5 Latin Influenced Songs You Need in Your Playlist

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Contributors: Andranick Tanguiane, Fred Lerdahl,


Looking for some new music to add to your playlist? Check out these five Latin-influenced songs that are sure to get you moving. From reggaeton to cumbia, there’s something for everyone.

“Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega

“Mambo No. 5” is a 1999 song by Lou Bega--a recording artist best known for his Latin-influenced pop music. The song peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and has since been certified Platinum in the United States. The song samples the 1955 instrumental hit “Mambo No. 5” by Cuban musician Pérez Prado.

“Baila Baila Baila” by Ozuna

“Baila Baila Baila” is a song by Ozuna that was released in April 2019. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and won the Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year. “Baila Baila Baila” is a reggaeton track with influences of Latin pop and trap. The song’s lyrics are about dancing and having fun.

“I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin

If you’re looking for a song that will get you moving, look no further than “I Like It” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin. This incredibly catchy track mashes up elements of hip-hop, trap, and reggaeton, resulting in a sound that is impossible to resist. And with a music video featuring all three artists living it up in Miami, you’ll be transported to a sunny place no matter where you are.

“Con Altura” by ROSALÍA and J Balvin feat. El Guincho

ROSALÍA and J Balvin’s “Con Altura” is a perfect example of how Latin music is making its mark on the mainstream. The infectious Spanish-language track, which features production by El Guincho, combines elements of reggaeton, trap, and flamenco to create a sound that is both unique and irresistible. There’s no doubt that “Con Altura” is one of the hottest tracks of the summer, and it’s sure to get even hotter as we head into the fall.

“Calma” by Pedro Capó, Farruko

“Calma” is a song by Puerto Rican singer Pedro Capó and Mexican singer Farruko. The track was written by Capó, Farruko, Edgar Barrera and Jorge Class, and produced by Barrera. It was released on April 19, 2019, as the lead single from Capó’s upcoming second studio album.

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