Top 10 Latino Rock Stars
Latino music is not just bachateros, reggaeton, and salsa — some of the world’s biggest rock stars have Latino blood in them! Here’s Zona de Sabor‘s list of the Top 10 Latino Rock Stars.
10. Vince Neil
Don’t let the blonde hair & all-American looks of the Motley Crue lead singer fool you — Vince is Mestizo, born to a Native American father & a Mexican mother.
9. Dave Navarro
The influential Jane’s Addiction & Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist is proud of his Mexican heritage, even though he doesn’t speak Spanish.
8. Julian Casablancas
The Strokes lead singer is the son of powerhouse model manager John Casablancas, who is Spanish-American.
7. Chuck Negron
Three Dog Night were one of the best-known rock bands of the late 1960’s & early 1970’s (ask your grandparents), in no small part due to the vocals of Chuck Negron, who was born to a Puerto Rican father.
6. Claudio Sanchez
Coheed and Cambria is one of the rawest, most blistering rock bands of recent times, largely due to the rebel yells of Puerto Rican & Italian Claudio Sanchez.
5. Zack de la Rocha
Activist, author, & Rage Against the Machine lead singer is the grandson of a Mexican revolutionary.
4. Carlos Santana
The legendary guitarist, Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer, and shoe entrepreneur is of full-blooded Mexican ancestry.
The critically-acclaimed Goth rocker has written songs for The Cartoon Network & The SyFy Network, and is also a professor at the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where he teaches classes under his given Cuban name, Aurelio Hernandez.
2. Tom Araya
As the lead singer of Slayer, this native-born Chilean helped pioneer heavy metal music. But behind the scenes, the 51-year-old Tomas Enrique Araya Diaz is a homebody, preferring to stay on his Texas farm with his family & his chickens.
1. Jerry Garcia
He was the lead singer of New Riders of the Purple Sage and, of course, The Grateful Dead. He has been given accolades by everyone from ice cream manufacturers (Ben & Jerry’s “Cherry Garcia”) to rappers (Proof of D12) and reggae artists (Burning Spear), and his impact on the pop culture zeitgeist cannot — and should not — be underestimated. Everything from tie-dye to dancing bears to Volkswagen’s entire identity in the American pop culture landscape is affiliated with Jerry Garcia, and he is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Even people who have never heard a Grateful Dead song can identify something affiliated with Jerry Garcia. Now that’s BOSS.