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The Best Latin Music Albums of 2011

Featuring A Compilation of The Most Popular CDs in 2011

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The end of the year is coming soon and it is the time to remember the most popular Latin music of 2011. Although some of the following albums were produced in 2010, they enjoyed most of their success this year. The following is the list of the hottest CDs of 2011.

‘Illustrated Songs’ – Gaby Moreno

Photo Courtesy Paisley Records
Photo Courtesy Paisley Records

Latin Alternative music enjoyed a good year in 2011. One of the best albums in this genre was Illustrated Songs by Guatemalan artist Gaby Moreno. This CD got outstanding reviews throughout the year thanks to its pleasant melodies and Gaby Moreno's powerful voice. Illustrated Songs is one of the best Latin music albums of 2011.

‘Musica + Alma + Sexo’ – Ricky Martin

Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin
Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin

Ricky Martin's Musica + Alma + Sexo was one of the most anticipated albums of 2011. This CD marked a solid comeback for one of the biggest Latin Pop stars in the world. The most popular single from this album was "The Best Thing About Me Is You".

‘Cigala & Tango’ – Diego ‘El Cigala’

Photo courtesy Ediciones El Pais S.L.
Photo courtesy Ediciones El Pais S.L.
Spanish singer Diego 'El Cigala' proved once again his talent to mix Flamenco music with other Latin music genres. Cigala & Tango received the Best Tango Album Award at the 2011 Latin Grammy Awards. Some of the best tracks include titles such as "Las Cuarenta," "El Dia Que Me Quieras" and "En Esta Tarde Gris". This is one of the best Latin albums of the year.

‘Sale El Sol’ – Shakira

Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin
Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin

Although this album was released in 2010, Shakira made the most out of it this year. The Colombian singer not only grabbed several music awards thanks to this album but also was able to maintain her music on radio stations throughout 2011. Songs like "Rabiosa," "Loca" and "Gypsy" enjoyed lots of popularity.

‘Planet Pit’ – Pitbull

Photo Courtesy RCA
Photo Courtesy RCA

Pitbull had a wonderful 2011. Pretty much everything he touched this year became gold. He enjoyed popularity as a featured artist alongside stars like Shakira ("Rabiosa") and Enrique Iglesias ("I Like It"). However, his album Planet Pit consolidated this Miami rapper as one of the absolute stars of 2011 thanks to tracks such as "Give Me Everything," featuring Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer, and "Rain Over Me," featuring Marc Anthony.

‘Prince Royce’ – Prince Royce

Photo Courtesy Top Stop Music
Photo Courtesy Top Stop Music

Prince Royce was the most popular Bachata artist throughout the year. This popularity was the result of his album Prince Royce, which included hit songs such as "Stand By Me" and "Corazon Sin Cara". Prince Royce was definitely one of the top Latin albums in 2011.

‘Euphoria’ – Enrique Iglesias

Photo Courtesy Republic
Photo Courtesy Republic

Thanks to Euphoria, Enrique Iglesias received more than 20 music award nominations in 2011. Even though this CD was released last year, the Spanish artist enjoyed tremendous popularity in 2011 with tracks such as "I Like It," featuring Cuban-American rapper Pitbull.

‘MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte and Friends’ – Los Tigres del Norte

Photo Courtesy Fonovisa
Photo Courtesy Fonovisa

The first ever MTV Unplugged album of Regional Mexican music was a hit. With 'MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte and Friends', the kings of Norteno music exposed this music genre to a broader audience. Tracks like "Golpes En El Corazon," featuring Paulina Rubio, and "La Jaula De Oro," featuring Juanes placed this album on top of Mexican music charts. Los Tigres del Norte delivered one of the best Latin music albums of 2011.

'Formula Vol. 1' - Romeo Santos

Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin
Photo courtesy Sony U.S. Latin

Even if Bachata was dominated by Prince Royce for most of 2011, Romeo Santos delivered one of the most popular albums of this genre towards the end of the year. Since its release, Formula Vol. 1 became a sensation not only among Bachata fans but also Latin music enthusiasts. The former Aventura member delivered a strong album that has transformed Bachata into an authentic mainstream phenomenon.

‘Los Vaqueros: El Regreso’ – Wisin Y Yandel

Photo Courtesy Machete Music
Photo Courtesy Machete Music

This was a good year for Reggaeton duo Wisin Y Yandel. These Puerto Rican artists enjoyed lots of popularity in 2011 thanks to the tracks included in the album Los Vaqueros: El Regreso. Songs like "Tu Olor," "Estoy Enamorado" and "Zun Zun Rompiendo Caderas" were among the most popular singles in the Reggaeton and Urban field.

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