horacio palencia

The sometime sociopaths in ¡LOS! BuiTRES! (at #19) couldn’t do it — not even singing a tune by tubthumper de amor Horacio Palencia. Neither could Banda MS, in at #18 with their second slo-mo slow dance on the chart. You might think it inevitable that Banda el Recodo would get the job done, but #4 “Inevitable” isn’t the tune.

Nope: none of this week’s Mexican chart debuts possesses the indescribable and unquantifiable blend of moxy, verve, hooks, indelible vocal timbre and/or inventive instrumental work needed to claim the coveted title of NorteñoBlog Pick to Click.

The Mexican top 20 isn’t a total wasteland. Alfredo Olivas‘s pick from two weeks ago sits atop the chart, and Remmy Valenzuela‘s terrific #3 power ballad just entered the U.S. Hot Latin chart at #49. (Speaking of which, the U.S. charts don’t have any good new songs either. Not even “Cicatriiices,” Regulo Caro‘s bouncy ode to scarred hearts, Pulp Fiction crime sprees, and unusual spelling conventions. Ayiyi.) Readers with paternalistic messiah complexes might want to check out Pepe Aguilar at #17. Readers with drinking problems should stay as far as possible from Banda Tierra Sagrada at #12.

These are the Top 20 “Popular” songs in Mexico, as measured by monitorLATINO. Don’t confuse “Popular” with the “General” list, which contains many of the same songs but also “Stressed Out,” “The Girl Is Mine,” Belanova’s sunshine reggae pop “Cásate Conmigo,” and the techno-polka/square dance “I Feel Alive” by Mexican boy band CD9, one of whom has bravely sustained an attack of the Hutchence hair.

1. “Todo o Nada” – Alfredo Olivas
2. “Te Dirán” – La Adictiva
3. “Espero Con Ansias” – Remmy Valenzuela
4. “Inevitable” – Banda El Recodo
5. “Me Complementas” – Arrolladora
6. “Supiste Hacerme Mal” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa de Monterrey
7. “Tragos de Alcohol” – Alfredo Ríos El Komander
8. “Préstamela a Mí” – Calibre 50
9. “El Borrachito” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda
10. “Se Me Olvido Quererte” – Banda Los Sebastianes

11. “Solo Con Verte” – Banda MS
12. “El Shot” – Banda Tierra Sagrada
13. “Me Esta Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos
14. “Que No Te Sorprenda” – Claudio Alcaraz
15. “A Veces” – Espinoza Paz
16. “Tu Ausencia” – Intocable
17. “María” – Pepe Aguilar
18. “Me Vas a Extrañar” – Banda MS
19. “Me Dio Gusto Conocerte” – Los Buitres de Culiacán Sinaloa
20. “El Perdedor” – Maluma

“Si No Es Contigo” – Banda El Recodo
“Sin Pelos En La Lengua” – Fidel Rueda
“Me Empezó a Valer” – La Séptima Banda