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Set the mood for romance en Español this Valentine's Day

Couples perform a tango dance in the southeastern resort of Protaras late on March 31, 2012.
Couples perform a tango dance in the southeastern resort of Protaras late on March 31, 2012.

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As all of you know, it's Valentine's day, and let's be honest, guys, we need as much help as we can get when it comes to getting your swoon on.

Setting the mood with music is one way to make the night memorable. To help all of us out, we now turn to music critic Isabela Raygoza. She brought songs in one of our favorite romance languages, Spanish.

Poncho - "Take My Hand" (Argentina, 2013)This is an Argentinian electro-pop trio that emerged in 2010 with their debut, Poncho Total. "Take My Hand," is a joyous ride around with your lover, have some fun, not afraid to break the law and make new ones. I think it's a good first impression and it leads to a pretty fun night automatically, and you can't go wrong with dance, you know?

Gaby Moreno - "Quizás, quizás, quizás"Gaby Moreno, who's from Guatemala, she's now L.A.-based, does this classic song from the 1940's originally done by Cuba's Osvaldo Farres, it's probably ones of the most covered of today, called "Quizás, Quizás, Quizás." It's a song about longing with a certain sense of uncertainty. It's been translated to "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps," so many bands have already done it, including Cake. 

Carla Morrison's "Hasta La Piel" from Déjenme Llorar (2012) This track is indeed the work of a young poetess with lyrics that come from the heart. It's a truly gorgeous romantic polka ballad about love and heartbreak and the radiant things it inspires. 

Juan Cirerol - "Eres Tan Cruel"This is Juan Cirerol from Mexicali. He takes on the Ranchera Nortena mantle by singing Mexican songs in traditional form with a lot of punk rock attitude. 

Bajofondo - "Pide Piso" (Uruguay/Argentina; 2013)

Empresarios - "La Secretaria" (a remix) (USA; 2013)