My students have been looking forward to March since we finished the December commercial madness from Dustin Williamson. Also, for many of my Spanish IV students, this is their 4th time with a “madness” activity (I taught many of them last year in Spanish III)! And, for that reason, I promised them that I would allow them to produce half of our song entries. While I already knew that I have many students who LOVE Latin music and maintain Spanish playlists on their devices, I was not prepared for the sheer volume of their suggestions. We had to vote from their list to get it narrowed down to their top 10 choices….and it wasn’t easy! For some of them, it was sheer agony! I gave each student 8 votes…..they could vote for 8 songs and even then it was difficult as they tried to weigh which song they like better than another! What was even more satisfying for me, in addition to their passionate pleas about what needed to be included, was the diversity of their selections. Here is their original list that they submitted to me:
Vote for NO MORE than EIGHT (8). If you vote for more than 8, your votes will not count.
_____ 1. Me Soltaste (Jesse y Joy)
_____ 2. Desencuentro (Residente from Calle 13)
_____ 3. Gangsta (Kat Dahlia)
_____ 4. No hay nadie más (Sebastián Yatra)
_____ 5. Robarte un beso (Sebastián Yatra y Carlos Vives)
_____ 6. Súbeme la radio (Enrique Iglesias y Gente de Zona)
_____ 7. Dile que tú me quieres (Ozuna)
_____ 8. Mientes (Camila)
_____ 9. Vivir mi vida (Marc Anthony)
_____ 10. Sofía (Álvaro Soler)
_____ 11. Sigo extrañádote (J. Balvin)
_____ 12. Mi gente (J. Balvin y Willy William)
_____ 13. Cómo yo (Silvestre Dangond y San Luis)
_____ 14. Livin’ la vida loca (Ricky Martin)
_____ 15. Corazón Espinado (Maná y Santana)
_____ 16. La Bamba (Richie Valens)
_____ 17. Me Equivoqué (CD9)
_____ 18. El Ganador (Nicky Jam)
_____ 19. El Amante (Nicky Jam)
_____ 20. La Bicicleta (Shakira y Carlos Vives)
_____ 21. Cásate conmigo (Nicky Jam y Silvestre Dangond)
_____ 22. Échame la culpa (Luis Fonsi y Demi Lovato)
_____ 23. El Perdón (Enrique Iglesias y Nicky Jam)
_____ 24. Lumbra (Cali y El Dandee)
_____ 25. Animal (Álvaro Soler)
_____ 26. El Mismo Sol (Álvaro Soler)
_____ 27. Como la flor (Selena)
_____ 28. Bailando (Enrique Iglesias, Gente de Zona, y December Bueno)
_____ 29. Soy yo (Bomba Estereo)
_____ 30. Caótica Belleza (Esteman)
_____ 31. Me enamoré (Shakira)
_____ 32. Chantaje (Shakira y Maluma)
_____ 33. La Cucaracha (traditional)
_____ 34. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Santana)
_____ 35. Reggaetón Lento (CNCO)
_____ 36. Hey DJ (CNCO y Yandel)
_____ 37. La Gozadera (Marc Anthony y Gente de Zona)
_____ 38. Cuando me enamoro (Juan Luis Guerra y Enrique Iglesias)
_____ 39. A Dios le pido (Juanes)
_____ 40. La La La (Shakira)
_____ 41. La luz (Juanes)
_____ 42. Despacito (Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee)
_____ 43. Odio (Romeo Santos/Drake)
_____ 44. Fruta Fresca (Carlos Vives)
_____ 45. Se preparó (Ozuna)
_____ 46. El Farsante (Ozuna/Romeo Santos)
_____ 47. Dura (Daddy Yankee)
_____ 48. Odio por Amor (Juanes)
Many of the songs were songs that we had been introduced to in class, either as the “entry to class music” or accompaniments to our units; however, several others are songs that they have discovered themselves…..because they really like Latin music. The only artist that I told them was off limits for ANY song was Bad Bunny, and I refused to include any of his music on their list. I’m happy to say that I didn’t have to make that choice with Despacito because even though it was wildly popular last year, it didn’t make the cut for their top music!!
The top 10 songs, according to their votes, make up one half of the bracket and my own 10 choices complete the brackets. I put all of their choices on one side (the left side below), and mine on the other (the right side). I had just as tough a time choosing as they did. I’m still not completely happy with my 10 choices and really wish I could add at least 4 more. However, there are not enough days in March to cover more than the 20 songs. Here are the brackets as they stand today:
Still in the running for me, and maybe replacing Tu foto (Ozuna) and one of the HA-ASH songs are:
CNCO – Mamita
Nuestro Secreto – Carlos Vives
La Estrategia Cali y el Dandee
Princesa – Río Roma/CNCO
Esperándote – MTZ Manuel Turizo
Un poco loco/Recuérdame from Coco
Danza de Gardenias – Natalia Lafourcade
This year I will follow basically the same plan as last year:
- Introduce 2 songs at the beginning of the period. I use just a minute or minute thirty seconds of the song, making sure I include the chorus. I do use the music video (unless it is entirely inappropriate), so for some songs, I have to be selective in which parts I choose.
- I give them a brief intro to the artists, where they are from, etc. and we look at the meaning of the chorus.
- Then we vote. The whole process does not take more than 5 minutes initially.
- This year, I will do 2 songs from “their selections” one day and the next day I will do 2 songs from “my selections”.
- When we are ready for round two, I will use lyric videos for the songs moving on. We will establish more meaning for those songs. For this stage, we probably spend about 7 – 8 minutes with the songs.
- When we are ready for round three, I will use the original music video and we will sing the choruses. (This is NOT to say that we haven’t been singing all along….) For this stage, we will be spending close to 10 minutes with the songs.
- For the final round, we will look at the lyrics again and watch the entire official video (as may be appropriate).
As Carrie Toth posted a few days ago, I don’t do anything fancy with the brackets. I print the song titles/artists on card stock and devote an entire board to posting them. Each day I put the final vote tally beside the card stock, and move the winning song over to the next bracket.
I’m looking forward to looking at the brackets of many of your classes! A huge, grateful THANK YOU to @spanishplans for creating this hugely popular activity!