Vicente Fernandez is not only the King of Ranchera music but also an authentic icon of Latin music as a whole. He has been producing and singing Ranchera songs for nearly half a century. As a result, this Mexican artist has an infinite repertoire full of hits including tracks like "El Rey" and "Mujeres Divinas". The following is my top 10 of Vicente Fernandez songs.
10. "Las Mañanitas"
"Las Mañanitas" is one of the most iconic songs ever produced in the history of Mexican music. This single not only touches the musical traditions of this country but also provides a window where one can have a taste of Mexican Popular Culture. This version of "Las Mañanitas" by Vicente Fernandez enhances the whole feeling behind this traditional Mexican music song.Listen / Download / Purchase
"Aca Entre Nos" is a powerful song in terms of describing the pain that goes along with the end of a relationship. This track starts with a description of the typical macho who denies the pain he is suffering in front of his friends. However, during the second part of the song this macho openly confesses his real feelings. This is definitely one of the most honest Vicente Fernandez songs.Listen / Download / Purchase
From the album with the same name, "Para Siempre" offers a sophisticated sound, which is different from some of the most classic Vicente Fernandez songs. This is the case here because of the musical contributions that the Mexican artist Joan Sebastian added to this production. If you are looking for this kind of softer, more sophisticated sound, "Para Siempre" will please you.Listen / Download / Purchase
"La Diferencia" is another popular heartbreaking song by Vicente Fernandez. It basically deals with the pain that the indifference of woman provokes in the man who loves her. The whole song is a pledge for some sort of attention to the unconditional love this man is willing to give to the woman he loves.Listen / Download / Purchase
"De Que Manera Te Olvido" (How Can I Forget You?) is another song dealing with unconditional love. It basically says that it is impossible to forget the person you love. This track offers a very nice melody that enhances the romanticism and ideals that are exposed in the lyrics. Definitely one of the best Vicente Fernandez songs.Listen / Download / Purchase
"La Ley Del Monte" is not only one of the best songs by Vicente Fernandez but also one of the most emblematic singles of traditional Mexican music. Musically speaking, this song offers a nice beat and a harmonious sound produced by a pleasant interaction of violins, guitars and trumpets.Listen / Download / Purchase
Traditionally, Ranchera music has been a genre linked to gatherings where people get together to have some drinks and sing together. If there is a song that fits that idea, this song is "Volver Volver". Again, this is a heartbreaking song where a remorseful man is willing to give everything to go back to her beloved woman.Listen / Download / Purchase
"Mujeres Divinas" is definitely one of the best Vicente Fernandez songs. One of the things I really like about this track is the way the music follows Vicente Fernandez's voice. Throughout the whole song there is a contrast of rhythm that moves from a melancholic and reflective tone to a decisive sound enhanced by the trumpets in the background. The lyrics pay tribute to the beauty and love that women inspire.Listen / Download / Purchase
After all the previous songs, you probably got it by now: Yes, Ranchera music deals a lot with heartbreaking situations. I think the heartbreaking song for excellence is this one. "Por Tu Maldito Amor" is one of the most touching songs ever produced by Vicente Fernandez. Besides the lyrics, which deal with betrayal, the King of Ranchera enhances this track by singing it with a crying voice that intensifies the meaning of it. As far as I am concerned, this is the best Vicente Fernandez song.Listen / Download / Purchase
1. "El Rey"
Originally written by the legendary Jose Alfredo Jimenez, one of Mexico's best songwriters in history, Vicente Fernandez transformed this song into the most popular Ranchera single out there. His version of this track helped him to gain the title of King of Ranchera. Just like "Las Mañanitas," "El Rey" has become an essential piece of popular Mexican culture. This is also why this single usually tops any list dealing with the best Vicente Fernandez songs. Listen / Download / Purchase