What would summer be without good Latin songs to dance to?
We put our heads (and feet) together to come up with the most irresistible Latin summer songs in recent memory and drafted quite the list.
“Gasolina,” Daddy Yankee
The mother of all reggaeton hits, Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina” somehow managed to be the anthem of the barrio and the anthem of pretty girls in search of a cool ride.
“Aserejé,” Las Ketchup
This irresistible, illogical, silly ditty from Spanish sisters Las Ketchup became a dance trend to rival “La Macarena.”
“La Bicicleta,” Shakira and Carlos Vives
A song about lovers on a bike ride; could there be anything more suitable for the summer?
“Waka Waka,” Shakira
What did Waka Waka mean? No one knew, but by the end of the summer, everybody was repeating the phrase and dancing to Shakira’s World Cup anthem, featuring South African group Freshlyground.
“Bailando,” Enrique Iglesias feat. Gente De Zona & Descemer Bueno
“Bailando” is still the longest-running No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart, with good reason. The infectious track was the big precursor of the reggaeton/pop mix that informs “Despacito,” and continues to be irresistible today.
“Vivir Mi Vida,” Marc Anthony
Everybody’s go-to feel-good song. Add Marc Anthony’s voice to that and you had us literally dancing in the streets.
“Bamboleo,” Gipsy Kings
There’s just something about rumba flamenco that stirs up tastes and sounds of summer. The Kings’ fresh, organic, joyful “Bamboleo” defines summer for us.
“Give Me Everything,” Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Nayer & Afrojack
You could argue every Pitbull song is a summer hit, but we’re particularly partial to this one.
“Danza Kuduro,” Don Omar feat Lucenzo
When one thinks about globalizing the reggaeton sound, it’s impossible not to think of the ultimate party mix song. “Danza Kuduro” defined a moment and continues to be a summer staple.
“Despacito,” Luis Fonsi feat. Daddy Yankee & Justin Bieber
With or without Justin, it is now a classic. In a nod to having reached just about everyone on the planet, here’s the plus-Bieber version.