The 10 Best Songs of La Sonora Dinamita, the Most Joyous Group/Makers of the Best Music Videos EVER

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3. "Mi Cucu"

Another Vargas masterpiece, this duet is very simple: a man compliments a woman on her nice, "responsible" ass, while said woman says he can't have "mi cucu"--her ass. Sung by La Sonora Dinamita's other great singer, La India Meliyará, along with the group's longtime leader, Lucho Argain, who memorably says, "Come on, don't be a bad girl/Give me a little touch!" Playing the song counts as sexual harassment in all 50 U.S. states.

2. "Mil Horas"

This is actually my favorite Dinamita song, if only because it's so unlike the rest of the other songs in the group's repertoire, from the downbeat piano to the outright anger of the lyrics to the subject matter: a man whose heart's been shattered, who tries to win back his woman by waiting in the rain "like a dog," only to meet his mocking ex-lover, who literally laughs at him for staying in the rain. Bitter? Not much--check out the chicas! Also remarkable for one of the rare times Sonora Dinamita label Discos Fuentes bothered to put, you know, the actual band in one of their own music videos.

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    I enjoyed your post, as La Sonora Dinamita (and all its descendants) are among my very favorite singers. As a 100% juero who simply learned Spanish in school and found all these songs on my own, I was always somewhat confused by the names (the singer Margarita on "Ya no eres mi bombom" was so obviously the same person who sang "Que nadie sepa mi sufrir") but it didn't really matter, I LOVED all the songs, no matter who was singing. 

     So I was happy to know and agree with just about all your choices. I was never much of a fan of "Mi Cucu", even the English version ("My Toot Toot" which I even think came first) but really, it WAS a huge hit, so...However, I would definitely have included "Carmen, se me perdio la cadenita" and La Bomba, though I think that one may be attributed to one of the descendants, Sonora Show. At any rate, I do wholeheartedly agree, this group is one of the All Time Greatest. It's a shame this music hasn't been more embraced by mainstream America, I personally think it holds its own in ANY language or culture!

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