Karol G, Shakira & More Female Acts Who Went No. 1 on Billboard Latin Charts This Decade

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Karol G & Nicki Minaj, "Tusa"

Two women recently made history on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart, Colombian artist Karol G and Trinidadian rap star Nicki Minaj, as the first female duo to top the tally with "Tusa." It’s the latest female accomplishment on the chart that reflects the biggest Latin music hits in the U.S. regardless of subgenre -- but it's certainly not the only time female acts have topped the tally in the 2010s.

As we near the end of 2019, Billboard is looking back on and celebrating all the women who reached No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart this past decade. Whether they were the lead artist, a collaborator, or a featured artist, you'll find all the female hit-makers here. (An asterisk is pop star Katy Perry, who hopped on a remix of Daddy Yankee and Snow's "Con Calma" after the song had already topped the chart.)

Latin music has largely been dominated by men, but with songs like "Tusa" putting women on top again, hopefully more female artists will be reaching the summit of the chart in the next decade.

Shakira

Colombian superstar Shakira was the first female artist this decade to go No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in Nov. 2010 with "Loca," featuring Dominican rapper El Cata from her Sale El Sol album. After only men topped the chart in 2013 and 2014, she returned women to the summit in February 2015 as a featured artist on Mexican band Maná's "Mi Verdad."

Shakira embraced reggaetón music again on her El Dorado album and lead single "Chantaje" featuring fellow Colombian Maluma, which led the chart for 11 nonconsecutive weeks starting on the chart dated Nov. 19, 2016. Their sexy collaboration also peaked at No. 51 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart in Jan. 2017. Across her career, Shakira has notched 11 chart-toppers on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Next year, she will co-headline the Super Bowl halftime show with Jennifer Lopez.

Natalia Jiménez

Former La Quinta Estación singer Natalia Jimenéz carved out a solo career for herself this past decade. She featured on Ricky Martin's "La Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tú" from his 2011 album Música + Alma + Sexo. Their playful duet hit No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart that February, leading for two weeks, marking Jimenéz's first and only time so far to reach the summit. The Spanish artist is currently promoting her fourth studio album, Mexico de Mi Corazón, where she covers Mexican classics like "Costumbres" and "Amor Eterno."

Nayer

Cuban-American singer Nayer was part of an all-star cast on Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" with R&B superstar Ne-Yo and Dutch DJ Afrojack. At the height of EDM's domination, the club anthem was a multi-genre smash, landing at No. 1 on both the Hot 100 chart and the Hot Latin Songs chart, where it reigned for six nonconsecutive weeks in summer 2011. That marked Nayer's first and only time so far to top those charts. Following her success with Pitbull, she has since become an independent artist and embraced more Latin music in her recent releases.

Gloria Estefan

Cuban-American icon Gloria Estefan released her twelfth studio album, Miss Little Havana, in 2011. When she chose "Hotel Nacional" as a single in Jan. 2012, the electro  swing banger opened at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. That feat marked the second time a female artist debuted atop the chart since Spanish singer Rocío Dúrcal with "La Guirnalda" in 1986.

Across her illustrious career, Estefan has so far racked up 15 chart-toppers on the Hot Latin Songs chart, putting her in third place among artists with the most No. 1 singles and first place among the women. Her last release was 2013's The Standards where she covered classics from the Great American Songbook.

Paulina Rubio

Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio released her tenth studio album, Brava!, in 2011 with the lead single "Me Gustas Tanto." During the time when EDM was one of the top genres, she teamed up with Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez producer RedOne on a track that blended dance and Latin pop music. The club banger climbed to the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart in Feb. 2012. Rubio and Estefan are the only female artists this decade to hit No. 1 without a feature or collaboration. "Me Gustas Tanto" marks Rubio's fifth overall chart-topper in her career on the Hot Latin Songs chart. She returned to her Mexican roots this month on the ranchera-pop kiss-off track "De Qué Sirves."

América Sierra

No Latino party playlist at the start of the decade was complete without "Inténtalo" by Mexican DJ trio 3BallMTY. The song blended EDM and cumbia music featured more Mexican talent, singers El Bebeto and América Sierra. When "Inténtalo" hit No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in March 2012, it marked Sierra's first and only time so far to reach the summit. After collaborating with 3BallMTY a few more times, she went out on her own to release this year's Un Nuevo Amor EP.

 

Natti Natasha

Puerto Rican reggaetón pioneer Don Omar re-released his Meet the Orphans album in 2012 as MTO 2: Meet the Generation. That was lead by the tropical track "Dutty Love," featuring Dominican artist Natti Natasha. When the song hit No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in April 2012, it marked Natasha's first (and only time, so far) to reach the summit. Since that breakthrough moment, she has become one of reggaetón music's leading ladies. An honorable mention to this list is Natasha's girl power anthem "Sin Pijama" with Mexican-American singer Becky G, which peaked at No. 4 on the chart dated Aug. 11, 2018.

Jennifer Lopez

Legendary Puerto Rican duo Wisin y Yandel released their Líderes album in 2012 with the lead single "Follow the Leader" featuring pop superstar Jennifer Lopez. The bilingual banger blended EDM with the guys' reggaetón flow. Their collaboration climbed to No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in July 2012, adding a third overall chart-topper to J.Lo's career tally. She spent most of the past decade recording Spanish-language tracks and teaming up with more reggaetón and Latin trap acts, like Gente de Zona and Bad Bunny. 

Beyoncé

With Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" holding the No. 1 spot on the Hot Latin Songs chart for most of 2017, Colombian superstar J Balvin and French DJ Willy William finally dethroned the song with their remix of "Mi Gente" featuring pop icon Beyoncé. Their collaboration topped the chart for 12 consecutive weeks starting Oct. 21, 2017 and it peaked at No. 3 on Hot 100 chart.

Though "Mi Gente" marked Beyoncé's first leader on the Hot Latin Songs chart, she is no stranger to the chart: She previously racked up two top 10 hits in 2007 with the Spanish version of "Irreplaceable," and her Shakira collab "Beautiful Liar." That was notably the first time Beyoncé embraced her Sasha Fierce persona prior to 2009's I Am... Sasha Fierce album.

Selena Gomez & Cardi B

French producer DJ Snake debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated Oct. 13, 2018 with the star-studded "Taki Taki." His reggaetón club banger, featuring Puerto Rican superstar Ozuna and Latina pop stars Selena Gomez and Cardi B, led for 17 consecutive weeks. Though Gomez and Cardi have a history of embracing their Mexican and Dominican roots respectively, "Taki Taki" marks the first time they have topped the chart. Cardi has recorded more tracks in Spanish since then, while Gomez dabbled in more reggaetón on this year's "I Can't Get Enough" with J Balvin, Puerto Rican legend Tainy, and pop producer Benny Blanco.

Karol G

This past decade Karol G emerged as one the top female artists in Latin music. She got her first taste atop the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2018 with Pitbull's remix of "Dame Tu Cosita," with El Chombo and Cutty Ranks. She earned her second No. 1 as part of an Avengers-like team of reggaetón stars on the colossal "China," which led the list for 17 weeks starting Aug.  17. Then, she tackled a Spanish-language remake of Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" with her fiancé Anuel AA, Puerto Rican pioneer Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, and Ozuna, and their super collaboration yielded smashing results. Karol is closing out the decade with a big win for women thanks to her historic third chart-topper "Tusa."

Nicki Minaj

Karol G teamed up with Nicki Minaj for her latest single "Tusa." Their sophisticated club banger dealing with heartbreak debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart dated Nov. 23, marking the first time a title by two female artists in a lead role opened atop the chart. "Tusa" also debuted and peaked at No. 78 on the Hot 100 chart, becoming Karol's fourth entry and Minaj's record-extending 106th entry there. Among women, Nicki has the most Hot 100 hits to her name.

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