The most watched YouTube video of all time. And, yes. Before you even think it. I am a white girl.
"Bixa Travesty" - Linn da Quebrada
Some of the most famous Latin pop songs have survived military dictatorships, war, famine and natural disasters — and they still hold up in spite of passing trends. Rolling Stone contributors selected 50 of the most influential songs in Latin pop history, ranked in chronological order. Valens successfully merged the worlds of Latin American music and American rock in his take, adopting a California surf vibe while keeping the Spanish-language lyrics intact.
"Mayores" - Becky G ft. Bad Bunny
It was an urban, urban, urban year for Latin music, with even the most pop of posters delving in some way or another into the beat of reggaeton. And yes, the song that ruled the world features prominently on our list of 20 top songs of the year. The song is a standout because it is not the usual sound for a trap track, with Farruko added danceable rhythms which ended with its own dance step in the music video. The YouTube record-setting hit is the kind of song you dedicate to the one whose style and grace keeps you up at night and makes you weak in the knees all at once. Singing entirely in Spanish for the first time, the duo recruits hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez and come to grips on the sensual track with having to leave a subpar love for something greater. An all-ages favorite of , life-embracing Colombian hitmaker Carlos Vives mentors newcomer Sebastian Yatra in the art of the euphoric roots-pop song. Colombian newcomer Manuel Turizo is barely 17 but boasts a deep, sexy baritone that belies his age and sounds like no one else. Neither does his first single, an ode to the lady of his dreams.
I n a sea of songs, it can be hard to pick the ones that float to the top. They might be the ones that rise to the top of the charts, or the ones inspiring think pieces and late-night conversations. But no matter what, they reflect our cultural moment. More explicit social commentary has a place here, in the form of thoughtful hip-hop from the likes of JAY-Z and Frank Ocean. And there are a few surprises—like an unassuming Oldies-style hit from a low-key rock outfit , and a song that speaks to a feminist moment in the form of purest pop gold from a bold voice on the rise. Here Ballerini hits all the right notes: a personal story told in a way that makes it universally relatable; a sparkling, unhurried melody; a nostalgic mood. Buy it on iTunes.