Saturday, January 4, 2020

GLW 019: Lucas Richard-Posada




No matter the time of year, if I hear a good Latin song, it takes me back to summer days in Colombia sipping some strong cocktail by the beach. I get this sudden urge to dance, like a drum beat inside me that I must follow along. I’m never happier than when I’m listening and dancing to a good Latin song with friends at a bar or house party. Lucky for me, LatinX music is taking over the world and I can indulge in my vice often. "Despacito" by Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi might not be the greatest song ever created but it brought a much-needed genre of music into the mainstream. From superb collaborations over the years (Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Madonna) to Flamenco crossover, LatinX music is here to stay. 

As many other lists from people with much better music knowledge and taste than me have already been published, I decided I’d spare Aaron from more Dua Lipa song entries and bring some cultural diversity to the blog by focusing my list exclusively on LatinX music. Below is a list of songs from 2019 that made me dance, put me in a great mood, sing aloud (despite my terrible voice) and overall make me feel like I can take over the world. Numbered in no particular order.
  1. Rosalia, J Balvin – Con Altura
  2. Maluma, Ricky Martin  No Se Me Quita
  3. Lunay, Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny  Soltera Remix
  4. Rosalia, Ozuna  Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi
  5. Reik  Raptame
  6. Pedro Capo & Farruko  Calma Remix
  7. Sebastián Yatra, Reik – Un Año
  8. Anitta, Becky G  Banana
  9. Sebastian Yatra, Daddy Yankee, Jonas Brothers & Natti Natasha  Runaway
  10. DJ Snake, J Balvin, Tyga  Loco Contigo
  11. Bad Bunny, J Balvin  La Cancion
  12. Play-N-Skillz, Luis Coronel  Que Bomba
  13. Juanes, Alessia Cara – Querer Mejor
Honorable Mentions

Madonna, Maluma – Medellin. Not a great song but how can I not highlight a song from a music icon singing about how great my home city is.

Maan de Steenwinkel, Bizzey, Tabitha, Kris Kross Amsterdam – Hij Is Van Mij. Thought it’s not technically a LatinX song, it sure sounds like one. The first time I heard this Dutch hit at Taboo, I was captivated by how much it resembles a reggaetón song; the beat, the rhythm, that drum inside me. I was hooked. 

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