The most famous tango’s songs

Wanderlust Spanish want to show you the most famous tango’s songs to know not only the dance, but the lyrics as well.

Tango’s songs

Mi Buenos Aires querido (Carlos Gardel y Alfredo Le Pera)
Emblematic song of the “King of Tango”, this theme was recorded in 1934 and was the main song of the film of the same name released in 1936. Today it is one of the most popular tangos in history.

La cumparsita (Gerardo Matos Rodríguez – Pascual Contursi)
Uruguayan Tango recorded in the year 1915 in melody. In 1926 Contursi put lyrics and reached its greatest diffusion. It is considered one of the best known tangos in the world.

El día que me quieras (Carlos Gardel y Alfredo Le Pera)
Song with a story very similar to the tango “Mi Buenos Aires Dear”, recorded in 1935, was the main theme of the homonymous film released that same year, and also starring Gardel, and also directed by John Reinhardt.

Where tango originated

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Cambalache (Enrique Santos Discépolo)
Tango immortalized in the voice of the great Ernesto Famá, this song was recorded in 1934 with the accompaniment of Francisco Lomuto’s orchestra. It was the main theme of the movie “The soul of the bandoneon”, released that same year. He also sang it with relative success, Julio María Sosa Venturini.

Volver (Carlos Gardel y Alfredo Le Pera)
One of the most international tangos of the great Gardel, recorded in the year 1935, from this verse made song the famous phrase “Twenty years is nothing”, famous saying throughout Latin America.

Caminito (Gabino Coria Peñaloza)
Another of the tango hymns immortalized by Carlos Gardel, which achieved its greatest success with the brilliant performance of Ignacio Corsini. The song was recorded for the first time in 1926.

Malena (Homero Manzi)
Song recorded in 1941, by the Lucio Demare orchestra at the Novelty boite, and in the unmistakable voice of Osvaldo Miranda. But he reached his greatest fame with his appearance in the movie “El viejo Hucha” released a year later.

El choclo (Ángel Villoldo)
Song recorded for the first time 1903, one of the most popular tangos in what is called “guarda vieja”. For the first time it was performed by the José Luis Roncallo orchestra. It is said that it came to sound more than the Argentine anthem itself.

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Por una cabeza (Carlos Gardel y Alfredo Le Pera)
Recorded in New York City in 1935, this song was successfully included in the movie “Tango Bar”, famous among horse lovers for the theme of the song itself.

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