9 Man Crushes in Latin Music That We're Thankful For In 2018

Jessica Xie

CNCO photographed on Aug. 28, 2018 in New York City.

With a short week in full swing and the Thanksgiving holiday sneaking up on us, it’s time we reflect on some of the hottest artists we’re thankful for this year.

And what better way to pay tribute than on Monday, the day of the week the internet has blessed as “Man Crush Monday” -- or simply put, #MCM.

Billboard Latin has put together a list of nine man crushes we’re thankful for this year. Check them out below.


Whoever said boy bands were dead? In just two years, since they won La Banda, CNCO has managed to become one of the hottest acts of the moment. With their self-titled sophomore album released in April and debuted at the top of Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart, CNCO proves that this is only the beginning.



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In 2018, Maluma embarked on his F.A.M.E. world tour, traveling all over Europe, Latin America and the United States to croon to his fans. He blessed fans with lots of new music, including “Mala Mia” and “Marinero,” and let’s not forget about the time he was "born again” when he dyed his hair blonde.


R E N A C E R / R E B O R N

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Daddy Yankee

Daddy Yankee never stops and never ages! At 41 years old and with his baby face intact, DY has had an exceptional year. His hit “Dura,” released in January, reached more than 1 billion video views on YouTube and nabbed him the Latin Grammy for best urban song. If that’s not enough, Yankee broke 10 Guinness World Records for his collaboration with Luis Fonsi on “Despacito.”


#Showtime @latinamas #theicon #daddyyankee #fuckcancer ----

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Just when we thought we were going to have the entire Odisea album on replay for the rest of the year, bam!, here comes Ozuna with Aura. Two amazing accomplishments in 2018 -- besides giving us catchy music -- include his amazing 360° Aura Tour and earning the longest-leading No. 1 by a male artist on the Top Latin Albums chart.



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Christian Nodal

Meanwhile, in the Regional Mexican scene, Christian Nodal has become all the rage this year. His 2017 hit “Adios Amor” made way for Nodal in 2018, putting him on our radar with his chart-topping album Me Deje Llevar. His single “Problabemente” even nabbed Nodal his first-ever Latin Grammy for best regional Mexican song.



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J Balvin

Then, we have J Balvin. Even though he only won one Latin Grammy for best urban album, he was this year’s most-nominated artist, leading the pack with eight nods. That, in itself, says a lot. We’re thankful for many things J Balvin did in 2018, including his Vibras album, tour and merch, vouching for reggaeton, and hanging out with Barack Obama.



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Manuel Turizo

He’s only 18 years old, but Manuel Turizo has already captured our hearts. In 2018, he collaborated with Ozuna on Vaina Loca,” with Noriel in “Una Vez Mas,” and Mau & Ricky in “Desconocidos,” and this is only the beginning. As of September, his 2016 hit “Una Lady Como Tu” entered the Billion Video Views Club on YouTube.


Tus manos ya me daban frío, no tenía como calentarme. #Culpables -- Link en mi bio

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Forty years after he kicked off his music career and Chayanne is still our man crush (on Monday and every day of the week!). This year, the Puerto Rican pop crooner blessed us by going back to his romantic roots with “Di Que Sientes Tu” and made the rounds with this Desde El Alma tour. He also won Halloween dressed as Superman. See photos below.

Bad Bunny

Here’s why we’re thankful for Bad Bunny in 2018. He released great music, including the party hit “Mia” with Drake and sensual trap “Te Guste” with Jennifer Lopez. He performed an amazing set at the 2018 Latin Grammys, turning his urban medley into rock versions. He continued to make a statement with his nails and fashion. And he got real about mental health in his single “Estamos Bien.” Now, who’s ready to see him perform at the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?


ESTAMOS BIEN -- @latingrammys

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