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Canciones de Amor: Boleros for Your Lover

Vicente Fernandez is a legendary Mexican mariachi.
Vicente Fernandez is a legendary Mexican mariachi.

The bolero is a form of love song that originated in Cuba in the 19th century. It came into its own after mostly Mexican composers, working in the 1940s, wrote songs that became popular throughout the Spanish-speaking world. The lyrics often reflect themes of bittersweet, unrequited, betrayed, or eternal love.

Here are some of my favorites. Some are not strictly boleros, but all of these songs maintain the tradition — and, more importantly, the feeling.

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Felix Contreras is co-creator and host of Alt.Latino, NPR's pioneering radio show and podcast celebrating Latin music and culture since 2010.
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