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"Gracias a la vida" (English: Thanks to life) is a song composed and first performed by Chilean musician Violeta Parra, one of the artists who set the basis for the movement known as Nueva Canción. It was released in Las Últimas Composiciones (1966), the last album Parra published before committing suicide in 1967.

The song is one of Parra's most renowned and is performed through the world, and remains as one of the most covered Latin American songs in history.

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez brought the song to the American audiences in 1974 when she included a cover of the song on her Spanish language album of the same name. It remains a concert staple of Baez' to this day.

Finnish singer Arja Saijonmaa recorded this song in both Finnish (Miten voin kyllin kiittää) and Swedish (Jag vill tacka livet). Her Swedish interpretation is one of the most well-known of her Swedish-language oeuvres.

Canadian singer/songwriter Nancy White recorded her English translation (with permission of Warner Chappell Music Argentina (SADAIC))on her 1998 Borealis cd "Gaelic Envy".

One of the artists most associated with "Gracias a la vida" is the Argentine singer Mercedes Sosa. "Gracias a la vida" became something of a personal anthem for Sosa and was a constant in all of her performances up until her death.

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composer: Violeta Parra
lyricist: Violeta Parra
Wikidata: Q2737250 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Gracias a la Vida [info]
es: Gracias a la vida (canción) [info]

Recordings

Date Title Attributes Artist
performance
1971 Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
1982 Gracias a la vida (live) cover, live Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Florent Pagny
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Elis Regina
Gracias a la vida cover Pasión Vega
Gracias a la vida cover Vicente Fernández
Gracias a la vida Violeta Parra
Gracias a la vida cover Claudia Acuña
Gracias a la vida Violeta Parra
Gracias a la vida cover Carlos do Carmo & Bernardo Sassetti
Gracias a la vida cover Alberto Cortez
Gracias a la vida cover Vicente Fernández
Gracias a la vida cover Raphael
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Chavela Vargas
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa feat. Joan Baez
Gracias a la vida cover Tania Libertad
Gracias a la vida cover Tania Libertad
Gracias a la vida cover Tania Libertad
Gracias a la vida (live) cover, live Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida (live) cover, live Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Humberto Vargas
Gracias a la vida cover Nana Mouskouri
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Soledad Bravo
Gracias a la vida cover Alberto Cortez
Gracias a la vida cover Banda Bassotti
Gracias a la vida cover Anders Jormin
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Joan Baez
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover, instrumental Richard Clayderman
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Los Machucambos
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida [unknown]
Gracias a la vida cover Omara Portuondo
Gracias a la vida cover Los Calchakis
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Chavela Vargas
Gracias a la vida cover Chavela Vargas
Gracias a la vida cover Los Calchakis
Gracias a la vida cover Los Machucambos
Gracias a la vida cover Romano Zanotti
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Omara Portuondo
Gracias a la vida cover Elis Regina
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Omara Portuondo
Gracias a la vida cover Joan Baez
Gracias a la vida cover Elis Regina
Gracias a la vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida cover Pasión Vega
Gracias a la vida cover, live Joan Baez
Gracias a la vida cover Nana Mouskouri
Gracias a la vida cover Mia Doi Todd
Gracias a la Vida cover Joan Baez
Gracias a la Vida cover Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la Vida cover Danilo Pérez
Gracias a la Vida cover, instrumental Richard Clayderman
Gracias a la Vida cover Joan Baez
Gracias a la Vida cover, instrumental Nancy White
Gracias a La Vida cover Joan Baez
Gracias a La Vida cover Alberto Cortez
Gracias a La Vida Violeta Parra
Gracias A La Vida cover, live Joan Baez
Gracias A La Vida cover Omara Portuondo
Gracias a la vida (ao vivo) cover, live Mercedes Sosa
Gracias a la vida (feat. Mille) cover Maurane
Gracias a la vida (feat. Orianne) cover Stereodrome
Gracias a la vida (Here's to Life) cover Roberto Perera
Gracias a la vida (Here's to Life) cover, live Joan Baez
Gracias a la vida (Violeta Parra) cover Tania Libertad
Gracias a la vida merci l'existence cover Herbert Pagani