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

By Michael May 5, 2024

Every year, we celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a hits-stacked playlist curated for our readers.

For 2024, Billboard went all out, bringing together the best songs from our playlists through the years, including patriotic songs, party anthems, rock, mariachi, pop and banda — to make sure there’s something for everyone.

Although many think this much-celebrated date is just about partying and good food, it actually commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the 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.

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Comprised of 20 songs, Billboard‘s ultimate Cinco de Mayo playlist kicks off with a mariachi classic: “Cielito Lindo.” It’s almost impossible to celebrate Cinco de Mayo without “Cielito Lindo.” And while there are thousands of versions of “Cielito,” you can’t go wrong with the one powered by Mariachi Vargas.

You’ll also find Paulina Rubio‘s “El Último Adiós,” because there’s no better way to drown out sorrows and heartache than with tequila and mariachis, Paulina Rubio style (meaning, the mariachis wear no shirts — only she can pull that off). Of course there’s “Amor a la Mexicana” by Thalia — a sultry, pop cumbia that celebrates love, Mexican-style. And, towards the end, you have to play Ramón Ayala‘s “Tragos Amargos.” Because a real Mexican party always ends with this norteño anthem.

So, take out your favorite bottle of tequila or mezcal, and get ready to party!

By Michael

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