70 essential Chilean songs part III: 20 best.
Radio Zero, one of the main radio stations is Chile, is choosing the best 79 Chilean songs of all times. I joined the crusade, and selected 70. Far away from the typical names that come to our minds (Victor Jara, Violeta Parra, and so on) , there are many sounds to listen and enjoy…. just go and discover, here you have the sacred top twenty…
20. Neruda MARCIANO
To sample Pablo Neruda’s voice you have to be really bold and brave. This duo made it, and crafted one of the most beautiful songs in Chilean music history.
19. Yo la quería ELECTRODOMESTICOS
Another innovative song, this dark story of murder is considered the first electronica tune in Chilean music history.
18. Cazz BITMAN Y ROBAN
Away from politics, folklore and rock, this duo started to create a new mix between electronica, hip hop and jazz, and with Cazz they inaugurated a new era in popular Chilean music.
17. Bolsa de mareo LOS TRES
Los Tres were very big during the 2000’s, but choosing a song from them was easy: this one is an ode to the hell everyone has into his heart.
16. Gente FLORCITA MOTUDA
The genius of Raul Alarcon, Florcita’s real name, gave us this song about people who wander us every day. It’s the father of the CHC’s tune of the same name.
15. Aire ELSO TUMBAY
Elso Tumbay took into the stages the universe of Tolkien years before the Lords of the rings mania, with this tune about freedom and liberty, with the magical voice of frontwoman / comedian / actress / TV host / painter Carolina Sotomayor, one of the most interesting (and underrated) Chilean personalities.
14. Cha cha cha LOS TETAS CON JUAN SATIVO
The party started, with the funk from Los Tetas and Tiro de Gracia’s frontman verses, Juan Sativo. So, in just four minutes black music from the Bronx to Detroit became Chilean, with tons of style and fun.
13. Pelos CHC
CHC took foreign influences and made a tune about how fragile life is, a very Chilean feeling indeed.
12. La quintralada FLORCITA MOTUDA CON PATRICIA MALDONADO
Odd and wit songwriter Florcita Motuda desecrates the national rhythm, la cueca, with this song about the unstopparable libido of Chilean historical myth Catalina de los Rios y Liperguer, “Quntrala”. A deep moment of inspiration that flies high into the powerful hands of a young Patricia Maldonado, 20 years before she became a gossip journalist.
11. Puta la huea PETINELLIS
In times when electronica was developing very interesting music in Chile, Pettinelli’s answer was this song, that takes elements from big beat and minimal but, at the same times, tries to joke about house, with a surprising result: the first folkloric electronica Chilean song.
10. Corazones LOS PRISIONEROS
To make a male chauvinist song against male chauvinism using rap in the late 90’s was a big bet for a the most important Chilean band from the eighties. And they won.
9. Gente CHC
CHC created their own “hippy-hop” style, and recorded this hymn about how every person you find in the street is interesting. They mixed influences from Bjork, Kanye West, De la Soul, Stereolab, and Daft Punk and were able to sound very, very Chilean.
8. Disco baby SHOGUN
Shougun’s first album is unavailable since ten years ago: across the country, several students suicide themselves after listening the record. A black legend felt into that great work, and we can still feel the desperation and deep agony contained in this short tune.
7. Las cosas van más lento PANICO
Panico, a strange and bizarre band, recorded this song about maturity, and at the same time they found their own one.
6. Te amo tanto JAVEIRA Y LOS IMPOSIBLES
This group recorded a lot of notable songs, but was never able to suppress the achievement of their debut single, a love song for necromantic.
5. Melaza TIRO DE GRACIA
This trio made the best Chilean album of all time, which includes this song, a tribute to the outsiders young ones who, once in a while, go to party.
4. Un nuevo estilo de baile EMOCIONES CLANDESTINAS
Saying no to everything was the spirit of this punk anthem: no to fashion, no to dance, no to the media, no to society.
3. Sueños TIRO DE GRACIA
It’s true that Tiro de Gracia’s first album changed forever the music arena in Chile, but the first single from their third one it’s their best, a song that can be compared to recordings from Stevie Wonder, De la Soul, Marvin Gaye and with an unforgettable and ironic punchline that reflects how is Chile “here we ‘re all as friends”.
2. Bailando en silencio CARLOS CABEZAS
Former Electrodomesticos’ frontman starts his solo career with his bitter song about the deaths during the dictatorship and about the death of every love in the streets of Chile.
1. Esquemas Juveniles JAVIERA MENA
Javiera Mena’s masterpiece reflects his influences both from electropop and the classic Italian song, into a love statement larger than life.
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