Either you love it or you hate it: that’s how people perceive reggaeton. No matter on which side of the fence you stand, you can’t deny that you’ve given in to its catchy lyrics and vibrant beats at least once. This Latin rhythm that appeared in the eighties and reached mainstream success in the 2000s thanks to artists like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, and today, Maluma, and Ozuna, has become one of the most popular genres in the world. Reggaeton is such a hit today that it seems like every day a new song is released. So, if you lost track of the biggest hits of the genre, here are 20 of reggaeton’s most famous tracks of all time.
“Despacito” by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee (2017)
“Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee (2004)
Daddy Yankee’s first big hit turned him into one of the most influential artists in the genre, and the song single-handedly positioned reggaeton as one of the most popular music genres of the millennium.
“Sexy movimiento” by Wisin & Yandel (2010)
“Ella y yo” by Don Omar ft. Aventura (2005)
It’s impossible to forget one of the greatest duets of the genre. Two men sitting at a bar talking about their relationships only to realize they’re talking about the same woman. A hit everybody belted out at every party.
“Si no le contesto” by Plan B (2010)
“Hasta el amanecer” by Nicky Jam (2016)
2016 was the year Nicky Jam became an audience favorite with this video that managed to reached the third spot of the most viewed videos that year.
“Yo te lo dije” by J Balvin (2012)
“5 letras” by Alex & Fido (2007)
The kings of perreo, as they used to refer to themselves back in the day, managed to nab two Grammy nominations in 2008. Though they are not active right now, they did give us some really cool reggaeton classics.
“Andas en mi cabeza” by Chino y Nacho ft. Daddy Yankee (2016)
“Dura” by Daddy Yankee (2018)
Released in 2018, this song was heard everywhere in the world. It was such a hit (with over a thousand million views) that it even inspired a viral Internet challenge called #DuraChallenge.
“No es justo” by Zion & Lennox ft. J Balvin (2018)
“Quiero bailar” by Ivy Queen (2002)
Though reggaeton has often been accused of being a misogynistic genre, there have been female artists like Ivy Queen who have made of the genre their place to shine.
“Pobre diabla” by Don Omar (2004)
“Métele sazón” by Tego Calderón (2003)
Nowadays, we don’t hear Tego Calderón’s name that much in the music scene, but back in the early 2000s, he was one of the most important figures of the reggaeton scene. This video has over eleven million views, and it’s a real anthem.
“Baila morena” by Héctor & Tito (2004)
“Felices los 4” by Maluma (2017)
Maluma is definitely one of the most famous reggaeton musicians today, though his music has been quite controversial in the past few years. Still, this song, released two years ago, is still playing at the clubs.
“Reggaeton lento” by CNCO (2016)
“Perdóname” by La Factoria ft. Eddy Lover (2009)
As one of the pioneers of modern reggaeton, this song by La Factoria and Eddy Lover is the kind of song everybody knows by heart, despite being a decade old.
“Dile que tú me quieres” by Ozuna (2016)
“Salió el sol” by Don Omar (2009)
Besides “Gasolina,” this Don Omar hit is definitely an anthem of old-school reggaeton and a song that immediately makes you move your hips.
Translated by María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards
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