Originating in Puerto Rico in the late 1990s, reggaeton is influenced by hip hop, Latin American and Caribbean music. It has spread throughout South America where bars, shops and cars pulsate with the bom cha cha bom cha cha of the beats. Here are some of the most popular tracks.
Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee
Although Despacito hit the charts internationally due to the collaboration with Justin Bieber, the song was originally just Luis Fonsi, before Daddy Yankee joined. This version, is the most popular in Latin America, with over 3.6 billion views and augmenting continuously!
Ricky Martin – Vente Pa’ Ca ft. Maluma
Ricky Martin is a man of many talents, from his early career as a member of Menudo, his acting career in Mexico as well as becoming a writer. His singing career exploded in 1999 with Livin’ la Vida Loca, putting Ricky’s name at the top of the pops. Vente Pa’ Ca (Come Here) released in 2016, became one of the most played tracks of the year.
Enrique Iglesias – SUBEME LA RADIO ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox
Released at the beginning of 2017, this song has been played all over the world due to Enrique being a household name. The song topped Spanish charts, being Enrique’s eighth number one. Duele el Corazón was his previous biggest hit, it was just as catchy and adored around South America as this one.
Shakira – Chantaje ft. Maluma
Chantaje was a single released in anticipation of Shakira’s eleventh album, El Dorado. The song was written by Shakira and Maluma, who wanted the song to become a battle of the sexes where the male would like to know where he stands with his lover, however, this is not cleared up during the song, mysterious girl!
J. Balvin & Willy William – Mi Gente
Recorded by Colombian singer J Balvin and French singer and producer Willy William, the hit was released in June 2017. The song infuses African beats, electronic and Caribbean genres and will no doubt stick in your head.
Osmani Garcia, Pitbull & Sensato – El Taxi
Although El Taxi was released in July 2015, on Pitbull’s album Dale (Hit It), it is a timeless tune that does the rounds. The toot toot will likely help you recognise it. The album won a Grammy Award for the Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.
Enrique Iglesias – Bailando ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
Bailando (Dancing) is on Enrique’s Sex and Love album from 2014. Despite being out for countless years, the song will most definitely still be circulated in the coming years. There have been other language versions through the years, one featuring Sean Paul and two Portuguese versions.
Carlos Vives & Shakira – La Bicicleta
La Bicicleta will be on Shakira’s upcoming fifteenth album Vives, as well as already featuring on El Dorado. The song is a collaboration between two Colombians and was intended to represent both their musical styles, merging genres pop, cumbia and vallenato as well as featuring accordions and indigenous Colombian wind instruments.
J. Balvin, Jowell & Randy – Bonita
Dropped in June 2017, this old-school reggaeton track by Colombian star J Balvin and Puerto Rican duo Jowell & Randy, is a very upbeat track that will be featured on the forthcoming album Viva La Musik.
Becky G – Mayores ft. Bad Bunny
Another recent release from July 2017, this is the Latin pop star’s latest single. With tropical beats backing the track, the lyrics express Becky’s preference for a gentleman rather than a boy accompanied by a sultry video.