Grading the Top 10 Songs in … MEXICO!

1. Calibre 50, “Aqui Estoy”

Calibre 50 are a regional Mexican quartet from Sinaloa. The 19th-century immigration of German settlers to Mazatlán introduced elements of polka into the local music, which is why this sounds like oom-pah music. Lead singer/accordionist Eden Muñoz has a beautiful voice. “Aqui Estoy” put me in a perfect summery mood.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “buena rolaaa!!!” — felipeavalos

 

2. Banda Carnaval, “Y Te Vas”

Do you think the Banda Carnaval guys ever get their uniforms mixed up in the wash? Or do you think they’re really diligent about sewing in name tags? There’s something so relaxing about watching a horn section sway on the beach. The sound of rolling waves at the end of the song now makes me think of Mad Men.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “The singer is cute (: amo esta cancio” — 50320jrn

 

3. Intocable, “Te Amo (Para Siempre)”

Dear tejano/norteño fusion band Intocable: KEEP SHOWING ME THAT DOG.

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “hermosaaaa!” — sayirasac

 

4. La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas, “Muchas Gracias”

The only thing cooler than a horn section swaying on the beach is a horn section swaying on the beach at dusk through a rainstorm. Plus this video has an incredibly involving story line with sick slow-motion slots.

Grade: B

Best YouTube Comment: “CHIDA CHIDA” — josehernandez

 

5. Jesse & Joy ft. Mario Domm, “Llorar”

The brother-sister pop-rock duo of Jesse & Joy enlist singer-songwriter Mario Domm for this sweeping mega-ballad. Is it weird to make a video about blindfolds and sex handcuffs when your sibling is in the band? Yes.

Grade: B+

Best YouTube Comment: “i love jesse & joy” — abigailvasquez

 

6. Alejandro Sanz, “Mi Marciana”

Alejandro Sanz is a singer-songwriter from Madrid known for writing big flamenco-style pop ballads. You may know him from his unbelievably sexy collaboration with Shakira, “La Tortura.” “Mi Marciana” has flamenco claps and smoothed out Skrillex strings.

Grade: A-

Best YouTube Comment: “This man is a poet” — AndreaAngelogeanopoulos

 

7. La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, “No Me Vengas a Decir”

I’m going to slay this in karaoke.

Grade: B+

Best YouTube Comment: “como AMOO a la arrolladora!♥” — eztelagarciahdez

 

8. Reik, “Con la Cara en Alto”

I love how every video on this chart has a plotline! This one involves a wedding, leather jackets, and a vintage car in a forest, in a setup sort of reminiscent of the Twilight movies. “Tu Mirada” trio Reik are from Mexicali. I’m going to slay “Con la Cara en Alto” in karaoke, too.

Grade: A-

Best YouTube Comment: “the song is perfect but the video leaves much to be desired” — danilafiequi

 

9. Paty Cantú, “Suerte”

Paty Cantú came to fame as one half of the pop duo Lu. She’s set to make her official acting debut on Season 3 of El Pantera, based on the comic book. I like the cat ears (obviously), but this song sounds like filler music for a teen soap opera, in a bad way.

Grade: C+

Best YouTube Comment: “Princesa del pop Agri-dulce chulada de mujer!!” — Ismael Cantú

 

10. Thalía, “Habitame Siempre”

I admire your career longevity, and I imagine being married to Tommy Mottola is no picnic, but sorry, Thalía, this song is not doing it for me.

Grade: D

Best YouTube Comment: “only a diva” — BcMDCmex

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Molly Lambert is a staff writer for Grantland.

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