Here you will find a Bolero Music List that we have classified in four groups.
Classic Old Boleros.
- Tristezas: commonly considered the first bolero, although it isn’t. Written in 1885 by Jose Pepe Sanchez.
- Dos Gardenias: composed by Cuban Isolina Carrilo in the 1930s. Included in every bolero singer repertoire.
- Veinte Años: composed by Maria Teresa Vera from Guanajay, Cuba.
- Historia de un Amor: composed by Panamanian Carlos Almaran and written to commemorate the death of the wife of Almaran’s brother.
- Solamente un Vez: one of the most popular boleros of all time, composed by Augustin Lara in 1941.
- Lagrimas Negras: composed by Miguel Matamoros, he fused son and bolero and offered the public some of the most memorable songs the world has ever hummed.
- Besame Mucho: was written in 1941 by a 15-year old girl from Mexico, Consuelo Velazquez. Velazquez had never been kissed at the time she wrote this stunning bolero.
- Involvidable: this famous Cuban bolero was composed by Julio Gutierrez in 1944.
- Somos novios: composed by Mexican bolero icon Armando Manzanero, the song became popular globally when Perry Como recorded “It’s Impossible” in 1971
- Tres Dilemas: composed by Vicente Garrido, an exceptional Mexican composer, which has had a great influence in Bolero music.
- Amar y Querer: by Alci Costa, one of the best Colombian bolero singers and a great pianist.
He grew up alongside Julito Jaramillo, another great bolerista from Ecuador.
El preso #9: by Alci Costa.
Bolero, Bolero: sang by Celia Cruz. This is a classic. Really a great son mixed with some son.
Otro Bolero: by Cheo Feliciano.
Amada Mia: by Cheo Feliciano.
Por Ella: Jose Feliciano.
La copa Rota: Jose Feliciano.
Bodas Negras: Julio Jaramillo.
- Como Fue: Benny More, known as “El Sonero mayor de Cuba“, a great singer and composer from Cuba.
- Temes: by Vitin Aviles, a great puertorrican singer, known as El Cantante del Amor (The Love Singer) for his boleros, but he was also a very respected Salsa singer, and versatile in many forms of music.
- Bella Maria: Mambo All Stars.
- Sombras nada mas: by Felipe Pirela y Billos Caracas Boys.
- Sin ti: Los Panchos
The numbering or the order is not important.
In this section we will include more contemporary singers and composers, although some of this songs are just remakes of old versions. We will try to point that out as much as possible. Singers like Luis Miguel, brought back with his own unique interpretation beautiful old boleros, that we have to include here.
- La Gloria eres tu: sang by Luis Miguel.
- Hasta que vuelvas: sang by Luis Miguel.
- No se porque te quiero: composed by Victor Manuel and sang by Ana Belen and Antonio Banderas (yes the actor from Cristina’s hometown Malaga :).
- Deseos: composer Julio Jaramillo, sang by Colombian singer Charlie Zaa. Charlie Zaa brought back many old boleros and vals, with a faster pace and his own style.
- Alma adentro: by Manny Manuel from his Serenata album. This album is a compilation of old boleros where this Puerto Rican singer demonstrates his interpretive force.
- Caminare: composed by the Peruvian singer Gian Marco Zignago, and sang by Marc Anthony.
- Canciones cocomanticas: album composed by the merengue group Cocoband in 1993.
- Enamora de ti: by the merengue singer Elvis Crespo.
- No pense enamorarme otra vez: composed by Gilberto Santa Rosa and sang together with Myriam Hernandez. From his album Viceversa, this puerto rican singer, more know for his Salsa, also has some beautiful boleros.
- Por mas que intento: Gilberto Santa Rosa.
- Derroche: composed by the Dominican singer Manuel Giménez, and sang by the spanish singer Ana Belen in collaboration with Juan Luis Guerra and his band 440.
- Como un bolero: by Brillanticos, uno of the most international groups from Costa Rica.
- Make it with you: sang by Marc Anthony. “Make It with You” is a song written by David Gates and originally recorded by the pop/rock group Bread, of which Gates was a member. The song first appeared on Bread’s 1970 album On the Waters. Released as a single in June 1970, and since then many singers have done different versions including this bolero from Marc Anthony.
We will be posting more soon.
We call this fusion, but here we include songs that are not pure Bolero and that have other styles mixed in it, or songs that mix different types of Boleros, like Bolero Classico & Bolero Son.
- Burbujas de Amor: sang by Juan Luis Guerra.
- Como abeja al panal: sang by Juan Luis Guerra.
- Estrellitas y duendes: sang by Juan Luis Guerra.
- Mala: by Luis Damón.
- Preciosa: by Marc Anthony.
- Lamento Borincano: by Marc Anthony
In the Ballroom world, this is call Cha-Cha, and when we use that word people are more familiar with this style, but in Latinoamerica is known as Bolero Son.
- Un Son para tí: by Ruben Blades, from the album La Rosa de los Vientos.
- Day Tripper: sang by Domingo Quiñones.
- Derroche: by Aldo Mata.
- El eco del carretero: by Leslie Gabriel.
- Got a hook on me: by DLG.
- La isla del sabor: by Edwin y su Son.
- Mi Son: by Edwin y su Son.
- Dos personas: by Pochi y su Coco Band.
- Mujer Malvada: by Coco Band.
- El Pito: by Sonora Carruseles.
- El Sol de Buscaja: by Yuri Buenaventura.
- I Like it Like that: by Tito Nieves.
- El ratón: by Cheo Feliciano.
- Catalina la O: by Pete el Conde.
- Mujer Divina: by Joe Cuba Sextet.
- El Baile del Suavecito: by Oscar de León.
- Oye Como Va: by Santana.