The Ultimate Cinco de Mayo Playlist: Juan Gabriel, Selena, Maná, and More

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Every year, we celebrate Cinco De Mayo by curating an amazing playlist for our readers.

For 2022, Billboard went all out, bringing together the best songs from our playlists through the years, including patriotic songs, party songs, rock, mariachi, pop and banda.

Many people think that this day is all about having fun and good food. However, it commemorates the unlikely victory of the Mexican army over the French forces at Battle of Puebla on May 5. 1862. And while Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence (that’s celebrated on Sept. 16), here in the U.S. it’s celebrated with as much — or more — impetus, even during a lockdown.

So, grab your favorite mezcal or tequila and get ready for a party!


1. “Cielito Lindo” — Mariachi Vargas

It is impossible to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with out “Cielito Lino”. There are many versions, but Mariachi Vargas is the best.

2. “El Ultimo Adios” — Paulina Rubio

There is no better way to drown your sorrows and heartache than with tequila, mariachis, Paulina style. (meaning, the mariachis don’t wear shirts — only she can do that).

3. “El Noa Noa” — Juan Gabriel

Juan Gabriel’s party anthem will get everyone moving on the dance floor.

4. “Amor a la Mexicana” — Thalia

Sultry pop cumbia celebrating love, Mexican-style with “Horse and boot, hats, tequila tabacco and Rum .”

5. “Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida” — Jenni Rivera

Our late banda queen with her song that defined her as a party girl.

6. “El Rey” — Vicente Fernandez

The ultimate mariachi song performed by the greatest mariachi singer.

7. “Clavado en un Bar” — Mana

A little bit of reggae and an island feel as the quartet “drinks Tequila to forget” while they “drown in a bar.

8. “Mexico Lindo” — Alejandro Fernandez

Alejandro Fernandez adds his unique voice and sound to the mariachi tradition. It is a joy to listen.

9. “Mexico en la Piel” — Luis Miguel

It is full of Mexican pride! “A good tequila, that’s how Mexico feels in your skin.” Viva Mexico

10. “Botella Tras Botella” — Gera MX & Christian Nodal

The song, which combines both their genres, was produced by Erick Gutierrez Cevantes and Edgar Barrera. It features acoustic Mexican melodies mixed with hip-hop undertones.

11. “Botellita de Tequila” — Pepe Aguilar

Tequila shot, anyone?

12. “Mi Ranchito” — Roberto Tapia

This ranchera song will make it feel like you’re in Mexico.

13. “Jefe de Jefes” — Los Tigres del Norte

Leave It to Los Tigres del Norte to make everyone feel like a boss (jefe) on the dance floor.

14. “La Bamba” — Ritchie Valens

We salute our first Mexican American popstar.

15. “Amor Prohibido” — Selena

No. You can’t celebrate 5 de Mayo with out going to Selena. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it.

16. “Viva Mexico” — Lucero

Lucero re-visits this classic Mexican song by Pedro Galindo. The opening lyrics describe a person who is 100% Mexican and proud to have been born in this beautiful land.

17. “La Venia Bendita” — Marco Antonio Solis

A Marco Antonio Solis song reminds us that love is real and can be enjoyed at any party.

18. “Hasta la Raiz” — Natalia Lafourcade

Lafourcade’s beautiful take on her Mexican roots offers a little bit of lovely reflection.

19. “Quedate Con Ella” — Natalia Jimenez

The fiery Natalia Jimenez pays homage to Mexico every day. We’ve included “Quedate”, a Mexican song, on our 5 de Mayo playlists. It’s a fun way to send the guy packing.

20. “Tragos Amargos” — Ramon Ayala

Because real Mexican parties always end with Ramon Ayala’s “Tragos Amargos !”

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