Throwback Latin American Love Songs Ranked

Todo Lo Que Necesitas Es Amor - Top 5 Throwback Latin American Love Songs

Throwback Latin American Love Songs ranked, rated and some of my favorite lines.


Just like everyone else, I also have a handful of throwback songs that rip my heart out and make me sing from the top of my lungs. Songs that even make me feel different feelings I didn't even know were possible. The following songs are my Top 5 Throwback Latin American Love Songs ranked and with my favorite lines from the song.

5. Duele el Amor by Aleks Syntek & Ana Torroja

"Hoy quisiera detener el tiempo

La distancia entre los dos"

This song from 2004 is an upbeat love song. In the song, the duet of Aleks Syntek and Ana Torroja sing the respective parts of the couple. The song follows a couple confessing to one another about how much love would hurt without the other.

My favorite line from the song translates to how they wish to stop time and close the distance between them each other, both in a figurative and literal manner. There can be an unfortunate distance between couples in an emotional and physical aspect, which is touched on throughout the rest of the song.

Rating: 8/10

4. La Playa by La Oreja de Van Gogh

"Te voy a escribir la canción más bonita del mundo

Voy a capturar nuestra historia en tan solo un segundo

Y un día verás que este loco de a poco se olvida"

La Oreja de Van Gogh is a Spanish pop band that is known for their heartfelt love songs, La Playa is one of their popular hits. I can assure you that you will see them once again on this list. The point of view in the song is of someone confessing their love for their partner and retelling their love story through a song.

The lyrics from my favorite line are pretty straightforward. The person professing their love is telling their partner that they are going to write them the most beautiful song in the world and in this song, they will capture their love story, showing just how crazy this person is to love them so much and not forget a single detail about their relationship.

Rating: 9/10

3. Andar Conmigo by Julieta Venegas

"Hay tantos caminos por andar

Dime si tu quisieras andar conmigo"

This 15-year-old song will continue to be one of my favorites because of the upbeat vibe Julieta Venegas gives it.

The song talks about the openness and trust a relationship should have, and the wonder if even after you know everything you need to know about your significant other if you're still willing to be with them. The meaning behind the lines I chose is that while there are many paths to go through in life, please tell me that you are willing to be with me through it all.

Rating: 9/10

2. Rosas – La Oreja de Van Gogh

"Por eso esperaba con la carita empapada

A que llegaras con rosas, con mil rosas para mí

Porque ya sabes que me encantan esas cosas

Que no importa si es muy tonto, soy así"

I told you that La Oreja de Van Gogh would make a second appearance on this list. From the same album as La Playa, this is the real tearjerker from the list. The song tells the story of someone in denial over the fact that their relationship with their significant other has changed. This hurt is demonstrated throughout the whole song, especially in my favorite lines.

The lines translate to how the person who is in denial will wait for their significant other to show up with roses while tears run down their face. Then, the broken-hearted person goes on to tell their significant other that even if they are into cheesy stuff like that, it does not matter because it's what they're into.

Rating: 9/10

1. El Sol No Regresa by La Quinta Estacion

"Hace días perdí

En alguna cantina

La mitad de mi alma

más el quince de propina."

This song hands down will always be one of my favorite songs. La Quinta Estacion will always be one of my favorite groups. El Sol No Regresa is a song you listen to when you are in the last stage of the breakup phase. The song you hear when you are ready to come to terms with the end of the relationship and when you finally realize that they just are not coming back. While you can drown the bad memories of the relationship with alcohol, the good memories will always be there, even if the relationship is long gone.

My favorite lines from the song talk about how a couple of days ago, while at a bar, the person hurting "lost" half of their soul and their money from trying to drown their sorrows. It's the ultimate moving on song and it will have you singing it from the top of your lungs.

Rating: 10/10

If you don't listen to much Latin American music, or any at all, the suggestions above are a good place to start. These five love songs touch at least on one phase of a relationship, or heartbreak, and are just great songs to jam out to in general.

Cover Image Credit:

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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