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Top 10 Selena Songs Covered by a Symphony Orchestra

September 1, 2022

Top 10 Selena Songs Covered by a Symphony Orchestra

Selena Quintanilla, the “Queen of Tejano music,” created fourteen top ten hits, with many of them becoming number-one singles,. She was not only an acclaimed recording artist and performer but also a songwriter, model, and fashion icon – even making a cameo appearance in in Don Juan DeMarco with Johnny Depp. Her music is full of emotion and joy, catapulting her to stardom at an early age with record sales of over eighteen million albums worldwide.

Selena’s music is not just popular in dance clubs or among the Latino community. Her iconic music has a universal flair and is covered by symphony orchestras to honor and bring her music to many who may not have heard it before. The Colorado Symphony presents The Music of Selena, featuring solo artist Isabel Sánchez, to honor Selena’s legacy and offer you the high-spirited, joyous music she is known for. 


In Selena’s short life, she created a portfolio of hits that span all age groups, ethnicities, and musical genres. Her music crossed over from being categorized as Latino to the mainstream, winning GRAMMY Awards and other accolades while rising in the Billboard 200. Her groundbreaking songs blend multiple genres seamlessly and are adaptable to various venues and artists. Some of Selena Quintanilla’s most popular songs are:

Dreaming of You

This favorite blends R&B and pop music to create a seductive song about dreaming of the guy she loves. It is soft with a little Latin flare mixed in, and one that you will remember for a long while after hearing it.

Como La Flor

A beautiful ballad that likens the feeling of losing a love to that of a dying flower, Como La Flor is the first of Selena’s US hits. In some ways, it became intertwined with her legacy.

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom can get you dancing with the hip-swaying, reggae/pop/dance/Latino beat and up-tempo song. When asked what the title meant, Selena said it is the sound your heart makes when you see your man pass by, “bidi bidi bom, bom!”

No Me Queda Más

The English translation for one of Selena’s best songs is “I have nothing left,” the ending of a relationship, the loss of love, and coming to terms with life after the love is gone.

I Could Fall in Love

This song was released posthumously and was Selena’s first English-speaking song to be featured as a single. It describes the fear of rejection and the heartbreak of unrequited love.

No Debes Jugar (You Shouldn’t Play)

This sassy, up-tempo song is about empowering women who are tired of being treated badly. Blends of Mexican cumbia and Latino rock, this song has been covered by numerous female Latino performers.

Amor Prohibido (Forbidden Love)

Some consider this Selena tune to be her signature song. It has a moderate pop beat and describes a relationship of a couple whose love is being tested.

Fotos Y Recuerdos (Photos and Memories)

This song describes a woman who kisses the photo of her lover every night before going to sleep. It combines dance-pop and Latin rock for a balance that propelled it to number one on the charts after it was released after her death.

La Carcacha (The Jalopy)

Surprisingly, the subject of this car is a jalopy or an old car. The song translates into a unique story of a woman who falls for a man that drives an old car. But it isn’t the words or the subject matter that make this song so special. The true Latin beat will get you up dancing the night away.


The Colorado Symphony gives you an opportunity to enjoy an orchestra like never before! Purchase tickets for our performance of The Music of Selena or peruse the other performances we offer throughout the year at the Boettcher Concert Hall. 

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