The 20 Top Tropical Songs of All Time: Don Omar, Romeo Santos, Daddy Yankee & More
From one-hit wonders to enduring stars, these are the biggest no. 1 Tropical songs ever.
Since 1994, the Billboard Tropical Songs airplay chart has recorded not only the biggest hits of a diverse genre underpinned by Caribbean beats, but its continual evolution. Featuring salsa, bachata, merengue and the fusions that have marked the 21st Century Latin sound, our list of the Top 20 Tropical songs includes artists from Daddy Yankee to Celia Cruz to Juan Luis Guerra, whose Christian merengue track “Las Avispas” caps the list at No. 20.
“Danza Kuduro,” the African-meets-Latin-urban dance track by Don Omar and Lucenzo, was an unexpected hit that spent 18 weeks at the top of the Tropical Songs chart, putting it in the no. 1 spot of our all-time list. The groundbreaking New York City bachata boy band Aventura comes in at no. 2 with the romantic “Dile al Amor,” and Dominican duo Monchy Alexandra’s 2004 hit “Perdidos” comes in at no. 3. (Both “Dile al Amor and “Perdidos” topped the chart for 15 weeks.
The Top 20 Tropical Songs list is ranked based on peak positions on the Tropical Songs airplay chart from the ranking's first chart week on Oct. 8, 1994 to the Sept. 08, 2018-dated chart. For songs with the same number of weeks at No. 1, we then ranked them by most weeks in the top 10, then most total weeks on the chart.
Here, to relive and enjoy while celebrating Hispanic Heritage month, are the Top 20 Tropical Songs: