The Best Latin Dance Music of 2016

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


From Bachata to Salsa, these are the best Latin dance songs of 2016 that will get you on the dance floor all night long!


Bachata is a genre of music that originated in the Dominican Republic in the early 1960s. Bachata was traditionally played on acoustic guitars and used simple instrumentation. Although earlier bachatas were often sad in tone, modern bachatas often have a more romantic or sensual feeling. The lyrics of bachatas often deal with themes of love, heartbreak, and loneliness.

Some of the most popular bachata artists include Romeo Santos, Aventura, Prince Royce, and Zacarias Ferreira. Bachata has also become popular in other Latin countries such as Puerto Rico, Colombia, and Venezuela. In recent years, bachata has become increasingly popular outside of Latin America and is now heard all over the world.


Merengue is a type of music and dance that originated in the Dominican Republic. It is a lively, fast-paced music with a 2/4 beat. The lead singer usually sings simple phrases, which are then repeated by the chorus. Merengue is danced by couples, who hold each other close and move their hips from side to side while stepping to the rhythm of the music.

Merengue became popular in Latin America in the early 20th century, and it spread to North America and Europe in the 1940s. In recent years, merengue has been fused with other genres of music, such as hip-hop and electronica, to create new styles ofmerengue.


The best salsa of 2016 was a bit more restrained than in recent years, with fewer excessively long solos and more focus on the overall groove of the music. This was especially true of Cuban salsa, which tended to be more traditional in both its instrumentation and its style. Colombian salsa also had a bit of a retro feel, with many bands incorporating traditional cumbia rhythms into their music.

Some of the best salsa albums of 2016 include:

-Tumbao de Cuba by La Charanga Habanera
-Habana by Havana d’Primera
-Cuban Timba Live by Aragon
-Ritmo y Candela by Ensamble Papillon


Cumbia is a style of music that originated in Colombia. It is a mix of African, Native American, and European influences. The music is usually played on guitars, bass, drums, and percussion instruments. It is popular in many Latin American countries and has even gained popularity in the United States.


Reggaeton is a music genre which originated in Puerto Rico during the late 1990s. It is influenced by Hip Hop, Latin American and Caribbean music. Reggaeton is characterized by its catchy rhythms and often sexually explicit lyrics.

Some of the best known reggaeton artists of 2016 include:
-J Balvin
-Daddy Yankee
-Don Omar

Latin Pop

From the rise of reggaeton and Latin trap to the popularity of Selena Gomez and J Balvin’s “I Like It,” Latin music has taken over the world in recent years. And, it’s not just regular pop music with a Spanish twist — a new generation of artists are making totally unique, fresh sounds that are quickly gaining global appeal.

Here are some of the best Latin pop songs of 2016:

1. “I Like It” by Selena Gomez and J Balvin
2. “Bailemos” by Reik
3. “Mi Gente” by J Balvin
4. “Baila Baila Baila (Remix)” by Ozuna feat. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko & Anuel AA
5. “La Modelo” by Ozuna feat. Cardi B
6. “X (EQUIS)” by Nicky Jam and J Balvin
7. “Dura” by Daddy Yankee
8. “Mayores” by Becky G feat. Bad Bunny
9. “No Me Conoce (Remix)” by Jhay Cortez feat. Bad Bunny & J Balvin
10. “Te Boté (Remix)” by Casper Màgico, Nio García, Darell, Ozuna & Bad Bunny

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