Billboard's Top 20 Latin Albums Of All Time
Music distribution has changed over the years and so has the way it’s consumed, because, you know, technology.
But one thing’s certain: whether it’s popping a disc into your portable CD player or downloading an entire track list on your phone, music junkies love to buy albums.
As a Latino millennial who grew up listening to everything from Juan Gabriel’s tearjerker songs to Selena’s empowering anthems, and who’s currently jamming to an intense reggeaton playlist, collecting CDs and/or buying a digital album has been my longtime favorite hobby (shout out to those who relate).
With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing, Billboard has put together the Top 20 Latin Albums of all time. The list includes everything from albums that we were obsessed with in the ‘90s to Ozuna’s 2017 production, Odisea.
The Top 20 Latin Albums list is ranked based on peak position on the Top Latin Albums chart from the ranking's first chart week on July 10, 1993, to the Sept. 08, 2018-dated chart. For albums with the same number of weeks at No. 1, ties were broken by the most total weeks on the chart.
Check out the complete list below.
1. Gloria Estefan - Mi Tierra
The Cuban singer's album peaked at No. 1 on the July 10, 1993-dated chart, where she spent 58 weeks at the top.
2. Ozuna - Odisea
Ozuna has made history with this album, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 by a male artist on the Top Latin Albums chart. Odisea nabbed the No. 1 spot on the chart dated Sept. 16, 2017, ruling for 46 weeks.
3. Selena - Dreaming of You
Released posthumously, Selena’s bilingual album peaked at No. 1 on the Aug. 5, 1995-dated chart, spending 44 weeks at the top.
4. Luis Miguel - Segundo Romance
The Mexican-based crooner peaked at No. 1 on the Sept. 17, 1994 tally, staying strong for 29 weeks.
5. Ricky Martin - Vuelve
Ricky Martin’s heartfelt album peaked at No. 1 on the Feb. 28, 1998-dated charts and reigned the chart for 26 weeks.
6. Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino
Daddy Yankee brought reggaeton to the forefront with his No. 1 album (peak date July 31, 2004), remaining at the top for 24 weeks.
7. Aventura - The Last
Aventura revolutionized bachata with The Last, album that peaked at No. 1 on the June 27, 2009-dated list, where it spent 23 weeks.
8. Selena - Amor Prohibido
With timeless songs such as “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “No Me Queda Mas,” Selena’s album peaked at No. 1 on the chart dated June 11, 1994, reigning for 20 weeks.
9. Juan Gabriel - Los Duo 2
His duets with Marc Anthony, J Balvin, and other artists nabbed Juanga the leading spot on the Jan. 2, 2016-dated chart, where it spent 20 weeks.
10. Christina Aguilera - Mi Reflejo
Xtina made her way to No. 1 with Mi Reflejo on the Sept. 30, 2000 list, sitting tight for 19 weeks -- not too shabby for her first all-Spanish album.
11. Romeo Santos - Formula: Vol. 1
Keeping bachata alive, Romeo Santos' album peaked at No. 1 on the Nov. 26, 2011 tally and proved that “the king stays king” for 17 weeks.
12. Shakira - Fijacion Oral: Vol. 1
The Colombian superstar peaked at No. 1 with her album on the June 25, 2005-dated chart, reigning at the top of the Top Latin Albums list for 17 weeks.
13. Enrique Iglesias - Sex & Love
With the release of his tenth studio album, the Spanish pop singer ranked No. 1 on the April 5, 2014 tally, remaining on the top for 16 weeks.
14. Enrique Iglesias - Vivir
Prior to Sex & Love, Iglesias nabbed the No. 1 spot on the Feb. 15, 1997-dated chart with his album Vivir, keeping strong for 15 weeks.
15. Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino: En Directo
Because who doesn't like a good ol’ concert? Daddy Yankee’s live album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 31, 2005-dated chart for 14 weeks.
16. Marc Anthony - Libre
Salsa does not stay behind thanks to Marc Anthony, whose album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 8, 2001 tally for 14 weeks.
17. Marc Anthony - Desde Un Principio: From the Beginning
But he first gave the Top Latin Albums chart a taste of his Puerto Rican swag when this album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 4, 1999-dated list, reigning for 13 weeks.
18. Shakira - Sale El Sol
Shak crowned the charts once again with Sale El Sol. The album peaked at No. 1 on the Nov. 6, 2010-dated tally, reigning for 12 weeks.
19. Alejandro Fernandez - Me Estoy Enamorando
Making everyone swoon with his love songs in the ‘90s, Alejandro Fernandez's album peaked at No. 1 on the Dec. 13, 1997-dated tally, ruling for 12 weeks.
20. Son By Four - Son By Four
The album is home to a timeless piece known as “A Puro Dolor.” Son By Four nabbed the No. 1 spot on the April 29, 2000-dated chart, ruling for 12 weeks.