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Hispanic Heritage Month: Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs Hits, From 'Despacito' to 'Ginza' & More

Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee "Despacito"
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Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee, "Despacito"

Heavy hitters infuse the list, but the top 20 songs on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs chart may surprise you.

Latin urban acts have commanded the course of the Latin charts for quite a while. 2017 and 2018, particularly, burst at the seams with an increasing amount of collaborations by urban heavy hitters with pop, bachata, and even tropical acts, magnifying their mainstream presence and changing the game of the format.

The surge doesn’t seem to abate, as the genre has continued to embrace notable visitors: Black Eyed Peas earned their first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart alongside J Balvin, as "Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)" led for 24 weeks beginning in January 2020.

English pop singer-songwriter Dua Lipa secured her first Hot Latin Songs visit, and first No. 1, thanks to "Un Día (One Day)," a collaborative effort alongside J Balvin, Bad Bunny and Tainy. The song debuted at the penthouse in August 2020 and ruled for five weeks.

Prior to those hits, Pharrell Williams logged his first Hot Latin Songs entry in 2016 on J Balvin’s "Safari," which also features Bia and Sky and reached No. 3. Plus, Justin Bieber ruled the chart for a record 56 weeks starting in February 2017 as featured on Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s smash “Despacito."

Yet, going back 35 years since the chart’s inception in 1986, and looking at Billboard's Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs retrospective, traditional pop is the core of the list, with 13 of the top 20 titles belonging to Latin pop acts. The sound’s ubiquity holds up as the genre evolves.

View the entire 50-position Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs chart, as well as the 50-position Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs Artists recap, among Billboard's menu of Greatest of All Time chart rankings.

The Greatest of All Time Hot Latin Songs chart is based on weekly performance on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, from its Oct. 4, 1986, inception through the chart dated Sept. 18, 2021. Songs on the all-time chart are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at lower spots earning the least. Due to changes in chart methodology over the years, eras are weighted differently to account for chart turnover rates over various periods. 

1. ”Despacito” – Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber

Debuted at No. 2 on the Feb. 4, 2017-dated list. Hit No. 1 two weeks later (chart dated Feb. 18, 2017), dominating for a record 56 weeks.

2. “Propuesta Indecente” – Romeo Santos

Peaked at No. 1 on chart dated Sept. 28, 2013, remaining at the summit for four weeks.

3. “A Puro Dolor” – Son by Four

Peaked at No. 1 on the April 21, 2000-dated tally, leading for 20 weeks.

4. “Si Tú Supieras” – Alejandro Fernández

Hit No. 1 on the Oct. 18, 1997-dated list, crowning the chart for six weeks.

5. “La Tortura” – Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz

Peaked at No. 1 on the June 4, 2005-dated tally, reigning for 25 weeks.

6. “Te Quiero” – Flex

Hit No. 1 on chart dated April 5, 2008, ruling for 20 weeks.

7. “No Me Doy Por Vencido” – Luis Fonsi

Peaked at No. 1 on the Sept. 13, 2008-dated chart. It crowned the list for 19 weeks.

8. “El Perdón” – Nicky Jam & Enrique Iglesias

Peaked at No. 1 on the March 21, 2015- dated tally, leading the chart for 30 weeks.

9. “Bailando” – Enrique Iglesias featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona

Hit No. 1 on the May 17, 2014-dated chart. It led the list for 41 weeks.

10. “Me Enamora” – Juanes

Debuted at No. 1 on the Sept. 29, 2007-dated chart, reigning for 20 weeks.

11. “Abrázame Muy Fuerte” – Juan Gabriel

Hit No. 1 on the Jan. 27, 2001- dated list. It led the chart for nine weeks.

12. “Ritmo (Bad Boys for Life)” – Black Eyed Peas X J Balvin

Debuted at No. 29 on the Oct. 26, 2019-dated list. Hit No. 1 on the Jan. 4, 2020, tally and ruled for 24 weeks.

13. “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam

Peaked at No. 1 on chart dated March 19, 2016, staying at the penthouse for 18 weeks.

14. “Ay Amor” – Ana Gabriel

Peaked at No. 1 on the Jan. 23, 1998-dated chart, ruling for 14 weeks.

15. “Suerte (Whenever, Wherever)” – Shakira

Peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 6, 2001, reining for seven weeks.

16. “Dákiti” – Bad Bunny & Jhay Cortéz

With 27 weeks at No. 1 starting the Nov. 14, 2020-dated list, "Dakiti" is the newest track among the group of the top five longest-leading charting titles, the fourth-most since the tally's inception in 1986.

17. “MIA” – Bad Bunny featuring Drake

Peaked at No. 1 just in its second chart week (Oct. 27, 2018) and reigned for 16 weeks.

18. “No Me Queda Más” – Selena

Peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 17, 1994-dated tally. It crowned the list for seven weeks.

19. “De Mi Enamórate” – Daniela Romo

Peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated Dec. 20, 1986. It led the tally for 14 weeks.

20. “Ginza” – J Balvin

Debuted at No. 5 and hit No. 1 on Oct. 17, 2015, ruling for 22 weeks.