Types of Mexican music

By | April 9, 2021


Ranchera is a form of mariachi that was developed in the early 20’s. Ranchera, a Mexican country music, was featured prominently in several films, making it popular in Latin America. Themes of ranchera songs vary between love, patriotism and nature, ranging from farmers’ everyday lives. The ranchero rhythm is either waltz, polka or bolero. The form is standardized and contains an instrumental introduction, verse and refrain in the middle and instrumental conclusion.

Mexican Son

Mexican son was founded in the 19th century and has many similarities with Cuban son. Several different styles of son can be found and the style changes from region to region. Regional variations in the text and instrumentation began to show the differences between the regions and the influences of Cuban, African and Creole Mexicans were the areas they live in. By the 1930s, at least 10 son styles were popular, the most popular form of son being mariachi. Mexican son was historically most often played in the countryside. If you have a chance to enjoy a live Mexican son performance, be prepared to participate by stomping your feet in a counter-rhythm. Most Mexican son bands use string instruments and lyrics are often improvised.


A traditional folk music, mariachi is one of the country’s most famous forms and it is still popular in Mexico, mainly because of its romantic Mariachi music is a mixture of many regional music styles, dances – such as waltz and fandango – originate from Europe and rhythms and melodies from Africa. Bolero, ranch and son music forms are all included in mariachi music. A traditional mariachi The band has six to eight violins, two to three trumpets, a vihuela, a guitar and a guitar. In addition, a good mariachi band knows at least 1000 songs that represent the opinions and feelings of the ordinary Mexican people.


Bolero is a love ballad that can sometimes have a complex melody. However, it is always a slow song with a simple rhythm. Bolero was originally established in Cuba, but it quickly became popular and a tradition in Mexico. The son’s music from the Yucatan Peninsula has many similarities with bolero, which provokes a debate that bolero has Mexican influence and roots in Mexican culture.


Corridos was developed in the early 20th century to tell stories of heroes, exploits, battles, crimes and betrayals from the Mexican Revolution in an epic ballad form. The ballads are traditionally performed by either a single guitarist or a variety of small ensembles. Regional variations are common and the corridor is still an important part of the regional music scene in Mexico. Today, corridor topics are more modern, even taboo, and can range from drug and human trafficking to illegal immigration. Since the time of the Aztecs, music has been an important part of Mexican culture. Due to its different geographical areas, Mexico has several types of music that have distinctive regional characteristics. Weddings, funerals and birthdays are just some of the parties where different types of music are used to draw out emotions, tell stories and reveal the thoughts of Mexican music artists and fans.