In observance of Latinx Heritage month (which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15), The Beacon is going to bring you playlists for the next few weeks, featuring some of the best Latinx artists in the business. Grab some headphones, read up on the song’s background information and get dancing to our first playlist.
Ese Hombre - La India
This is your classic angry song (every playlist needs at least one). You’ll probably end up dancing in your bedroom using your hairbrush as a microphone and pointing at the mirror while you imagine singing to that one person that gets under your skin. Even better, this Puerto Rican woman has some serious pipes.
Mientes - Camila
This song is an early 2000s classic and a must-know. The Mexican duo’s harmonies will get you in your feelings for sure.
Si Una Vez - Selena
You probably know “Amor Prohibido” and “Como la Flor” – both killer songs from the queen. But this one is a highly underrated song that not only shows off the singer’s vocals but also pumps you up like a good break-up song should.
Te Mando Flores - Fonseca
Now, this Colombian man’s voice may make you melt. And he’s singing about buying flowers?! Yes, please. It’s a sad song, but a bop nonetheless.
No Me Doy Por Vencido - Luis Fonsi
No, it’s not “Despacito.” Before he partnered up with Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee to create that record-breaking pop song, this Puerto Rican heartthrob sang ballads. Yes, ballads. Take a listen and see just how good Fonsi’s vocals are. You’ll soon forget “Despacito” even existed.
Hips Don’t Lie / Bamboo (2006 FIFA World Cup MIx) - Shakira and Wyclef Jean
We all know the classic (and iconic) song from the Colombian sensation herself. But have you heard this version? It may be even better. (That intro!)
Rie y Llora - Celia Cruz
Mi querida Celia. How does one encompass her stardom? Her talent? This woman will reign as Queen of Salsa for all eternity, though this song is a bit more on the pop side. But don’t worry. She’ll be back on upcoming playlists.
La Bicicleta - Carlos Vives & Shakira
La Bicicleta is a modern-day classic that will instantly put you in a good mood. It talks about heartbreak and how you can grow and learn from it. Both Shakira and Carlos Vives are Colombian icons. This is one collab you shouldn’t miss.
Felices los 4 (Salsa version) - Maluma ft. Marc Anthony
Maluma is one of the most successful singers of the decade. The salsa version with Marc Anthony blows the original version out of the water. Enjoy it and get ready to dance.
Sigueme y Te Sigo - Daddy Yankee
If you don't know who Daddy Yankee is you are lying to yourself. This man has been around for decades and has the most mainstream song ever under his belt, “Despacito.” But he also has a lot of other great songs, like this one!
Andar Conmigo- Julieta Venegas
Julieta is one of the most successful Mexican singers and probably the least known on this list, but all of her music is definitely worth listening to. This song is a love letter to someone she wishes to be in a relationship with. She wants to get to know him and be honest in all sincerity.
Moviendo Caderas - Yandel ft. Daddy Yankee
This song is an anthem when you’re feeling blue. The song encourages you to get out of your head and have fun. Forget about everything that’s wearing you down and just dance to this anthem. (It’s a great song to listen to when working out.)
Soñe (Live) - Zoé
Zoé is THE alternative rock band in Mexico. They completely own the scene, and it’s not hard to guess why. This song is about stopping time to relive unforgettable moments, and it might just be the most romantic song ever.
Escapate Conmigo - Wisin ft. Ozuna
This last song is a classic. If you don’t know this song, you are missing out. This playlist has to be finished with a banger, and this is it.
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