Although the summer just started, Latin radio programmers in the U.S. already have some tracks in mind that could take this year’s Song of the Summer title.
Their 2016 summer anthem picks, such as Carlos Vives and Shakira‘s “La bicicleta” and Enrique Iglesias‘ “Duele el corazón,” have some qualities in common: catchy lyrics, a hummable riff and/or an upbeat rhythm that makes you want to dance the summer night away.
We reached out to a few Latin radio programmers/content directors who shared with Billboard their top five songs and why they think these are perfect summer anthems:
Isabel Gonzalez (Content Director/Music Specialist at K-LOVE 107.5FM)
Carlos Vives & Shakira: “La Bicicleta”
This is definitely the quintessential song of the summer. Two of the biggest Latin artists making us dance to this fun, easy melody and lovely lyrics. Nothing puts you in the mood for a chill summer day, like this vallenato reggaetón.
Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin: “Duele El Corazón”
This song grabs you from the beginning and makes you dance! Who would say no to Enrique’s proposition of dancing until your feet hurt? I know I wouldn’t…
Farruko’s sexy reggaeton is exactly what you need for an evening under the stars, dancing with that special summer love.
Reik: “Ya Me Enteré”
I know when you think of summer songs, you think of dancing and upbeat jams, but summer is also the best time to get over a break up and this song is the perfect anthem for that. So crank it up, get over it, move on and enjoy your summer!
Jacob Forever: “Hasta que se seque el malecón”
This song makes me think of dancing barefoot by the beach and partying until the sun comes up. Perfect summer jam!
Ana Maria Carballo (Program Director WBON, Nassau-Suffolk)
Charlie Cruz: “Mi verdad” ?
A feel-good song that reminds me of what good salsa is like. Charlie Cruz truly shines.
Jonathan Molly ft Jerry Rivera: “Sayonara”
The old meets the new for a perfect melody.
Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin: “Duele el corazón”
A summer hit! Rhythm for the soul that makes you sing it in the car and at the club.
Two genres of music working in perfect symphony, their two distinct styles make this a great collaboration.
Spiff TV feat. Yandel & Future: “Mi combo”
The evolution of reggaeton continues. A great example of reggaeton & hip hop blending together for a tremendo palo (a massive hit).
Charlie Campa (Operations Director at Radio Media Consulting)
Remmy Valenzuela: “Espero con ansias”
This song is a really organic hit and can be stay on rotation for a long time like a current or recurrent. This song can be a part of the history of regional Mexican music. Remmy Valenzuela is a really true artist for her particular voice and style.
Banda MS: “Me vas a extrañar”
Banda Ms is the band with the highest growth and development within the music scene in the last 5 years. “Me vas a extrañar” is another song that will be a complete success not only in the programming of radio stations but also in sales.
Christian Valle: “Prisionero de tu juventud”
Christian Valle is a singer and writer with a great power to become one of the favorites of Mexican regional music . With its characteristic high tones, “Prisionero de tu juventud” is a song with lyrics that impress current audience.
Régulo Caro: “Cicatriiices”
Wth the single “Cicatrices”, Régulo Caro just found the songs that catapulted him as one of the great promises of Mexican regional music. Régulo now has his own style and his own future in the highly competitive world of music.
Banda El Recodo: “Mujer mujer”
Banda El Recodo is not only the biggest name in the banda genre, with the single “Mujer mujer,” the group proves that besides giving opportunity to new composers, they also support great writers like Juan Villarreal.