15 Hottest Spanish Songs: The Best Latin Pop Playlist

Updated on May 17, 2020
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No matter the time of year, if you've got cumbia and reggaeton blasting at your party, the scene is hot. With major artists like Drake, Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Luis Fonsi, and Cardi B bringing the jams, Latin pop is where it's at.

If you're a fan of Latin pop, then look no further. Below, we've listed some of the 15 best latin pop songs. Have a favorite that's not on this list? Post in the comments below and be sure to tell us why it's your number one!

Best Latin Pop Songs of the Decade

  1. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello—"Señorita"
  2. Rosalía—"MALAMENTE"
  3. DJ Snake—"Taki Taki" ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B
  4. Bad Bunny feat. Drake—"MIA"
  5. Nicky Jam x J. Balvin—"X" (Equis)
  6. Daddy Yankee—"Dura"
  7. Pedro Capó—"Calma"
  8. Sebastián Yatra, Reik—"Un Año"
  9. Luis Fonsi—"Despacito" ft. Daddy Yankee
  11. Anuel AA, Karol G—"Secreto"
  12. Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato—"Échame La Culpa"
  13. Daddy Yankee & Snow—"Con Calma"
  14. Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna—"Te Bote" Remix
  15. Reik—"Me Niego" ft. Ozuna, Wisin

1. Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello—"Señorita"

Album: Señorita

Release Year: 2019

In 2019, Cuban-American singer/songwriter, Camila Cabello, and Canadian singer-songwriter, Sean Mendes, teamed up for the romantic duet "Señorita." While it might not be completely in Spanish, it definitely has those latin vibes.

The lyrics describe a romance in the hot Miami summer—almost a love addiction—between two lovers or friends. The song's lyrics, "You say we're just friends," contrasts with the underlining story of the song... leaving it up to the listeners to decide what's really going on.

I love it when you call me señorita

I wish I could pretend I didn't need ya

But every touch is ooh la la la

It's true, la la la

Ooh, I should be running

Ooh, you keep me coming for you

— Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello ("Señorita")

2. Rosalía—"MALAMENTE"

Album: MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio)

Release Year: 2018

"MALAMENTE" is from the Spanish singer-songwriter, Rosalía's, second album, "El mal querer," released in 2018. The song was written mostly by Rosalía herself and produced by Pablo Díaz-Reixa (El Guincho). This song is categorized as nuevo flamenco or flamenco pop.

Malamente, meaning "badly," tells of a toxic relationship. Despite all the warning signs, the narrator continues to stay in the relationship until the point of marriage. "MALAMENTE" was nominated for awards in five categories at the 2018 Latin Grammies and took home the awards for Best Alternative Song and Best Urban Fusion/Performance.

Ese cristalito roto

Yo sentí cómo crujía

Antes de caerse al suelo

Ya sabía que se rompía (¡uh!)

Está parpadeando

La luz del descansillo

Una voz en la escalera

Alguien cruzando el pasillo

— Rosalía ("MALAMENTE")

3. DJ Snake—"Taki Taki" ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B

Album: Taki Taki

Release Year: 2018

"Taki Taki" was produced by French DJ and producer DJ Snake. The song features Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and rapper Cardi B. The song is known for being one of 10 songs to reach 100 million views on YouTube. "Taki Taki" was at the number one spot on many Latin countries' music charts throughout 2019. The genre is described as a cross between Latin, reggaeton, and moombahton (house music and reggaeton fusion). The lyrics talk of seduction. The music video features a post-apocalyptic scene. And, since there was some controversy over some of the lyrics in reference to Nagasaki, they have since been changed. The song reached top 10 in numerous countries.

Es que me niego a perderte, a más nunca verte

Me niego a aceptar que lo nuestro ya se acabó

Es que me niego a perderte, a más nunca verte

Me niego a aceptar que lo nuestro ya se acabó

— DJ Snake ("Taki Taki" ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B)

What Does "Taki Taki" Mean in the Song?

There are several theories surrounding what taki taki actually means. According to Genius, the saying just simply sounded good and means nothing. However, implications like "What my taki taki wants/my taki taki gets" in Selena's verse does carry some suggestions. If you are really curious about what exactly taki taki might be code for, check Urban Dictionary.

According to Dictionary.com, "taki taki" is quite literally "an English-Based pidgin language of Surinam." We're still left wondering...

4. Bad Bunny—"MIA" feat. Drake

Album: MIA

Release Year: 2017

"MIA," or "Mine," features Canadian rapper, Drake, and is a song by the Puerto Rican singer, Bad Bunny. The song toped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and topped the charts in Spain, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Venezuela, France, Italy, Sweden, and the U.K.

This song is unique in that Drake sings entirely in Spanish. This is a song about undying love for a special woman. The lyrics translate to "Tell them that you are mine, mine/You know you are mine, mine/You said it yourself."

Porque todos te quieren probar (ah)

Lo que no saben es que no te dejas llevar de cualquiera

Y todos te quieren probar (nah)

Lo que no saben es que hoy yo te voy a buscar (yeh-yeh)

— Bad Bunny feat. Drake ("MIA")

5. Nicky Jam x J. Balvin—"X" (Equis)

Album: X

Release Year: 2018

Nicky Name (Puerto Rican) and J. Balvin (Colombian) performed the dancehall and reggaeton, pop, Afrobeat hybrid, "X." The music video was filmed in Miami and scenes jump back and forth from a colorful room to the inside of an airplane. A Spanglish version was released a month later.

Y no te voy a negar

Estamos claros y ya

No te lo voy a negar

Estamos claros y ya (no)

— Nicky Jam x J. Balvin ("X", Equis)

6. Daddy Yankee—"Dura"

Album: Dura

Release Year: 2018

Daddy Yankee, a Puerto Rican rapper, released "Dura." The accompanying music video was filmed in Los Angeles and has a '90s feel. Daddy Yankee wrote the song with several other artists, including Juan Rivera, Luis Romero, and Urbani Mota. A remix was released in April 2018.

This is a reggaeton song that blends reggae and pop elements. Daddy Yankee encouraged fans to participate in the #DuraChallenge, which involved dancing to "Dura"—it received 82,000+ responses. "Dura" refers to the word "hard," but is another way of describing that someone looks hot.

Estás dura, dura

dura, dura, dura

Que estás dura, mano arriba porque tú te ves bien

Estás dura mamacita, te fuiste de nivel

Dura, mira como brilla tu piel

Estás dura, dímelo dímelo ¿cómo es que es?

Estás dura, yo te doy un veinte de diez

Estás dura, dura, dura

— Daddy Yankee ("Dura")

7. Pedro Capó—"Calma"

Album: Calma

Release Year: 2018

Pedro Capó is from Puerto Rico. He is a songwriter and a musician. He started playing guitar when he was fairly young and later studied at Colegio Calsanz. "Calma" was later remixed with Farruko. The remixed version accumulated millions of views on YouTube. This song describes romance in the tropical Caribbean, playing in the waves, and sharing a moment with your lover. The lyrics translate to "Let's go down to the beach/to cure your soul."

Tu mano y mi mano

De todo escapamos

Juntos ver el sol caer

— Pedro Capó ("Calma")

"Calma" Remix

8. Sebastián Yatra, Reik—"Un Año"

Album: Un Año

Release Year: 2019

This song, by Sebastián Yatra and Reik, is the ultimate love song about time and distance. It describes an enduring love through the seasons, a love that lasts forever. The song became especially sentimental to Venezuelan migrants who felt "Un Año" communicated the pain of family separation. My favorite lyrics are: "I only think, I only think about you."

Llegará diciembre, sigues en mi mente

Fueron seis meses y por fin volveré a verte

Llegará febrero y yo seré el primero

En darte flores y decirte que te quiero

— Sebastián Yatra, Reik ("Un Año")

9. Luis Fonsi—"Despacito" ft. Daddy Yankee

Album: Vida

Release Year: 2019

Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" (ft. Daddy Yankee) was not only one of the hottest songs of the summer in 2018, but continues to excel on YouTube. It currently has over six billion views. Both Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee are Puerto Rican. The music video was filmed in La Perla, in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The song was credited with bringing Latin pop back into the mainstream. It incorporates reggaeton to add emphasis to the song's steamy lyrics about intimacy and romance. Universal Latin later agreed to letting Justing Bieber remix and record "Despacito."


Quiero respirar tu cuello despacito

Deja que te diga cosas al oído

Para que te acuerdes si no estás conmigo

— Luis Fonsi ("Despacito" ft. Daddy Yankee)


Album: Ozuna

Release Year: 2019

Ozuna is a Puerto Rican reggaeton and Latin trap singer. He's collaborated with artists like Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Romeo Santo, Reik, and Natti Natasha. His videos are highly colorful, visually stimulating, and include complex dance choreography. He has the most videos with over one billion views on YouTube. His father was a reggaeton dancer for Vico C, but was shot when Ozuna was only three years old. He is married to Taina Meléndez.

Baila Baila Baila

Ponle musica pa que esto no pare

Baila Baila Baila

Tengo que besarte antes que esto acabe


11. Anuel AA, Karol G—"Secreto"

Album: Secreto

Release Year: 2019

Both Annuel AA and Karol G have made their relationship public in their video "Secreto." The video demonstrates their love and relationship through a series of engaging visuals and footage. Although the video was leaked early, it blew up online. The song is considered pop-reggaeton. Later that year, Anuel was criticized for releasing a homophobic track. He described it as his "biggest mistake."

Los secretos siempre se saben

Baby, tarde o temprano (Temprano)

— Anuel AA, Karol G ("Secreto")

12. Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato—"Échame La Culpa"

Album: Échame La Culpa

Release Year: 2017

Demi Lovato and Luis Fonsi team up for the track "Échame La Culpa," or "Put the Blame on Me." Puerto Rican singer, Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato (both U.S. singers) create a punchy, pop-reggaeton duet with some english lyrics interwoven. The song reached number one in several countries and topped the charts in Austria, Lebanon, Slovenia, Mexico, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Croatia, France, Greece, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, and Scotland.

Okay, I don't really, really wanna fight anymore

I don't really, really want to fake it no more

Play me like The Beatles, baby, just let it be

So come on, put the blame on me, yeah

— Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato ("Échame La Culpa")

13. Daddy Yankee & Snow—"Con Calma"

Album: N/A

Release Year: 2019

Daddy Yankee pays tribute to one of his favorite childhood songs, "Informer," which was produced in 1992 by Snow. The genre is described as Jamaican, although Daddy Yankee is Puerto Rican. Daddy Yankee is also celebrated for producing the chart-topping "Despacito," which has continued to dominate Latin playlists. He is one of seven artists with the most top 10 singles on "Hot Latin Songs." He also has the most entries.

¿Cómo te llamas, baby?

Desde que te vi supe que eras pa' mí

Dile a tus amigas que andamo' ready

Esto lo seguimo' en el after party

— Daddy Yankee & Snow—"Con Calma"

14. Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna—"Te Bote" Remix

Album: Te Boté (Remix)

Release Year: 2018

"Te Bote" was a song recorded by Puerto Rican rappers Casper, Nio García, Darell, and Mágico. The North American remix features Nicky Jam and Puerto Rican artists Band Bunny and Ozuna. Reggaetoneros are said to endure heartbreaks, too. The dance hall hit talks about the many women who have "done them wrong." The song quite literally describes someone's life being thrown off course.

Que no se te apague la excitación

Tú sabes que yo no te dejo planta'o

Calma'o, que yo voy en camino, amor

Calma'o, que yo quiero contigo

— Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna ("Te Bote" Remix)

15. Reik—"Me Niego" ft. Ozuna, Wisin

Album: Me Niego (Versión Pop)

Release Year: 2018

Reik is a Mexican band from Baja California. "Me Niego," or "I Refuse," is a song featuring Ozuna and Wisin (two Puerto Rincon singers). It's a fun reggaeton song. The music video was filmed in Miami, Florida. It is a song of enduring love—the refusal to accept that a relationship has come to an end.

Es que me niego a perderte, a más nunca verte

Me niego a aceptar que lo nuestro ya se acabó

Es que me niego a perderte, a más nunca verte

Me niego a aceptar que lo nuestro ya se acabó

— Reik ("Me Niego" ft. Ozuna, Wisin)

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        Layne Holmes 

        15 months ago from Bend, Oregon

        Thanks for the comment Liz! I totally dig some some of these beats. They are great for exercising to. I love dance, cumbia, and reggaeton!

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        Liz Westwood 

        15 months ago from UK

        I used to play Spaniah music in the car, as it reminded me of holidays. I must look out for some of these to add to my collection.


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