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The Most Famous

MUSICIANS from Mexico

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This page contains a list of the greatest Mexican Musicians. The pantheon dataset contains 2,662 Musicians, 6 of which were born in Mexico. This makes Mexico the birth place of the 40th most number of Musicians behind Georgia and Serbia.

Top 6

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the most legendary Mexican Musicians of all time. This list of famous Mexican Musicians is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity.

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1. Carlos Santana (1947 - )

With an HPI of 67.80, Carlos Santana is the most famous Mexican Musician.  His biography has been translated into 66 different languages on wikipedia.

Carlos Humberto Santana Barragán (Spanish: [ˈkaɾlos umˈbeɾto sanˈtana βaraˈɣan] (listen); born July 20, 1947) is an American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and roll and Latin American jazz. Its sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin American and African rhythms played on percussion instruments not generally heard in rock, such as timbales and congas. He experienced a resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine listed him at No. 20 on their list of the 100 greatest guitarists. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, and was inducted along with his namesake band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

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2. Consuelo Velázquez (1916 - 2005)

With an HPI of 60.19, Consuelo Velázquez is the 2nd most famous Mexican Musician.  Her biography has been translated into 30 different languages.

Consuelo Velázquez Torres (August 21, 1916 in Ciudad Guzmán, Jalisco – January 22, 2005, Mexico City), also popularly known as Consuelito Velázquez, was a Mexican concert pianist and composer. She was the composer of famous Mexican ballads such as "Bésame mucho", "Amar y vivir", and "Cachito".

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3. Armando Manzanero (1935 - 2020)

With an HPI of 54.12, Armando Manzanero is the 3rd most famous Mexican Musician.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Armando Manzanero Canché (7 December 1935 – 28 December 2020) was a Mexican Mayan musician, singer, composer, actor and music producer, widely considered the premier Mexican romantic composer of the postwar era and one of the most successful composers of Latin America. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the United States in 2014. He was the president of the Mexican Society of Authors and Composers (Sociedad de Autores y Compositores de México).

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4. José José (1948 - 2019)

With an HPI of 51.16, José José is the 4th most famous Mexican Musician.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz (17 February 1948 – 28 September 2019), known professionally as José José, was a Mexican singer. Born into a family of musicians, José began his musical career in his early teens playing guitar and singing in serenade. He later joined a jazz and bossa nova trio where he sang and played bass and double bass. José José found success as a solo artist in the early 1970s. Demonstrating his tenor vocal ability with a stunning performance of the song "El Triste" at a Latin music festival held in Mexico City in 1970, he climbed the Latin charts during that decade. Having achieved recognition as a balladeer, his singing garnered universal critical acclaim from musical peers and media. In the 1980s, after signing with Ariola Records, José rose to international prominence as one of the most popular and talented Latin performers. His 1983 album Secretos has sold over four million units. With many international hits, he received several Grammy nominations and recognition worldwide. He sold out in venues such as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. His music reached non-Spanish-speaking countries like Japan, Israel and Russia. He forged a career as an actor, starring in movies such as Gavilán o Paloma (1985) and Perdóname Todo (1995). Also known in the entertainment world as El Príncipe de la Canción (The Prince of Song), his performance and vocal style have influenced many Latin pop artists in a career that spanned more than four decades. Due to his vocals and popularity, José José was considered by Latin audience and media as an icon of Latin pop music and one of the most emblematic Latin singers of his time.

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5. Abraham Laboriel (1947 - )

With an HPI of 47.12, Abraham Laboriel is the 5th most famous Mexican Musician.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Abraham Laboriel López Sr. (born July 17, 1947) is a Mexican-American bassist who has played on over 4,000 recordings and soundtracks. Guitar Player magazine called him "the most widely used session bassist of our time". Laboriel is the father of drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. and of producer, songwriter, and film composer Mateo Laboriel. He is ranked No. 42 on Bass Player magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Bass Players of All Time".

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6. Antonio Sánchez (1971 - )

With an HPI of 36.89, Antonio Sánchez is the 6th most famous Mexican Musician.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Antonio Sánchez (born November 1, 1971) is a Mexican-American drummer and composer. He is best known for his work with jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and as a composer of the film score for the 2014 film Birdman. The score earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and BAFTA Award for Best Film Music; he won a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, the Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score, and the Satellite Award for Best Original Score.

Pantheon has 6 people classified as musicians born between 1916 and 1971. Of these 6, 3 (50.00%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living musicians include Carlos Santana, Abraham Laboriel, and Antonio Sánchez. The most famous deceased musicians include Consuelo Velázquez, Armando Manzanero, and José José.

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