Daddy Yankee is arguably the king of reggaetón. The Puerto Rican native, born Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, has played a significant role in the rise of reggaetón going mainstream. The genre is now dominating Latin music airways and sweeping award shows left and right. Daddy Yankee has been serving us hit-after-hit since the early 2000s and he has shown no signs of slowing down — at least not anytime soon.
February 3 is Daddy Yankee’s birthday (this year he turns 43); what better time to celebrate this musical legacy than to look at some of his biggest hits? Here the 30 Daddy Yankee songs that hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
“Sigueme y Te Sigo”
“Sigueme y te Sigo” was released in 2015 and is described as a dance love song. It is one of the singles that were supposed to appear on the album, El Disco Duro, slated for release in 2017. The track peaked at #6 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and stayed on that chart for 25 weeks.
“Con Calma” with Katy Perry Ft. Snow
Remixes often take a great song and push it to another level. The “Con Calma” song, which originally was a collaboration between Daddy Yankee and Snow, got a dose of California sunshine via pop star Katy Perry. The hit went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
There are a handful of Daddy Yankee jams that are deemed classics. “Rompe” is one of those songs. Released in 2005, it proved to be a monster hit. It topped the Hot Latin Songs chart for more than three months and got a remix with fellow Puerto Rican Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, and Nelly Furtado.
One of Daddy Yankee’s more recent hits is the 2016, contagious, can’t-help-but-move “Shaky Shaky.” It’s another jam that topped the Hot Latin Songs chart and was also going to appear on the album, El Disco Duro. “Shaky Shaky” won an ASCAP Award in 2017 for Latin Award-Winning Urban Songs.
“China” with Ozuna, Anuel AA, J Balvin, and Karol G
Reggaeton collaborations are puro fuego. They allow the talents of several different artists to create a unique musical moment that may not happen ever again. Take “China,” for example. The jam, which was released last year, brings together the following reggaeton heavyweights: Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Ozuna, Karol G, and Anuel AA. No wonder it went to #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (and #4 on the Hot 100).
“Despacito” with Luis Fonsi Ft. Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber
“Despacito” was a gargantuan hit. It was the first song primarily in Spanish to reach #1 on the Hot 100 since “Macarena” and it spent 16 weeks there. It was tied with Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” for the longest-running #1 song. It is also the longest-running #1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart at a whopping 56 weeks. In addition to so many other accolades, the remix specifically was also honored with three Grammy nominations for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.
“Lo Que Paso, Paso”
Barrio Fino was the breakout album that put Daddy Yankee on the musical map. One of its top tracks, is “Lo Que Paso, Paso.” It reached #2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and #1 on the Tropical Airplay chart.
“Soltera” with Lunay and Bad Bunny
The remix of the Lunay’s song “Soltera” has a trifecta of Puerto Rican reggaeton talent on it. Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny join the 19-year-old singer on the jam, which was released in 2019, and peaked at #3 on the Hot Latin Songs chart.
“Pasarela” comes off of Daddy Yankee’s most recent album, Prestige. The #4 jam (on the Hot Latin Songs chart) allowed him to work in a music genre he doesn’t usually release music in — merengue.
“Asesina,” with Brytiago, Darell, Ozuna, and Anuel AA
A 2018 jam that landed Daddy Yankee in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart is “Asesina.” The original is a Brytiago and Darrell song, but the remix brought on Ozuna and Daddy Yankee, with favorable results. It peaked at #7 on the chart.
“Impacto,” Ft. Fergie
We know Daddy Yankee has fire jams, and we know that Fergie does as well. In 2007, the two were brought together for the remix of “Impacto.” It reached #2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, and was nominated for the very first Latin Grammy Award for Best Urban Song.
“Moviendo Caderas,” Yandel Ft. Daddy Yankee
“Moviendo Caderas” is a Yandel jam featuring Daddy Yankee. It was released in 2013, and appear’s on Yandel’s album, De Lider a Leyenda. The song reached #10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2014.
“Nota de Amor,” Wisin and Carlos Vives, Ft. Daddy Yankee
You know when Carlos Vives gets on a track, the sound is going to have that vallenato influence. That is definitely true in “Nota de Amor,” which brings together Daddy Yankee and Wisin with the Colombian singer. The 2015 song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
“Adictiva,” with Anuel AA
In addition to “China,” Daddy Yankee collaborated with fellow Puerto Rican Anuel AA on the song “Adictiva.” Reaching #10 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, the 2019 track speaks about addiction to a person.
Next on our list of Daddy Yankee hits is “Vaiven.” The song was released in 2015 and reached #7 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. It was the second single released from what would have been Daddy Yankee’s 2017 album, El Disco Duro.
This next Daddy Yankee song takes us back to 2010. “La Despedida” is off of his album Daddy Yankee Mundial and not only reached #4 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, but also was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Latin Rhythm Airplay Song of the Year.
“Ven Conmigo,” Ft. Prince Royce
Another song that allowed Daddy Yankee to work within the genre of merengue is “Ven Conmigo.” On it, he is joined by Dominican bachata singer Prince Royce. The jam was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Urban Song, and peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.
“Noche De Entierro (Nuestro Amor),” Los Benjamins, Ft. Daddy Yankee, Wisin y Yandel, Zion, Tony Tun Tun, and Hector “El Father”
“Noche de Entierro (Nuestro Amor)” is a song by Los Benjamins, which dropped in 2006. Daddy Yankee was featured on the track, as was Wisin y Yandel, Zion, Tony Tun Tun, and Hector “El Father.” This version charted at #6 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, but there are two remixes of the song with Ivy Queen on them that we no doubt want to check out.
The next Hot Latin Songs charting track in Daddy Yankee’s repertoire is “Limbo.” The 2012 jam, which is on his album Prestige, reached the top spot on the Hot Latin Songs chart but also hit #1 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, the Latin Pop Songs chart, and the Latin Pop Airplay Song chart.
“Machucando” is a song that Daddy Yankee released in 2005. The reggaeton track, from his Barrio Fino en Directo album, not only charted on the Hot Latin Songs chart (at #2), it also hit the top 10 on other Billboard charts: #2 on the Latin Tropical Airplay chart, #3 on the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart, and #8 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart.
“Baila Baila Baila,” Ozuna Ft. Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko, and Anuel AA
“Baila Baila Baila” is one of the Latinx songs you probably had stuck in your head in 2019. The Ozuna jam had a remix, which featured Daddy Yankee, along with J Balvin, Farruko, and Anuel AA. It reached #3 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and was performed at last year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards.
“Mayor Que Yo,” with Tony Tun Tun, Baby Ranks, Wisin y Yandel, and Hector “El Father”
The song “Mayor Que Yo” also brought together a lot of artists. Released in 2005 and on Luny Tunes’ Mas Flow 2 compilation album, the track includes Daddy Yankee, Tony Tun Tun, Hector “El Father,” and Baby Ranks. This version peaked at #3 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, but there are several remixes, sequels, and versions of “Mayor Que Yo.”
“Dura” was another contagious hit that Daddy Yankee is responsible for. The 2018 jam was infused with a reggae sound that had everyone dancing along. It peaked at #2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, but topped the charts in several different countries. “Dura” also was #1 on the YouTube Music Global Top 100 list and won a Latin Grammy (for Best Urban Song), and a Billboard Latin Music Award (for Digital Song of the Year).
Daddy Yankee’s “Pose” got up to #4 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. It was released in 2008, and appears on the album, Talento de Barrio. A departure from his usual reggaeton music, “Pose” includes electro and dance sounds, among others.
“Lovumba (Prestige)” was dropped in 2011 and also features different sounds from Daddy Yankee. The song brings together soca, dance, mambo, and calypso, and appeared on the Hot Latin Songs chart, peaking at #1 in 2012.
“Andas En Mi Cabeza,” Chino y Nacho Ft. Daddy Yankee
In 2016, Daddy Yankee was featured on Chino y Nacho’s song “Andas En Mi Cabeza.” The love song proved to be a hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, and being certified platinum.
“Ella Me Levanto”
“Ella Me Levanto” is a single off of Daddy Yankee’s 2007 album El Cartel: The Big Boss. Performed at the Latin Grammys that year, the song brings together reggaeton and salsa; the resulting sound actually has its own genre, called salsaton. It reached #2 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and #4 on the Tropical Songs chart.
“Que Tire Pa’ Lante”
One of Daddy Yankee’s newer jams, 2019’s “Que Tire Pa’ Lante” charted at #7 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart. The catchy AF song uses a sample from Cutty Ranks’ “A Who Seh Me Dun,” and features a dembow sound/influence.
“La Nueva y La Ex”
“La Nueva y La Ex” is a Daddy Yankee song which he released in 2013. The song, about the new girlfriend and the ex, reached #9 on the Hot Latin Songs chart in 2014. The video was filmed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was directed by Puerto Rican filmmaker Christian Suau.
“Bella y Sensual,” Romeo Santos Ft. Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam
When you put together greats like Romeo Santos, Daddy Yankee, and Nicky Jam, you know you’re going to get a hit song. The three collaborated on the 2017 song “Bella y Sensual,” which gave Romeo Santos, who is the King of Bachata, the opportunity to do another reggaeton recording. The track reached #6 on the Hot Latin Songs chart and #1 on the Tropical Airplay chart.