Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The s were a decade in which Latin music once again became a force to be reckoned with in the global market. More so than albums, it happened through its songs. From "Danza Kuduro" and "Bailando" to "Despacito" and "Mi Gente," this was a decade of global Latin hits that transcended language and genres. Here, our staff members choose the 50 most significant Latin songs of the decade, ordered by year.
Used as the end song for Fast Five, it set the stage for the eventual explosion of Latin dance songs on the charts. It spent a total of 18 weeks on the chart. Espinoza Paz was one of a new breed of regional Mexican artists who emerged at the beginning of the decade to reset the genre. If Romeo Santos paved the way for a new breed of bachata, Prince Royce romanticized it up a notch. A joyous vallenato, it debuted at No. The track ushered in 3. The set would go on to become the biggest-selling Latin album of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
It excited me. It also spent 13 weeks on the top 5 of Hot Latin Songs. More importantly, it broke Balvin, and Farruko, to the world. The song came together very quickly, Balvin told Billboard back Anyone wondering why trap took off among a young Latin audience only has to dial back six years and listen to Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Plan B. It peaked at No. His return to the charts, after years spent in Colombia redefining his sound, is one of perseverance , redemption and a damn good song. Shakira has moved her hips to great effect in the past.
But moving them alongside hottie newcomer Maluma has been combustible. Who knew urinals could be so sexy? The song also benefitted from a Spanglish remix featuring Quavo.
Leave it to Ozuna and Romeo Santos to not only team up for a heart-wrenching remix but perform at the top of a building to send a message to the person they failed to love.
A tour de force that joined the two top artists on chart, it demonstrated might in numbers; the music video has over 1. It also highlighted an early marriage of urban and pop that appealed to a younger audience. The success placed Nodal squarely in the forefront of a new, romantic generation of regional Mexican balladeers.
Los Angeles Azules and Natalia Lafroucade is the collaboration you never knew you needed. Swaying from Spanish to English, the song encircles the listener in an orbit of effervescent incredulities with such gracefulness that is impossible not to dive deep into this dreamlike reality. With a gorgeous video, it highlights the more romantic side of the usually feisty Residente. The song commanded the all-genre Billboard Hot for a then-record-tying 16 weeks.
On the Aug. It also entered the Billboard Hot , peaking at No. Connecting with your feet and emotions, beyond language. Here, Balvin takes on the opening lines, chanting and singing in a register far lower than usual before Bad Bunny picks up in a higher voice.
Are five reggaeton stars better than one? The powerful lyrics and impeccable delivery marked a seminal moment in time for politics and Latinos in this country.
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