Marc Anthony Presents "Iconos"

Marc Anthony pays tribute to his favorite old-school Latin singers in his eleventh album Iconos, released this week on Sony. The collection of Spanish-language covers features ballads originally sung by the likes of Juan Gabriel, José José, José Luis Perales and Roberto Carlos. In other words, this is one of those records that both you and your mom will enjoy.  

The Puerto Rican crooner recently explained the idea behind the CD to Billboard.com’s Daily Noise show: “I started realizing that they just don’t write songs like this anymore,” he said. “I came up with the concept of celebrating it. Just celebrating the artists who had the guts, at the time, to be so daring. And celebrate songs . . . that have withstood the test of time.”

The album also features two original tracks written by Marc Anthony himself, including “A Quién Quiero Mentirle,” which he reportedly penned when he was just 15 years old. I guess some folks are just natural-born romantics.

Here’s the song list (try and name the original artist):

“Almohada”  

“El Triste”

“Y Cómo Es El”  

“Abrázame Muy Fuerte”

“Te Lo Pido Por Favor”

“Amada Amante”  

“Vida”

“Ya Lo Sé Que Tú Te Vas”  

“A Quién Quiero Mentirle”

“Maldita Sea Mi Suerte”

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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