicking about since 1955 when they were first formed in Tabasco. While the members have changed regularly over the years, the typical sound of this group has remained the same and they had one of the best-selling albums of 2015 with 60 Aniversario, which has continued to top the charts all throughout 2016. It seems that this trend will carry on into autumn.

Caribe by Locos Por Juana

Grammy-nominated Latin band Locos Por Juana are back with a new album titled Caribe. Known for their unique fusion styles and Colombian influences in particular, the band has not yet released Caribe, but the album is set to come out this autumn, and the first single that will likely feature on this disc is the upbeat, Caribbean-influenced ‘Mueve Mueve.’

Bosé: MTV Unplugged by Miguel Bosé

An upcoming release from wildly popular Panamanian-born Spanish singer Miguel Bosé is his MTV Unplugged live album Bosé: MTV Unplugged. Bosé is an accomplished recording artist, with a career that has spanned almost 40 years. It’s therefore probable that his latest album, which will feature classics such as ‘Nena’ and ‘Como Un Lobo,’ will capture the public attention upon its release on October 7th.

Un Azteca en el Azteca (En Vivo) by Vicente Fernández

Another live album, this time from long-standing crowd-pleaser Vicente Fernández. Hailing from Jalisco and known for his rancheras in particular, this massively popular singer will release an album consisting of tracks from his recent Mexico City farewell concert at El Estadio Azteca. Definitely a disc that will do well this autumn.

SINGLES

‘La Bicicleta’ by Carlos Vives ft. Shakira

Most things Shakira touches turn to gold, and this song is no different. In collaboration with fellow Colombian Carlos Vives, this single will form part of Carlos Vives’ upcoming, self-titled 2017 album. In fact, it also marks Shakira’s first collaboration with a contemporary Colombian artist since the 1990s. We expect this catchy song to maintain its momentum and airplay right up until Christmas.

‘Traicionera’ by Sebastian Yatra

Former Colombian teen pop sensation Sebastian Yatra has matured into a more adult artist and his latest single ‘Traicionera’ definitely demonstrates this. At the time of writing, this track was one of the most Shazam-ed songs in all of Mexico, and its fusion of reggaeton with hints of trap music will surely keep it a firm club favorite in the upcoming months.

‘Soy Yo’ by Bomba Estéreo

We’re rounding off our guide for music in Mexico this autumn with a sure smash hit from established Colombian group Bomba Estéreo, ‘Soy Yo.’ This single, from their 2015 album Amanecer, grabbed headlines on the internet due to its incredible video, in which a super-cute and multi-talented little girl dances her way through Brooklyn. With a strong message of celebrating individuality in all its forms and rejecting bullying, this song will definitely be one you can’t get out of your head this autumn.

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