12 Selena Covers That Might Make You Shed a Tear or 2
Selena Quintanilla is a legend in her own right. She completely transformed how the US welcomed Spanish-speaking artists and paved the road for all the generations of performers that have come after. On days when we're missing the singer who was gone too soon, it's comforting to settle into some of the sweetest and best covers of her songs.
From artists like Selena Gomez, who is named after the late Tejana singer, to stars like Jackie Cruz from Orange Is the New Black, dozens of artists credit Selena as being one of their inspirations. Here's our top roundup of the best covers that celebrate her.
This video is for when you need to take a break from binge-watching Orange Is the New Black but can't cut it cold turkey. Jackie offers a beautiful rendition of "Como La Flor" that our hearts go nuts over.
Kat Von D
What can't Kat Von D do? Makeup, tattoos, and singing are her go-to skills, and we're all the better for it, especially with this Selena cover!
Back when X Factor was still a thing, it was huge to see Carlito representing on the big stage with a bilingual rendition of "Dreaming of You." He got the "yes" from Paulina Rubio, and we're sure he also won over some Selena fans that night, too.
The 20-something YouTube sensation played tribute to Selena with a mashup of some of her top hits. Also — how cool is this? — Megan Nicole highlighted the fact that learning "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and "Como La Flor" helped her to learn Spanish.
In a special tribute edition of The Real, Adrienne covered Selena's "I Could Fall in Love." It was extra special because it was the first time in years that Adrienne performed live, plus Selena's own sister was in the audience.
Becky G stands on the shoulders of greats like Selena who helped pave the way for Latinos in American markets, so it was extra special that the Mexican-American singer would choose to honor her while performing at the Texas State Fair in 2014.
Selena Gomez has covered her namesake's work a couple of times. This was from her live rendition of "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" at the San Antonio Rodeo in 2010. She would later go on to record the cover for the official compilation album released in 2012 by Selena's family.
We’re throwing this back a bit to the official Selena Vive tribute, but how could we not? Thalia covers "Amor Prohibido" and reminds us how much fun this song is.
There's something about an acoustic cover of a Selena song that gets us right in the heart. Mackenzie does a great job of really drawing us in to the lyrics of "Como La Flor" here.
The ultimate Rebelde member has a great version of "Ya No" that she proudly covers. She has said Selena has always been a big inspiration of hers.
After giving the crowd a taste of a line or two at concerts prior, Bruno committed to opening "When I Was Your Man" with a shortened version of Selena's "Dreaming of You."
This is by far the ultimate Selena tribute. It was huge to see J Lo play homage to Selena at the Latin Music Billboard Awards in 2015, especially because she was singing right alongside the original band full of Selena's loved ones!