As part of their A Brief History Of series, Billboard spoke with some of the biggest names in Latin trap music to discuss the history of the genre.
Puerto Rican rapper De La Ghetto agrees, saying in the video that Bunny is “the most important trap artist right now.” Bunny was recently featured on the remix of Major Lazer‘s hit single “Know No Better.” On Friday, rising New York rapper Cardi B enlisted Messiah for a remix of her breakout hit “Bodak Yellow.”
“[Trap is] the closest expression to the streets and to the way the new generation is living,” Farruko says in the clip.
“What people were doing was a small imitation of what American artists were doing,” Bad Bunny says. “They took American hits and turned them into their songs.”
Watch A Brief History Of below.
Shakira performs live. (Flickr)
Billboard recently put together a list of the 50 greatest Latin songs of all time, taking into consideration factors like sales, innovation, and longevity. Their picks include tracks from a wide range of Latin countries and time periods, from classic Mexican ballads to recent top 40 hits. All the songs have one thing in common, though: they’re relevant.
Check out Billboard’s list below and read their article for a breakdown of each track.
50. Los del Rio, Bayside Boys – Macarena
49. Celia Cruz, Pete Seeger and more – Guantanamera
48. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Matador
47. Mocedades – Eres tu
46. Silvio Rodríguez, Luis Eduardo Aute, Mercedes Sosa, Shakira – La Maza
45. Luis Fonsi – No Me Doy Por Vencido
44. Ritchie Valens – La Bamba
43. Multiple artists – El Manisero
42. Don Omar ft. Lucenzo – Danza Kuduro
41. Selena – Amor Prohibido
40. Dizzy Gillespie and Chano Pozo – Manteca
39. Ricardo Arjona – Mujeres
38. Various Artists – Historia de un Amor
37. Marco Antonio Solís – Si No Te Hubieras Ido
36. Carlos Vives – La Gota Fria
35. Son by Four – A Puro Dolor
34. Joe Arroyo – La Rebelion
33. Alejandro Sanz – Corazon Partió
32. Joan Manuel Serrat – Mediterráneo
31. Marc Anthony – Ahora Quien
30. Various artists – Piel Canela
29. José José – La Nave del Olvido
28. Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – Conga
27. Grupo Niche – Cali Pachanguero
26. Maná – Mariposa Traicionera
25. Shakira – Ciega, Sordomuda
24. Franco De Vita – El Buen Perdedor
23. Willie Colón – El Gran Varón
22. Héctor Lavoe – El Cantante
21. José Luis Perales – Y Cómo es el
20. Juan Gabriel – Querida
19. Joan Sebastían – Secreto de Amor
18. Juan Luis Guerra – Burbujas de Amor
17. Carlos Gardel – Volver
16. Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, others – Oye Como Va
15. José Alfredo Jiménez, Vicente Fernández – El Rey
14. Juanes – A Dios le Pido
13. Soda Stereo – Música Ligera
12. Various Artists – Granada
11. Roberto Carlos – Amigo
10. Romeo Santos – Obsesion (Aventura)
9. Daddy Yankee – Gasolina
8. Armando Manzanero – Somos Novios
7. Rubén Blades – Pedro Navaja
6. Enrique Iglesias ft. Gente de Zona & Descemer Bueno – Bailando
5. Various artists – El Dia Que Me Quieras
4. Ricky Martin – Livin la Vida Loca
3. Various artists – Besame Mucho
2. Dámaso Perez Prado and others – Mambo No. 5
1. Various artists – Esta tarde vi llover
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