The 11 Best Albums of the Year by Latino Artists!

2011 was packed with great records by Latino artists who perform in varying genres. Latinos are represented in the pop, rock, hip-hop, and even country music formats. We compiled a list of the top albums of the year by Latino artists. We intended to pick 10, but there were so many great albums that we had to pick 11! See if your favorites made the list!

1. 2011 Albums: Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery - Clear As Day

As the first Latino winner of American Idol, Scotty McCreery showed that Hispanics can sing all types of music, including country. When Clear As Day was released, it sent McCreery to the top spot on the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Album charts, thus proving the boundless potential of the 18 year-old in the music industry. This album is just the beginning for this part-Puerto Rican crooner.

2. 2011 Albums: Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez – When The Sun Goes Down

With radio-ready hits like “Love You Like A Love Song” and “Who Says,” When The Sun Goes Down showed a more mature side of Disney starlet Selena Gomez. The success from this album led to Gomez hosting just about every music award show this year and secured her place as a pop star.

3. 2011 Albums: Paulina Rubio

Paulina Rubio – Brava!

Paulina Rubio’s electronic-dance-pop album Brava! makes anyone want to get dancing. The synthesized sounds create a feel-good vibe with songs balanced with 70% in Spanish and 30% in English. The language really doesn’t matter, though. The music speaks for itself that get toes tapping and hips shaking. “Me Gustas Tanto” is an ultimate dance-club hit off the album that will move and groove you!

4. 2011 Albums: Romeo Santos

Romeo Santos – Formula, Vol. 1

As lead singer of bachata group Aventura, Romeo Santos’s high-falsetto voice on his debut solo album captures a unique Latin sound not heard often in songs that reach such a wide demographic. The album a whole recreates a traditional bachata sound with a modern and urban twist. His biggest song off Formula, Vol. 1, “Promise” is a collaboration and duet with Usher that has been sitting at number one on the Billboard Latin Songs chart for 16 consecutive weeks. The album itself stands at number one for the seventh consecutive week on the Billboard Lain Album chart.

5. 2011 Albums: Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato – Unbroken

For Demi Lovato’s comeback album after a stint in rehab for emotional and physical issues, Unbroken showed the world that while she was still in recovery, she certainly wasn’t broken. Her fans embraced the album and it reached the number one spot on the iTunes Top Albums chart immediately. With her hit song “Skyscraper,” Lovato accessed the emotional side of her voice and proved that this album made her shine like a skyscraper.

6. 2011 Albums: Pitbull

Pitbull – Planet Pit

When “Give Me Everything” released, it became the first of Pitbull’s songs to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making Planet Pit the party album of the summer. The album, chock-full of superstar musical collaborations is a mainstay for dance floors all over. After seeing him perform a good majority of Planet Pit at the Latina Magazine 15th Anniversary Party this year, it’s obvious that where Pitbull is, there is a party.

7. 2011 Albums: Juanes

Juanes – P.A.R.C.E.

Juanes’s fifth studio album, P.A.R.C.E. has already sold over one million records worldwide and features more of the sound we love from him. His number one single “Yerbatero” follows his Latin pop-rock roots. It’s easy to rock out to Juanes’s songs and want to sing a long with his melodic lyrics. 

8. 2011 Albums: Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans

When singer-songwriter who had penned hits for numerous artists, Bruno Mars, broke out on his own to create an album of his own, the world was left in wonder of his talent. Doo-Wops & Hooligans peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 with his singles “Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade” reaching international success as number ones. We can’t wait to see what this part-Puerto Rican musician has in store for his next album!

9. 2011 Albums: Ximena Sarinana

Ximena Sariñana – Ximena Sariñana

When Mexican musician Ximena Sariñana released her first English-language album, she might have been expecting international crossover, but what she got was international stardom. Her quirky lyrics and catchy melodies make her self-titled album the quintessential crossover album, with Spanish-language song included. She proved that her “Different” single was her greatest strength in the American music industry without leaving behind her Latin musical roots.

10. 2011 Albums: Prince Royce

Prince Royce – Prince Royce

With his bilingual version of the classic “Stand By Me,” Prince Royce brings an urban bachata sound to the music charts. His self-titled album has spent 94 weeks within the top 10 on the Billboard Latin Album chart. It also currently holds the number two spot on the Billboard Tropical Album chart. Very impressive for a debut record!

11. 2011 Albums: Ricky Martin

Ricky Martin – Música + Alma + Sexo 

Following his three year career break, Ricky Martin recorded his ninth studio album, Música + Alma + Sexo with mostly Spanish-language songs with two English-language tracks as a way to give his listeners the best of both worlds. His dance-pop record debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart and spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart. 

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