When we start to dance, it helps a lot to know the type of music best suited to learn and evolve, to practice what you learned in dance classes at your school.

The best songs or themes, of the style we like to dance, are almost always the slowest, because they tend to give us a marked rhythm and it will be easier for us to identify the times. In this way we will be able to assimilate the movements, and the boy will have the seconds he needs to think about the next movement and indicate it to his partner.

If you're learning to dance salsa, most of the songs you hear at your dance academy sound familiar. But some may not so much.

What songs do you like to dance salsa? If you've been dancing for a while, which ones do you recommend? Tell us about your experience, we would like to read you...

Salsa has imposed itself all over the world as one of the most danced genres. For the very dancers and for those who don't like to dance, the world of salsa has grown and continues to evolve and you can almost start dancing with 5 simple steps.


The 4 most listened salsa songs in history

1 - Celia Cruz, “La vida es un carnaval”

“Todo aquel que piense que la vida es desigual, tiene que saber que no es así, que la vida es una hermosura y hay que vivirla…”. With this beginning, no one can resist listening to the lyrics of one of the songs that elevated Celia Cruz to the top of the international music scene.

"La vida es un carnaval" was written by Celia Cruz herself, along with Sergio George and Victor Daniel, and released as the first single from the studio album "Mi vida es cantar" in 1998.


2 - Héctor Lavoe “Periódico de Ayer”

This song was composed in 1976, within the album "De ti depende". In that work, "Periódico de Ayer" would be considered the best, among other things for the singer's interpretation, arrangements and lyrics.


3 - Eddie Palmieri “Vámonos pal monte”

Palmieri, the "Emperor of Salsa", organized his first orchestra at the age of 14. After a long career, in 2013 he received the most prestigious jazz award in the United States.


4 - Lalo Rodríguez, “Devórame otra vez”

The sensual and suggestive voice of Lalo Rodríguez does not cease to sound even today, with this song that was framed in the subgenre that represented salsa, in the decade of the 80s.


The 5 salsa songs you've heard the most

5 - Rigo El Negro, “La más bella”

One of the artists of the moment, the panamanian Rigoberto Caparrosa, called Rigo "El Negro".


6 - Los hermanos LeBron, “Qué haces aquí”

With a long experience in Latin music, this group from Puerto Rico continues to provide the best music for dancing.


7 - Tirso Duarte & Guayacán, “El más rico beso”

Another song that plays on the best Latin music stations.


8 - Marc Anthony, “Vivir mi vida”

In 2013 it was one of the main themes of the salsa world, and still is.


9 - Mauro Castillo, “El alboroto”

After passing through some groups, Mauro Castillo began a solo career, with themes like this.


I'm sure you've heard more than one of these songs. If you liked the article, share it... and don't stop dancing.


Do you want to know more?.... The origins of salsa music

Contrary to what it may seem, the origins of salsa are not in Cuba, but in Venezuela. It is said that this term "salsa" began to be used for the first time for Latin music made in New York in the 1960s.

On Radio Difusora Venezolana, a radio station much listened to at the time, there was a program called "La hora de la Salsa, el sabor y el bembé," which began around noon, just when the houses that listened to it were giving the final touches to food and sauces for it.

You can see the documentary on the history of salsa here below:

It was a time when Caribbean music had become fashionable in Puerto Rico and New York. The presenter of that Venezuelan program was called Fidias Danilo Escalona, and he set out to extend those rhythms to Venezuela as well, and he got it. He interviewed singers of the musical genres of the Caribbean, those Latin artists who were going to Venezuela to perform and was popularizing this musical style.