Billboard picks 10 eternal songs by Cuba’s Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz

All of Celia’s songs are eternal as far as we’re concerned, but Billboard picks 10 good ones.

Celia Cruz’s career spanned more than half a century when she died on July 16, 2003, at age 77. Her popular nickname, “the Queen of Salsa,” was something of a misnomer; Cruz reigned not only as the female star of 1970s New York’s Latino immigrant music scene, but as an essential artist whose voice transmitted both the sacred sound of timeless Afro-Cuban music and the swing of Cuba’s Pre-Revolutionary big band era. More than a witness to the evolution of Latin music in the United States, she was the embodiment of it. A crossover pioneer, she kept on making hits and breaking ground as a senior citizen. Most of all, she spread joy wherever she went. In homage on the 94th birthday, here are ten eternal Celia Cruz songs.

Juancito Trucupey


Bemba Colora

Find out the rest of the songs HERE.

1 thought on “Billboard picks 10 eternal songs by Cuba’s Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz”

  1. This is all well and good, but since she refused to be, uh, emancipated by Massah Fidel, she never became a human being–she remained a primitive humanoid unredeemed by Mandela’s BFF. Such a pity.

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