In just a few weeks 2018 will be over and 2019 will officially be here. Every December, we look back at everything the year brought us. Thankfully, this year brought us some great music and a bunch of orgullo Latino over the artists who helped make this happen. Before we celebrate 2019, let’s take a look at the Latinx soundtrack that kept us jammin’ in 2018.
“X,” Nicky Jam and J Balvin
“X” is so catchy, and even comes with its own equally-catchy dance move. The Nicky Jam and J Balvin song topped the charts in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Peru, Paraguay, the U.S. (Hot Latin Songs) and Portugal.
“Havana,” Camila Cabello Ft. Young Thug
Camila Cabello had a major hit in her hands with “Havana.” In 2018, the song became Spotify’s most-streamed song by a solo female artist, was nominated for a Grammy Award (for 2019), and topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
“MIA,” Bad Bunny Ft. Drake
Drake had to get in on the recent wave of Latin trap awesomeness. The result was “MIA,” a great jam with Bad Bunny. Who knew Drake could sing so well in Spanish?!
“Dura ” Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee reminded everyone who the King of Reggaeton is when he dropped “Dura.” The highly danceable song won him a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song.
“I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin
Cardi gave Latinos, and everyone else, one of the best songs of the summer with “I Like It.” She teamed up with Bad Bunny (who slayed a lot of hits this year) and J Balvin (likewise), on a jam that sampled the 1966 Latino classic by Pete Rodriguez, “I Like It Like That (A Mi Me Gusta Asi).”
“Never Be the Same,” Camila Cabello
Camila Cabello didn’t just have one hit in 2018 — she also slayed with “Never Be the Same.” The song has been certified 2x platinum.
“Te Bote (Remix),” Casper, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna
If you needed a breakup song this year, this one was it. The “Te Bote” remix brought together Casper, Nio Garcia, Darell, Bad Bunny, Ozuna, and Nicky Jam, to create a hit for those who just threw their whole ex away.
“Finesse,” Bruno Mars Ft. Cardi B
Bruno Mars combined his swag with Cardi B’s, and the result was the 90s-esque song, “Finesse.” The video for the jam was straight out of the 1990s, complete with Cross Colours-inspired gear and a replica of the In Living Color set.
“Back to You,” Selena Gomez
We can count on Selena Gomez to consistently drop some hits. In 2018, she gave us “Back to You,” a song about complicated love.
“Echame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi and Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato joined forces with Luis Fonsi to give us one of the best Spanglish songs of the year, “Echame La Culpa.” The video has been viewed on YouTube 1.6 billion times.
“Taki Taki,” DJ Snake, Ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B
Selena Gomez was at it again with the hits this year with “Taki Taki.” The DJ Snake song, which also features Cardi B and Ozuna, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot Latin songs chart.
“Esta Rico,” Marc Anthony, Will Smith, and Bad Bunny
Tio Will Smith showed us more of his Latino side when he teamed up with Marc Anthony and Bad Bunny for the jam “Esta Rico.” We’ve already seen him salsa dancing with Marc Anthony and getting down in Colombia, on Instagram, so we’re stoked to see him embrace even more of our culture.
“All I Want for Christmas is You,” Mariah Carey
“All I Want for Christmas is You” is the ultimate classic holiday song and it’s still hot even this year. It’s so fab, that it (of course) is currently topping the Billboard Holiday 100, Holiday Digital Song Sales, and Holiday Airplay charts.