Growing up in a Latino household, you are probably pretty familiar with this Saturday morning ritual: You wake up and hear Salsa music playing loudly in the house? What’s this? Oh, that’s right, it’s the weekend ritual almost every Latino kid knows… Mami playing Salsa music while everyone sets about the task of cleaning the house. And while you might not completely love it, it’s okay to admit that listening to Salsa music is still one of your favorite things to do when cleaning your own house as an adult.
The truth is that spring cleaning is just around the corner and that’s a perfect time to get back into old, great habits. I don’t love this time of year, since I know it means some serious deep cleaning, but I know that it’s absolutely necessary. After all, the house doesn’t clean itself, does it? Thankfully, we all know the trick to having some actual FUN while cleaning: Salsa music! While these songs won’t get you in the mood for sexy times, they WILL get you in the mood to put on those bright yellow gloves and get to scrubbing. Here are just 12 of our favorites for your spring cleaning playlist. But, trust me, there’s so many more you’ll want to be grooving to soon enough.
1. “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony
His AH-mazing anthem to having a good life will surely stand the test of time.
2. “La Vida es un Carnaval” by Celia Cruz
The Queen of Salsa is an obvious choice, but this song’s a MUST for your playlist.
3. “Ran Kan Kan” by Tito Puente
A classic song by a classy guy that you simply won’t want to miss.
4. “Llorarás” by Oscar D’Leon
The Venezuelan Salsa legend sure knows how to bring down the house with this beat.
5. “Mi Gente” by Hector Lavoe
You’ll definitely want to start your dancing (and cleaning) with this song on the list.
6. “Mi Tierra” by Gloria Estefan
It’s really easy to shake your hips to the rhythms of the Cuban singer and producer.
7. “Los Campeones de la Salsa” by Willy Chirino
Get ready to dance up a storm with this hit that is an absolute must when you’re cleaning.
8. “La Gozadera” by Gente de Zona featuring Marc Anthony
This one’s a total modern classic that will have you cleaning up a storm in no time and have you thinking of warmer days ahead.
9. “Cali Pachaguero” by Grupo Niche
Pretend you’re a Salsa dancing sensation, while throwing that Swiffer around your house.
10. “Aguanile” by Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe
Two Salsa legends pair up for this super hot song, which reminds us – grab a partner to clean and have a mini dance break.
11. “Brujeria” by El Gran Combo
You’re going to do some incredible magic on your place, making this the perfect anthem to your cleaning day.
12. “Despacito (Salsa Version)” by Luis Fonsi featuring Victor Manuelle
Last year’s hottest song has a Salsa version, and how is this not already on your playlist?!