The music producer (and now youtuber) Junior Cabrera presented a ranking together with maestro Mártires de León on the 15 most influential bachatas in the country’s history.
This list arises from a project by maestro Mártires entitled “100 historical bachatas”, which is in progress.
During the video, posted on Cabrera’s channel, Mártires talked about bachatas in descending order, what characterizes them and what makes them special. He also stressed that when they refer to “influential” they are not referring to the most “attached”, but to those who “marked” the movement and the people.
While talking about the elements of the song, the list was accompanied by a live performance of the pieces.
In the fifteenth place is the song “Obsesión” by the Aventura group, which, in the maestro’s opinion, enjoys a harmonic structure and combines lyrics and melody in a particular way.
While in the fourteenth position is “Loco de Amor” by Luis Vargas. From this melody he highlighted his skill on the guitar, the interpretation of the artist and the beauty of the lyrics.
“Medicina de Amor” by Raulín Rodríguez occupies thirteenth place, due to the combination of his melancholy with the melody and the “majestic” interpretation of the artist.
Likewise, the song “Yo Quiero Andar” by Sonia Silvestre is highlighted by the “incredible” arrangements that the song had and its success. It occupies position 12.
Juan Bautista’s “Asesina” is a highly influential bachata, described by De León as “emblematic”, with jocular lyrics and a harmony provided by the guitar. It is a “bitter” song that narrates the evil of the street, according to the producer. It is in position 11.
In tenth place is “Mesita de Noche” by Víctor Víctor.
“It was the push that bachata needed to take it… dress it in another suit,” said maestro Mártires. He indicated that this single gave a twist to this musical genre.
In ninth place, the bachata “La Quiero un Millón” by Blas Durán stood out, which was performed live during the YouTube video, with Mártires on guitar and David Paredes on vocals.
The eighth most influential bachata is “El Hombre de Tu Vida” by Joe Veras, defined as a slow and melodic bachata that was released at a time when fast bachata was in vogue. It was a “shocking” and “special” song.
“Condena” by José Manuel Calderón ranks seventh. It was a bolero that evolved into bachata.
“Dos Rosas” by Bernardo Ortiz is a bachata that has a “particular” way of playing the guitar, plus it has a good intro and the lyrics don’t “fall short”.
While “La Sufrida” by Melida Rodríguez, which ranked fifth on the list, is described by the producer as the first “feminist” bachata because it empowers women and shows a “bad” woman.
“Chiquitita” by Leonardo Paniagua is characterized by the sweet voice of the artist, marked the movement for the “punch” that bachata had. It was a song by Grupo Abba that went to bachata through Paniagua.
That ranks number 4.
In third position, “Hoja en Blanco” by Monchy & Alexandra stood out, whose original theme was a ballenato and went on to bachata performed by the aforementioned artists, who gave it a “different touch” due to the combination of female and male voices.
“Voy Pa´ Allá” by Anthony Santos takes second place.
De León stated that this bachata “opened the doors” in several countries to people who lived in the genre, not just the singer of this song.
The ranking ended with the bachata “Pena” by Luis Segura, which he referred to as “the hymn of bachata.” He defines it as impressive because of the way the artist sings and the execution of the song.
The teacher Mártires de León fired the program saying that the list wanted people to know about the beauty of this musical genre and its history.
Known this list of songs, do you agree with the teacher?