Each week, in a segment we call #TBT, we take a look back at the people, places, and things that stood out in Latinx culture. This week, we are going to give you the essential summer playlist—from the 2000s. This throwback collection features one hit song of the summer from every year of the decade.
“Maria Maria,” Santana, The Product G&B (2000)
Before there was “Wild Thoughts,” there was “Maria Maria.” The Santana hit song was recently sampled for the 2017 summer chart topper by DJ Khaled (featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller).
“Lady Marmalade,” Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott (2001)
Part of the Moulin Rouge! soundtrack, “Lady Marmalade,” a cover of the Labelle number one hit (in 1974) also topped the charts (in 2001). We all live for Christina belting the words with enough force to knock down buildings (like a diva should).
“Hey Ma,” Cam’ron, Juelz Santana, Freakey Zekey, and Toya (2002)
“Hey Ma” was another 2000s’ hit that benefited from having a familiar sound. The summer jam sampled The Commodores’ “Easy.” There are two Afro-Latinos on the track—Dominican Juelz Santana and Puerto Rican Toya.
“Suga Suga,” Baby Bash, Frankie J (2003)
Baby Bash and Frankie J teamed up to give us the smooth summer song “Suga Suga.” We think they repped for Mexico quite well with this hit jam.
“Lean Back,” Terror Squad (2004)
The best songs are accompanied by dance moves. Puerto Rican/Cuban Fat Joe’s “Lean Back” had us doing just that all summer.
“Get It Poppin’,” Fat Joe, Nelly (2005)
Fat Joe was on a roll in ’04 and ’05. The summer after he had us leaning back, we decided to continue dancing—this time to “Get It Poppin.” Disclaimer: We are not responsible for the lyrics “gon get get get it poppin'” stuck in your head.
“Ain’t No Other Man,” Christina Aguilera (2006)
The 2000s weren’t too shabby for Christina Aguilera either. In 2006, she decided to get back to old school basics, with an album of the same name. It’s single, “Ain’t No Other Man” had women singing the praises of their men (or imagined men).
“Whine Up,” Kat de Luna, Elephant Man (2007)
Dominicana Kat de Luna was bringing all the Caribbean flavor with her summer hit, “Whine Up.” This song also had an accompanying dance called The Whine Up.
“Damaged,” Danity Kane (2008)
Danity Kane, a group created during the third season of Diddy’s reality competition show, Making the Band, had the best “be careful with my heart” jam with “Damaged.” Repping for all Latinas within the group was Mexicana Aundrea Fimbres.
“I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho),” Pitbull (2009)
It wouldn’t be a danceable, summer jam, Latino playlist without Mr. 305 himself. In 2009, we were all counting out like it was Sesame Street: “One-two-three-four, Uno-do’-tres-cuatro.”
“Dynamite,” Taio Cruz (2010)
At the end of the decade, Brazilian/Nigerian Taio Cruz Brazilian had us dancing to his hit song, “Dynamite.” The jam reached number one in several countries, and was #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US.