Songs The Best Boogaloo Songs  

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The best boogaloo songs capture the spirit of this vibrant Latin music, which captivated New York and the rest of the country so many decades ago. These are songs of joy and fun, with lively lyrics and equally lively dancers enjoying them on dance floors everywhere.

Boogaloo, also known as boogalu, is a fusion of Cuban music, R&B rhythms, mambo and even a bit of rock and roll, and it was one of the first Latin genres to really cross over into the mainstream. The top boogaloo songs on this list certainly exemplify this description. Many of them have remained hits since the peak of boogaloo’s popularity, in the 1960s.

Are you looking to put together a playlist of some of the most famous boogaloo songs ever recorded? If so, start with tunes on this list by Joe Cuba (“Bang Bang”), Pete Rodriguez (“Pete’s Boogaloo” and “I Like It Like That”), and certainly Joe Bataan (“Gypsy Woman”). These artists helped to define the boogaloo period, and these good songs remain classics in the genre.

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Pete Rodriguez

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Pete Rodriguez

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Joe Cuba

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Joe Bataan

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Carlos Hayre

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Pete Rodriguez

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Ricardo Ray

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Eddie Palmieri

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Federico Y Su Combo

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Ray Barretto

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Mongo Santamaria

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Willie Colon

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Joe Cuba

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Willie Colon

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Orchestra Harlow

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Joey Pastrana

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The Lebron Brothers

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Joe Cuba Sextet

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La Sonora Carruseles

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Latin Blues Band