In honor of our Greatest of All Time special package, our staff of Latin music experts selected the 30 most influential acts of modern time. This was no easy task and there was much back and forth and discussion on what made an artist “influential.” Our consensus was that the artists had to have a shadow that extended well beyond their country of origin. They also had to go beyond just chart success and instead reflect on the music world as a whole. These are artists who moved the needle, who started movements, who defined trends. In the case of contemporary acts, they are still doing so; in the case of those who’ve passed, their musical and artistic influence is still felt and heard today.