In recent years, many mainstream artists have tapped into the Latin world, giving life to bilingual bops such as the recently-released “Un Dia (One Day)” by Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bunny, and Tainy. Last week, the song debuted at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, marking Dua’s first entry and first No. 1 on any Latin chart.
Twenty years ago, however, it was a whole different story.
The Hot Latin Songs chart, which currently blends airplay, streaming data, and digital sales, was then dominated mainly by pop ballads and some tropical anthems. Unlike today’s Ozuna and Anuel, some of the chart-toppers in the year 2000 were Chayanne, Thalia and Marc Anthony, to name a few.
By that time, many Latin artists, including Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, and Ricky Martin, were making successful crossovers to mainstream and not shying away from singing in English, ultimately putting the new “Latin boom” on the forefront.
From Iglesias’ “Rhythm Divine” to Son By Four’s “Cuando Seas Mia,” check out all the songs that hit No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs in the year 2000 below.
Enrique Iglesias, “Rhythm Divine”
Carlos Vives, “Fruta Fresca”
Los Rieleros del Norte, “Te Quiero Mucho”
Ricardo Arjona, “Desnuda”
Gilberto Santa Rosa, “Que Alguien Me Diga”
Son By Four, “A Puro Dolor”
Gloria Estefan, “No Me Dejes de Querer”
Thalia, “Entre El Mar Y Una Estrella”
Marc Anthony, “You Sang To Me”
Luis Fonsi, “Imaginame Sin Ti”
Gloria Estefan, “Como Me Duele Perderte”
Ricardo Arjona, “Cuando”
Christina Aguilera, “Ven Conmigo”
Oscar de la Hoya, “Ven A Mi”
Ricky Martin, “She Bangs”
Chayanne, “Yo Te Amo”
Son By Four, “Cuando Seas Mia”