Mexican music lyrics may share many similarities
with Spanish music lyrics
and Latin music lyrics, but
there are many distinct differences as well. Genres such as ranchera,
norteño and banda reflect the instrumental sounds of Mexico
and the lyrics reflect the culture.
The Mexican music and lyrics of the norteño genre is similar
to Tex-Mex and Tejano in style, reflecting the sounds of culture
of Northern Mexico. The norteño style of music almost always
features the accordion as the lead instrument. When norteños
were developed, the lyrics told tales of the Mexican Revolution.
The ranchera style is closely associated with mariachi groups and
was developed in the rural countryside of Mexico. The Mexican music
lyrics associated with this style involve themes of love, romance,
nature and patriotism. The lyrics are also usually in the structure
of verse and refrain broken up by instrumentals in-between in the
a / b / a / b pattern.
Banda music was developed in the central and northern states during
the 1800s. Banda music and lyrics were popularized first around
the Mexican Revolution by the military bands and with influence
of the Native American population. Today, the music is strongly
based upon percussion instruments and the number of band members
average about 10 - 20.
While classical music has always been a staple in Mexico and still
is, since the 1990s, rock and hip hop have invaded the younger generations.
The Mexican music lyrics from these new sounds are similar in theme
to those found by bands originating in the United States, which
have much musical influence with its friends south of the border.
In fact, even South Park has their own brand of Mexican music lyrics,
which parody this new movement.