The Rise of Spanish Music: Top Hits of the Decade
In recent years, Spanish music has been on the rise globally. The vibrant and soulful sounds have resonated with music lovers of all ages and backgrounds, leading to chart-topping hits and millions of streams on various platforms. Here is a look at some of the top hits of the decade in Spanish music.
1. “Despacito” – Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee
This song needs no introduction. Released in 2017, “Despacito” became an instant hit, amassing over 7 billion views on YouTube, becoming the most-watched video on the platform, and remains the most-streamed song of all time on streaming platforms such as Spotify.
The song’s catchy melody and lyrics featuring Puerto Rican artists Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, helped take Spanish music to new heights globally, breaking the language barrier.
2. “La Modelo” – Ozuna ft. Cardi B
“La Modelo,” released in 2017, is a reggaeton hit by Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton singer Ozuna featuring American rapper Cardi B. The music video exceeded all expectations, reaching over 5 billion views on YouTube.
This song showcases Cardi B’s Spanish language skills and cultural appreciation on a reggaeton beat by one of the genre’s biggest stars.
3. “Mi Gente” – J Balvin ft. Willy William
“Mi Gente,” released in 2017, by J Balvin featuring French artist Willy William has over 2 billion views on YouTube. The song highlights J Balvin’s iconic reggaeton beats and hypnotic beats, melded with melodic lyrics to create an easy-to-dance-to song that many people fell in love with.
4. “Dura” – Daddy Yankee
In 2018, Daddy Yankee released “Dura,” a track that features upbeat rhythms and classic reggaeton sounds that the Puerto Rican artist is famously known for. The song’s music video has over 1.5 billion views on YouTube.
5. “Baila Baila Baila” – Ozuna
Another hit by Ozuna released in 2019, “Baila Baila Baila” features an upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics that make this tune an excellent pick for a party starter. The song has amassed over 1 billion views on YouTube.
6. “Tusa” – Karol G ft. Nicki Minaj
Released in 2019, “Tusa” is a collaboration between Colombian reggaeton artist Karol G and American rapper Nicki Minaj. The song has accrued over 1 billion views on YouTube, quickly becoming a catchy, feel-good anthem.
7. “Yo Perreo Sola” – Bad Bunny
Released in 2020, “Yo Perreo Sola” is a song that keeps the reggaeton momentum going. The song features Bad Bunny’s unique lyrics that explore gender norms and are also a celebration of gender and sexual fluidity. The song encourages an upbeat, dance-filled atmosphere and has over 610 million views on YouTube.
8. “Hawaii” – Maluma
Released in 2020, “Hawaii” showcases Maluma’s incredible vocals over a rhythmic beat that provides a unique and mesmerizing sound that everyone can enjoy. The song’s music video has over 1.5 billion views on YouTube since its release.
These eight tracks are just a small representation of how Spanish music has continued to create waves throughout the decade with its unique rhythms and soulful melodies. The rise of Spanish music is a testament to how music can bring people of diverse cultures and backgrounds together.
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