The beauty of travelling to other countries is that you realise how limited our knowledge of these countries or even continents as a whole is. For example, besides the popular music that we hear playing on the radio from Latin or South America, they have a whole music industry just like South Africa or America, and probably every other country.
Here in South America they have the popular dance music, they have rock music, the boy bands and the adult contemporary ballad singers, also singer-songwriters and cultural artists.
So we thought we would make a list of the most popular songs at the moment as played on the radio here for the rest of the world to hear. Sure it is mostly in Spanish, which most South Africans and many people around the world don't understand, but if you can listen to Despacito in Spanish, or Pavarotti in Italian or Die Antwoord in Afrikaans (so many international travellers LOVE them), then why not? It opens your mind and heart and maybe opens a whole new music genre for you.
Some great party songs here.
So here goes in no particular order:
1. Robarte un Beso - Carlos Vives & Sebastian Yatra
My favourite song at the moment. It has the typical Latin American dance beat that we all love and it is just such a fun song and easy to love. The cute and fun video explains the song quite well.
Robarte un Beso, or Steal a Kiss from You, is about stealing a kiss from the person you like or love to show them you love them and to make them fall in love with you again.
2. Una Lady Como Tu - Manuel Turizo
This Reggaeton type song starts of quite slow but finds a nice beat from the chorus. It is quite chill, but popular.
He is looking for "a lady like you" that he can treat like a lady like bring her flowers, and write her name in a thousand love songs so she can fall in love with him like he is in love with her.
3. Subeme La Radio - Enrique Iglesias ft. Descemer Bueno. Zion & Lennox
No list of Latin American songs would be complete without an Enrique song. And quite a few of his songs are playing on the radio at the moment. This is one of his typical songs with a typical latin-american dance beat that you can dance to accompanied by the video that always looks like they are having so much fun. Featuring Descemer Bueno again (from Bailando), a Cuban singer, songwriter and music producer.
Basically the song is about turning up the radio that is playing (his) favourite song and drowning his sorrows with alcohol and partying because he is heartbroken.
4. Perdon Perdon - Ha*Ash
It is difficult not to like these American-Mexican sisters with their pop rock love ballads. They have been around since 2002 and have won several music awards with great success especially in Mexico. They currently have 2 popular songs playing on the radio, both love songs with great lyrics that every person can relate to. Not to mention the beautiful melodies. And all their songs are so relatable.
Perdon Perdon, or Forgive Me Forgive Me, is quite a sad song. It is the realisation that you gave your heart and soul to a person who didn't feel the same about you. You ask for forgiveness for thinking that they were the love of your life, for creating love stories in your head and thinking that they felt the same about you, when in fact they didn't.
5. La Bicicleta - Carlos Vives & Shakira
A collaboration between two Colombian artists, this song has a lot of Colombian elements: different music styles and traditional elements.
Basically a sentimental song, reminiscing on their childhood's while cycling through the neighbourhoods they grew up in.
6. Lo Aprendi de Ti - Ha*Ash
The second popular song at the moment, "I learned it from you". Basically she learned from him that one kiss can make you fall in love, that that one moment can change your life. Then the relationship doesn't work out, again in a moment she learned that she never thought she could feel so lonely. When she forgot about him and found someone else, she learned from him that she could feel so much love from someone else.
7. Eschame la Culpa - Luiz Fonsi ft Demi Lovato
The only song with some English lyrics. It's not you, it's me. Blame it on me.
8. El Farsante (remix) - Ozuna & Romeo Santos
Ozuna is a Puerto Rican Reggaeton and Latin Trap singer. If you like Reggaeton and R&B you will love this song "The Phony" or "Impostor". He is saying that he is a phony in love without her and can never love another person again.
If you love R'nB you would love this song. Not our favourite though.
9. Reggaeton Lento (Bailemos) - CNCO
Reggateon is super popular in Latin America. So here is another one.
CNCO (cinco or five) is a Latin boy band with members from different Latin American countries. They were formed on the TV Show La Banda, created by Simon Cowell and produced by Ricky Martin.
This song is ridiculously catchy and really difficult not to dance to - even if I have to admit it myself (blush).
A typical boy band and Latin American song about liking a girl who does the sexy dance because you know hips don't lie, in cute shorts and coffee coloured lipstick, and he wanted to get closer and asked her to dance because the night is meant for Reaggaton Lento. The video has the typical boy band choreographed dance moves, at least with a more Latin American gansta twist. It has a few English lyrics.
10. Corazon - Maluma ft Nego de Borel
A collaboration with Brazilian artist Nego de Borel, this song in Portuguese and Spanish talks about moving on from bad relationships and giving pieces of their hearts to different girls.
So did you find your new favourite song?
We would love to know which one's you love in the comments below.