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Top 20 Latin Music Artists & Their Songs

Unquestionably, Latin music has become a benchmark for the world. Few Latinos have been able to break into the major music industries, particularly in the United States, despite the fact that they have long experienced tremendous success in Spain and other Latin American nations.

The Latin Grammys, which honor the greatest of Latin American music while also elevating artists that are achieving at the highest levels globally, are proof that Latin American music is getting more and more popular. Below we have listed 20 popping Latin artists that have and are still immensely shifting the world’s attention to the Latino style of music.

20. Daddy Yankee

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Since the early 2000s, Daddy Yankee has been one of the most important figures in the development of reggaeton from the underground to the mainstream. With his 2004 popular breakthrough Barrio Fino—and in particular, the worldwide hit track “Gasolina”—he did more than anybody to establish reggaeton as a commercially viable music genre, crossing cultural barriers to become an international celebrity. Daddy Yankee set records early on and, despite not being under the supervision of a major label, became the best-selling Latin artist of the 2000s.

19. Luis Fonsi

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Multi-platinum-selling singing musician, on-screen personality, and actor Luis Fonsi has a long resume. Fonsi has achieved enormous success in the role he was first groomed for—singing dramatic romantic songs over expansive string arrangements—but it hardly captures the full scope of his abilities.

The great majority of his albums and songs have charted since the release of 1998’s Comenzaré, including the ground-breaking Paso a Paso and 2009’s Palabras del Silencio, both of which reached number one and remained there for many weeks. The Daddy Yankee-featuring song “Despacito” was released in January 2017, and its music video has been viewed five billion times.

18. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez is a multi-talented artist with prominent roles in both small and large-scale films, as well as a musical career that started at the top of the charts and remained there for many years. From 2009 to 2011, Selena Gomez & the Scene released three upbeat modern pop albums that all debuted in the Top Ten. She achieved two number one albums with her more adult-oriented albums, Stars Dance and Revival, after going solo.

17. Rosalía

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Rosalía Vila, also known as Rosalía, sings flamenco and pop in Spain. She has been a part of the fringes of popular and traditional music since she was a teenager, and she also explores other genres including hip-hop, soul, and trap. No less a talent than flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela has praised her voice as “sharp and sweet, yet with a bite, like the old ones.”

Her 2018 follow-up, El Mal Querer, was a major critical and commercial breakthrough, topping Billboard’s Latin Pop Albums chart and ultimately winning a Grammy. Her 2017 debut album Los Ángeles garnered attention from the American public and earned her a Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.

16. Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony is a versatile performer with skills in dancing, acting, songwriting, producing, and fashion design. The undisputed number one salsa performer of all time and one of the biggest pop stars in the world, he is regarded as the sole legitimate heir to the late Hector Lavoe’s throne.

Anthony has received numerous Grammys, Latin Grammys, and scores of other honors in addition to selling tens of millions of records. He has consistently achieved Top 200 albums and Top Ten Latin albums since releasing 1997’s Contra La Corriente, including 2007’s El Cantante, 2013’s 3.0, and 2019’s multi-platinum-certified Opus.

15. Romeo Santos

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Romeo Santos is a producer, composer, and performer with numerous hit songs. He gained notoriety as the lead singer for the famed boy band Aventura before starting a hugely successful solo career in 2011. Santos brilliantly fuses Latin soul, hip-hop, trap, dance beats, pop, rock, and bachata while possessing a beautiful, silky, lushly romantic tenor. His 2011 debut album, Formula, Vol. 1, achieved platinum status in America. It peaked at number five on the Top 200 and topped the Latin Albums chart.

14. Wisin

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Wisin is a well-known rapper, singer, composer, and record producer (real name Juan Luis Morera Luna). He has a flourishing solo career and is also half of the well-known reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel. He has worked with more than 100 Latin pop, trap, and reggaeton artists, including Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, and Sebastian Yatra.

Although Wisin & Yandel released three gold records between 2000 and 2004 (the latter year saw the release of Wisin’s debut solo album, El Sobreviviente), their commercial breakthrough came with 2005’s Pa’l Mundo. 2014 saw the release of Wisin’s top-charting sophomore album, El Regreso del Sobreviviente.

13. Anuel AA

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Reggaeton and trap are seamlessly incorporated into Anuel AA’s thoroughly urban music. He is a Puerto Rican MC. He is one of the rappers from Boricua who started the Latin trap genre. Since many other Latin trap stars became well-known while he was away, many people believe that Anuel AA is the real king of the genre. His three studio albums, Emmanuel (released in 2020), Los Dioses (co-released with Ozuna), and Las Leyendas Nunca Mueren (released in 2021), have all debuted at the top of the Top Latin Albums chart.

12. Farruko

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Puerto Rican rapper and reggaeton musician Farruko has sold millions of records. He has released more than 160 singles alone or in cooperation with a who’s who of Latin pop artists, including Pitbull, Daddy Yankee, Natti Natasha, Karol G, and Bad Bunny, since releasing his Latin Grammy-nominated first album, El Talento del Bloque, in 2010. There have been hundreds of millions of views of his videos.

11. Rauw Alejandro

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Raul Alejandro Ocasio Ruiz, better known as Rauw Alejandro, is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter. Both his smooth tenor singing voice and his inventive, self-choreographed dance movements have made him a household name.  He has worked with chart-topping artists Ozuna, Lunay, and Lyanno on “Luz Apaga” (whose video has had 75 million views), and with Lyanno, Alex Rose, Cazzu, and Lenny Tavárez on “Todo Remix” since releasing his critically acclaimed debut mixtape, Punto de Equilibrio, in late 2016. (whose video rang up nearly half-a-billion views)

10. Ozuna

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Juan Carlos Ozuna Rosado, better known by his stage name Ozuna, is a Puerto Rican singer and songwriter of reggaeton who has won numerous awards. He avoids using profanity out of respect for his daughter while writing upbeat, inspirational songs that inspire people to pursue their goals.

9. Karol G

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Karol G, a vocalist from Colombia with a best-selling, chart-topping, and award-winning career, is renowned for her soulful fusion of reggaeton, pop, and R&B with a dance beat. Her numerous joint song releases with other urban music stars like Nicky Jam, Anuel AA, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Maluma, and Pitbull frequently debuted inside the Top 100, and the visuals for those records had hundreds of millions of views.

8. Kali Uchis

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The stylistic range of left-field pop artist Kali Uchis is reflected in the variety of her collaborators — an extensive genre-crossing list that includes Tyler, The Creator, Gorillaz, Daniel Caesar, Juanes, and BadBadNotGood. A singer, songwriter, and producer, as well as a video director, Uchis truly arrived on her own with the self-released Por Vida, an EP that led to a deal with Virgin EMI. By the time Uchis released her lively debut full-length, the Top Five Billboard R&B/hip-hop hit, Isolation, she had already been nominated for Grammy Awards through featured appearances.

7. Nicky Jam

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Nicky Jam, a charting, award-winning singer and composer who specializes in reggaeton and Latin trap, has worked with a plethora of singers, including superstars like Daddy Yankee, Farruko, J Balvin, and many more. He has also self-released the hit albums Vida Escante and The Black Carpet, along with the mixtape that goes with it called The Black.

6. Shakira

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Shakira, a Colombian-born singer and songwriter who rose to fame throughout Latin America, went on to become one of the genre’s biggest international crossover stars, selling millions of records worldwide and garnering hundreds of accolades. Shakira, known for her rock-influenced style, had a remarkable amount of creative control over her music; she wrote or co-wrote practically all of it, and as a result, she developed a reputation as one of the genre’s most ambitiously poetic lyricists.

5. Maluma

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Maluma is the stage name of award-winning Colombian pop singer, songwriter, and rapper Juan Luis Londoño Arias. Possessed of a sweet, grainy tenor voice and streetwise yet romantic delivery, the pop urbano was able to cross over from a reggaeton audience to the mainstream thanks to infectious early singles such as “Obsesión” and “Miss Independent” (whose videos also went viral).

4. Enrique Iglesias

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Enrique Iglesias is a well-known singer who has performed all over the world. He is one of the most successful Latin recording artists ever and is well-known for his unique blend of Spanish- and English-language pop. Iglesias, who achieved his first number one on the Latin charts of Billboard in 1995, was the biggest celebrity in Latin music during the early years of the twenty-first century.

Thanks to the smash singles “Bailamos” (from 1999’s Enrique) and “Hero” (from 2001’s Escape), two chart-topping songs that demonstrated his comfort with both modern dance and traditional pop balladry, he shot to crossover popularity at the start of the new century.

3. Camila Cabello

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Singer, Camila Cabello first rose to prominence as a part of the girl group Fifth Harmony before breaking out on her own in 2018 with the critically acclaimed Camila album. Cabello was a notable member of the band, which was created in 2012 while competing on Fox’s The X Factor’s second season, thanks to her booming vocals, effervescent charm, and Latin background.

However, it was after her heavily publicized departure from Fifth Harmony in 2017 that Cabello achieved her biggest success, debuting on top of the Billboard 200 with Camila and nabbing her first solo number one single with “Havana.”

2. J Balvin

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Award-winning Colombian urbano singer J Balvin is a chart-topping recording artist whose polished urban singles (“Yo Te Lo Dije” and “Mi Gente”) and multi-platinum-selling albums — including 2012’s La Familia, 2018’s Vibras, and 2019’s full-length collaboration with Bad Bunny on Oasis — have made him a top-tier Latin pop crossover act.

As one of the most well-known reggaeton musicians from the second generation and a trendsetter for cutting-edge, high fashion, Balvin has become more well-known thanks to his success.

1. Bad Bunny

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Bad Bunny is a well-known Puerto Rican singer, rapper, and producer who is based in San Juan. Since breaking onto the scene in 2016, he has established himself as a key figure in Latin trap music and a general trendsetter for urban music. Along with landing dozens of singles on charts for Latin pop, reggaeton, dance, and hip-hop, he has also scored a string of albums that have topped the charts, including his 2018 debut, x100pre, and two albums from 2020, YHLQMDLG and El ltimo Tour Del Mundo.

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