The 20 Greatest Vicente Fernandez Songs of All Time, Nos. 10-1
And the list continues! Here will be all the obvious ones: "El Rey," "Volver, Volver," all the songs that turn usually taciturn Mexican men into wusses deserving of being grilled on Leykis 101. Enjoy, and NOW you can start hating, fanboys!
*The 20 Greatest Vicente Fernandez Songs of All Time, Nos. 20-11
Fernández has such a massive canon that he could've rested on his laurels since the 1980s and still put on a hell of a show--that's how Antonio Aguilar did it. But the genius of Chente is that he's never taken a break--as the previous list showed, the tapatío has always experimented with lyrics, production, genres, and more. His most recent hit was this 2007 gem, a breathless tale of a man driven insane by jealousy that's nevertheless sweet-sounding with his tenor (deepened by age) buttressed by the dramatic pauses, by crisp guitar strums, weeping violins, and jumpy trumpets. "Estos Celos" created a storm upon its debut--no one in ranchera had done something this simultaneously poppy and firme, something this dramatic. And the greatest testament to its greatness? It's now a staple of mariachis. Kudos also to Chente for not dyeing his hair at this point of his life, and for not casting some blonde 20-something as his paramour--it's a 20-something brunette!
9. "Por Tu Maldito Amor"
Of the canonical Chente songs, this is one of the lesser ones--but that's like saying Chris Mullin was one of the lesser players on the 1992 Dream Team. It's one long crying session about a man decrying the "damned love" of a woman. Wait for the pause, the pause that serves as the cue for the crowd to yell "POR TU MALDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIITO AMOR!", which allows Chente to melt down like a schoolboy who skinned his knee--and cry he does. And, of course, the twist at the end: it's not damned love he cries for, but "your blessed love." WIMP!
8. "Me Voy a Quitar de En Medio"
Fernández wasn't in any sort of creative funk in 1998, when he recorded this song as the title track for the telenoval La Mentira and for the album Entre El Amor y Yo ("Between Love and I," itself a fabulous song that would probably be #21 on this list). But the composition showed again Chente's willingness to experiment musically, even at a point in his career where he didn't need to. With Spanish, Cuban, and Mexican flairs swirling around a song of defeat, this song was the spiritual godfather to "Estos Celos."