Feliz Navidad: A Christmas Playlist En Español

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photo by Marco Torres
Navidad en el Barrio
​We here at Rocks Off love our Christmas music, except when we don't. Seriously, big box retailer and car commercials? Why must you always try to force the Christmas spirit on us a full two weeks before Thanksgiving? But then, about a week before the big day, when it is totally appropriate to do so, we get really hooked.

Personally, this member of Rocks Off has been a bit of a grinch these last several years. But in an attempt to turn away from our Scrooge-like ways, we'd like to offer an alternative list of Christmas songs that you can play while visiting family, opening presents, or eating an unhealthy amount of tamales.

Feliz Navidad

This is probably the most well known cancion de Navidad. It was written and recorded by Jose Feliciano in 1970, and since then, everyone from The Three Tenors to David Hasselhoff have given us their rendition. The version above is Jorge and Alexa Narvaez, who wowed us earlier in the year with a cover of Edward Sharpe's "Home".


Amarga Navidad

We love this song. You can hear the heartbreak in Jose Alfredo's voice as he tells his woman to get to steppin' because he doesn't want to start off the new year with someone who causes him so much pain.


Arbolito De Navidad

Add a little mariachi music to your holiday party, and it becomes a fiesta. This ode to the Christmas tree was apparently written by Gloria Estefan, but then wonderfully redone as a huapango.


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2 comments
Marcofromhouston
Marcofromhouston

Thank you, sir. I took that photo when I rode with the Latin Fantasy Lowrider Car Club last Christmas Day last year for their annual toy & goodie bag giveaway. I will be riding with them again this year.

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