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Can You Remember All Of These Early Thalía Songs?

Thalia is an icon of Latin pop, and there’s a reason for it. Her songs are fun, catchy as hell and often have that touch of tropical that gets all the tías shaking their asses at wedding, quinces, and backyard parties. What can I say? Palomas and Thalia get the party started! For all of you Thalia fans, we did the research and used a five-point system to rank her 20 best songs. JK it’s completely objective.

Here are the 20 best Thalia songs ranked! And don’t you dare @ me.

20. “Todo – Poso Se Thelo”

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Decades into her career, Thalia proved she wasn’t afraid of a little reinvention. She dropped this reggaeton-infused club banger with an assist from OMI and Jacob Forever, and you can almost here the green laser lights bouncing off the walls. Raise your Henny in the air and shake that ass!

19. “Pena Negra”

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The awesome thing about Thalia is how often she tips a hat to classic Latin music. Here she delivers a sensual tango with a whole lot of sass and sex appeal. It’s the kind of song that makes you swivel your hips and hold a red rose between your teeth as you call your boo over.

18. “I Want You”

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In the early 00’s during the whole Latin explosion, every major Latin pop star attempted to crossover into the English-language market. Thalia was one of them with this R&B/Hip-Hop jam that brings heavy “Still Not A Player” vibes. It’s even got Fat Joe on it. It tries a bit too hard but still bops. 

17. “A Quien Le Importa”

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This song is actually a cover from 80s pop stars Alaska y Dinarama, and became an anthem in the queer community because of its dance-pop style and lyrics, “A quien le importa lo que yo haga, a quien lo que yo diga, yo soy asi!” It gave the community an song to chant and show their pride.

16. “Rosalinda”

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The first telenovela theme song entry on this list comes from the Thalia-starring telenovela “Rosalinda.” It’s salsa flavor, horns and guitars give it a quintessential Latin feel. I don’t even remember what the novela was about but I know this song top to bottom. Ayy amor! Ayy amor!

15. “Tiki Tiki Ta”

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This fun little bop is actually a Spanish-language cover of a Greek song called  “I Pio Orea Stin Ellada.” Thalia heard the Greek version while in the country and fell in love with it, so she reached out to the singer and songwriter for permission to record her own version. The rest is tiki tiki history!

14. “Todavia Te Quiero”

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This reggaton pop jam that features De La Ghetto is the perfect soundtrack to hanging in the backyard and dancing with your boo. Or if you’re feeling brave, the song to send to the one that got away and you want back. The hook is catchy AF so there’s a very good chance they’d take you back.

13. “Te Perdiste Mi Amor”

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Thalia called in her dear friend Prince Royce to make this slow salsa song happen. Nothing like telling the person that ruined your relationship they missed out on your love in two languages, from two Latin pop powerhouses.

12. “Maria la del Barrio”

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Ahh a classic! This telenovela theme song became a huge hit, probably because it absolutely bangs. The salsa songs has it all! And could’ve been a Celia Cruz song in another life. Not only does it tell a story but just when you think it’s going to be over it builds even bigger, and then ends with a bang.

11. “La Movidita”

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Even Thalia’s deep cuts and seemingly throwaway album fillers are total bops. This song never got the attention or dance floor love it deserved, like some of hr bigger hits. But it needs to be up there along with the greatest hits. It’s so so good! Classic sexy Thalia!

10. “Arrasando”

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This dance pop song starts off with a bang! You know you’re in for a rager with “Arrasando.” This is literally the song that makes Zumba classes go off. I don’t think Thalia has ever been able to sing this live because of its lightning speed singing, but that’s ok. As long as the DJ pops this party starter on it’s all good. What does it mean to be “arrasando” anyway?

9. “Como Tu No Hay Dos”

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With a little help from her young friend Becky G, Thalia drops a fire pop jam with a lot of attitude. Though most of that comes from BG. This could have easily been just another okay pop song, but Becky brings it up to banger status.

8. “Sangre”

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And now a slow one. A slow one, in fact, from Thalia’s early days on the pop scene. This ballad is all about feeling love and the sensation to hold the person you love in your blood. Like dang. It’s a sweet and sultry song that has held up over the years.

7. “Poquita Fe”

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A little throwback style from Thalia, who proves she can even handle something a bit more classic. The horns and violins swell and pairs well with her coquettish singing. This is the kind of song your abuelitos slow dance to, and would make the whole room cry.

6. “Desde Esa Noche”

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Just when we needed it, Thalia brings in Maluma (baby) for a autotuned jammer that can get any bar popping. It’s super catchy and fun, with lots of slow reggaton goodness to get the shoulders swerving and hips swaying. That accordion too! It’s flame.

5. “Marimar”

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Maaa-ri-mar! OW!! Costeñita soy! The one that really kicked off Thalia as the telenovela mega star she’d come to be. And really set up the sound that would come to be quintessentially Thalia. Sexy, sassy, cute, with lots of salsa flavor. Every one of her novela theme songs would just be a carbon copy (banger carbon copies but still) of this original one, because like the others would eventually do, it was a huge hit. No que no!

4. “Gracias a Dios”

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Thalia. Doing reggae. Listen, there could be a lot wrong with this song. It could have been embarrassing, but it wasn’t. In fact, it’s super good! Arguably one of her best, which is why it’s so high up on this list. And it’s even held up over the many years since it came out. The romantic upbeat ballad is all about thanking the Lord up in the attic for bringing love to her life. It has that signature Thalia cuteness that comes through in her music.

3. “Amor a la Mexicana”

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This song became a total anthem for Mexican pride, to honor the history, the sounds and scents, the flavors of Mexico. It’s got Thalia’s signature sex appeal as she sings about wanting passionate, ravenous love making. Caballo, bota y sombrero included. And some tequil, tabaco y ron to top it all off. The song pays reverence to Mexican men, in all their manly glory. While the song can play up machismo a little more than I’d like, it always gets the party started.

2. “Piel Morena”

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A song with a bit of fetishizing in it, Thalia sings about wanting to get it on with a dark-skinned man. She sultrily coos about her desire, imagining their sexy times and describing his body. The honey-like feeling of his tenderness, which sounds straight out of a romance novel. And really that’s what this is –  a sexy romance novel with a dope beat.

1. “Mujer Latina”

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The ultimate Thalia jam! Right here! Everyone can stop arguing because it’s Mujer Latina! A total dancefloor banger that celebrates the beauty, culture, blood, and badassery of Latinx women, all to a killer salsa beat. Like this is Thalia at her top level! Peak Thalia, if you will! Put this on and watch it go off! Y estoy re’buena!

While there are way more than 20 best Thalia songs to bump out of the speakers at the quince, these are a great place to start, If you think you know better, which ones would you add?

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

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The Spanish ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Is Being Shared To Honor Hispanic Workers Fighting COVID-19

There’s no denying that the world looks a lot different now than it did in 1947. And while the list of all of the positive changes that the decades stretching between now and then have done for the world and minorities, a recent campaign is also highlighting the ways in which our current president could take some notes on certain values the United States held dear during this time. Particularly ones that had been pressed for by one of our former presidents.

As part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “Good Neighbor Policy” effort, he worked to promote positive and healthy relations between the United States in Latin American countries.

At the time Rooseveltaimed to ensure that the North, Central and South American countries avoided breaking under the influence of Axis countries during World War II. As part of this campaign, Roosevelt comissioned a Spanish and a Portuguese version of the U.S. national anthem. According to Time Magazine he also “recruited Hollywood to participate in this Good Neighbor Policy; Walt Disney went on goodwill tour of South America, hoping to find a new market for his films, and ended up producing two movies inspired by the trip: Saludos Amigos (1942) and The Three Caballeros (1944). The Brazilian star Carmen Miranda also got a boost, and her role in The Gang’s All Here made her even more famous in the U.S. And alongside these cross-cultural exchanges, the U.S. government decided it needed an anthem that could reach Spanish speakers.”

According to NPR, Clotilde Arias, wrote wrote the translation at the end of World War II, was born in the small Peruvian city, Iquitos in 1901 and moved to New York City to become a composer when she was 22-years-old. Her version of the anthem is now part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Now in an effort to support Latino communities affected by the coronavirus, the non-profit We Are All Human Foundation’s Hispanic Star campaign commissioned the a remake of the song.

Hoping to raise awareness of its Hispanic Recovery Plan and efforts to help to connect Hispanic small businesses and workers with resources during the pandemic, the campaign brought the old recording from obscurity.

For the song, the 2019 winner of the singing competition La Voz,  Jeidimar Rijos, performed “El Pendón Estrellado.” Or, “The Star-Spangled Banner.” 

The song has already received quite a bit of comments and support on Youtube.

Hang in there, fam. We can only get through this together.

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These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You


These Online Botanicas Will Satisfy The Bruja In You

With young Latinxs reclaiming the bruja identity, the demand for access to novenas, herbs and other specially crafted ritual tools has grown tremendously. Luckily, these Latinx-owned online botanicas have made it easy for brujas, or anyone who wants to dive deeper into the practice, to get their hands on the goods. Whether you’re looking to conjure up more cash flow or secure some extra protection from those pesky mal de ojos, these shops have the magia you need.

1. The Flowerchild Bruja

You know you’ve received some real tesoro when you open your delivery and see the holographic cellophane. Unmistakable and unique products are what make The Flowerchild Bruja’s shop un cielo de flores. Garden Smudge Sticks adorned with colorful flowers and loose herbs packaged in clear hearts make this online botanica a must-visit if you’re looking to manifest more love and beauty into your life.

2. Brooklyn Brujeria

No forlorn-looking saints and pale stricken Marys here! Brookyn Brujeria offers a fresh and modern take on the classic bruja necessity of novena candles. At $10 a candle, you can enhance the vibrations and style of your space without blowing all your chavo. With intentions like Boss Bitch and F*ck Outta Here, these ain’t your abuelitas’ novenas.

3. The Hoodwitch Store

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Thank you for all of your love & support to those who have been readers and customers of @thehoodwitch over the years. ♥️You know truly how hard I work and that this is my livelihood and culture. Visual art and magic ARE my life and practice. Not a peach flavored “turquoise” glitter drink. My magic is in my blood, my magic is in my ability to bring life to my visions, it is creation & destruction. Over the last 6 years, I have been so honored and lucky to be featured in some of the largest media publications internationally not limited to Instagram. This is bigger than that and the creative team for Starbucks knew that. I have personally worked on consulting large companies in their design concepts this work comes naturally to me. “So what’s the big fuss?” My personal style has become synonymous with the visual aesthetic of my brand. No, I absolutely did not “invent” the crystal balls nor acrylic nails but What I created was a space for myself along with other POC to feel represented and have visual imagery that was representative of us. The colorful candles of my local botanicas, my gold jewelry, and my long nails clutching my crystals are certainly not “new” but to see them presented in a manner that I shared visually in this space was. Katherine de Vos Devine @devosdevine is a lawyer and art historian who wrote a powerful and insightful look as to what exactly is happening with this situation and we are sharing it in our story today because more than anything she truly gives the full tea of the situation. I can strip away the crystal balls, the nail art, and delete all of my beautifully curated photos but I will always be me, I will always be my grandmother’s voices and wisdom. I will create, and I will always know my value and my worth. I trust and believe that my ancestors and my guides are looking after me. These giants may have the money to bully artists, creatives, and small business but we know the truth and absolutely must not allow it. As a small business owner, I appreciate you standing with us in this uphill journey and even if it goes nowhere, at the end of the day I can laugh to myself knowing that Starbucks made a drink inspired by HW 🔮

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If you’re in the market for an obsidian scrying mirror, unique tarot decks or nail polish for your mystic manos, then The Hoodwitch Store is your one-stop bruja shop. Be sure to also check out the Bruja Bookshop tab, where you’ll find vintage, one-of-a-kind libros to up your witchy wisdom. The shop offers some rare finds en español as well. However, make sure you stay up to date on the latest inventory. These goods sell out fast!

4. House of Intuition

If you live in LA, you’ve most likely heard of House of Intuition. With four brick and mortar stores throughout the area, plus an online shop, it’s probably a wise investment to grab one of their “Success” intention candles. Their beautifully colored novenas aren’t the only reason to check out the shop, though. Seriously, this casa is staked with everything from crystals skulls, cauldrons and wands to a line called “Hair Mystics” featuring crystal-infused hair mists. You’ll be glad your intuition led you here.  

5. Lunar Magic Shop

Lunar Magic Shop is the super affordable and super thoughtful shop with some of our favorite bruja apparel. You will for sure want to grab the “My Mom Will Hex You” tee for the little one in your life or the “I Am My Own Sacred Place” one for yourself. While you’re at it, you might as well secure the “Motherhood”and “Student” crystal kit bags. This small shop definitely has the whole family’s brujeria needs in mind.

6. Curandera Press

While this shop is currently taking a small hiatus, they will re-launch on August 1. This gives us time to save up for a big vela haul. We could all use some divine intervention with lazy lovers and bad hair days, right? With Curandera Press’ “No Mas Amante Perezoso” and “Good Hair Day” velas, your prayers are answered. We’re excited to see what intentions they roll out next.

Read: In These Trying Times, Boricua Bruja Emilia Ortiz Provides A Digital Space For Healing

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