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Cinco de Mayo is a yearly celebration held on May 5 of Mexico’s victory over the Second French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. More popular in the United States than in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo has become associated with celebrating Mexican-American culture. Celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863.

Over the years, country music has had a love affair with Mexico, and it has been the location and subject of many country songs and music videos. On this celebration of Mexico, we celebrate ten country music songs about our neighbor country South of the border.

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  • "Beer in Mexico" - Kenny Chesney · 2005

    In the liner notes for his The Road and the Radio album, it states that Chesney wrote the song while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for Sammy Hagar’s birthday party.

  • "The Seashores of Old Mexico" - George Strait · 2005

    This song was written by Merle Haggard. It was recorded by Hank Snow in 1971, Freddy Weller in 1972, Haggard himself in 1974, and in 1987 Haggard and Willie Nelson recut the song as a duet. George’s song version was nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

  • "Don't Drink the Water" - Brad Paisley · 2011

    This song was an album cut for Brad on his 2011 ninth studio album, This Is Country Music. The song features Blake Shelton.

  • "One Margarita" - Luke Bryan - 2020

    The song’s music video features Bryan frolicking on the beach. Bryan’s wife, Caroline, and mother, LeClaire, make guest appearances, as do Caylee Hammack and members of Old Dominion.

  • "Refried Dreams" - Tim McGraw · 1994

    It was released in February 1995 as the fifth and final single from McGraw’s 1994 album Not a Moment Too Soon. The song peaked at number 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart.

  • "Moon Over Mexico" - Luke Combs · 2019

    This is an album cut from his album What You See Is What You Get. In the music video for the song, Luke sits by a fire and plays guitar. It also shows Combs at the beach and performing the song live.

  • "Till It Snows in Mexico" - Reba McEntire · 1986

    An album cut from Reba’s 1986 album What Am I Gonna Do About You. A fan favorite, the chorus includes the lyrics, “I’m gonna love you / Till it snows in Mexico / Or till the Rio Grande freezes over / Cause darling when God made our love / He threw away the mold / And I’m gonna love you / Till it snows in Mexico.”

  • "Mexico" - Carrie Underwood - 2015

    An album cut Carrie co-wrote for her Storyteller album.

  • "Playboys of the Southwestern World" - Blake Shelton - 2003

    “Playboys of the Southwestern World” is about teenage boys going down to Mexico to find girls and party. The characters find themselves temporarily in jail after getting into trouble in Mexico but remain friends for years after.

  • "Drunk on a Plane" - Dierks Bentley - 2014

    This fun song is about a man who is left behind at the altar and takes a trip to Cancún by himself after he cannot obtain a refund for the airplane tickets he had purchased for a honeymoon. The video from the song won Music Video of the Year at the 2014 CMA Awards.

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