Sabor a Mí

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"Sabor a Mí" ("Taste of Me") is a 1959 bolero by Mexican composer and singer Álvaro Carrillo. Upon its release, it was recorded by many acts such as Los Tres Ases and Rolando Laserie, becoming the most successful song of 1960 in Mexico.[1] It was further popularized by Los Panchos, who collaborated on their rendition with Eydie Gormé in 1964.[2] Among the over 300 songs that he created, this song was considered Carrillo's biggest hit both in Mexico and internationally.[3] Since its creation, the song has been covered by several artists, including among them Mexican singer Luis Miguel, Cuban jazz pianist Bebo Valdes, k-pop boygroup EXO, and the Mexican American musicians Los Lobos.

The autobiographical movie of Álvaro Carrillo, starring José José, uses this song name as its title.[4]

Lyrically, the song is a sentimental ballad in which a romantic partner declares their desire to have their lover experience the "taste of" them for centuries upon centuries, promising a deep commitment. It is reminiscent of the Latin ballad of later decades, which intermixed Spanish language traditions with international pop music.


Luis Miguel version[edit]

"Sabor a Mí"
Single by Luis Miguel
from the album Romances
GenreLatin pop, bolero
LabelWEA Latina
Songwriter(s)Álvaro Carrillo
Producer(s)Luis Miguel
Luis Miguel singles chronology
"De Quererte Así (De T'Avoir Aimee)"
"Sabor a Mí"
"Sol, Arena y Mar"

In 1997, Mexican singer Luis Miguel covered "Sabor a Mí" on his album Romances. It was released as the sixth single from the album in 1998 and peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs.[5] Miguel's cover was recognized as one of the best-performing songs of the year at the 1999 BMI Latin Awards.[6]

Miguel's rendition received unfavorable reviews from music critics. Mario Tarradell of The Dallas Morning News noted that Miguel's cover of Sabor a Mí "retains some of its exotic, flamenco guitar-fueled flavor".[7] Fernando Gonzalez of the Orange County Register was not impressed with Miguel's take as he felt that Miguel "sounds simply loud, rather than romantic".[8] Los Angeles Times editor Ernesto Lechnero also criticized Luis Miguel's version of "Sabor a Mí" and stated that is "spun out of control with the addition of drums, reducing the lilting melody to something reminiscent of a TV commercial jingle".[9]

Other covers[edit]

Mexican singer Javier Solís covered "Sabor a Mí" in 1960. His rendition was inducted into the Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[10]

José José covered the song when he played Álvaro Carrillo in the 1988 biopic.

As part of the Music Bank World Tour, the South Korean band EXO-K sang Sabor a Mí in Spanish at the "Music Bank in Mexico" show in Mexico City in 2014. The recording of the performance garnered millions of views online.[11]

In 2016, Kali Uchis covered El Chicano's version of Sabor a Mí after she asked her fans online to vote for the song they wanted her to sing.[12]

Other artists who have covered this song or made their own rendition include the following: Armando Manzanero, Bebo Valdés, Pérez Prado, Isabel Pantoja, Javier Solís, Charles Manson, Rolando Laserie, Los Lobos, Los Sabandeños, Lucho Gatica, Manoella Torres, Mari Trini, Mina, Peppino di Capri, Orietta Berti, Lila Downs, José Feliciano, Carlos Cuevas, El Pescaílla, Los Ángeles Negros, David Cavazos, Rey Gordinflón, Tinku, Freddy Castillo, Monsieur Periné, El Chicano, The Mavericks, Cyrille Aimée, Jonathan Richman and Tony Glausi, among others.

In 2011, Filipino traditional music duo HARANA PINOY made a cover of the song in the Filipino Harana (serenade) style a form of serenading from the Philippines.

In 2021, a version of the song was featured in "Cry Macho".

Eliane Elias included the song in her 2021 album Mirror Mirror.[13]

The Mavericks included the song on their 2020 album, en Español.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mejía Barquera, Fernando (June 2006). El Sound Track de la vida cotidiana: Radio y música popular en México D.F. Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales UNAM. p. 205.
  2. ^ Ignacio Corona; Alejandro L. Madrid (28 December 2007). Postnational Musical Identities: Cultural Production, Distribution, and Consumption in a Globalized Scenario. Lexington Books. p. 141. ISBN 978-0-7391-5937-8.
  3. ^ Elvia Duque Castillo (3 April 2013). Aportes del Pueblo Afrodescendiente: La Historia Oculta de América Latina. iUniverse. p. 203. ISBN 978-1-4759-6584-1.
  4. ^ Cinema Ameriq Latine 2000. Presses Univ. du Mirail. 2000. p. 65. ISBN 978-2-85816-506-3.
  5. ^ "Luis Miguel — Chart history: Latin Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  6. ^ Lannert, John (3 July 1999). "BMI Honors Latin Writers, Pub. Cos". Billboard. 111 (27): 10. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  7. ^ Tarradell, Mario (14 August 1997). "Miguel's 'Romances' not memorable - Production, song choices worsen a tired formula". The Dallas Morning News. A. H. Belo Corporation. p. 37A.
  8. ^ Gonzalez, Fernando (22 August 1997). "Oasis' Epic Effort ... Not-So-Silly Love Songs... Some Help For SWV". Miami Herald. The McClatchy Company. p. 24G.
  9. ^ Lechner, Ernesto (24 August 1997). "Luis Miguel "Romances", WEA Latina". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Latin Grammy Hall of Fame – 2001". Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  11. ^ Mérida, Janet. "Les avientan el calzón a los coreanos y paran el concierto". El Universal. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  12. ^ Leight, Elias. "Kali Uchis Covered "Sabor A Mi"". FADER. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  13. ^ "Mirror Mirror - Eliane Elias | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". Retrieved 16 November 2021.