Gerardo Ortiz was born in the United States. However, it wasn’t long before his parents moved to Mexico, where he was raised. Some artists don’t settle on an artistic career until they’re adults. Ortiz wasn’t one of them. Reputedly, he decided he wanted to become a musician as a child before pursuing that goal with considerable enthusiasm. By 2010, he had released his debut studio album, Ni Hoy Ni Mañana. Since then, he has released numerous other studio albums. These show that Ortiz has become a notable name in regional Mexican music, someone whose songs are the subject of enormous enthusiasm.
Here is our opinion of the ten best Gerardo Ortiz songs released so far:
10. “La Ultima Sombra”
“La Ultima Sombra” is an excellent example of narcocorridos. Given the name, interested individuals shouldn’t be surprised to learn these are traditional-sounding ballads about drug traffickers. As such, they resemble gangster rap in theme but not in sound. “La Ultima Sombra” comes from Ni Hoy Ni Mañana, meaning it played a part in Ortiz’s subsequent success.
9. “El Ranchero”
Both the United States and Mexico have romanticized ranch workers. Indeed, the American cowboy can trace its roots to the Mexican vaquero to a considerable extent. “El Ranchero” sees Ortiz celebrating the lifestyle. It makes sense because he and his listeners are connected to it.
8. “Historia de Ayer”
“Historia de Ayer” is a post-relationship song. Its narrator has been crushed by his significant other’s departure, so much so that he is more or less wallowing in the lyrics. Some post-relationship songs boast a complex mixture of emotions. Here, it’s a straightforward combo of bitterness and resignation.
7. “Regresa Hermosa”
Meanwhile, “Regresa Hermosa” is set during a crisis in the narrator’s relationship. He has done something to upset his significant other. The lyrics don’t reveal the exact details. However, it was bad enough that he fears that his relationship will end because of it. As a result, the narrator does the logical thing, which is to say, begging for forgiveness while admitting fault. Of course, what can seem ridiculous can sound much better coming from a skilled and experienced artist. This song serves as further proof.
This song is more than a bit reminiscent of a rapper’s boast about how far he has come from his humble beginnings. The lyrics run through some of the same themes. What makes it stand out is the narrator’s emphasis on being calm and controlled rather than louder and more bombastic, even if the underlying sentiments are much the same.
5. “Amor Confuso”
“Amor Confuso” comes from the studio album Entre Dios y El Diablo. The song’s name means “Confused Love,” so interested individuals shouldn’t be surprised to learn that it’s about a messy situation. Specifically, the narrator’s significant other is in a combative mood, presumably because of their inebriated state. Despite this, the narrator is determined to keep their relationship strong, which makes this song more memorable than most of its counterparts. The people behind the Premier Lo Nuestro Awards seemed to have agreed because “Amor Confuso” earned Best Regional Mexican Song in 2013.
“Perdoname” is another song in which the narrator seeks forgiveness from his significant other for a transgression. The premise is rather cliched. However, Ortiz’s skillful execution enabled this to rise above its counterparts.
3. “Para Que Lastimarme”
This song was released on Comere Callado Vol. 1 in 2017. Its name means “Why Hurt Me?” By that name, those curious should realize that this isn’t one of the happier relationship songs. As usual, the lyrics don’t cover what happened in thorough detail, which makes sense for making songs more applicable and relatable.
What is stated is that the narrator’s ex broke things off because they had dreams they couldn’t pursue while remaining with the narrator. Unsurprisingly, the narrator is heartbroken by this. His words exude a strong sense of bitterness that they started a relationship in the first place. It isn’t clear whether the ex always harbored these dreams. What matters is that the narrator believes so, meaning he is furious because he feels his ex could’ve spared him this heartache.
2. “Solo Vine a Despedirme”
“Solo Vine a Despedirme” came out in 2012. As such, it belongs to the early part of Ortiz’s career, though he had already managed to carve out a place for himself in his chosen musical niche. This song is straightforward. Its name says it is a farewell. Subsequently, its lyrics prove the truth of that claim. Once again, “Solo Vine a Despedirme” isn’t novel. It’s refreshing because the narrator acknowledges the impact of his actions while making no excuses for them. Even so, there are so many relationship songs that numerous artists have touched upon the same themes in one way or another. Ortiz’s skill makes “Solo Vine a Despedirme” more memorable than one would expect based on its premise.
1. “Mujer de Piedra”
Ortiz is a favorite at the Premio Lo Nuestro Awards. He doesn’t always win when he’s nominated. However, he has won enough of them that it isn’t that surprising when it happens. “Mujer de Piedra” is another work that claimed the Best Regional Mexican Song. Subject-wise, it is also about the end of a relationship. What differentiates it from its counterpart is that its narrator takes a much angrier and more confused tone. This can be seen in the song’s name, which translates neatly to “Woman of Stone.” That is the kind of thing people fling about when they accuse their soon-to-be ex of emotional indifference, thus setting the general tone for the song.
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