Holiday Fiesta Season: 11 Cumbias to Dance the Night Away

People dancing in the street

Nothing gets me more in a holiday mood than a good old cumbia bouncing off those speakers, tíos and tías dancing around, and random primos parked on chairs deep asleep. If you’re like us, as soon as December first comes around, you’re turning those cumbias up. So, we’ve gathered our favorite cumbias that can’t be missed during the holiday fiesta season.


We’re Aniceto stans around here, so be sure to find some, and hey, for all those Salvi gals, we can’t forget Los Hermanos Flores.

Scroll down to find out what else we’ve jotted down:

La Cumbia Sampuesana by Aniceto Molina

Provided to YouTube by Top MediaCumbia sampuesana · Aniceto MolinaEl Condor Legendario℗ Tropi RecordsReleased on: 2001-06-06Auto-generated by YouTube.

Macumba by La Sonora Dinamita

La Bala by  Los Hermanos Flores

Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir by La Sonora Dinamita

Esta presentacion fue en el programa "Ta con Todo" de Televisa en la ciudad de Leon, Guanajuato.Una disculpa a todos por el PlayBack, pero lamentablemente no...

Pedacito de mi vida by Los Líderes

La Colegiala by Rodolfo Aicardi

Juana  La Cubana by Chucho Pinto

La Parabolica by La Sonora Dinamita ft. El Bebeto

Le voy a tocar una cumbia by Fito Olivares

Tiene Espinas el Rosal by Grupo Cañaveral

Music video by Grupo Cañaveral De Humberto Pabón performing Tiene Espinas El Rosal. (C) 2014 Humberto Pabon Exclusivo Licencia Fonovisa Una División De Unive...

Traicionera by Pastor López

Pastor Lopez

We couldn’t stop dancing while making this list, and we’re sure y’all couldn’t either. We could easily fill this with Aniceto Molina and La Sonora Dinamita, but tell us what other cumbias can’t be missed during these holidays. Let us know on our IG @theluzmedia!

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