The Songs They Play

I love Buenos Aires but they can be just a little ‘behind the times’.

Once in awhile, I walk into an office building and I feel like I am in the 80’s or late 90’s. This country doesn’t have enough money to update and they are majorly lacking in the technology department. It is a sad situation for a seemingly 'cosmopolitan' city. This seems to affect other areas too.

One of them is music.

The Argentines love music, especially English music. Thanks to the internet, there are some very well informed music lovers here in Buenos Aires. There isn’t the variety of live music that we are blessed with in Chicago. But you can easily find good live Acoustic Guitar, Jazz or Tango. I am coming to the conclusion that the problem is lack of venue, not musicians and not bands. There is always fantastic music playing on the streets.

What Argentina wins hands down with are the clubs. Going dancing in a club in the best entertainment you can consistently find any day of the week but especially the weekends. It actually reminds me of Vegas.

The Argentines are capable of an extremely impressive night out of dancing. The clubs are open till 6am-8am. When we went to a smaller town, it was 9am-10am. Crazy! But you must like the following songs.

You know you want me, Pitball
Te amo, Makano
Poker face, Lady Gaga
I got a feeling, Black Eye Peas
When love takes over, Kelly Rowland.

If you live here, you are well aware that these songs are everywhere, clubs, stores, restaurants…. Since, I arrived 4 months ago and I don’t know when it will end.

If I am missing one please list it in the comments.
Thank you.


  1. You don't understand Buenos Aires. You are seeing what you want and not what the things actually are. I'm sorry, but I think you can't see anything different cause you don't seem to be smart enough. So, I know you can´t help to see the things in that way, but you could help to write them.

  2. This forum is about understanding Buenos Aires. This is a personal observation that I have made in a short period of time. I don't believe that it has anything to do with intelligence.

    It is simply an observation. No more. We each see through different eyes with different experiences.

    Thank you for your comment and thank you for reading :)

  3. Anonymous, por qué en vez de hacer esta crítica, no ayudás a Molly a encontrar lugares que vos seguramente, como yo, conoces?
    Yo voy a mandarle una lista de los bares, pubs y restaurantes. Ayudemosla a entender a Buenos Aires.

  4. I agree with The last 2 comments…That's the way she sees BA.
    We are getting the perspective from an outsider, which is particular but interesting at the same time. besos. mitch

  5. Hebe has been doing an excellent job searching out several music venues (places that musicians play) for me.

    A whole new world here is opening up to me. I am slowly peeling away the layers of the great city of Buenos Aires.

    Thank you all. Keep talking and keep reading!

  6. I am going to defend Molly here... this is HER blog... HER view... and most of newcomers to Buenos Aires have a similar perspective, too.
    As Argentinean, we have to respect their point of view, whether we like it or not.

  7. It would be nice to see what "Anonymous" on the first post has to say about music in Paris, or Prague or Beijing... and the songs they play there.