Although he was born in Puerto Rico, Tito Nieves grew up in New York City. His original roots and the Big Apple's vibrant Salsa music scene inspired him to pursue a career as a singer in this field. The following playlist, offers some of the best songs ever recorded by Tito Nieves. They include memorable hits from the time he was a lead singer for the legendary Salsa band Conjunto Clasico as well as popular tracks from his successful solo career.
10. "De Mi Enamorate"
Originally written by the prolific Mexican singer and songwriter Juan Gabriel, one of the living legends of Latin music, "De Mi Enamorate" became a hit ballad with the voice of Mexican singer Daniela Romo. That said, Tito Nieves' Salsa version enjoyed lots of popularity as well. One of the best romantic Salsa songs ever produced by The Pavarotti of Salsa.
9. "Fabricando Fantasias"
Tito Nieves' 2004 album borrowed its title from this popular track. "Fabricando Fantasias" is another romantic song with nice lyrics and strong brass sessions. This song encompasses the sound that Tito Nieves has forged as a mature artist.
Before moving into a solo career, Tito Nieves was a lead singer for the Salsa band Conjunto Clasico Los Rodriguez. During the time he was with Conjunto Clasico, Tito Nieves recorded some of his best tracks. Those who are into the so-called Salsa dura style (hard Salsa) embrace the stuff that Tito Nieves produced with Conjunto Clasico much more than the romantic production that has marked his solo career.
7. "La Salsa Vive"
"La Salsa Vive" is the spiciest track from Tito Nieves' 2002 album Muy Agradecido. Besides the wonderful rhythm it provides, its lyrics depict a world where Salsa is alive thanks to the contributions of all the legendary artists that are mentioned throughout this track. It is a nice song that speaks up against the idea that Salsa music is dead today.
6. "El Piraguero"
This track is another classic tune from the repertoire that Tito Nieves produced alongside Conjunto Clasico. "El Piraguero" offers a fantastic sound where you can hear the different elements that defined the music of Conjunto Clasico such as the nasal chorus and strong brass sessions, which create a very nice contrast with Tito Nieves' voice. An enduring track for any Latin party.
5. "Cuando Se Quiere Se Quiere"
One of the most elegant tracks produced by Conjunto Clasico, "Cuando Se Quiere Se Quiere" features an amazing Tito Nieves acting as a full sonero in this track. Those who have defined Tito Nieves by his romantic Salsa style should revisit tracks like this one to fully appreciate the dimension of this charismatic singer.
4. "El Amor Mas Bonito"
"El Amor Mas Bonito" is by far one of the most popular songs ever recorded by Tito Nieves. This is one of those songs that gives you a good balance between romantic and hard Salsa. This single offers great arrangements. The brass sessions combine in a clever way trombones and trumpets. A wonderful tune to hit the dance floor.
3. "Señora Ley"
Out of everything Tito Nieves recorded with Conjunto Clasico, "Señora Ley" is probably the most popular track TiTo Nieves released with the legendary Salsa band. A fantastic songs featuring the best sound of Conjunto Clasico, this track offers amazing percussion and trumpets.
2. "I Like It Like That"
With this tune, Tito Nieves revisited in a very successful way the original Latin Boogaloo song produced by Pete Rodriguez. Although I would never change the original track for this modern version of the song, Tito Nieves came up with a nice experiment that provided him with lots of popularity when he released this track. The song, which is very techno, became a hit in night clubs.
Another of the most successful songs ever released by Tito Nieves, "Sonambulo" is a track that allowed him to consolidate his unique style within the Salsa realm. This tune belongs to what I consider Tito Nieves' 'perfect trilogy," which besides this song also includes the singles "El Amor Mas Bonito" and "De Mi Enamorate." Offering a good balance between romantic and hard Salsa, "Sonambulo" is a wonderful song from beginning to end.