Cover vs. Original

La Bamba


"La Bamba" is a traditional song created in the Mexican state of Veracruz over 300 years ago. The traditional song inspired Ritchie Valens' rock and roll version "La Bamba" in the 1950s. Valens' "La Bamba" infused the traditional tune with a rock beat, making the song accessible to the population of the United States and earning it (and Valens) a place in rock history. The song features simple verse-chorus form. Valens himself did not speak Spanish natively. Valens' version of La Bamba is ranked number 345 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is the only song on the list not sung in English.

The Los Lobos version of the song, released in as part of the soundtrack of the 1987 movie La Bamba about Valens' life, concludes with the traditional ever-faster instrumentation, instead of the "bamba-bamba, bamba-bamba..." fadeout of Valens' version. The single went to No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Tom Miller collected over 80 versions of La Bamba for his Rhino Records compilation The Best of La Bamba.

- Stewart Gissin, Gooding, Idaho, United States, 17.11.2007


Los Lobos
1987

vs.

Richie Valens
1959

CD-Cover: Los Lobos - La Bamba: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 38.7 % 61.3 % CD-Cover: Richie Valens - La Bamba and Other Hits
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
Click on the cover for listening Click on the cover for listening
Los Lobos 1106 Votes Richie Valens

Comments about La Bamba:

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me gustan las dos versiones
- Uber Montes, juarez, Mexico, 17.07.2008
me qustaaa los doss!
Estoy en escuelaaa!
hhehee.

- Elissa, phillly, United States, 30.05.2008
I'm afraid the Los Lobos version is just that little bit better, mainly because of the guitar ending.
- Rob, Brighton, England, 30.03.2008
I'm afraid the Los Lobos version is just that little bit better, mainly because of the guitar ending.
- Rob, Brighton, England, 30.03.2008
eu adoro a musica la bamba e é claro o filme q relata a historia de ritchie valence........acho q ja ouvi umas cem vezes mas nao me canso...o trabalho dele é otimo...entre esa muitas outras musicas tambem sao otimas, mas la bamba ,é como se fosse a trilha sonora nao só do filme mas tambem de toda a vida de ritchie valence..é comovente as vezes...
- ana, mongagua, Brazil, 16.03.2008
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