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Top Latin Songs of 2013 (So Far)

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Now that we are halfway through the year, it is a good time to take a look at some of the best and most popular Latin songs of 2013. The following compilation features tracks coming from all corners of the Latin music universe including hits from genres such as Salsa, Regional Mexican music, Bachata and Latin Alternative music. So far, I think it is fair to say this 2013 has been a generous, prolific year for Latin music.

"Te Perdiste Mi Amor" - Thalia with Prince Royce

Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin
Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin

Even though Thalia released her album Habitame Siempre late last year, her bilingual single "Te Perdiste Mi Amor" featuring Bachata sensation singer Prince Royce has been one of the most popular Latin songs of 2013. If you are into the trendy Bachata Pop style, this is the single for you.

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"El Jardin" - Kali Mutsa

Photo Courtesy SHOCK Music
Photo Courtesy SHOCK Music

After the enormous success of their debut EP Ambrolina, the Chilean band Kali Mutsa hit the Latin music market this year with "El Jardin," the first single released from the band's upcoming untitled first full-length album. "El Jardin" brings back the band's unique combination of electronic, gypsy and traditional Andean music.

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"Tu No Tienes La Culpa" - Julion Alvarez y Su Norteno Banda

Photo Courtesy Fonovisa
Photo Courtesy Fonovisa

As far as Mexican music goes, I have to say this is one of my favorite songs of 2013. From the album "Tu Amigo Nada Mas," this track shines on its simple, catchy sound and the romantic singing of Julion Alvarez. A fantastic song from beginning to end.

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"Pide Piso" - Bajofondo

Photo Courtesy Masterworks
Photo Courtesy Masterworks

This song belongs to what Gustavo Santaolalla defines as Bajofondo's music, an eclectic combination of sounds where this popular band mixes traditional styles from El Rio de la Plata such as Tango and Murga with all kinds of music styles including Classical music, Jazz, Electronica and Rock. "Pide Piso" is not only one of the top singles from Bajofondo's album Presente but also one the coolest Latin songs of 2013.

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"Mas Y Mas" - Draco Rosa with Ricky Martin

Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin
Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin

From Draco Rosa's celebrated compilation album Vida, this track is one of the best singles included in that production. If you are into Pop, this single featuring Puerto Rican superstars Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin may be just what you are looking for.

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"La Que Me Gusta" - Los Amigos Invisibles

Photo Courtesy Nacional Records
Photo Courtesy Nacional Records

Considering the overall quality and original sound of the whole work, it is difficult to pick one single from Repeat After Me, one of the very best Latin music albums of 2013. That said, however, "La Que Me Gusta" has been one of the most popular songs from Los Amigos Invisibles' outstanding album. If you want something easy and refreshing, this is the song for you.

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"Limbo" - Daddy Yankee

Photo Courtesy El Cartel Records
Photo Courtesy El Cartel Records

Even though this single was released last year with Daddy Yankee's album Prestige, one of the top productions of 2012, "Limbo" has been one of the most popular Latin songs of 2013. If you like the new sounds of Latin Urban music, this is as good as it gets.

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"ICE El Hielo" - La Santa Cecilia

Photo Courtesy Universal Latino
Photo Courtesy Universal Latino

From Treinta Dias, one of the best Latin music album of 2013, "ICE El Hielo" is La Santa Cecilia's most controversial track. Behind the delicate voice of lead singer La Marisoul and the Bossa Nova arrangements that adorn the melody, this single conveys a powerful message regarding the human drama surrounding immigration in the US. A fantastic song from a fantastic album, which also includes amazing tracks such as "Falling" and "Losing Game."

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"Como Le Gusta A Tu Cuerpo" - Carlos Vives with Michel Telo

Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin
Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin

After several years away from the international spotlight, Vallenato superstar Carlos Vives has placed his comeback album Corazon Profundo in the top places of Latin music charts all over the world. After the hit single "Volvi A Nacer," this year Carlos Vives has enjoyed lots of popularity with "Como Le Gusta A Tu Cuerpo," the catchy track featuring Brazilian Sertaneja singer Michel Telo.

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"Le Dio Pa' Mi" - Clasicom

Photo Courtesy BN Records
Photo Courtesy BN Records

I have to say Clasicom's "Le Dio Pa Mi" is one of the nicest surprises I have recently heard in Salsa music. Although this single was released last year, it has maintained its enormous popularity throughout 2013 thanks to the cool remix featuring Urban star Julio Voltio. A fantastic track of the so-called Salsa Urbana style.

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"Te Amo (Para Siempre)" - Intocable

Photo Courtesy Fonovisa Inc.
Photo Courtesy Fonovisa Inc.

Besides being one of the top Latin songs of 2013, "Te Amo (Para Siempre)" is also one of the most romantic tracks of the year. Even if you are not into Mexican music, the elegant arrangements and the country-like sound of this track can easily capture a whole range of music fans. No wonder why this song has been in the top places of music charts all over the place.

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"Vivir Mi Vida" - Marc Anthony

Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin
Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin

This coming July, Latin music superstar Marc Anthony will be releasing his anticipated Salsa album. To further increase the expectations around this production, the famous Latin Pop and Salsa music singer has taken "Vivir Mi Vida," the first single released from the upcoming work, to the top places of the Billboard charts and music rankings everywhere. Even though this single is not really 'original,' it is definitely one of the catchiest Latin tunes of 2013.

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