Spanish Radio: The best Spanish language radio stations for learning spanish (with links and reviews) (2023)

The Best Online Spanish Language Radio Stations for Learning Spanish
(with reviews)by Simpetweb

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The radio links pertaining to RNE (Spain's public radio broadcaster) sometimes play up when used outside of Spain. If this happens then installing the Hola browser extension might help. I will leave the moral choice to you.
As an alternative you can try some of these selections of Spanish language radio stations sorted on a country by country basis. Going from station to station is quick and pain free making for enjoyable station hopping. I recommend Mexico as good places to start. If you are learning Spanish then once you choose a country look for the oldie romantic stations, news/talk stations or even the religious stations. The latter are the easiest to understand if you can take the preaching.(Santa Maria...etc)

Here are some of the Spanish language radio stations that I use regularly over the net and thus recommend to you.

SPAIN - (Music and Talk)
This is one ofSpain'snational public radio stations and is geared for musiclovers. It is one of my favourites because it has the right balance between quality talk and quality music. (about 30% talk and 70% music) The word 'Eclectic' just doesn't do it justice. I'd say the music is 60 percent anglophone, 30 percent Hispanophone, and 10 percent francophone (with the occasional Portuguese song thrown in for the hell of it.) They often do thematic sessions on different styles of music and so you'll hear an hour of punk followed by session of jazz, the next day it'll be country western followed by reggae topped off with a session on The Hives. Occasionallyit will do evenings on flamenco music, or even an evening on the arts and farts (film, theatre, literature) that might get a bit hardcore for you.
ADVANTAGE: If you are just starting out in Spanish this is the one for you. Why?
(1) The amount of talk is just about right: not so much that you switch off through frustration (being that you only understand about 10 percent of the words) but enough that it is still having a significant positive effect on your listening skills. When it switches to the music, the said music is so interesting that you could listen to this station whether you gave a damn about the Spanish part or not.
(2) As a beginner, have you ever had the feeling that listening to Spanish produces same effect as being in close quarters to a man firing off an ak-47 inside a lift(elevator) doted with the hallucinating combination of an inexhaustiblesupply ofammunitionand cramp in his trigger finger.Don't worry, your not the only one, and so thank the gods as this radio station is your saviour. The presenters are ccccchhhiiiilllllddd out man! There is one guy who clearly smokes a lot of ganja(pot) and the overall effect is a Spanish that doesn't give the beginner migraines.

SPAIN - (Mostly Music)
1 fm Total hits enEspañol(Younger audience)
Oh my! Am I really about to admit that I listen to this station? And yet I DO! (guilty pleasure) and YOU SHOULD TOO!What is it? Well, its jingle gives it away:
'lo mejor de nuestramúsica' =
lo mejor[] de[of] nuestra[our]música[music]
Ok, it may not be the best of 'their' music but it certainly is 100% 'their' music. Yes, an hispanophone only music station and popular at that. It is Spains second most popular music station (2.3million listeners.SOURCE: Prisa Radio), only beaten by
40 Principales. (this latter is of no use to you, containing minimal amounts of Spanish)
Cadena Dial is about 90% music with a little bit of talk going on (particularly in the mornings) and the music is, well, erm, kinda gushy, kinda easy listening, kinda pop, hardly flamenco, nor reggaeton (phew!) and yet very Spanish/Hispanic with at times subtle latin beat influences in some of the music. Let's put it this way, the Americans have Country the Germans Schlager, the French les Chansons Francaise, leaving the Spanish with the one and only Cadena Dial. (it's not really a type of music but it might as well be)

Why is this station good for you?

Three reasons.
The first reason is that the Spanish sung here is fairly clearly understood, and draws from all over the Spanish speaking world giving you a taste of all the different accents.
The Second reason is that with in the same week they will probably play the same 500 songs over and over again. This sounds hellish, but nevertheless due to this very fact the songs will quickly start to leave imprints of their words upon your grey matter even before you know what those words mean and this is extremely useful in language learning; your next step will be to try and find out what those words mean by going on youtube and watching the lyrics videos for example. You will be doing a lesson without realising it.
The third (and most important) reason is that this station will help you better understand a big part of Spanish/Hispanic culture; learning a language is almostimpossiblewithout first adopting a bit of the culture it belongs to.
NOTE: Anglophones may not take to this music at first but give it many sessions before giving up. It's like 'country western' music: you may have a lifetime of avoidance but if your forced to listen to it over a five hour long car journey, you sort of get it by the time you step out the other end.

SPAIN - (Mostly Talk)
I don't know whether it is just my imagination but the Spanish spoken on this station has always seemed to me to be the most suitable for beginners. Perhaps it is the fact that it is made for Hispanophones listening in from all around the world and so they speak more clearly knowing that their audience is disparate and may also be not always be fully fluent. Wikipedea said that it has an audience of 80 million listeners. Let me repeat, 80 MILLION LISTENERS! The content is mostly talk with the occasional song or two.
NOTE: Tends to have a compressed sound to it on my radio but not to the degree that it becomes unworkable as a language learning tool.

SPAIN - (Mostly Talk)
Wikipediea:"Generalist channel with a broad spectrum of mostly speech-based programming."
Surprisingly, I haven't listened to this one much as it doesn't appear on my internet radio post. Have listened to it on the PC and I will say this: It is certainly better suited to Spanish learners than Cadena Ser (see below), the language being easier to understand.

SPAIN-(24 Hour News)
What more can I say. Well this: there is a myth that more formal equals more difficult. This is not true. You will find that the cheezy soaps are harder to follow than this station. Why? Formal orientated programs (like, news, documentaries, invesigations, political shows etc) tend to be better and more clearly spoken, employ less regional accents, use fully formed sentances, have slower speech, but the real bonus is that the language involved tends to contain more words with greek or latin roots. Wtf? I hear you cry! Well, these words tend to exist in most european languages, including English. Once you unlock the code (an example: the -cion for -tion endings) then half the work will be done for you. Just look at these:
Economy[economía],reduction[reducción],complication[complicación], million[millón],defense [defensa], state[estado], minister[ministro].
You can easily imagine all these contained in one single sentence in a political radio broadcast. So the message is, more quality and less trash (at least to start with)

SPAIN - (Mostly Talk)
I left this one to last for a reason. On the one hand, being the most popular radio station in Spain it has high cultural significance. On the other, between the crackly phone-ins and the presenters who appear to be on 'speed' half the time, you are not going to enjoy this one as a bona fida language learning tool. Leave it till later. Much later.

Beginner-Intermediate Level
Jesse & Joy
Mexican brother and sister act that hit it big, very big. This song was used in the infamous telenovala 'La que no podia amar,' and if you ever watch it yourselves, you'll be going 'dum... dedum-dedum' with the rest of us. This song makes for a superb basis for a lesson: modern, uncomplicated, good lyrical narrative, clear singing voice. What's stopping you

Spanish Language Television Channels
for learning Spanish
There is no better way of getting into the culture of the language your learning than by watiching that cultures television. It's an eye opener, and will rapidly bridge the gap between your reading and listening skills. Plus, unlike other learning techniques, this one you can do for hours and hours without tiring. Let's face it, how often can you binge watch tv and feel like your accomplishing something at the same time?

of What I Believe to Be
the Best Spanish Language Songs
Re Learning Spanish.
We've all done it: Tuned into various Spanish and Latin American music radio stations hoping to find some decent Spanish language music only meet with absolute tosh. Not that the good stuff doesn't exist. It's just that it's suprisingly unpopular. Nevermind. I've made a playlist that is perhaps more suited to anglo-american tastes. And it's long, so stick it on shuffle and you've got the best Spanish language radio station that never was

Intermediate Level
Romeo Santos
Propuesta Indecente
779 million views on YouTube. Let me repeat 770 MILLION REVIEWS. Can you afford NOT to know this song. As it happens, though it may be extremely risqué, even controversial, it is also a great catchy song with a strong lyrical base. Romeo, a bronx born singer of latin descent, has been key making popular the Bachata style of music. Come and see why!

Beginner Level
Pienso En Ti
We all know Shikira, right? Well... wrong! Come see Shakira's other, less hip jingling side, with this 'hair raising on the back of the neck' song. It's extremely simple, very short, yet immensely poignant. It is also the only Shakira song you are ever likely to make out all the words. It also happens to be one of my favourites: "it's my website, and I'll do the songs that I want to, the songs that I...."

Intermediate Level
A Dios le Pido

If you are learning Spanish then be prepared to come across this song (that is if you haven't come accross it already!) This song was, and still is, everywhere. Juanes is a legend and many of his songs would make great bases for a lesson but I chose this one for a reason in particular; it is a mental work out for the Subjunctive Mood. If you don't know what that is, then, ROLL ON UP.

Intermediate Level
Carla Morrisons
Déjenme Llorar

I remember not so long back when I was doing a job that I hated... just flippin hated. I remember coming home each day and sticking on this song because I knew nothing would have cheered me up, and so I decided to just wallow in self-pity. But the song did help, and the reason is is because its a latin grammy award winning marvelous piece of work. I'm sure you'll enjoy learning the ins and outs of the lyrics of one of Mexicalifornia's treasured jewels. Just be prepared to part with a few tears, that's all.

Intermediate Level
Nena Daconte's
Voy a Tumbarme al sol
This was the first lyrics translation language lesson I ever did (Spanish or French) and so it remains close to my heart. It is probably the most complete (standards have slipped!) Why start with this song? It was constantly on the radio at the time and kinda got stuck in my head. No regrets though, as it's still as catchy little number. I'm also a little taken by this Spanish group's lead singer, Mai Menses, and you'll be too when you see her perform a live acoustic version of the song in this lesson.Right! all done! I'm off lie in the sun...

Beginner Level
Nuestro Camino
(a song from)
Don't know whatViolletais?It's a very successful Argentinian Disney channel ado-series about a girl and her friends who sing a lot (can you tell this definition was not copied from Wikipedia!) Ok, If this is not your thing, fair enough. However, I foundthis karaoke video of one of their songs on YouTubeand thought to myself, 'It's almost tailor made for Spanish language beginners.' So I then searched for the lyrics and a translation (it's not mine) and put them together. I will gradually be adding annotations to make it into a proper lesson.


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