Billboard’s Albums and Hot Latin Songs charts are the defining measurement of Latin music in the U.S. For the past 30 years (Hot Latin Songs launched in 1986 and Latin genre albums in 1985) they’ve tracked the top-selling albums and the most-performed (and now downloaded songs) in the U.S. and Puerto Rico every week. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we take a look at 10 landmark moments on the Latin charts.
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Feb. 21, 1987 - Los Tigres del Norte's 'Los Hijos de Hernandez'
Los Tigres del Norte first appeared on Hot Latin Songs with “Los Hijos de Hernandez” (No. 40 debut) on Feb. 21, 1987. The regional Mexican group has gone on to place more songs on the chart than any other artist -- 66 so far. The group’s history on the chart includes 20 top 10s and two No. 1s (“El Circo” – one week in 1996, and “El Mojado Acaudalado” two weeks in 1997).
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April 11, 1992 - Selena's 'Buenos Amigos'
Selena made her debut on the Hot Latin Songs chart, arriving at No. 30 with “Buenos Amigos” (billed as Selena y Alvaro Torres) on April 11, 1992. The song reached No. 1 (June 6, 1992), becoming her first chart-topping song. In total, Selena scored seven No. 1s before she died when she was 23 years old and remains the youngest female act to post that many chart-toppers.
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July 10, 1993 - Gloria Estefan's 'Mi Tierra'
On July 10, 1993, Gloria Estefan started at No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with Mi Tierra when the renamed chart launched in 1993. In total, it spent 58 crowning weeks on the list, the most weeks at No. 1 on the 22-year-old chart.
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Oct. 9, 1993 - Los Temerarios' 'Mi Vida Eres Tu'
Mexican group Los Temerarios arrived on the Hot Latin Albums chart with Mi Vida Eres Tu (No. 49 peak) on Oct. 9, 1993. They've gone on to become the act with the most charted albums on Top Latin Album (45 in total, including eight No. 1s and 23 top 10s).
Feb. 13, 1999 - Marco Antonio Solis' 'Trozos de Mi Alma'
Marco Antonio Solis earned his first No. 1 on Top Latin Albums with Trozos de Mi Alma on Feb. 13, 1999. The Mexican singer has since scored 11 more No. 1s on the chart, making him the artist with the most No. 1s on the chart. He most recently reached the top with Gracias Por Estar Aqui (three crowning weeks in 2013).
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June 4, 2005 – Shakira's 'La Tortura'
Shakira reached No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs with “La Tortura” feat. Alejandro Sanz on June 4, 2005. The track went on to spend 25 weeks atop the chart. Until then, no one had surpassed 20 weeks at the top (Son By Four's “A Puro Dolor” in 2000). The track held onto the record for nine years, until Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailando” exceeded her chart-topping weeks.
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Aug 30, 2008 – Luis Fonsi's 'No Me Doy Por Vencido'
Aug 30, 2008 – Luis Fonsi reached No. 1 on Latin Pop Airplay with “No Me Doy Por Vencido,” and spent a record-breaking 30 weeks at the top -- more than any song since the chart started in 1994.
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May 17, 2014 - Enrique Iglesias' 'Bailando'
On May 17, 2014, Enrique Iglesias topped Hot Latin Songs with his 2014 smash “Bailando,” featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona. It spent a record 41 weeks at No. 1, the most since the chart began in 1986. Iglesias also has more No. 1s on the chart than any other artist (26).
On Oct. 8, 2014, Romeo Santos spent a 63rd week on Hot Latin Songs with "Propuesta Indecente," becoming the longest charting song on the chart as he surpassed Prince Royce’s previous 62-week stay with “Incondicional” (2012). “Propuesta Indecente” currently remains on the chart in its 114th week (No. 4, chart dated Oct. 10, 2015). It initially debuted on Aug. 10, 2013 (No. 44). Steady weekly streams have kept the track in the top five. According to Billboard rules, songs drop off the chart after 52 weeks, unless they remain on the top five.