We think it's fair to say there was somewhat of a Latin music explosion in the 90s! Some of our favorite Latino artists released their best tunes in that decade, and whether singing in English or Spanish, they had us all dancing and singing along. From Suavemente to Livin' La Vida Loca, these are some of the best Latin-infused songs from the 90s:
1. Shakira: "Ojos Asi"
Off 1998's ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones?, the mix of Arabic music and Spanish lyrics made this song an instant hit. "Ojos Así" reached numbers 9 and 22 on the U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Songs and Latin Songs component charts.
2. Mariah Carey: "Fantasy"
Possibly one of Carey’s best songs ever, circa 1995, “Fantasy” featured Tom Tom Club's instrumental track from "Genius Of Love" as a backdrop. It became the second song in Billboard history and the first by a female, to debut atop the Hot 100.
3. Ricky Martin: "Livin La Vida Loca"
The irresistible upbeat track debuted in 1999 and was Martin’s English-language crossover hit. It was his first number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining at #1 in the United States for five consecutive weeks and ranking at #10 on the year-end chart of 1999. He had households everywhere singing along!
4. Jennifer Lopez: "If You Had My Love"
One of J.Lo's most commercially successful songs, "If You Had My Love," debuted at 72 on the Billboard Hot 100 on May 15, 1999, and rose up the charts to sixty-four the next week on May 22, 1999. On June 12, 1999, the single reached the top spot of the Hot 100, knocking down Ricky Martin's "Livin' La Vida Loca."
5. Santana ft. Rob Thomas - "Smooth"
No one can resist Carlos Santana's slick guitar talents! Released in 1999, "Smooth" went on to be one of the biggest pop singles of all time. The song won three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. It was also the final number-one Hot 100 hit of the 1990s.
6. Marc Anthony: "Y Hubo Alguien"
Anthony's single off his Contra La Corriente album reached #1 on Hot Latin Tracks during the week of November 29, 1997 and remained at #1 for four consecutive weeks. This was the salsa crooner's first song to reach #1, as well as the first time in the Hot Latin Tracks that a salsa genre song became #1.
7. Los del Rio: "Macarena"
Debuting internationally in 1995, "Macarena" was Billboard's # 1 dance song and one of six foreign language songs to hit #1 since 1955's modern rock era began.
8. Selena: "Amor Prohibido"
The late Tejana beauty's 1994 single rose to #1 on the Billboard Top Latin Songs chart.
9. Jon Secada: "Just Another Day"
The 1992 hit single was Secada's debut single. It reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Just Another Day" was also recorded in Spanish as "Otro Día Más Sin Verte." That version peaked at #1 on the Hot Latin Tracks chart.
10. Elvis Crespo: "Suavemente"
The lead single off Crespo's album reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks on May 16, 1998 and remained at the top of the chart for six weeks.