Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, and to get the festivities started, Billboard went back five years (get it?) on our Regional Mexican Albums and Regional Mexican Airplay charts — from Jan. 7, 2017, through April 30, 2022 — and ranked the top 10 artists, based on the most No. 1s on each chart.
The list includes veteran artists such as Alejandro Fernandez, who made Billboard history after his 2020 Hecho En Mexico album debuted at No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, becoming the first act to achieve No. 1s on Top Latin Albums in the 1990s, ’00s, ’10s and ’20s; Calibre 50, who holds the crown for the most No. 1s on the Regional Mexican Airplay chart, with 21 hits since the chart’s inception in 1994; and Gerardo Ortiz, who has endured as one of Billboard’s Top Regional Mexican acts for the past 10 years, to name a few.
Also on the list are rising acts Eslabon Armado, who as a young group have remarkably placed all four of their studio albums at No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart; touring phenomenon Grupo Firme, who became only the third-ever act to score an entry on the Billboard Hot 100 with a regional Mexican song in 2021 thanks to “Ya Superame”; and Junior H, who at the age of 18 in 2020 became the youngest act to score a top 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart after Natanael Cano.
Therefore, sip your margaritas to the beat of some of the best norteño, banda and mariachi around, and check out the full list in alphabetical order below.