The Top Five Latin Albums of 2015

Ricky Martin photographed in 2015.
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Ricky Martin photographed in 2015.

Juan Gabriel, Romeo Santos, Ricky Martin, Mana top the list

No newcomers made Top Five Latin Albums of 2015, a list that is a testimony to the staying power of some of Latin music’s biggest names.

Mexican romantic pop icon Juan Gabriel best demonstrated that artistic longevity, topping the Latin Albums year-end list, and also coming in with a compilation album at No. 5.  Romeo Santos, who remains a fixture on the charts, comes in at No. 2. Ricky Martin, at No. 3, keeps proving his Latin pop pops, and Mana, at No. 4 respectively, illustrate the “if it ain’t broke not fix it” theory by maintaining their decades long fans with their signature arena rock sound.

These are the Top Five Latin Albums of 2015:

2.Formula: Vol. 2, Romeo Santos
At this point in his stratospheric solo career, it would be strange to see the name Romeo Santos missing from the Latin charts. That definitely did not happen in 2015: Santos was the Top Latin Artist of the year, and his Formula: Vol 2 is the second best-selling album of the year. And talk about satisfying power: the second volume of Santos’ revolutionary bachata-rooted pop masterpiece, featuring Drake and Usher among the guests, was the No. 1 Latin Album in 2014, the year it was released.

3. A Quien Quiera Escuchar, Ricky Martin
A lot of people obviously wanted to listen to Ricky Martin’s A Quien Quiera Escuchar. Coming in at No. 3 on the yearend Top Latin Albums list, Martin’s latest Spanish-language studio recording debuted at no. 1 on the Latin Albums chart in February. The album includes singles "Adios," "La Mordidita," and “Disparo al Corazon.”

4. Cama Incendiada, Mana
In 2015 Latin music’s biggest rock stars released Cama Incendiada, an album with some surprises,  including a moving ballad with Shakira that topped the Hot Latin Songs chart, and a cumbia-inflected cover of Los Tigres del Nortes “Somos Mas Americanos.” But there was nothing to disappoint fans of the almost 30-year-old Mexican group. Supported by a worldwide tour that’s been a stage for the band’s Trump-incited anti-racism campaign, Cama Incendiada comes in at No. 4 on the list of 2015’s Top Latin Albums.

5. Mis Numero 1...40 Aniversario, Juan Gabriel
Juan Gabriel scores a double play on this year’s Top Five Albums list with a compilation album celebrating the Mexican idol’s four decades in music.

Billboard Year in Music 2015

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