The Spanish language is ranked the second most popular language in the world as there are almost 329 million native speakers. The number might be doubled if all people who use Spanish as their second or third language would be included. As a result, there is no surprise that music in the Spanish language is also very popular all around the world. The truth is that Latin songs are also popular among the people who do not speak Spanish because those songs have a good rhythm. Let us overview the top Latino songs of the last few decades and cheer you up with some great music that makes you dance.
Oldies but Goldies
It would be difficult to find a person who has never heard La Bamba song. This mega-hit of 1958 actually is a traditional Mexican wedding song, but Ritchie Valens adds some popular American rock sounds and the song became the number one in the UK and USA. Ten years later the world became crazy about the sounds of bossa nova and the well-known song Mas Que Nada by Brazilian singer Sérgio Mendes.
The ’80s was also a fruitful time for Latino music. Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine forced everyone to dance with their great Conga in 1985. This song became a worldwide hit, won the 10th place on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached the multi-platinum status in the U.S. A year later, Madonna released her La Isla Bonita hit, so the world fell in love with San Pedro and Spanish lullabies.
The new millennium has started with Jennifer Lopez and her song Waiting for Tonight. This song has been a top position for many months and won the Top Ten on the Billboard Hot 100. During this time, the bands of sweet boys just boomed. While American teenage girls were in love with Backstreet Boys, all teenage Latinos were falling for guys of Aventura. Their song called Obsesión was a mix of traditional Dominican rhythms, typical music of bachata, hip-hop, and R&B, as a result, the crazy lyrics about love and catchy music have stolen so many hearts around the world.
The first worldwide wave of reggaeton was in 2004 made by Daddy Yankee and his mega-hit Gasolina. Powered by a catchy beat, not so sweet rap lyrics, and salacious innuendo, this song is the best example of why this genre is still so popular. In 2005, Gasolina became the first reggaeton song to receive a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Record of the Year.
The next wave of reggaeton overflooded the world in 2010 when Don Omar and Lucenzo released their song Danza Kuduro. The half Spanish and half Portuguese lyrics, Angolan dance moves with reggaeton music found the way to millions of playlists and won the Number One hit on Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. 4 years later, the top spot was occupied by Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, and Gente De Zona when they all together introduced hot new song Bailando. The last one Latino virus has happened in 2017 when Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee introduced their phenomenal song Despacito. From this day, everyone around the globe knows how it is done in Puerto Rico.