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Updated by TheCubanFoodBlog on Mar 18, 2013
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The Dancing Irishman's best salsa songs

A wonderful list put together by the Dancing Irishman. His personal favourites as taken from his blog:

Vente Negra - La Nova Tradicional (salsa) - YouTube

One of the most beautiful slow salsas there is. Find someone you like, get close and lose yourself in this hit from Habana con Kola.

Via - Al Delory - YouTube

A great On2 acoustic song that brings back great memories for me.

La Pantera Mambo - La 33 - YouTube

A fast and furious song from the Colombian band La 33. At over 6 minutes long expect to finish this one out of breath.

Como Los Quiero (video oficial) - Ñejo - YouTube

A great Cuban style track with an excellent beat that just makes your shoulders want to move.

Marc Anthony - Valio La Pena (Salsa Version) - YouTube

Music video by Marc Anthony performing Valio La Pena. YouTube view counts pre-VEVO: 34,261 (C) 2004 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

Fragilidad - Milagros Piñera - YouTube

I prefer the mature female vocal of this more than Sting's version (which is great itself).

Hong Kong Mambo - Tito Puente - YouTube

Another amazing On2 orchestral piece from El Rey, Tito Puente.

Yo No Se Mañana (Vídeo Oficial) - Luis Enrique - YouTube

A great medium paced salsa perfect for On1 and one the first Spanish songs I learned the lyrics to.

La Banda - Hector Lavoe - YouTube

A nice fast paced classic that goes well with a little salsa caleña.

Merecumbe - Johnny Colon - YouTube

The opening to this song is simply spectacular and features some of the best use of piano in any salsa song I know!

El Preso - Fruko y sus Tesos - YouTube

The perfect number to get your feet moving Cali style.

Abre Que Voy - Miguel Enriquez - YouTube

A great opening with a spectacular clave rich beat!

Sandra - Angel Canales - YouTube

Here's a classy number with a great back beat a sweet mid-section, recommended by one of Dublin's finest mambo aficionados.

Salsa, Timba y Amor - Issac Delgado - YouTube

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Cuba.

La Salsa Dura - Spanish Harlem Ochestra - YouTube

Pure mambo perfection. Just try NOT dancing when you hear this song.

Soledad - La 33 - YouTube

Another brilliant salsa from La 33 with great lyrics, perfect for some On1 dancing.

Sonido Bestial - Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz - YouTube

This is a very special salsa with some incredible use of piano and spectacular and unexpected rhythm changes. There is something for everyone in this classic!

Locos por mi Habana - Manolito y su Trabuco - YouTube

I love this up-beat Cuban rhythm and the lyrics just make me want to be in Havana.

Oiga Mire Vea - Orquesta Guayacán - YouTube

This is a true Cali classic. The lyrics really tell the story of the city and the beat is perfect for the city of rumberos.

Pedro Navaja - Ruben Blades - YouTube

This is a really fun salsa with some great percussion from a true salsa legend, Ruben Blades.

Aisha - Africando - YouTube

This is a great salsa perfect for mambo that really allows you to play with the music. More salsa in French please!

Carita De Pasaporte - Havana D Primera (Video Oficial) - YouTube

The lead singers voice really makes this song what it is. A very sensual, slow salsa.

Chan Chan - Buena Vista Social Club - YouTube

The legendary Buena Vista Social Club has produced many hits and this song is up there as one of the most beautiful. Perfect for a slow, close dance!

Zumbale - Henry Fiol - YouTube

This is a great, really fun salsa that has some great rhythm changes that allow for a lot of play in the dance.