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Songs for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is a day on the calendar that needs an asterisk because it takes awhile to explain. Somewhere along the way we were wrongly taught that Cinco de Mayo is like July 4th for the USA. What we do know is that it's a very festive Mexican celebration every May 5th. There are plenty of Mexican celebration songs that work for Cinco de Mayo.

The song that people instantly associate with Mexican celebrations is "La Bamba," which goes back centuries. It was popularized as a rock and roll hit by Richie Valens in the 1950s. The song came back as an even bigger hit for Los Lobos in the 1980s.

Cinco de Mayo is actually a Mexican holiday that observes Mexico's victory over the French at the Battle of the Puebla on May 5, 1862. France had invaded Mexico in 1861. The upset victory generated enormous pride for Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo by The Lost Secrets
Fifth of May by Visions of the West
Mexican Restaurant Down the Street by Psychedelic Swirl
My Heart Goes Out to Mexico by Another Blown Bubble
Cinco de Mayo by Centuries of Darkness
Never Been There Yet by Proud Mary's Next Generation
The Next Celebration by Heaven's Treehouse
Year Long Fiesta by Nu Planet Satellites
Cinco de Mayo by Green Revision
Days of the Year by Tangent Sunset

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