Sorry for the relative radio silence; NorteñoBlog has lately been norteñobogged down in real-life work and living changes. But you know where the radio ISN’T silent? (Wait for it…)

That’s right: in Mexico, where faith in the police is sky high and noted Chapo trollers Los Titanes de Durango can talk themselves out of speeding tickets by Knowing A Guy. I refer of course to their speedirific “Rumbo a Maza,” already a small hit in El Norte and a previous Pick to Click, now at #18 on la patria’s radio chart.

Also big on the radio this (and every) week are ballads stained with tears. At #17, the nomenclaturally gifted Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza demand “Dime Cómo” from the mujer who broke their collective heart. The only sadsacks sadder are Banda Cuisillos at #12, who demand “Utilízame” from the mujer who keeps getting her heart broken by some douchebag. (In the circus-themed video, said douchebag is a smoldering trapeze artist. Trigger warning: SAD CLOWNS ENSUE!) NorteñoBlog often enjoys Cuisillos, who veer wildly from ’80s-style pomp banda to raucous drinking songs, but the generic ballad “Utilízame” doesn’t utilize their strengths.

The real action is at #15, where the Calibre 50 splinter group La Iniciativa has teamed up with the swanky bros in Recoditos for a tongue-twisting tune about wingmen and the women they share at the club. (Standard translation caveats apply.) Like “Dime Cómo” and “Utilízame,” not to mention three of Taylor Dayne’s first four singles, “Convidela” issues demands; like Dayne, the combined norteño+banda ensemble actually sounds urgent about it. I’m also a big fan of throatiness in my banda singing, and Ariel Inzunza and Luis Angel Franco turn the tune into a total throat-off. Pick to Click!

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 “No Money,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”, “One Dance,” and, topping the chart, J Balvin’s reggaeton banger “Bobo,” which as far as I can tell has nothing to do with the invented secret language of David Brooks and everything to do with J Balvin comforting the afflicted so he can get them (ok, her) into bed.

1. “Me Va a Pesar” – Arrolladora
2. “Me Vas a Extrañar” – Banda MS
3. “Ataúd” – Los Tigres del Norte
4. “Te Dirán” – La Adictiva
5. “Me Esta Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos
6. “¿Desde Cuándo No Me Quieres?” – Banda Carnaval
7. “Botellitas” – Beto Zapata
8. “En Toda La Chapa” – Edwin Luna y La Trakalosa ft. El Palomo y El Gorrión
9. “Sueño de Amor” – El Chapo de Sinaloa
10. “Yo Si Me Enamoré” – La Séptima Banda

11. “¿Por Qué Me Habrás Besado?” – Edith Márquez ft. Julión Álvarez
12. “Utilízame” – Banda Cuisillos
13. “Inevitable” – Banda El Recodo
14. “La Repetición” – Banda Tierra Sagrada
15. “Convidela” – La Iniciativa ft. Banda Los Recoditos
16. “No Es Culpa Tuya” – Chuy Lizarraga
17. “Dime Cómo” – La Bandononona Clave Nueva de Max Peraza
18. “Rumbo a Maza” – Los Titanes de Durango
19. “Picky” – Joey Montana
20. “El Borrachito” – Julión Álvarez y Su Norteño Banda

“Espero Con Ansias” – Remmy Valenzuela
“Tragos de Alcohol” – Alfredo Ríos El Komander
“Amor de los Pobres” – La Original Banda El Limón
“Sigues Dentro de Mí” – Los Inquietos del Norte
“Préstamela a Mí” – Calibre 50
“Se Me Olvido Quererte” – Banda Los Sebastianes
“Millones de Besos” – Gerardo Ortiz
“Todo o Nada” – Alfredo Olivas