Top 10 Merengue Songs Of All Time

Top 10 Merengue Songs Of All Time

Top 10 Merengue Songs Of All Time

Oh yeah estilo Kool-Aid Man we present the list of the top 10 Merengue songs of ALL time!  Welcome to Merengue music heaven!

Sit tight for your enjoyment the best of the best, cream of the crop and all that when it comes to Dominican Republics foremost known music genre, the Merengue!  This list was composed out of entries from our face-book fan-page, join us and be part of future discussions!

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At the top of the Top 10 Merengue songs of all time list, we start with the merengue song that I want people to play at my funeral.

“El Jardinero” by Wilfrido Vargas. Every time this song comes on a big smile comes on my face, and I want to get up and dance! That feeling if I could capture it, that joy would be what I want people to remember when I leave this Earth!

The song (For those non-English speaking) basically speaks of this gardener who tries to win the heart of his love by planting different flowers for her in his garden, and telling her of how he will make her fall for him eventually. The song breaks up into a horribly mispronounced English rap that just ads to the coolness of this song. El Jardinero by Wilfrido Vargas is a must on any Merengue music lovers list, and belongs in anyone’s top merengue list of all times.

El Jardinero – Wilfrido Vargas

Moving right along we got a hit from Alex Bueno, “el hombre mas afinado de el mundo” as he is called, due to his phenomenal voice and being known to always sing well live. There are stories that have been collaborated by Alex himself, that he has gone into the studio and recorded full songs in one take.

The song we are talking about for this list, is his famous hit “Colegiala”. The great Fernando Villalona once said in an interview that as an artist, the first time he felt his career threatened was when Alex Bueno released this Merengue. Because of this, Colegiala from Alex Bueno earns a spot in the top ten list of Merengue songs of all times! Enjoy.

Colegiala – alex bueno

Oh we gonna hit you with one of those anthem songs in the Latin music world when it comes to merengues, for your consideration the song by Rasputin “Oye – abre tus ojos”. The song goes through many mundane parts of life, and tells the listener to open their eyes and enjoy the wonderful things life has to offer. Amidst huge trumpet sounds and upbeat carnival sounds this track for sure belongs in the best Merengue songs list!

July Mateo Rasputin – Oye abre tus Ojos

This one was a little tricky, Sergio Vargas is for sure of the top 5 merengue singers in the Dominican Republic and has many hits under his belt some of my favorites include “Madre mia”, “La ventanita” and “Dile” all tracks that could just as well be here in this very list. However when you talk about that era of merengue where so many great music came from, for “La Quiero a morir” to hit as hard as it did means a hell of a lot. He has had greater hits, but to keep it as pure as we can we are going with this break-out Merengue song that sky-rocketed Sergios career.

Sergio Vargas – La Quiero A Morir

In 1995 Los Hermanos Rosario put out what would be their most successful release in their music career with the album “Los Duenos del Swing”. As a lead-off single, and arguably their most known song the hit “La Duena de swing” came to be.

No Dominican party that plays merengue, or no club that plays merengue for that matter is complete without this song in the list of their merengue music, and our list would not be complete without it. With lyrics solely dealing with the “swing” a woman’s hips have, this song is made for dancing, and a staple in the top merengue songs list.

Los Hermanos Rosario – La Duena Del Swing

Fernando Villalona is an artist that is synonymous with Dominican culture, and the most known Merenguero of the land.  Nicknamed “El Mayimbe” (a moniker later also adopted by bachatero Antony Santos), Fernando is beloved by the Dominican people for his voice and many songs dedicated to the Dominican Republic such as “Dominicanso Soy” and “Cuando Pise Tierra Dominicana”. Fernando has an ample list of songs that would all fit into top 10 lists, like Carnaval, Felix Cumbe and many others.

For this particular list, we are going to go with a song that was no longer a great hit, but pays great homage to the Dominican people and culture, Fernando Villalona’s Dominicano soy.

Fernando Villalona – Dominicano Soy

When you talk about females in the Merengue Genre the picks are slim. The truth of it is Dominican music is more a male Dominated thing, and it has always been hard for women to reach the type of success that male merengue singers have reached, however, when you talk about Milly Quezada everything changes.

Starting out as part of Milly, Joselyn Y los vecinos, a group formed by her and family members, Milly enjoyed success later going solo and finding even greater success in her career. While hits like “Solo Contigo” are bigger than the one we are picking for this list “Volvio Juanita”, there is no denying that when merengue is brought up, Volvio Juanita will forever have a spot as one of the greats of the genre. It is for that reason, that this song is inducted into the list of the top merengue songs of all times.

Milly, Joselyn y los vecinos – Volvio Juanita

Ruby Perez – Volvere

Joseph Fonseca – Noche de Fantasia

Juan Luis Guerra – Ojala Que Llueva Cafe

Otras Canciones Que Tambien son Buenas. Other Top Merengue Songs

Rubby Perez – Tu Vas a Volar
Sergio Vargas – La Ventanita
Los Toros Band – Enamorado
Bilirrubina- Juan Luis Guerra
Carnaval –Fernando Villalona
farolito-  juan luis guerra
dile- sergio vargas
Tabaco y Ron – Fernando Villalona
benny sadel – que pasara
mi tonto amor – toño rosario
la loba – mirian cruz
Gotas de pena – Ramon Orlando.
Una Fotografia – Bonny Cepeda
Tus besos son – Henry Hierro y la Gran Manzana
La agaradera – Johnny Ventura.
Platano Maduro – Nelson Cordero “El varon”
Hay no se que hacer – El Safiro.
Ta pillao – Mirian y las Chicas del can.
Se me muere rebecca – El prodigio
La bieja fefa y Antony santos – Vamo hablar ingles
Vivir en Nueva York – los hermanos rosario

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17 Responses to Top 10 Merengue Songs Of All Time

  1. I agree partially with this list. yooo siendo a heavy merengue clasico enthusiast I would throw some other ones to that list.

    November 1, 2011 at 10:16 am

  2. Se te Olvidaron alguanas de las mas modernas como

    1. Historia de un gran amor: Geovanny Polanco
    2. Se me muere rebecca : El prodigio
    3. or como se te puede olvidar La bieja fefa y Antony santos, con Vamo hablar ingles
    4. Vivir en Nueva York: los hermanos rosario
    5. Pintame: Elvis Crespo

    November 3, 2011 at 2:52 am

    • pondre un par de esos gracias :)

      November 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    • you mentioned 4 merengues tipicos! no way they would make even a top 20. Duele decirlo (porque el no es cantante de tipicos) pero el unico merengue tipico que podria pertenecer a una lista es “la cosquillita”

      November 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

      • yes…agreed

        February 25, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  3. Good list. My list would be a little more diversified with some ‘modern’ merengues, like Rokabanda – El Tamarindo or Josie Esteban – El Cantinero or Cocoband – Los Hombres Feos. Or even newer merengues like Oro Solido – Ta Cache.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    • for Coco their biggest hits were La Faldita and La Flaca.

      Josie Estevan should have easily been on the list

      February 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm

  4. “La dueña del swing” and “Noche de fantasia” don’t belong to any top 10. FYI “Noche de Fantasia” was an original Alex Bueno merengue. Fonseca’s cover was ok but a cover nonetheless.

    November 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

  5. mi hermano, Madre mia de Sergio vargas , 1986 top 10 if not top 5..

    November 10, 2011 at 12:28 am

  6. Hmm, Great merengues? YES! a good list? i dont think so. Colegiada yes, el jardinero yes, but in my opinion, these songs seem to be very personal. i would’ve put “los Algodones”, “Juanita Morel”, “Compadre Pedro juan”, in other words, Merengue’s that transended and became international hits, not just because they became “hits” but, they were truly landmark merengues, merengues that trully represent the genre. great music though bro.

    January 10, 2012 at 3:51 am

  7. I would definitely remove some of these songs. I can add more names to the list too. Volvio Juanita is not a top 10 of all time. In fact Para Darte Mi Vida was her biggest hit so if you was going to put her in the list that was the song to put.

    Also some people on this list aren’t even bigger than some songs I could think of. Manuel…when did you come to the states? and you left out La Coco Band…eso es un pecado tigere!

    February 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

  8. Uhm… didn’t you americans liked “Una Chica Good” by El Grupo Mío, that was pretty good… beautiful girl to love me like my people there like my people here… between english and spanish… cool

    Mr. Brightside
    June 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

  9. Estos merengues son excelentes, pero como lista, no esta muy bien organizada. Sergio tiene muchos mejores que “La Quiero a Morir”, por ejemplo: La Ventanita, Madre Mia, y Dile. Una Fotografia de Bonny Cepeda es Definitivamente legendaria, una hermosa composicion y es top 5 facilmente. Es mas, hay demasidos merengues unicos y para crear una lista de las 10 mejores es practicamente imposible. Lo unico que uno puede hacer es disfrutarlas todas. Que viva la republica! Mi bello pais que nunca olvidare!

    June 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm

  10. You made me angry with the list of greatest Merengues of all time. Obviously, you know very little about Merengue history. I for one would put Juan Gomero, Cana brava, compadre Pedro Juan, la empaliza, Juanita Mecho, juanita morel and many other traditional songs over these. All of the songs that I have mentioned are national treasures I could list 100 songs before the ones that you mentioned.

    Oscar S
    November 11, 2012 at 9:12 pm

  11. eddy herrera – carolina
    juan luis guerra – ella dice que me quiere
    juan luis guerra – de tu boca
    francis santana – compadre pedro juan
    fernando villalona – sere
    jossie esteban – un hombre busca una mujer
    francis santana – caña dulce caña brava
    johnny ventura – el papelito blanco
    vinicio franco – los algodones

    January 25, 2013 at 2:36 pm

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