Top Picks: Selena

March 31 marks the 25th anniversary of the tragic death of musician Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, the Queen of Tejano music. In celebration of her life, here are my top picks for fans of Selena's music.

Born in Lake Jackson, Texas, on April 16, 1971, Selena soared to fame with her self-titled album Selena in 1989. She quickly became a cultural icon in both the music and fashion worlds, earning the title of top-selling Latin artist during the 1990s and winning a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/American Album for her album Live in 1994. Selena was the first Tejano musician to win a Grammy, and she is often given credit for bringing Tejano music to a mainstream audience. (Want to explore more? See what's New in Latin music.) 

Despite her early death at 23, Selena remains an important artist in the Mexican-American community and across the world. Fans today still celebrate her success, including seven chart-topping Latin hits, a place in the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame in 1995, and the awarding of a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in 2017.


Selena’s fourth studio album, Amor prohibido, the last album to be released prior to her death, features No. 1 hits such as “Amor Prohibido” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.”

Selena’s final studio album Dreaming of You, released after her death, debuted at the top of the United States Billboard 200 chart and was an immediate commercial success.

Rockabye baby! Lullaby Renditions of Selena turns Selena's rock music into gentle instrumental lullabies as the perfect way to introduce the newest little Selena fan to her legendary music.

Enamorada de ti is a 2012 album remixing Selena’s most popular hits with modern artists to create new duets. Featured artists include Selena Gomez, Don Omar, Samuel “Samo” Perro, Cristian Castro and more.


Jennifer Lopez takes on the title role in Selena, a movie following Selena’s rise to fame and eventual murder.