Earlier this month, Rocks Off contributor and all-around nice guy Jeff Balke enlightened us with this little list of songs that are standard operating procedure at weddings. But as much as I love "Twist & Shout" and "YMCA," in my very Mexican experience, those songs were not what I was used to hearing when one of my hundred or so cousins got married.
DJs at Mexican weddings certainly have their own arsenal of go-to canciones to pack the dance floor, from huapangos to cumbias, rancheras y más. As my primo Gustavo Arellano so eloquently writes, "...while Southern California is chockablock with banda sinaloense, Chalino Sanchez wannabes, rancheras, sierreño, sonidero, and conjunto norteño (and the mashing of them all), the Texas airwaves play a different style... grupero, tribal, and northern Mexico-style cumbias rule."
So in that respect, the songs on this list may not sync up exactly with Mexican wedding songs in Califas, or in Chicago or New York City for that matter, but if you are ever invited to a wedding here in Houston or anywhere in South Texas, I bet this list accurately reflects the experience.
So put on your pointy boots and listen up to the following: