SALSA 101: The list with the best salsa CDs out there

A Listmania! list by Luis "salukiboricua"
 
Siembra
1.  Siembra by Willie Colon
The list author says:
  "The best selling salsa CD of all time.  Any salsa collection must start with this CD!  A true classic.  Often imitated, never equaled."
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30 Aniversario Bailando Con El Mundo
2.  30 Aniversario Bailando Con El Mundo by El Gran Combo
The list author says:
  "Most of the true classics of "The University of Salsa" are here.  This group has been around for over 40 years... not a lot of groups can make that claim!!!"
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Fania Legends of Salsa V.1
3.  Fania Legends of Salsa V.1 by Hector Lavoe
The list author says:
  ""El Cantante de los Cantantes" (the singer of singers) is one of the absolute true classics in the history of salsa.  This 2-CD pack is an excellent introduction to his timeless music."
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Live
4.  Live by Ruben Blades
The list author says:
  "Live salsa at its best.  There should be two or three volumes of his live performances.  Son del Solar is also an outstanding, tight, well-honed band.  Check out their own records for good latin jazz."
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The Best, Willie Colon
5.  The Best, Willie Colon by Willie Colon
The list author says:
  "New York-born Puerto Rican that helped defined what we now know as salsa music.  The best of all his greatest hits out there.  Amazing singers included too! (Celia Cruz, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Miranda)"
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Maelo...El Unico
6.  Maelo...El Unico by Ismael Rivera
The list author says:
  "There is a reason why Ismael Rivera was known as "El Sonero Mayor".  Every song here is classic old-school salsa."
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Pesar De Todo
7.  Pesar De Todo by Victor Manuelle
The list author says:
  "His CD's always include classic songs of the newer generation of salsa soneros.  This one is my favorite all-around CD.  For a top-to-bottom amazing salsa CD check out his "20th Anniversary" Sony CD."
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Todo a Su Tiempo
8.  Todo a Su Tiempo by Marc Anthony
The list author says:
  "You need to have a Marc Anthony CD in any "Top Salsa CD" List!  This is the one I've listened to the most, but any of his are good."
$4.99   Used & New from: $0.32
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"DLG (Dark, Latin Groove) - Greatest Hits"
9.  "DLG (Dark, Latin Groove) - Greatest Hits" by DLG
The list author says:
  "DLG was the best at what they did... a wonderful and very danceable fusion of salsa with funk, rap, reggae, hip hop, and a little bit of everything else thrown in for good measure!!"
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Salsa Greats 2
10.  Salsa Greats 2 by Various Artists
The list author says:
  "Best Fania compilation out there?  Artists include Eddie Palmieri, Ray Barretto, Larry Harlow w/ Ismael Miranda, Tito Puente, Sonora Poncena, Bobby Valentin, Johnny Pacheco, Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz."
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Best
11.  Best by Celia Cruz
The list author says:
  "Again... no salsa collection is complete without the great Celia Cruz.  You won't find any of her newer songs in this 1991 release, but you will find plenty of classic, very danceable salsa songs."
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La Leyenda
12.  La Leyenda by Frankie Ruiz
The list author says:
  "Born in NJ & raised in Puerto Rico, you can't deny the contribution that Frankie Ruiz made to salsa music while he was alive.  This is by far the best of all the different compilations out there."
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35 Years Around the World
13.  35 Years Around the World by El Gran Combo
The list author says:
  "Question: How do you fit 40+ years of music into one greatest hits collection?  Answer: You can't!  Here is a companion CD to the other one on this list."
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Antologia
14.  Antologia by Grupo Niche
The list author says:
  "My top favorites are not on this one (Han cojido la cosa, Cali pachangero), but that is because Niche has gotten good at spreading their top hits across the 100 "Best Of" CDs they have out there! :-("
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Roena
15.  Roena by Roberto Roena
The list author says:
  "In my opinion, all salsa collections need to have a Roberto Roena CD.  This 2-CD set is the one!  He is one of the living legends of salsa, and helped bring the percussion section to the forefront."
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15 Grandes Exitos
16.  15 Grandes Exitos by Luis Enrique
The list author says:
  "I've always had a soft spot in my heart for this Nicaraguan-born singer.  He helped defined the oft-criticized sound of 80s salsa.  You will find most of his best songs in this CD."
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Sonero 1
17.  Sonero 1 by Ismael Rivera
The list author says:
  "This one is not really salsa in its truest form, although it does have some salsa tracks (like the classic "Quitate de la via Perico").  This CD is here for its value to tropical music in general."
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Cuenta Conmigo
18.  Cuenta Conmigo by Jerry Rivera
The list author says:
  "Why not?!?  True, he is not the best singer out there (not by a long-shot!), but this CD sold millions and helped bring salsa to the masses.  Get one of his compilations for a good taste of his music."
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.76
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Last updated: 3/20/04
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