“La Bamba” is indefinable in English, being a play on words in Spanish. Originating some 300 years ago in Mexico, it was given its current incarnation by Ritchie Valens in 1958.
This version by Los Lobos in 1989 is a better reproduction.
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A star-studded cast hiding behind the animation here, from the film Shrek. It seems impossible to sing this without energy. La Vida Loca, composed by Desmond Child and Draco Rosa and released by Ricky Martin in 1999, is Spanish for “The Crazy Life” and hopefully we are living it skilfully.
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The original version by Ricky Martin is worth a listen for energy and quality.
Excellent advice from M-People. The song was written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and released in 1994
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The Red Army. The choir was formed as an antidote to depression, which sounds good to me.
After being introduced to this, I spent some time looking through the videos on their youtube channel. I found their joie-de-vive – whatever that is in Russian – infectious.
Originally released by Ertha Kitt in 1953, this everblue piece was written by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. Besides being funny and over-the-top, Kylie Minogue adds an extra something to this version.
Another one from this wonderful group, whose music and lyrics often began as memories of a dream.
Recommended to me today: a lovely lively number.
Die Moulinettes are described as a German Indie Pop Band, hence the “pop music” category here.
A simple, lovely piece, by a modern master of lyricism. Meaning “Whoever” (Italian) it was written in 1971, and has been used many times in films and TV series, and in advertising (dog food, amongst other things).
Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, it became the Temptations signature tune after becoming a hit in 1965.
Although the line-up is now completely different, even to day the Temptations are completely true to the harmonies, choreography and presentation of the original line-up.
This version is modern, chosen for it’s sound quality.
From 2009, before she was really famous, and with a less challenging video than usual. The sound quality here is terrific, though: the actual music starts at 1:30.
Written by RedOne, Gaga and Akon, and released in 2008.