Miami's 16 Best Latin Rock Bands of All Time

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While Miami's affinity for pure rock 'n' roll has fluctuated wildly since Hispanic immigration began in the '60s, the genre has still managed to thrive in the 305. As in all instances of assimilation, many first-generation Latinos rebelled against their parents and adopted the sounds of this new country.

In the '70s, though, an interest in their roots drove many burgeoning musicians to mix mom and dad's music with rock. It's been a sometimes erratic ride, musically, for the last 40-plus years, but Miami's remained at the forefront of the Latin rock in the United States. Though New York City and Los Angeles can also lay claim to leading the scene, Miami's proximity to the many varied sounds of the Caribbean and Hispanic diaspora has certainly kept her several strides ahead.

Here are Miami's 16 best Latin rock bands of all time.

See also: Miami's Ten Best Metal Bands of All Time

16. Origen
Formed in 2001, Origen's had the pleasure of working with Grammy-nominated producers, released a pair of well-received albums, and enjoyed exposure on Spanish-language television. For a band started by kids looking at music as a hobby, Origen has become a full-time professional gig for this trio.

15. Pepe Alva y Alma Raymi
As a roots musician who traveled between Miami's then-nascent Peruvian community and the Space Cadette Records scene, Pepe Alva long maintained a strong presence on South Florida's music scene. He would eventually drop the Alma Raymi and forge on. But he should have left behind a far greater recorded legacy.

See also: Miami's Six Best Latin Clubs


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Zilma A Osle
Zilma A Osle

Hellz yeah!!!!!!!!! MSM's#1. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Cary Gonzalez
Cary Gonzalez

Coke and The Antiques were decent wedding and quince bands that did mostly covers and kept the party going and that's about it. Nothing to do with ROCK. MSM never played anything that remotely sounds like rock...they were also a wedding band that made it big for reasons I won't go into here....

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On what universe is Suenalo, Spam and Gloria's Machine considered "Latin Rock??"

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