The 20 Greatest Los Tigres Del Norte Songs of All Time, Nos. 10-1

Categories: Español Music

Yesterday, we sang the praises of Los Tigres del Norte by revealing their best B-sides, so to speak; today, we tackle 10-1. Methinks everyone will agree with half of my choices, dispute three of them, and ridicule my top choice--enjoy!


See also:

*The 20 Greatest Vicente Fernandez Songs of All Time: The Complete List
*Top 10 Selena Songs of All Time
*The 20 Greatest Ranchera Singers of All Time: The Complete List

10. "Un Dia a la Vez"


In their retinue of narcocorridos and Aztlanista chants is this curious ditty, a dirge that has become a staple of Mexican Catholic funerals and at Alcoholic Anonymous meetings for its simple message: one day at a time. As starkly beautiful as Cornelio Reyna's "Te Vas Angel Mio," Los Tigres rarely play this one live anymore, because it ain't exactly a barn-stomper--but that doesn't make it any less awesome.

9. "La Banda del Carro Rojo"


"'They say that they were coming from the south/In a red-colored car/They had 100 kilos of cocaine/They were going to Chicago'/That how the snitch said it/Who had ratted them out." So begins one of Los Tigres' two great sung sagas (the other one comes in a bit), a story so gripping, a beat so tense, that they later on recorded "La Muerte del Soplón" ("The Death of the Snitch") just to reconcile the mystery of who ratted out the group of narcos in the red car who would end up dead in a hail of gunfire--but not before killing some American officials of their own. Bonus points to Los Tigres for name-dropping the rinches: The Texas Rangers, the Joe Arpaios of their day who figured in many an ancient corrido, thus tying the old to the new.

8. "Pacas de a Kilo"


Only Los Tucanes de Tijuana's infamous "Mis Tres Animales" more blatantly celebrates the narco life than this ode, whose title roughly translates as "One-Kilo Bundles"--but it does it via code complex (the mention of cows with "sheep's tail"? Reference to marijuana) and not (cuernos de chivo? Narco slang for an AK-47). The song gallops through the pastoral lyrics, themselves a nod to the rural upbringing of most of the cartel lords. But the best surprise is near the end, when Los Tigres mention that their narco of note rests under the shade of "los pinos"--the pine trees, which just happens to be the name of the Mexican White House. Not the first time Los Tigres would directly challenge the regime of Mexican president Carlos Salinas de Gortari, as you'll soon see.


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26 comments
culichi2001
culichi2001

bad asses..bad asses...bad asses..

just saw them at the gibson a few weeks back. what a great time: singing, shouting joyously, remembering, crying, laughing. que mas hace falta? zero.


Ricardo Carlos
Ricardo Carlos

These are real classic corridos...not the shit you have today.

Marcos Hdez
Marcos Hdez

I don't mind the entire list at all, you pretty much managed to get a little bit of everything, the immigration songs, the narcocorridos, all the other fun stuff on the side. My only wish was to have seen: "En la puerta de una iglesia llora un niño..."

Fkkn Ericc
Fkkn Ericc

Can't believe no one mentioned "La Camioneta Gris"

Sandra Perez
Sandra Perez

Well, when I was a lil chamaca, I would always cry to El nino y La Boda! Not necessarily my favorite, but it use to hit me hard!

Rosanna Lopez-Vivas
Rosanna Lopez-Vivas

Don't stone me to death, but I really don't care for them. Now if you play me some Rieleros del Norte, I'll be the first one out on the dancefloor. Hasta con la escoba si no tengo bailarin!!! LOL

Gabby Gonzalez
Gabby Gonzalez

Yeah JV, I know, I've heard the songs. The ones listed do celebrate narcos though but they're also very good social criticisms.

David El Belicoso Rodriguez
David El Belicoso Rodriguez

Prepare to be insulteded in the way I insult only my best of friends. Pinche Gus cabron hijo de la chingada. You did a fan fine job putting this list together de loa little tigers. Excellent job of dissecting each rola to reveal its essence. I admit I learned a thing or two. Now an insult to close this comment. Solo la cara tienes !

Gabby Gonzalez
Gabby Gonzalez

Not a fan of narcocorridos but it's a great compilation. I now gotta read the B-side list. I'm hoping to see a favorite there. Go correct the spelling of "nieto" on "El nieto de Camelia" you wrote niete.

Denise FreeSyria
Denise FreeSyria

La mesa del rincon, un dia a la vez, y la puerta negra are my top 3.

Don Mexico
Don Mexico

How can you forget "Los Dos Plebes" or "La Mesa Del Rincon"?

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