Why express your feelings for your significant other in English when you can let sexy Spanish lyrics speak for you? As the undeniable sex appeal of Mexican stars Salma Hayek and Gael Garcia Bernal can attest, romance always seems to burn a little brighter south of the border.
So this Cinco de Mayo, drop the Mexican Hat Dance in lieu of these sultry Mexican tunes. Your partner (and your dignity) will thank you for it. Here are 9 of our favorite Mexican love songs:
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"La Nave Del Olvido" ("The Ship Of Oblivion") One of Mexico's biggest pop stars, Jose Jose, made this song internationally known in 1970. The dramatic melody reflects the lyrics begging a lover to stay just a little bit longer.
"El Reloj" ("The Clock") A romantic ballad imploring a clock to stop ticking so the singer can spend more time with his lover—eat your heart out Eagle Eye Cherry. This song has been covered by many Latin artists through the years, most popular being Luis Migel's version.
"Extranandote" ("Extraordinary") For those who enjoy their love songs with an extra squeeze of '90s verve and polish, we suggest putting on this yearning lament for a lost paramour, sung by Marco Antonio Solis.
"I Could Fall in Love" OK, so we're fudging a little bit, in that this song is actually sung in English and Mexican-American Selena was technically born in Texas. But Selena gave us some of the best love songs in both languages during her short life. She lives in the hearts of many and could very well ignite yours.
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"Amarte Es Un Placer" ("Loving You Is A Pleasure") And we're back with a second contender from Luis Miguel. Trust us, this guy's bread and butter is ballads. You can't go wrong with this Josh Groban-like crooner's albums.
"Amor a la Mexicana" ("Mexican-Style Love") Couldn't resist putting together this list without at least one contribution from Thalia, one of the most prolific and successful Mexican pop stars to date. Here she sings about love, Mexican-Style, which means she wants your sweat, your flavor... she wants you to make her vibrate. Yowza.