Argentine rock singers

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Are you a fan of rock? or maybe you want to get into the genre? If so, keep reading because today in TopFestivales we bring you a list of Argentine rock singers for you to add their songs to your playlists. Do you want to discover them? Keep reading!


11 Argentine rock singers not to be missed

These eleven names revolutionized Latin American music. Thanks to their originality and their compositions, they led Argentina to position itself as one of the reference countries in terms of rock, especially rock sung in Spanish.

The eleven Argentine rock singers we present to you are:

  • Andr√©s Calamaro

  • Charly Garc√≠a

  • Fito Paez

  • Luis Alberto Spinetta

  • Gustavo Cerati

  • Fabiana Cantilo

  • Le√≥n Gieco

  • Carlos "Indio" Solari

  • Luca Prodan

  • Celeste Carballo

  • Hilda Lizarazu


Andrés Calamaro



If we talk about Argentine rock singers, the first one we think of is Andrés Calamaro. Andrés Calamaro Masel was born in Buenos Aires in 1961. Andres Calamaro has earned a great fame and is one of the main references in terms of rock in Spanish.

He began as a member of the group Raíces, where he was a keyboardist. However, he began to gain fame when he became part of the group Los Abuelos de la Nada. In this group he began to be recognized as a composer, where he would be the author of successful songs such as Sin gamulán or Mil horas. At this time he was also collaborating with the musician Charly García.

It was in 1990 when Calamaro and a friend of his, Ariel Rot, decided to move to Spain and form the group Los Rodríguez. It is at this moment that his fame will grow. He will continue with the group until 1996. From then on, he will begin his solo career.

Since then he has collaborated with numerous artists and has won awards in recognition of his music. He has continued touring and releasing albums such as"Tinta Roja","On the rock" or"Cargar la suerte". He has recently collaborated with the Madrid artist C. Tangana, with whom he has released a song, "Hong Kong".



Charly García

Another Argentine rock singer of undoubted fame is Carlos Alberto García, better known as Charly García. He was born in Buenos Aires in 1951 and is another of Argentina's musical references.

He started as a member of the band Sui Géneris, which had very successful songs. This helped Charly to make a name for himself in the music world. The group went through different stages: it started as a sextet, later a duo and finally a quartet. The group would release up to three studio albums in the 1970s.

Later it occurred to him to form a larger rock band. This would bear the name PorSuiGieco. This band wanted to make music similar to what was played in the 70's in the United States. Charly Garc√≠a would form different bands such as La M√°quina de Hacer P√°jaros or Ser√ļ Gir√°n, until he decided to start his career as a solo musician.

Since 1982, when he decided to follow his musical path as a soloist, he has released several albums, the last one in 2022, entitled La lógica del Escorpión (The logic of the Scorpion).



Fito Paez

When we talk about Argentine rock singers, we cannot forget Fito P√°ez. Rodolfo P√°ez was born in Rosario in 1963 and, besides being a musician and composer, he is also a film director. He started very young in music and Juan Carlos Baglietto, the founder of the so-called trova rosarina, encouraged him to join him to make his albums.

Baglietto included him as keyboardist in albums such as Tiempos Difíciles or Actuar para vivir. Later, he joined Charly García both for the recording of the album Piano bar and for the tour of the previous album, Clics modernos.

In 1984, when Fito P√°ez signed a musical contract with EMI, he began his career as a solo musician. In this label he would release up to five recordings in just four years. Later he would sign with Warner Music Group and Sony Music, label with which he has continued releasing albums until today.

His latest work dates from the year 2022 and is entitled Futurología Arlt. With the previous album, La conquista del Espacio, he won the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album in 2021. He has also won numerous Latin Grammy awards, among which we find Album of the Year in 2020, or Song of the Year in 2000 and 2016.


Luis Alberto Spinetta

One of the best-known Argentine rock singers was Luis Alberto Spinetta. He was born in Buenos Aires in 1950 and died at the age of 62 from lung cancer in 2012. Luis Alberto began to make a name for himself in the music world at a very young age, when he formed several rock bands such as Almendra, Pescado Rabioso or Invisible. On many occasions he worked with other musicians of the genre, such as the aforementioned Andrés Calamaro, Charly García or Fito Páez.

His musical projects involved the creation of numerous bands, with which he worked while also working as a soloist or in collaboration with other artists. His album Artaud was considered in 2007 by the music magazine Rolling Stone as number one in a list of the best one hundred Argentine rock albums.

Eight other works by Luis Alberto Spinetta were also included in this list, something that reaffirms his position as one of the most influential musicians within the Latin American rock industry.


Gustavo Cerati

The last of the Argentine rock singers we present you is Gustavo Cerati. He was born in Buenos Aires in the year 1959 and passed away in the year 2014, at the age of 55, due to a cardiorespiratory arrest. He is considered one of the best Latin American rock artists, as well as one of the most influential.

He started creating some musical formations, but he would become known with the group Soda Stereo, formed in 1982. The group remained active until 1997, when the band disbanded. From that moment on, Gustavo Cerati would continue his solo musical career. He would release up to five solo albums.

He has collaborated with other artists of the genre such as Charly García, Andrés Calamaro or Fito Páez, but also with artists of other genres such as Shakira. Later, in 2006, the group Soda Stereo reunited for a tour titled"Me verás volver".



Fabiana Cantilo

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Fabiana Cantilo is one of the most notable female voices of Argentine rock. Throughout her career she has sold more than 6 million records and is known for being part of the band Los Twist with which she recorded hits such as "Pensé que se trataba de cieguitos", "Jabones flotadores", "Ritmo colocado" and "Cleopatra la reina del Twist".

Later, in 1985 she launched her solo career, recording a total of 11 albums. 11 albums so far, among which we can mention "Inconsciente colectivo", "Hija del rigor", "Ahora" and "Superamor", the latter was chosen by Rolling Stone as one of the "Best Albums" in 2015.

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León Gieco

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Ra√ļl Alberto Antonio Gieco, whose stage name is Le√≥n Gieco is an Argentinian singer known for mixing folk music with rock as well as for his musical themes with social content in favor of native peoples, peasants and human rights.

We also mentioned that the song "Sólo le pido a Dios" (I only ask God). was the one that allowed him to obtain international recognition. Also, his music includes other musical genres, as Gieco has not limited himself to experimenting with pop, heavy metal, Cumbia villera and candombe.

Given his trajectory, he has recorded an extensive discography that includes live albums, compilations, collaborations with other artists and volumes of his unreleased songs. Likewise, he has shared the stage with national and international artists and groups such as U2, Peteco Carabajal, Bob Dylan, Mercedes Sosa, Joan Manuel Serrat and Sting.

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Carlos "Indio" Solari

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Indio Solari is one of the Argentinean rock singers, icon of the counterculture in this musical genre and founder of the group "Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos". "Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota" (Patricio Rey and his Redonditos de Ricota)., with which he recorded 9 studio albums until it disbanded in 2001.

In addition, he founded the group "Los Fundamentalistas del Aire Acondicionado". and recorded 5 albums, some of them are: "Pajaritos, bravos muchachitos", "El perfume de la tempestad" and "El ruise√Īor, el amor y la muerte". Solari retired from the stage in 2017 after being diagnosed with parkinson's and after an incident in his last concert.

Luca Prodan

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Although Luca was born in Rome, he settled in Argentina where he founded the band Sumo, in which he recorded his first album titled "Divididos por la Felicidad", which was characterized by mixing musical genres such as post punk, reggae and funk. In addition, their most outstanding musical hit is. "La rubia tarada".

Likewise, his 2 subsequent albums had hits such as: "Los Viejos vinagres", "Estallando desde el oc√©ano", "TV Caliente", "El Ojo Blindado" and "Ma√Īana en el Abasto".

On another note, Prodan admired artists such as Andrés Calamaro, Mercedes Sosa, Pipo Cipolatti, Atahualpa Yupanqui and Fito Páez.

Sadly, Luca passed away 2 days after giving his last concert in 1987 of a heart attack.

Celeste Carballo

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Celeste is one of the most important Argentine rock singers considered one of the most important voices of this genre. She recorded her first album in 1982 "Me vuelvo cada día más loca".

Years later she put together a show with Ludovica Squirru and Sandra Mihanovich titled "Sandra, Celeste y yo" which was a great success, since they performed in several cities in Argentina and later, after being left alone "Celeste y Sandra" they toured different countries in Latin America, among them, Chile.

Likewise, we mention that in 2006 he participated in the album "Escuchame Entre El ruido/40 a√Īos de Rock Argentino" together with other exponents of the genre such as Gustavo Cerati, Claudia Puy√≥, Indio Solari and Luis Alberto Spinetta.

Hilda Lizarazu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS_Y6V2UO4o

Lizarazu is another of the female voices of Argentine rock that we could not fail to include, as she was a member of the group "Los Twistwith whom she performed successful songs such as Cul de Sac, Viéndolo, Reptilicus, Twist De Luis, El Grito Divino and En Los Brazos Del Dolor.

He also participated in the band Man Raywhere he was the leader and vocalist during the 80s and 90s. In addition, he recorded 7 albums with Man Ray and reaped many hits. He also toured in several countries such as Mexico, United States, Peru, Paraguay, Chile, Spain and Ecuador.




These are five of the best Argentine rock singers. Which are your favorites? Which one have you discovered? If you have any recommendations for TopFestivals, leave them in the comments! We always read you.

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