Essential Mexican Rock Bands


For more than three decades, Mexican Rock bands have been playing an important role in the overall evolution of Latin Rock. From the birth of the Rock en Espanol movement to the recent boom of Latin Alternative music, the following artists have defined Mexico’s Rock scene. Let’s take a look at them.

El Tri

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El Tri is one of the most legendary bands in the history of Mexican Rock. Led by the bass player Alex Lora, El Tri has been producing music since the 1960s. Originally named Three Souls in my Mind, El Tri has a rich repertoire that includes nearly 40 studio albums. Some of their most famous songs include tracks such as “Triste Cancion,” “El Enmascarado De Latex” and “Las Piedras Rodantes.”


From the original band Caifanes to the later group Jaguares, the sounds of this band have left an important imprint in the Mexican Rock scene. The two bands have been guided by Saul Hernandez, the legendary Caifanes’ lead singer. Some of the most popular songs recorded by Caifanes/Jaguares include tracks such as “La Negra Tomasa,” “Te Lo Pido Por Favor, “Afuera,” and “La Celula Que Explota.”


Born in the mid-nineties, this band from Monterrey is one of the most popular names of the Mexican Alternative field. After playing for some years, the band achieved new levels of popularity in 2005 with their album Para Ti Con Desprecio, a work that marked the birth of a new sound for the band. The follow-up production Amantes Sunt Amentes further enhanced the appeal of the group. Although the band is still referred to as Panda, the official name of this group is Pxndx. Top songs include tracks such as “Los Malaventurados No Lloran” and “Narcicista Por Excelencia.”

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