On the Billboard Hot 100 chart dated Sept. 16, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" ceded the top spot to Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do." The reggaeton hit had a historic and consecutive 16-week run over the summer, matching a record with Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day." Though Fonsi is no longer at No. 1, he and Yankee ushered in a new wave of interest in Latin music and opened the ears of the American public to Spanish-language tracks. In a Post-"Despacito" world, here are 9 more Latin singles from this year that are worth checking out.
9. Karol G - "A Ella"
Following in the footstep of fellow Colombian superstars J Balvin and Maluma, Karol G is making a name for herself on behalf of women in the reggaeton music scene. Back in May, she released "A Ella" (English: "To Her"), a heartbreaking letter to her ex's next lady that's in for a similar fate. Karol warned her about the dangers ahead on this tragic tale soundtracked by shuffling, sun-kissed beats.
The Latin music world and pop music collided on CNCO's remix of "Reggaeton Lento" featuring U.K. girl group Little Mix. With the ladies in the mix, it's a Spanglish affair with both bands trading flirty verses about finding love on the dance floor. The original version was already hot but Little Mix's powerful vocals turned up the heat. CNCO and Little Mix together made for a simply irresistible invitation.
7. Los 5 - "Acapulco"
With members hailing from Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, Los 5 embraced more of their Latin roots on "Acapulco," a colorful ode to beach-side city. The guys blended their pop-rock sounds with the tropical house music and a heavy Latin influence. Lead singer Juan Pablo Casillas soared in a powerful performance while rapper Matt Rey supplied slick rhymes. It's a rush of romance rolled into a track.
Ex-RBD singer Maite Perroni took on reggaeton music with "Loca" (English: "Crazy"), her collaboration with Colombian duo Cali & El Dandee. Tropical production and hard-hitting beats backed both acts exchanging verses about loving each other despite having people at home. The complication of their situation came through clearly in emotional performances. "Loca" was a crazy beautiful affair.
Since last year, Becky G focused her music career on Spanish-language tracks and the best one was released this year. She went down the reggaeton route with the help of Puerto Rican rapper Bad Bunny on "Mayores" (English: "Older People"). Slinky synths and tropical beats backed the 20-year-old singer flexing her grown side and preference for gentleman. "Mayores" was a sultry and scintillating banger.
For her El Dorado album, Shakira dabbed in a bit of reggaeton music with Maluma and Nicky Jam. The latter, a genre veteran, teamed up with her on the upcoming single "Perro Fiel" (English: "Faithful Dog"). The two fought the feelings they have for each other over hip-hop drums with a bit of an Asian music influence. The sexual tension between them translated into a majestic track on mixed emotions.
For his FIVE album, Latin pop star Prince Royce mixed his bachata flavor with the reggaeton music of Farruko on "Ganas Locas" (English: "Mad Desire"). Glowing synths and shuffling beats backed Royce wanting something more from an overnight fling. Farruko reiterated his thirsty thoughts in a mesmerizing performance. The two together drove their desires home in a hot-and-heavy club banger.
2. Maluma - "Felices Los 4"
Colombian superstar Maluma softened his reggaeton side with more pop-inflected sounds on "Felices Los 4" (English: "Happy All 4 of Us"). Tropical beats and Spanish guitar backed Maluma championing friends with benefits over relationships. The rapper shifted over mostly to singer and gave a soaring performance. Blowing a big kiss at the song, Maluma made "Felices" a sunny and sexy affair.
French DJ Willy William remixed "Voodoo Song" as "Mi Gente" (English: "My People"), a collaboration with Colombian superstar J Balvin. William blended his bonkers sounds with Balvin's reggaeton beats, resulting in a dance track set out on uniting people under one slithering groove. J Balvin rapped in Spanish while Willy brought some French to their tribal club banger making moves across the globe.