Starting September 15 in the United States, there is a month-long celebration of the Hispanic and Latino community. This date was chosen in relation to Latin American countries gaining independence. Music has always been a huge part of Hispanic/Latino communities. Today, I will be recommending 10 songs to help start off that fiesta.
“Danza Kuduro” – Don Omar ft. Lucenzo, Puerto Rico and France (2011)
Don Omar and Lucenzo came together and released this party starter in the early 2000s. This is a song with lyrics that encourage you to dance all night long. The verses are both Spanish and Portuguese thanks to Lucenzo. No matter the language it gets you moving!
“Mi Vecinita” – Plan B, Puerto Rico (2014)
As soon as you hear the claps in the beginning you know that it is time to get up and bust a move. This is one of my personal favorite reggaeton songs due to its heavy-hitting bass and Plan B’s catchy chorus. Their ability to showcase their own skills without it being too much is what makes this song so lively.
“Quiero Bailar” – Ivy Queen, Puerto Rico (2005)
Now we can’t have a party playlist without some Ivy Queen. The groundbreaker reguetonera made sure to help pave the way for women in the genre. Her lyrics in this song are filled with confidence and sensuality, which makes sure you feel like a boss.
“Tití Me Preguntó” – Bad Bunny, Puerto Rico (2022)
The number one artist in the world of course has to make a cameo in this playlist. As soon as you hear the drop on Bad Bunny’s hit “Titi Me Pregunto” you can’t help but turn up. His flow and delivery throughout the song is absolutely electric for a party.
“La Negra Tiene Tumbao” – Celia Cruz, Cuba (2001)
This is one the most well-known songs from the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz. The Afro-Latina artist sang with such bright energy. In the song, we also get a rap/reggaeton verse from Mikey which takes the song to a different level of energy. Both of them together on the track made an absolute banger. ¡Azucar!
“La Dueña del Swing” – Los Hermanos Rosario, Dominican Republic (1995)
A party can’t be complete without some merengue, and this song is one that represents it quite well. Like Danza Kuduro, this song gives clear instructions on how the band wants you to enjoy the song. The fast-paced track is sure to make even the dullest of parties begin to light up.
“Cumbia Sampuesana” – Aniceto Molina, Colombia (1994)
As soon as you hear that güira intro you know that this cumbia is about to make the dance floor full. This song is mainly instrumental with a chorus to help it move along. The live instrumentation is for sure a breath of fresh air after some reggaeton.
“La Puerta Negra” – Los Tigres Del Norte, México (2004)
This song here always gets me singing every lyric to the top of my lungs, and it hits every time. This Mexican classic has a bouncy rhythm that you can dance to, but also some heartfelt felt lyrics and vocals.
“Dile al Amor” – Aventura, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico (2009)
Everyone’s “Grupo Favorito” made their mark in the bachata genre in the early 2000s with hits like “Obsesion”, “Un Beso”, and one of my personal favorites “Dile al Amor”. This bachata is one you can easily dance to due to its moderate rhythm. Now when this song comes on grab a partner and begin to dance away the night.
“Que Calor” – Supermerk2, Argentina (2010)
Last but definitely not least we have this absolute classic that I say even crosses into the mainstream. When you hear the “que calor oh eh ohhh” you know the roof of the party you are in is about to go off. The production of this song has some electronic aspects to it, but it is the chorus that absolutely carries this tune as the hit we know today.
Link to Spotify Playlist – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6yHe3YHSjfnm3GX0Bi0b2V?si=368fc6e4e78e44cc