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AND BY L.A. I MEAN: LATIN AMERICA
1Los Jaivas
Alturas de Machu Picchu


CHILE. Los Jaivas is the most important band of the prog-rock in spanish, mixing rock with the typical sounds of the andean folklore they reached success through all the continent with original sounds and lyrics often based in Neruda's poems, their 1981 album: Alturas de Machu Picchu is their most importan record and is considered the most important record of Latin-prog, the live version of this album, that was recorded in the middle of Machu Picchu ruins is usually seen as the latin equivalent of Pink Floyd's: Live at Pompeii. Their best known songs are "Mira Niñita" and "Todos Juntos" both from their 1973 album: La Ventana, Todos Juntos lyrics are an anthem about how people from the world are separating each other and how every person and country should unite, this song is also the starting point for the initials listeners to get in the band as it's the perfect example of their signature sound.
2Soda Stereo
Cancion Animal


ARGENTINA. The most popular band in history of Latin Rock, Soda Stereo was the most important band of the 80's wave of latin rock and was very influeced by the sound of bands like The Police, their 1990 album: Cancion Animal proved that the band, with the time, became closer to Alternative Rock, "De musica Ligera", from this album is also the most recognized song in latin-rock Since 2010 his vocalist/guitarist Gustavo Cerati (considered one of the most important latin musicians of the history) is in a coma caused by a cerebral stroke
3Cafe Tacuba
Re


MEXICO. Cafe Tacuba is Mexico's most important band and their 1994 album, Re is the most important album in mexican-rock. Usually categorized as "alt-rock" Cafe Tacuba are influenced by different styles, from punk to the typical mexican music
4Los Prisioneros
La Voz de los '80


CHILE. Los Prisioneros is the latin equivalent of The Clash, however these band actually had important political issues to protest against. The best example of popular music against the dictaroships in L.A. in the 80's, their 1984 album La Voz de los '80 with its t/t represented the voice of latin people against the violation of human rights in the continent during the decade and how they wanted to rebel against the country that put all those non-democratic governments in the continent: USA
5Violeta Parra
Las Ultimas Composiciones de Violeta Parra


CHILE. Admired by artists like Joan Baez or Mike Patton she is the representative of the latin protest song just like Bob Dylan in the USA and the biggest figure in chilean folk. Her song "Gracias a la vida" (Thanks to Life) is one of the most important anthems in latin music and considered and universal song. Violeta Parra commited suicide in 1967
6Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Rey Azucar


ARGENTINA. Greatest figure in Latin Ska, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, managed to mix caribbean sounds like reggae with alternative rock and latin rock. Their 1995 album, Rey Azucar is among the most important 90's albums that came from L.A. Their vocalist, Vicentico also achieved continental success with a solo carreer
7Charly García
Piano Bar


ARGENTINA. Charly García does not fit in any musical genre with a lot of styles in his musical record like: Prog-rock, pop, experimental, psychedelic, hard-rock, jazz, new-wave and even some krautrock, García's the typical representation of the unique sound of latin music and how, in the continent, the sound of different cultures can create a distinctive sound.
8Babasonicos
Infame


ARGENTINA. Babasonicos started as a band with influences of heavy metal and experimental rock, but with the time went into a more commercial, pop-rock sound which can be heard in their 2003 album Infame. With a lot of pop songs and ballads, Babasonicos is one of the few examples of good commercial music in latin america during the last years
9Silvio Rodriguez
Unicornio


CUBA. Maybe the most important representative of socialist-music in the world, Silvio Rodriguez was one of the most important voices in the 70's-80's in Latin America when the continent was under dictatorships, openly socialist and a Castro's admirer, Rodriguez still manages to loved in all the region by all the political sectors because of his lyrics that, more than political songs, are true poetry of peace
10La Ley
Invisible


CHILE. Along with "Babasonicos", La Ley was another of the important bands in L.A. during the 90's, they reached international attention with their 1995 album: Invisible and won a grammy with their 2000 album: UNO Again, just like the Babasonicos, they are the other example of "good" commercial pop- rock in latin-america
11Rata Blanca
Magos, Espadas y Rosas


ARGENTINA. L.A.'s most important metal band, Rata Blanca is influenced by bands like Iron Maiden, Dio, Accept and Pantera but with a more power-metal style. They were one of the few bands that managed to do neo-classic rock in spanish. Their 1990 album: Magos, Espadas y Rosas is considered the most important metal album in latin america and one of the best non-english metal albums
12Enanitos Verdes
Big Bang


ARGENTINA. Never reaching the cult status of bands like Soda Stereo, Los enanitos verdes remains as one of the biggest bands in latin rock Even when their most successful album: Big Bang is pure alt-rock, in general their sound in the 80's was closer to hard-rock, unlike bands like Soda Stereo or Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
13La Renga
Despedazado por Mil Partes


ARGENTINA. The other big name in latin hard-rock and heavy metal, La Renga has an unique style mixing from power ballads and heavy metal in a very insteresting way, they are one of the few latin bands that mixes hard-rock with instruments like saxophones.
14Los Bunkers
Vida de Perros


CHILE. Actually arguably the most important alt-rock band in the continent with a lot of success in other countries like Mexico and also maybe the only exponent of latin indie rock, Los Bunkers mix the modern sound of alt-rock with the typical political lyrics of the latin music. Their 2005 album, Vida de Perros has their most important songs like Ven Aqui or Llueve sobre la ciudad Their 2010 album, Musica Libre is a tribute album to Silvio Rodriguez and shows the typical political status of the band
15 Mana
Donde Jugaran los Niños?


MEXICO. Maná, just like La Ley or Babasonicos, started as a rock band in the 90's with a lot of success and important albums in the continent and went into a more commecial sound after some time too, sadly, even when their new material is commercially successful, the quality of their sound is very weak when compared to their 90's albums like ¿Donde Jugaran los Niños?
16Fito Paez
Circo Beat


ARGENTINA. Fito Paez is the most successful soloist rock musician in L.A. being active since the 70's is also one of the oldest that remains in the bussiness Among all his important albums, usually the most notable for people is Circo Beat
17Caifanes
Caifanes


MEXICO. One of the most important mexican bands during the 80-90's, Caifanes were the typical alt-rock band, but were very influenced by styles like the mexican cumbia and that made them have a very distinctive sound that distinguished them from the other bands of the time
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