Nochebuena, the time of year to get all glitzed and glammed up to
vent talk shit in one of your relative’s salas. But the good thing, besides the coquito and pasteles, is that you get to reunite with your primas. All year, you’ve been separated by miles and long work hours, but this night, the squad is back together, and drunken sing-alongs and dance-offs to Latin holiday tunes are in order.
Ahead, some Christmas classics sung by Latinas to help you turn the pari up.
1. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” will set the mood for a holly jolly, nostalgic, glamorous, girly evening.
You don’t want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing you need: joyous girl time. This Christmas fave from the part-venezolana will make your wish come true.
2. In “Amarga Navidad,” Jenni Rivera will motivate you to leave the relationship that doesn’t serve you before entering into 2018.
Nochebuena brought the girls together, and when you all are united, you have to roast shitty lovers — obv. With this canción, Rivera delivers the perfect holiday breakup song, and you got your girls with you to support you.
3. Celia Cruz turns “Jingle Bells” into a get-down the crew can dance to in “Soy Feliz en la Navidad.”
In this holiday remix, the Queen of Salsa will have y’all lit, reminding you to forget all the BS this year has dealt you and doing a two-step to a song you never thought could be this fire.
4. Illuminate the night with Gloria Estefan’s “Farolito.”
When this classic Nochebuena song comes on, the cubana behind it will instantly light up your heart, and night, with lyrics and rhythm that’ll have you singing, dancing and dreaming with your favorite gals.
5. Sing at the top of your lungs and feel like little girls again with Christina Aguilera’s “Christmas Time.”
While we all love Christmas, there are aspects of the holiday that can make it pretty cheesy (an old white man jumping down the chimney you never had?). But back in 2000, the part-Ecuadorian pop star gifted little ones with an album that made Christmas cool af. Relive that year by jamming out to this song, which only you and your primas or homegirls will know, obviously making it that much more poppin’.
6. Have your mamis and tias join the circle with Yuri’s “Campana Sobre Campana.”
In the ‘80s, mexicana Yuri put out a song that had the older women in our family rockin’ out like Aguilera’s “Christmas Time” had us. Play this one for an intergenerational turn-up.
7. Aline Barros’s “Noche de Paz” will have you and the girls going home feeling peaceful.
singing yelling and laughing the night away, end Nochebuena on a tranquil note with this Portuguese version of “Silent Night.” The feel-good, calming joint won’t disappoint.