10 Essential Maná Songs

Highlights from Mexico's Most Popular Rock Band

To a large extent, the following songs help to explain why Maná has become the most popular Mexican Rock band in history. Led by Fher Olvera (vocals), Juan Diego Calleros (bass), Sergio Vallin (lead guitar) and Alex Gonzalez (drums), the band emerged in the 1980s "rock en Español" movement.

This list offers a mixed selection of classic and contemporary hits covering some of the most influential albums ever produced by the band. If you are looking for top songs by Maná, this article will provide you with some of the essential titles of their repertoire.

This track belongs to the album by the same name and besides its nice melody, "¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?" offers powerful lyrics dealing with the destruction of our planet and the negative impact human beings have produced on the environment.

The title in English translates to "Where Will the Children Play," and with lyrics like "and today, after so much destruction I wonder // where the hell will those poor kids play?" it's no wonder Maná also became known as one of the most environmentally conscious bands of the era.

"Labios Compartidos" is one of the best songs included in Maná's 2006 album "Amar Es Combatir." Very often, the music of Maná is labeled as a combination of Latin pop with rock. However, if you are looking for a well-defined rock song, this track will give you just that.

In English, the title can be interpreted as "Shared Lips" and the song's translated lyrics emphasize the power the singer's lover has over him saying "I love you with all my unlimited faith / I love you even though you're shared / Your lips have the control."

From the popular 2002 album "Revolucion De Amor" ("Revolution of Love"), "Mariposa Traicionera" is a rock song with a sophisticated Mexican music sound.

The track is about girls who like to seduce different men flying from flower to flower like butterflies, which is why the title reads "Treacherous Butterfly" in English. Basically, this was Maná's way of calling some women sirens or seductresses.

I still remember this song was everywhere when it hit the Colombian market. In fact, "Como Te Deseo" was the track that introduced us to , Maná's most influential work and one of the essential albums I would recommend to any one just venturing into Latin rock.

"Como Te Deseo" is a simple, enjoyable song that means "How Much I Desire You" and features a gentle drum beat and Olvera's equally soft and melodic vocals singing the mantra-like refrain of the chorus: "I desire you / I love you / I desire you / I love you."

Fans of popular U.S. and U.K. soft rock ballads of the 1980s will definitely enjoy this tune.

This song, which was originally written and recorded by the legendary Mexican music singer Marco Antonio Solis, became one of the greatest hits included in Maná's album "Arde el Cielo" ("It Burns the Sky"). The band injected this song with its own style producing an amazing rock track.

Recently, Maná did something similar with the song "Hasta Que Te Conoci," the famous track written by Mexican icon Juan Gabriel, which Maná included in the album "​Exiliados En La Bahia: Lo Mejor De Maná."

From the 1990 album "Falta Amor," "Rayando El Sol" is really the first popular song that Maná was able to put in the market.

In some way, this track sort of defined the style the band incorporated into the hit album"¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?" but still "Rayando El Sol" remains one of the most enduring songs from the group.

With lyrics that roughly translate to "reaching for the sun in desperation / it's easier to reach the sun than it is your heart," it's no wonder this song has stood the test of time. Chances are if you've ever tuned into a Latin music station, you've probably heard this track played, and it's definitely worth a listen if you haven't.

Another popular track from "¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?" "Vivir Sin Aire" is one of the most beautiful songs ever produced by Maná. The single, which is adorned with a delicate guitar playing, offers some of the best lyrics of the Mexican band's repertoire, too.

A wonderful song from beginning to end, "Vivir Sin Aire" means "Live Without Air" and the lyrics compare living without the singer's lover present to living without air — constantly feeling suffocated and crushed by the weight of loneliness.

"Eres Mi Religion" was the biggest hit from the album "Revolucion De Amor." This very romantic track is one of the songs that better capture the sound that this Mexican band has built for the past decades.

The title means "You Are My Religion," and the track features lyrics like "Oh my love, you came into my life / And healed my wounds / Oh my love, you're my moon, you're my sun / You're my daily bread."

With a driving back beat and by Gonzalez and Olvera's even crooning tone, this track delivers a beautiful message about the feeling of falling in love with one's soulmate — an almost religious experience.

"El Verdadero Amor Perdona" is one of the top songs from Mana's comeback album "Drama Y Luz."

Although this version is a rock ballad featuring a nice guitar playing throughout the song, Maná also recorded a very popular bachata version of this single alongside Prince Royce.

The title, which means "Real Love Forgives" is emphasized in the ballad version by its sweeping lyrics, but in the bachata version, the pain is felt more urgently, the longing for forgiveness becoming almost unbearable.

Perhaps one of the most recognizable classic hits from Maná, "Oye Mi Amor" from the album ""¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?" offers a nice beat and musical arrangements that are vibrant and harmonious.

Although the lyrics are quite simple and repetitive, this track has the right amount of energy in the right places. The track's title literally translates to "Hey, My Love," and the song serves as a melancholic cry out to a former lover.

With lyrics like "But now you have another / A cold and boring guy / A fool who is repressed / That doesn't fit you / It doesn't suit you," it's clear to see that Maná was right on par with their contemporaries in American and English mainstream rockers like The Who and Foreigner.