Argentine Music: Find out the top bands, songs, and albums to get a taste for music in Argentina

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Argentina is the home of many famous music artists, and to get a true taste of Argentine culture, you should become familiar with the music. It helps you learn about Argentina, Argentines, and it will certainly help you improve your Spanish!  Buenos Aires is a great place to see some of these famous artists live, so you should keep an eye out for who is playing while you’re here. Some of the smaller artists play regularly in Buenos Aires, and the concerts are usually pretty cheap.

Below is a list of some of the more famous artists, and I have included one album and one song from that album that I recommend you look for, to give you an idea of what each group is like. I have broken down each section into types of music, and have included some of the best and most popular groups for Argentine Rock, Reggae, Ska, and Folk. Tango is also important in Buenos Aires, but I will touch on this in another section.

**There are tons of great artists from Argentina, new and old. Instead of trying to name them all, the idea is to give you a taste of the music available in Argentina. Hopefully this will help you find some music you like. If you think there is an Argentine artist that can´t be left out, write me a comment and I will consider adding them.**

Rock
Argentina is famous in South America for their rock, which has become a genre in itself (Argentine Rock). Below are some of the most famous rock artists/groups in Argentina in the last 25 years.

Artist/Group: Fito Paez – Very famous Argentine singer. He sings a softer, pop style of rock.
Recommended Album: Amor Después del Amor
Recommended Song: Brillante Sobre El Mic

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Artist/Group: Soda Stereo – This group could be considered the epidemy of Argentine rock. It’s a much harder rock than Fito Paez.
Recommended Album: Me Verás Volver (selection of hits)
Recommended Song: De Musica Ligera, super famous song.

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Artist/Group:
Sumo – one of the most influential bands of Argentine Rock.   It is more of an alternative rock, with lots of reggae and ska sounds.
Recommended Album:
Obras Cumbres (selection of their best songs on two disks)
Recommended Song: No Tan Distintos

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Artist/Group: Andrés Calamaro – originally part of the famous Spanish-Argentine group Los Rodríguez, he eventually broke away to produce his own music. He became hugely popular in Argentina, releasing various hit songs, and at one point, started uploading his own music for free downloads for fans.
Recommended Album: Honestidad Brutal
Recommended Song: Te Quiero Igual

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Artist/Group: Babasonicos – A newer Argentine rock group (although not that new), and very popular. They put on a lot of free concerts in Buenos Aires.
Recommended Album: Anoche
Recommended Song: Yegua

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Artist/Group: Attaque 77 – Another well known group, though much newer than Soda Stereo, and not as famous. This is harder rock as well.
Recommended Album: Trapos
Recommended Song: No Me Arrepiento.

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Reggae
Argentine Reggae is also extremely popular here, and you can find shows nearly every day of the week. Some of the best Latin Reggae comes from Argentina.

Artist/Group: Los Cafres – Currently the most famous reggae band in Argentina. Fairly chill reggae.
Recommended Album: Quién Da Más
Recommended Song: Si el Amor se Cae

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Artist/Group: Fidel Nadal – this guy looks, moves and acts Jamaican, but is Argentine. The way he raps has a special rhythm that really grabs you. Fairly upbeat reggae.
Recommended Album: Emocionado
Recommended Song: Intensivo

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Artist/Group: Los Pericos – Fairly upbeat reggae.
Recommended Album: Pampas Reggae
Recommended Song: Home Sweet Home

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Artist/Group: Dread Mar I – Very chill reggae, nice lyrics.
Recommended Album: Amor Es
Recommended Song: Lluvia, Nubes, Tristeza

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Ska/Punk
Argentina has had a strong ska and punk following for many years, and ska music now is still very popular.
Artist/Group: Karamelo Santo This is one of my favorite groups. They have recently become quite big, and were recently touring in Europe. The music is pretty upbeat, though sometimes bordering on Reggae, and they put on a great concert live.
Recommended Album: Antena Pachamama
Recommended Song: Luna Loca

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Artist/Group: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – energetic ska music mixed in with any other styles.
Recommended Album: 20 Grandes Exitos
Recommended Song: Matador

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Artist/Group: Todos Tus Muertos – punk, with some rock and reggae mixed in. Very popular group in their day, its where Fidel Nadal started out.
Recommended Album: Dale Aborigen
Recommended Song: Sé Que No

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Hip Hop
There is very little hip hop in Argentina, in terms of hearing hip hop and in terms of groups that make hip hop. However, there are a couple of excellent groups, and it appears as though hip hop music is slowly gaining a following.

Artist/Group: Iluminate – A group of 5 different rappers who often sing/rap all at the same time, there are also numerous other instruments, such as horns, drums, and a DJ. The leading group for underground hip hop in Argentina, their music is a great mix of sounds and lyrics.
Recommended Album: Luminareas
Recommended Song: Luminareas (la definición)

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Artist/Group: Dante Spinetta – Although more commercial than Iluminate, Dante has been one of the pioneers of the Argentine hip hop scene.
Recommended Album: El Apagón
Recommended Song: Olvídalo(la definición)

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Folk
Artist/Group: Onda Vaga – Up and coming folk music group, has developed quite a large following in Buenos Aires. Very catchy music.
Recommended Album: Fuerte y Caliente
Recommended Song: Sequía de Amor

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So now the hard part – how do you listen to this music?

One option is a magical site called Taringa. Taringa is a site where people upload links to sites (such as MegaUpload, Rapidshare, etc.) where albums of artists have been uploaded to. The selection is amazing, especially of Latin music, because it is an Argentine site. Unfortunately, this also means it is in Spanish. To use the site, do a search for music (use quotes to narrow the searches if you need to). Enter a result, and it should have a link to a site where you can download it from. Sometimes, they are dead links, so you have to go to look for another one.

MySpace
and YouTube are also great options. All of these bands listed have MySpace sites as well as videos that have been uploaded to YouTube (although on YouTube they often have very poor audio quality).

If you have downloaded the music and decide you like it, you should buy the CDs whenever possible. In Buenos Aires, this music can be found at any music store. In other countries, some of it can be pretty hard to come by.

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25 Comments

  1. Darin Hall says:

    Nice tunes man, its making my morning a little brighter! Nice site, very well done.

  2. David says:

    It is fine writing about the most famous artists of Argentina…of today. Writing about the most famous artists of Argentina without mentioning Spinetta, Garcia, Lebon, Pappo, groups like Virus, Zas, Vox Dei, Sui Generis and so many other classics is like writing about the most famous artists of UK music without mentioning Rolling Stones, Beatles or Elton John..
    Great selection and great having one sample!
    From another generation

  3. jaxk says:

    well i’ve been in argentine lots of times …and that list missing Charly Garcia …super famous artist..

  4. me says:

    I expected to hear about Skay Beilinson, La Naranja, or Watchmen

  5. Bazelard says:

    ———–LOOK, LOOK, LOOK THIS IS IMPORTANT——–
    I’m Argentine
    if you are looking for the most listened Argentine rock, check here, i have some samples:

    Artist/Group: RATA BLANCA
    Gender: Heavy Metal
    Recomended Album: El Reino olvidado (The Forgotten Kingdom)
    Recommended songs:

    El guardian de la luz
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOrcsdnhFt8

    Talisman
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyNBv1liYtQ

    El Reino Olvidado (I almost dropped a tear… snif)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tj3cnbgXyo

    La leyenda del Hada y el Mago(my favourite)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQt5bX6fT1s&list=PLAD57039715F566A3&index=13&feature=plpp_video

    ————————————
    Artist/Group: ERUCA SATIVA
    Gender: Rock/Alternative Rock
    Recomended Album: LA CARNE
    Recommended songs:

    Para Nadie
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PZDLF-Drno

    Para Ser
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IJ4ZPfBMpM&feature=relmfu

    ————————————
    Artist/Group: La Mancha de Rolando
    Gender: Rock
    Recomended Album: Viviré Viajando
    Recommended songs:

    Arde la Ciudad
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8vxXsfbxj4

    Carolina
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAl1F7J5678&feature=relmfu

    ————————————
    Artist/Group: Catupecu Machu
    Gender: Rock
    Recomended Album: Laberintos entre Artistas y Dialectos CD2… and CD1 too
    Recommended songs:

    Magia Veneno
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imm0ISKlhgM

    A Veces Vuelvo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI67jCLHeAc

    El Viaje Del Miedo
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpFDIuJRR3o&feature=related

    —I hope you hear them all and you like it—

  6. Bazelard says:

    I miss one:

    Artist/Group: Airbag
    Gender: Rock/Heavy metal/Alternative Rock
    Recomended Album: VORÁGINE, Una Hora a Tokio
    Recommended songs:
    Donde vas
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGO0O01Gnm0
    Mi Sensación
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-UZIqe5eX0&feature=related
    Ella No Está
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ie9O9WF7EE&feature=related
    Una Hora a Tokio
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSW_LTsxpf4&feature=related

  7. Lin says:

    I am looking for Edgardo Martelli, tango singer. anyone know his whereabouts. I met him in 2005 when I was in Argentina.

  8. Thanks for this comprehensive list. I’ve been a fan of Soda Stereo for years and now I have many more bands to check out.

  9. erejotta says:

    Hi! I’ve been to ARG and liked the sound of the group La Mosca. Thank you for creating this site.

  10. Fabian says:

    Hey there…i was just looking for a argentinian band, i think it has got 3 members, and its something between hiphop/pop, as far as i can remember one videoclip of them, they were singen something like “mi soledad…” or “mi reflejo…” its not that i didnt understand it, i speak fluently spanish, though i cant remember either the title of the song nor the name of the band…..would appreciate help, thanks in advance!

  11. Diego says:

    Hi Fabian,
    Sorry, at the moment I cant think of a band that matches that description. If I think of one Ill let you know!
    Matt

  12. Bazelard says:

    “Porta” Maybe?

  13. Dora says:

    Hi i am doing a presentation on Argentina and i was wondering if u have any good songs for and american to sing thnx

  14. Matt says:

    Hi Dora,
    That would depend on what sort of music you are looking for. Any of the songs on this page are possibilities, they are popular Argentine songs. But I could recommend others, if you let me know what sort of thing you{re looking for. You can get in touch with me through the Contact page if you like.
    Matt

  15. duccio says:

    this list surely is uncomplete without BERSUIT VERGARABAT,LOS REDONDOS, LOS CALZONES ROTOS,TURF,LOS AUTENTICOS DECADENTES, GILDA, LOS CAFRES,JULIETA VENEGAS, EL OTRO YO,LA MOSCA,SERU GIRAN AND KAPANGA above all. I am from italy so maybe I have made some mistakes but I think they are all argentine and they cover different kinds of music..cumbia, rock, ska,britpop etc but they are all very interesting

  16. howard jaffe says:

    Matt Jaffe’s 3 song Trilogy inspired by the writings of Jorge Luis Borges (114th Birthday on Aug 24 2013)

    1. Girl From Buenos Aires

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HctUH5STc88

    inspired by ‘The Shape of the Sword’

    2. Libertad

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4v2dt6Yer5M

    inspired by his writings

    3. Till The End of Time

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfuGadz_CjI

    inspired by ‘The Immortal’

    enjoy!!!

  17. James says:

    At a bus stop i met two canadian guys the are living and making music in B.A they invited me to their bands practice session and had a great time. Their band is called LOST PAJAROS, what an amazing experience and an awsome trip!!
    https://soundcloud.com/lost-pajaros
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEq2mErPYPk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8rLophYn3E

  18. jorge ferreira says:

    Ola from portugal. does anyone can help me with some informations about a argentinean singe of the 50´s called ciro fabio. does he have more than 1 single, the one i have called “tanta dicha” ? he was a friend of my father. gracias por la ayuda

  19. Bazelard says:

    Artist/Group: Los Piojos
    Gender: Rock/Blues/Tango/Candombe/Reggae/Funk/Ska/Murga
    Recomended Album: Ritual
    Recommended songs:
    Tan Solo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TdbQUBo8iQ
    El Farolito
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qYlfhIHwzU
    Verano del ’92
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlOlAvxnFMg

    —————-

    Artist/Group: Ciro y los Persas
    Gender: Rock nacional/Pop rock/Rock stone/Funk/Tango
    Recomended Album: Espejos
    Recommended songs:
    Insisto
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FGjpmpAenM
    Antes y Despues
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7kYDDKEJKc
    Vas a bailar
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTpEBaqM3kQ

  20. Bazelard says:

    Artist/Group: Los Auténticos Decadentes
    Gender: Ska/Reggae/Rock/Cumbia
    Recomended Album: Los Reyes de la Canción
    Recommended songs:
    No me importa el dinero(Ft. Julieta Venegas)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXFL5mdfP40&list=PLD2017E70D404632D
    Un osito de peluche de Taiwan
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKM5jRAUgvU
    Somos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtAXia8iQSU

    ————-

    Artist/Group: Julieta Venegas
    Gender: Música alternativa/Indie pop/indie rock/pop latino/rock
    Recomended Album: MTV Umpligged
    Recommended songs:
    Limon y Sal
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIpzfs5tBJU
    Eres para Mi
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pj2ntDiXJCk
    Ese Camino
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKvmNUfmFfI

    ————-

    Artist/Group: Los Cafres
    Gender: Reggae, Roots Reggae
    Recomended Album: ¿Quien da Mas?
    Recommended songs:
    Casi que me pierdo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pzb-3YE7C4
    Bastara
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afBhdRSCMSQ
    Si el amor se cae
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRrdscJkTCw

  21. Bazelard says:

    Artist/Group: Babasónicos
    Gender: Pop rock/Electrónic Rock/Psicodélic Rock
    Recomended Album: Anoche
    Recommended songs:
    Microdancing
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfEr0jtij_g
    la lanza
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrn8XIU1xqM
    aduana de palabras
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5AW9nEKYiY

  22. Yuyo says:

    This is Triddana, one of the best metal bands:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj50wMJ83zc

    It split from the band Skiltron:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGS4g2ReH24

    From which also has split Electronomicón:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSP0xj7ygwY

  23. Yuyo says:

    Check also Zerec posts on the website exiliados dot net, (tread about argentinian music)

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