Banda music, known in Spanish as Musica de Banda, is one of the most popular Latin music styles in Mexico and the US. The following bands are in big part responsible for giving this style their current status. From pioneering groups such as Banda El Recodo to contemporary stars like Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno band, the following are today's most influential Mexican music bands
El Trono de Mexico
Although this band is fairly new, El Trono de Mexico has been able to capture a spot as one of today's most influential Mexican music bands. This popular Duranguense group, which was born in 2004, became a sensation with the 2006 album El Muchacho Alegre. Some of the band's hits include titles like "Ganas De Volver A Amar," "Te Recordare" and "La Ciudad Del Olvido."
La Original Banda El Limon de Salvador Lizarraga
Since 1965, La Original Banda El Limon has been shaping the sounds of Banda Music in Mexico and the US. Led by Salvador Lizarraga Sanchez, this band from the town El Limón de los Peraza has produced a huge repertoire of hits that includes tracks like "El Mejor Perfume," "Abeja Reina" and "Cabecita Dura."
Banda Sinaloense MS
This band was born in 2003 in the city of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. In spite of being fairly new to the Banda scene, this group has produced a decent repertoire that has touched all kinds of traditional and popular Mexican styles such as Corrido, Cumbia and Ranchera. Top songs from Banda Sinaloense MS include tracks such as "El Mechon" and "Mi Olvido."
Los Horoscopos de Durango
Formed in 1975 by Armando Terrazas, this band is currently centered around his two daugthers Marison and Virginia. A leading name of the Duranguense scene, Los Horoscopos de Durango is a pioneering band of the tamborazo, a style that combines tuba, drums and saxophone. Hits from this band include tracks such as "La Mosca" and "Dos Locos."
Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda
Led by the young and talented Julion Alvarez, this band reached mainstream success with the release of its 2007 album Corazon Magico. Since then, the group has been one of the most exciting players of the Banda Norteno world. Top hits by Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda include tracks like "Corazon Magico," "Besos Y Caricias" and "Ni Lo Intentes."
Known as La Reina de las Bandas (The Queen of Bands), this group has been shaping the sounds of popular Mexican music for over two decades. Banda Machos is also considered one of the pioneers of the so-called dancing style known as quebradita. Hits by Machos include "Al Gato Y Al Raton" "La Culebra" and "Me Llamo Raquel."
Banda Los Recoditos
Born in 1989, Banda Los Recoditos is one of the most popular bands from Sinaloa. The group was formed by friends and relatives of some of the members from Banda El Recodo. Some of the most popular songs produced by this band include hits like "Ando Bien Pedo," "No Te Quiero Perder" and "Para Ti Solita."
La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas
La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas has captured audiences all over the place thanks to its pleasant and sophisticated sound. Top songs by this popualr group include tracks like "10 Segundos," "Nada Iguales," "El Pasado Es Pasado" and the super hit "Te Amo Y Te Amo."
La Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho
La Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho is one of the most influential names of the Musica de Banda scene in Mexico and the US. With nearly 50 years of musical history, this band has produced a rich repertoire of more than 30 albums. Some of the best songs by La Arrolladora include tracks such as "Ya Es Muy Tarde," "Llamada De Mi Ex" and "Media Naranja."
Banda El Recodo
A legendary name not only in Mexican music but also in Latin music, Banda El Recodo has been producing songs since 1938 when it was founded by musician Cruz Lizarraga. Known as La Madre de Todas Las Bandas (The Mother of All Bands), El Recodo has produced over 180 albums and memorable recording alongside legendary stars such as Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Juan Gabriel. Famous songs from this band include tracks such as "Te Presumo," "Te Quiero A Morir" and "Y Llegaste Tu."