As the undisputed king of Mexican ranchera music, Vincente Fernández has left his mark on the world. With a career spanning over six decades, Fernández has amassed an impressive repertoire of hits.
Join us as we celebrate his musical legacy by counting down the best Vicente Fernández songs ever.
1. “El Ultimo Beso” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 2008
Translated as “The Last Kiss,” “El Ultimo Beso” features themes of love, loss, and the beauty of bittersweet farewells. As the king of sad Spanish songs, this will be the first song on the list to cover these themes.
The song features a mix of traditional ranchera sounds and bolero influences. Fernández uses this fusion to weave melodies into a complex mix of emotions during the track.
“El Ultimo Beso” was a major hit for Fernández and the track peaked at number one on the charts in 2009.
2. “Para Siempre” by Vicente Fernández
Reaching number two on the charts, “Para Siempre” remains one of the biggest hits for Vicente Fernández. The song combines ranchera and mariachi sounds to create a captivating and melancholy sound.
Fernández lends his voice to the tune and you can hear the emotion pouring out of him during his verses. He sings of eternal love and commitment. This is the forever Fernández envisions during “Para Siempre.”
3. “La Derrota” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 2007
“La Derrota,” tells the story of defeat. The song is an emotionally charged ballad that Fernández uses to effortlessly convey his emotions.
Full of heartache, Fernández sings a story of grappling with the pain of a lost love. His impassioned state is gripping and heartbreaking.
Again, Fernández had a hit on his hands with “La Derrota.” The song peaked at number seven on the charts.
4. “Estos Celos” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 2007
On a more upbeat note, “Estos Celos” is a fun and danceable ranchera and mariachi tune. Translated to “This Jealousy,” Fernández sings about jealousy and emotions during the song.
While upbeat, the song is about how jealousy can ruin your life and cause distrust in your partner. The main takeaway is to understand your emotions and how to deal with them healthily.
5. “El Ayudante” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 2001
Reaching number nine on the charts, “El Ayudante” was a modest hit for the superstar. “El Ayundante,” tells the story of an assistant. The helper is looking for love but can’t find it.
The song evokes a feeling of nostalgia through its effective use of mariachi instruments and Fernández’s epic voice. He sings of sacrifice, longing, and unrequited affection from the woman of his dreams.
6. “Borracho te Recuerdo” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 2000
“Borracho te Recuerdo” or “I Remember You Drunk,” is a fun and enjoyable song about a man having a night in the town. The man is at a bar drinking tequila and reminiscing about the happiest times in his life.
Just like many other Fernández songs, the man is also missing a long-lost lover. The song is memorable and a joy to experience. If you want a new fun drinking song for Cinco de Mayo, this should be your pick.
7. “Me Voy a Quitar De En Medio” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 1998
Heading all the way to number four on the charts, “Me Voy a Quitar De En Medio,” was one of Vicente Fernández’s biggest hits.
Translated to “I’m Going to Get Out of the Way,” Fernández sings a song about resilience and self-determination. The narrator wants to leave behind the past and break free from his unfortunate circumstances.
Fernández’s voice flows flawlessly over the ranchera instrumentation and gives us an anthem dedicated to determination and growing your inner strength.
8. “Nos Estorbo La Ropa” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 1997
Another number-four hit for Fernández, “Nos Estorbo La Ropa,” is a heartfelt ranchera ballad released in 1997.
Fernández sings about a couple that has many issues causing problems in their relationship. The singer paints a picture of stifled passion due to societal expectations and material possessions. “Our Clothes Got in the Way” encourages couples to return to their emotions and not let external situations deter their love for one another.
9. “No Te Vayas” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 1993
“No Te Vayas” or “Don’t Leave” is a tale as old as time. The songwriter explores the depths of longing and love throughout this romantic and soulful tune.
With a haunting backing track, the song is more melancholic than other Fernández tracks but his blend of ranchera and mariachi give the song a somewhat inspiring ending.
The lyrics tell a story of desperation and a couple who are at the end of their relationship. The singer pleads for his partner to stay to no avail.
10. “Aunque Me Duela El Alma” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 1991
“Aunque Me Duela El Alma” is a heart-wrenching and soulful ballad from Vicente Fernández. The song uses Fernández’s signature mix of ranchera and mariachi elements to deliver a thought-provoking and emotional song.
Peaking at number 2 in 1995, Fernández had another hit on his hands with “Aunque Me Duela El Alma.”
The singer uses his booming voice to perfectly capture an internal struggle within his soul. Again, he sings about broken relationships and the hardships that follow.
11. “No, No y No” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 1994
Taking a step back from sad songs, Vicente Fernández delivers a fiery and exciting performance on “No, No y No.”
Fernández sings of defiance and independence on the track. If you’re feeling down after listening to other Fernández songs, this song will uplift your spirits and inspire you to improve your life in any way possible.
12. “Miseria” by Vicente Fernández
Song Year: 1994
“Miseria” starts with a haunting horn solo. The song then dives deep into themes of suffering and injustice. Vicente Fernández sings of the harsh realities of this world. From starvation to inequality, Fernández sings about the ills of the world.
The song ends with a call for change and encourages the listeners to empathize with the plight of many other humans.