8 Bilingual Pop Songs That Prove Latin Music Is Taking Over Mainstream Radio
Up until the radio takeover of last year's "Despacito," there had been only two Spanish-language singles to crown the Hot 100: Los Lobos "La Bamba" and Los del Rio's "Macarena," both dance floor staples that predated Luis Fonsi's summer insta-bop by at least 20 years. But "Despacito" was more than a mere crossover success, it was a cultural phenomenon, breaking half a dozen records and changing the face of the Top 40.
One year later, bilingual pop has become the go-to ticket for crafting hits. "Despacito" still reigns supreme, but it's no longer an anomaly. Below, check out some of the many tracks it helped to spawn.
Just as Fonsi and Daddy Yankee did with Justin Bieber, J Balvin and Willy William enlisted some major star power for this pulsating Latin club-kindler, looking to none other than Queen B.
Camila Cabello gave her ode to Cuba an extra dose of Spanish flavor with a feature from Puerto Rican hitmaker Daddy Yankee.
The One Direction alum recently hopped on the bilingual bandwagon with April's "Familiar," a seductive, Latin-punched serenade featuring reggaeton king J Balvin.
Demi Lovato channeled her Latin roots for Luis Fonsi team-up "Échame La Culpa," an infectious, big beat crowd-pleaser.
Latin boy band CNCO tapped British favorites Little Mix for this hip-swiveling remix of their 2016 track.
Just before announcing their indefinite hiatus, Fifth Harmony linked up with Pitbull for this hip-hop-saturated genre mash-up.
Even rap queen Cardi B jumped onboard with "I Like It," a J Balvin and Bad Bunny-assisted cut that samples Boogaloo classic "I LIke It Like That."
No list would be complete without the chart triumph that started it all.