Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando' & More of the Longest-Leading No. 1s in 30 Years of the Hot Latin Songs Chart

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Enrique Iglesias in the video for "Bailando."

Oct. 4 marks the 30th anniversary of the launch of Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. Over the last three decades, 369 songs have topped the chart for at least one week. In celebration, we glance back at the top 15 tracks that have logged the longest runs at No. 1.

With a wide lead, Enrique Iglesias' smash "Bailando," featuring Descemer Bueno and Gente de Zona, holds the record for the longest-reigning Hot Latin Songs No. 1, having spent 41 weeks on top in 2014 and into 2015. (With an English version also released, "Bailando" additionally crossed to a No. 12 peak on the Billboard Hot 100.)

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Iglesias also shares the second-longest-running Hot Latin Songs No. 1 with Nicky Jam, as their collab "El Perdon" crowned the list for 30 weeks in 2015. In all, Iglesias has earned a record 27 Hot Latin Songs toppers, with three spending 15 weeks or more at the top. "Cuando Me Enamoro," featuring Juan Luis Guerra, marks his third-longest No. 1 run (17 weeks, 2010).

Longest-Leading No. 1s on Hot Latin Songs
Weeks at No. 1, Artist, Title, Peak Date
41, "Bailando," Enrique Iglesias feat. Descemer  Bueno & Gente de Zona, May 17, 2014
30, "El Perdon," Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias, March 21, 2015
25, "La Tortura," Shakira feat. Alejandro Sanz, June 4, 2005
22, "Ginza," J Balvin, Oct. 17, 2015
20, "Te Quiero," Flex, April 5, 2008
20, "Me Enamora," Juanes, Sept. 29, 2007
20, "A Puro Dolor," Son by Four, April 1, 2000
19, "No Me Doy Por Vencido," Luis Fonsi, Sept. 13, 2008
17, "Vivir Mi Vida," Marc Anthony, May 18, 2013
17, "Cuando Me Enamoro," Enrique Iglesias feat. Juan Luis Guerra, June 12, 2010
16, "Hasta El Amanecer," Nicky Jam, March 19, 2016
16, "Que Te Pasa," Yuri, May 14, 1988
15, "Limbo," Daddy Yankee, Feb. 2, 2013
15, "Danza Kuduro," Don Omar & Lucenzo, Nov. 13, 2010
15, "Rompe," Daddy Yankee, Dec. 10, 2005

Speaking of Jam, his "Hasta El Amanecer" is the most recently-ruling hit among the longest-leading Hot Latin Songs, having earned its 16th (nonconsecutive) topping week on the current chart (dated Oct. 15, 2016).

Of the 21 total artists on this list (including featured acts), only two female artists have charted hits that stayed at No. 1 for 15 weeks or more: Shakira, with her 2005 hit "La Tortura," featuring Alejandro Sanz (25 weeks), and Yuri's "Que Te Pasa" (16 weeks, 1988). For nine years, "La Tortura" held the record for longest-dominating No. 1, before "Bailando." Mexican pop star Yuri, meanwhile, boasts the oldest track on the list; no song passed its 16-week reign until 2000, when Son by Four's "A Puro Dolor" led for 20.

Notably, no songs from the '90s claim any of the top 15 longest runs at No. 1. Between 1990 and 1999, Iglesias' "Enamorado Por Primera Vez" spent the most time at No. 1: 12 weeks in 1997.

Hot Latin Songs launched on Oct. 4, 1986, as an airplay chart and was adapted on Oct. 20, 2012, to also include digital sales and streaming data, as measured by Nielsen Music.