Stars of Spain -- and Beyond
Spain occupies a kind of amorphous space in the music universe. Spanish music is decidedly steeped in Euro-pop -- irrevocably tied to the continent and especially to other Mediterranean pop scenes (like Italy's). But because of shared language, it's also tied to Latin pop and home to many performers, from Alejandro Sanz to La 5a Estacion, who regularly cross the ocean into that industry. Then there's flamenco, at once a rootsy, distinctive folk genre and a producer of serious, acclaimed stars such as Buika, whose charismatic, jazz-kissed La Noche Mas Larga has been delighting critics on both sides of the Atlantic. Get to know the guiding lights of the Iberian Peninsula with our little introductory playlist.