Selena Quintanilla
It's been 22 years since the 'Queen of Tejano' Selena Quintanilla was murdered on March 31, 1995. Reuters

Every year, on March 31, we commemorate the anniversary of Selena Quintanilla’s tragic murder. In 2017 this day marks the 22nd anniversary of Selena Quintanilla's death. In 1995, the music world mourned the loss of the Tex-Mex singer Selena after Yolanda Saldivar, president of her fan club, murdered her at the age of 23.

Selena was the youngest of three siblings and began singing at the age of three. At the age of nine, her father, Abraham Quintanilla formed a musical group called Selena y Los Dinos where her two older siblings, also performed. At one point, the singer’s dad was brutally criticized by the media for allegedly exploiting his children, but Selena fiercely defended him: “First I want to say that my father wasn't like that. My father, he saw the talent and he tried to cultivate it and tried to do something about it. But it wasn't in a bad way. It was to help us to do something in life,” she insisted.

“I think it is something very sad because not all parents are like that. And even if the father of Michael Jackson did that, you have to love your parents even if they do bad things,” Selena said. “You know, it's like the roles, like they reverse. When a child does bad things, the parents are always going to love their child even if they do something bad.”

Her rise to stardom came when she released her “Ven Conmigo” album, which was the first Tejano album recorded by a female artist to achieve gold status. In 1992 another hit came with “Como La Flor” from her “Entre A Mi Mundo” album. Selena received a Grammy for Best Mexican-American Album for “Selena Vive!” Even though Selena’s life was cut short, her music legacy lives on and to celebrate it, we've ranked her top 10 songs:

1. “Como la Flor”

2. “Amor Prohibido”

3. “Si Una Vez”

4. “Baila esta Cumbia”

5. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”

6. “La Llamada”

7. “El chico del apartamento 512”

8. “Carcacha”

9. “Ven Conmigo”

10. “Ya Ves”

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