Música argentina: more than reggaetone

First of all, I’m home!

I have a whole wrap-up post I’ll get around to posting sometime soon, but while writing that, I realized that my “music” section was getting a little long. So here’s an entire post— complete with lots of visually appealing and exciting content like music videos! — about music that’s popular in Argentina other than Daddy Yankee and Dom Omar-type stuff. No one thinks “soft rock” when they think South American music, but it exists! And Argentine reggae, too! I feel like Americans don’t really know all the much about international music, which makes sense given that a huge percentage of the music people listen to in other countries — whether they speak or understand English or not — is American. However, it’s important to know that there’s always a lot more to a country’s music scene than 1) the country’s “traditional” music, whatever that may be, 2) what you hear in clubs and 3) American music. And Argentina has a really thriving music scene, which is lucky because there are definitely other South American countries who are not putting out as much. So, I present: A Short Review of Argentine Rock and Other Things.

  1. First up is a song called “Sera” by a band called Las Pelotas. It’s one of the most famous rock songs in Argentina, and I chose this video because it shows the fan adoration, the general Argentine look, and, by accident but also very important, there is lots of public making out, which is Argentines’ favorite pastime after chain smoking. 
  2. And I’m gonna go back on the “other than club music” thing for one second to post this next song, “La Bomba Loca” por Gustavo Cordera. He used to be in a band called “Bersuit” that was very popular, but put this out as part of his solo career. It’s super catchy, and I think a good mix of boliche sound and Argentine rock influence. 
  3. This next song is by a band that’s really popular right now (if you can tell, about half of these are a little older) called the Babasonicos. The song is called “Putita,” which literally means “little bitch” but which might also mean “whore.” I really have no reason to choose this song out of the rest of theirs other than the fact that the title caught my attention, the song’s pretty standard, and you get a good look at typical Argentine male hairstyles. Enjoyyy. 
  4. Argentina has a good bit of reggae and ska music, and I chose “Tus Ojos” by Los Cafres because it’s good, it’s famous, they’re famous, I like brass instruments, and there are lots of shots of Argentines. And also, heads up, lots of making out again. I get the sense that this is their favorite music video filler. 
  5. Here’s another one, called “Runaway” by Los Pericos. Pretty well-known. 
  6. No Te Va a Gustar is a band from Uruguay (which, as we all know, is just another province of Argentina) and put out this really popular song called “Chau” recently. The kids in this video are so adorable. Also, the lead singer looks like at least 50% of Argentine males, to the extent that when I first saw this, I was immediately convinced that I’d met him.  
  7. Next up, a band called “Los Intoxicados,” which means, as you can probably guess, “the intoxicated [people].” I chose this example because the music video is a fútbol game! Typical. 
  8. And because I think No Te Va a Gustar is a really good example of Argentine rock, here’s another song, called “Cero a la Izquierda.” 
  9. These last two are just possibly the two most famous famous Argentine rock songs. I couldn’t find actual music videos, so you’ll have to do with the lyrics. Which can also be interesting, though, because you get to see the weird Argentine pronunciation of words! Note the sound on the “ll” and “y” especially. First song is “Lamento boliviano” by Enanitos Verdes. 
  10. Second is “Soda Stereo” by Música Ligera, a classic Argentine rock band in the 80s and 90s. 

That’s it!

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