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Spanish and Latin music formats

general information
Spanish language formats can be found in nearly every major city in the US. The larger the Hispanic population, the more Spanish language stations you can listen to in a market. Most formats are similar to existing formats, such as new/talk, and several that are listings through out the format listings: tejano, CHR-español (see under CHR formats), ac-romantica (see under ac formats) and oldies-español (see under oldies formats).

regional Mexican
Musical format includes Spanish language artist of Mexican, Latin America and even the local area of broadcast, with a mix of romantica, mariachi and tropical music. It is mainly targeted to Mexican and Spanish speaking residents living within the United States.

other music formats
Of the most popular, tropical, salsa and merengue top the list. In a brief definition, salsa is slower paced requires more stepping skills, merengue is faster and requires more hip movement, and mambo is simply very fast merengue. Other styles, which differ in beat, style and even geographical origin, include cumbia, sabrosita, mambo, andean, bossa nova, samba, tango, mariachi, bachata, and many others. Throughout Latin America and in larger US markets, there will be a station or two with combinations of the above musical styles.

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