A very popular genre of music in Colombia, reggaeton usually features Spanish singing, with themes on subjects such as drugs, violence, friendship, love, sex and poverty. Unlike rap or hip hop, reggaeton is usually free from profane language and themes.
The music genre is also popular in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Panama, Mexico, Guatamala, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Peru. A small number of reggaeton songs have broken into the US, European and Asian charts: one song in particular was Daddy Yankee’s 2005 hit “Gasoline” and more recently Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito” from April 2017.
“El Amante” – Nicky Jam
“El Amante,” or “The Lover,” is Nicky Jam’s popular 2017 single, released on Nicky Jam’s Facebook page on January 15 2017. The video and song were an instant success, gaining over 4 million views in less than 24 hours. By January 20 the video had received over 11 million views. Nicky Jam is an award-winning American artist who won iHeartRadio Music Award’s Latin Artist of the Year in 2017.
“Te Quiero Pa’Mi” – Don Omar, Zion and Lennox
Released on January 3 2017, this song, from a trio of Puerto Rican natives, has made the world reggaeton crazy. “Te Quiero Pa’Mi”, or “I Want You for Me,” reached number one in Billboard‘s Latin Airplay chart on January 21 2017. It also achieved Gold Record status for digital sales in the USA.
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi
“Despacito” is one of 2017’s biggest hits, performed by Puerto Rican artist Luis Fonsi. The song was released in three forms: the original, one featuring Justin Bieber, and another featuring Daddy Yankee. Originally released on January 13 2017, the original has topped the charts at number one in over 53 countries, and the version featuring Justin Bieber has reached number one in over 59 countries. “Despacito” is the first solely Spanish language song to reach number one in the UK and USA since “Macarena” in 1996. The YouTube videos of the song have been watched over 1.6 billion times.
“Alguien Robó” – Sebastián Yatra ft. Wisin & Nacho
“Alguien Robó,” or “Someone Stole Your Heart,” was released on February 10 2017, by Sebastián Yatra ft. Wisin & Nacho. Sebastián Yatra is a popular Colombian musician who was born in Medellin, Colombia, but now resides in Miami, Florida. Sebastián Yatra has achieved great success all over Latin America, especially in Colombia, and in Europe.
“Reggaeton Lento” – CNCO
Although “Reggaeton Lento” was released on October 7 2016 by CNCO, it is still popular in Colombia even in May 2017, with a large number of different remixes being released. CNCO is a band from Miami that won the iHeartRadio music award for New Latin Artist of the Year 2017. CNCO have been on tour with Ricky Martin, Ariana Grande, and Enrique Iglesias, and shot to fame as the winners of the reality television show La Banda.
“Lumbra” – Cali y Dandee ft. Shaggy
“Lumbra” was released on January 20 2017. This reggaeton-infused song is tipped to become the next big Latin anthem. Cali y Dandee are two Colombian brothers, Alejandro Rengifo (Cali) and Mauricio Rengifo (Dandee). They formed the duo in 2009 and are now popular in both Colombia and Spain. Their YouTube videos have received over 860 million views worldwide; the Cali brothers are taking the world by storm.
“Me Enamoré” – Shakira
“Me Enamoré,” or “I Fell in Love”, is a 2017 hit single released on April 7 by the Colombian superstar Shakira. Shakira is one of Colombia’s most successful musicians. Born in the coastal city of Barranquilla, Shakira is Colombia’s highest-selling artist ever, selling between 50 and 60 million records since 1990.
“Subeme la Radio” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox
“Subeme la Radio,” or “Turn up the Radio,” was released on February 24 2017. The song has become a hit single in over 28 countries, including reaching number one in Spain, and it has been downloaded over 12,000 times. Enrique Iglesias is a Spanish native who has sold over 159 million records all over the world, singing in both Spanish and English. In “Subeme la Radio” Enrique performs with Cuban artist Descemer Bueno and Puerto Rican duo Zion & Lennox.
“Al Filo de tu Amor” – Carlos Vives
“Al Filo de tu Amor,” or “At the Edge of Your Love,” was released on January 23 2017, and is set to be a huge summer hit. The video of the song, by Grammy Award-winning star Carlos Vives, received over 4 million views in less than two hours, and has now had over 25 million views. Carlos Vives is one of Colombia’s biggest stars following his 2016 success with “La Bicicleta.” The Santa Marta-born star has produced music in a variety of genres and achieved worldwide success.
“Si Tú la Ves” – Nicky Jam ft. Wisin
“Si Tú la Ves,” or “If I See You,” was released on February 10 2017. A clip of the video was viewed over 87,000 times in the first eight hours of release. American artist Nicky Jam collaborates with Puerto Rican reggaeton artist Wisin, otherwise known as Juan Luis Morera Luna. Today the video has had over 95 million views.
“Una Lady Como Tú” – MTZ
“Una Lady Como Tú,” or “Like a Lady,” was released on March 16 2017 and has been used in a number of remixes, including one with American artist Nicky Jam. MTZ, or Manuel Turizo, is a 16-year-old Colombian artist who is proving a huge hit in his home country, and the video for his single has been viewed almost 3 million times.
“Felices los 4” – Maluma
“Felices los 4” was released on May 21 2017 by Colombian artist Maluma, and gained a top five spot on the Hot Latin Songs charts. Maluma, otherwise known as Juan Luis Londoño Arias, was born and raised in Medellin, Colombia.
“Hula Hoop” – Daddy Yankee
“Hula Hoop” by Daddy Yankee was released on March 12 2017. This upbeat song is proving popular both in Colombia and worldwide, thanks to its popularity with proponents of the fitness craze zumba. Daddy Yankee is a Puerto Rican artist most famous for his hit single “Gasolina,” which was a major worldwide hit. “Hula Hoop” was downloaded over 3,000 times in the first week of its release, and was viewed over 740,000 times in its first week. The video to the song has been viewed over 16 million times.
“Hey DJ” – CNCO ft. Yandel
“Hey DJ” was released on April 28 and is a big reggaeton hit by Miami-based band CNCO, and features Yandel, a Puerto Rican recording artist and producer. Yandel’s real name is Llandel Veguilla Malavé, and he has been a top reggaeton artist since 1995. CNCO is a top-selling reggaeton star. CNCO and Yandel performed “Hey DJ” at the Billboard Latin American Music Awards in Miami in April 2017.
“Escápate Conmigo” – Wisin ft. Ozuna
“Escápate Conmigo” was released on March 30 and is still high in the Colombian charts. The song has had a great deal of airplay and has been viewed over 4.4 million times on YouTube. Wisin is a Puerto Rican artist who has collaborated with a large number of reggaeton artists over his career. Ozuna is a 25-year-old Puerto Rican reggaeton star from San Juan, Puerto Rico, who has been storming through the reggaeton charts since 2016.