Thanks to the songs produced by Carlos Vives, the beats of Vallenato were able to move beyond the Colombian borders. For nearly two decades, this popular Colombian artist has defined this local genre with an innovative sound that has captured audiences all over the place. If you are just getting into Vallenato, the following tracks will introduce you to some of the most popular Vallenato songs ever recorded.
"El Cantor De Fonseca"
Originally written by the legendary Vallenato songwriter Carlos Huertas, "El Cantor De Fonseca" is just one of the many songs that transformed Clasicos De La Provincia into Carlos Vives' breakthrough album. Offering a very pleasant sound, which is heavily adorned with the notes of the bass, the lyrics of this track reflect Huertas' love for the Colombian region of La Guajira.Listen
When Carlos Vives recorded this track, he was the leading actor of Escalona, a popular soap opera based on the life of the legendary Vallenato composer Rafael Escalona. "Jaime Molina," a song Escalona dedicated to the Colombian cartoonist by that name, became a favorite song of the soundtrack Carlos Vives recorded for the soap opera. Thanks to this successful experience, Carlos Vives decided to try out a career as a Vallenato singer.Listen
"La Celosa" (The Jealous Woman) was one of the most popular songs from the album Clasicos De La Provincia. In order to fully enjoy this track, however, you need to focus on its simple beats and take the lyrics lightly. Otherwise, this very machista tune wil get on your nerves.Listen
"El Amor De Mi Tierra"
"El Amor De Mi Tierra" is one of the tracks that better define Carlos Vives' romantic repertoire. Its lyrics, which are adorned with a deep sense of love for Colombia's natural treasures, fit nicey the delicate sounds of the guitar and accordion you can hear throughout the whole song.Listen / Download / Purchase
"La Tierra Del Olvido"
After the tremendous popularity he enjoyed with Clasicos De La Provincia, Carlos Vives released in 1995 his album La Tierra Del Olvido. The song that gave the name to this production was well received by all the fans the Colombian singer had gathered with his previous work. Unlike the tracks on Clasicos De La provincia, "La Tierra del Olvido" marked the first original Vallenato production released by Carlos Vives.Listen
"Dejame Entrar" is one of the most popular songs ever produced by Carlos Vives. Thanks to its romantic lyrics and amazing musical arrangements, this track seats at the top of Carlos Vives' best sound. The notes of the gaita throughout the whole sound are great.Listen / Download / Purchase
Another hit from the album El Amor De Mi Tierra, "Fruta Fresca" is one of the first songs that Carlos Vives defined by an eclectic fusion that left classical Vallenato a little bit in the back. Besides the nice percussion, the solos provided by the accordion, guitar and gaita add a nice touch to this tune.Listen / Download / Purchase
Thanks to "Dejame Entrar" and "Carito", Carlos Vives' 2001 album Dejame Entrar made it that year to the number one spot on the Billboard charts. The song combines a nice story of Platonic love with great musical arrangements.Listen / Download / Purchase
"La Gota Fria"
"La Gota Fria" is the ultimate Vallenato song ever released by Carlos Vives. Being one of the songs included in the hit album Clasicos De La Provincia, this track is not an original song from Carlos Vives. However, this tune came to define the innovative style Carlos Vives brought to Vallenato music. If you are just getting into this Colombian genre, this is the first song you need to listen to.Listen