Before Chalino Sanchez emerged on the music scene in the late 1980s, the narcocorrido music genre had been abandoned by groups like Los Tigres Del Norte and others. But when Chalino emerged, he not only revived the genre, but also jumpstarted a cultural movement that spread throughout the United States and Mexico.
Chalino Sanchez was born and raised in Culiacan, Sinaloa in 1960 and was forced to flee his hometown at the age of 15 after murdering a man who assaulted his sister. Once in the U.S., he arrived in Los Angeles and began to sing narcocorridos after being briefly imprisoned.
Years later he would emerge as one of the most influential musicians to ever come out of Culiacan, Sinaloa and would influence music on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Today, his music continues to be played in pick-up trucks, house parties, and family events despite his fatal shooting in Culiacan, Sinaloa in 1992.
We’ve compiled five of our favorite Chalino songs below.
Nieves De Enero
Que Me Parta Un Rayo
El Gallo de Sinaloa