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Essential Latin Pop Albums

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Latin Pop represents a huge part of the overall popularity Latin music enjoys today around the world. Most of the following works were responsible for transforming their creators into icons of the Latin Pop genre. From Enrique Iglesias' Escape to Ricky Martin's self-titled album, these are some of the most influential, popular and best Latin Pop albums ever produced in history.

Enrique Iglesias – ‘Escape’ (2001)

Photo Courtesy Interscope Records
Photo Courtesy Interscope Records

Enrique Iglesias is widely celebrated as one of the top Latin Pop singers in the world. A lot of that reputation comes from this album, which to this date is still his best selling work. Besides the worldwide sensation created by the single "Escape," whose video with Anna Kournikova further increased the popularity of this single, the album included additional hits such as "Hero" and "Don't Turn Off The Lights."

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Shakira – ‘Pies Descalzos’ (1996)

Photo courtsey Sony Latin
Photo courtsey Sony Latin

Shakira's destiny as a Latin Pop sensation started with this album. Pies Descalzos is still regarded by many as the best work ever produced by Shakira. The album is an authentic collection of hits where every single song is better than the other. Because of this, Pies Descalzos is definitely one of the most defining Latin Pop albums in the history of this genre. This production includes hits such as "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos," "Donde Estas Corazon," "Estoy Aqui," and "Un Poco De Amor."

Paulina Rubio – ‘Pau-Latina’ (2004)

Photo courtesy Universal Latino
Photo courtesy Universal Latino

With this album, the Mexican singer was able to consolidate her own place as one of the most influential Pop Latino artists. The "Golden Girl," as she is usually referred to, experienced enormous success with this work and her single "Te Quise Tanto" became a worldwide hit. The album, which includes popular songs like "Dame Otro Tequila" and "Algo Tienes," offers a good opportunity to see the musical evolution of an authentic icon of the Latin Pop scene.

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Julieta Venegas – ‘Si’ (2003)

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Photo Courtesy Sony Latin

Julieta Venegas is one of today's most refreshing Latin Pop singers. Her style was defined with this album, which sold over a million copies around the world. Her music is both pleasant and innovative and Si offers the best side of the popular Mexican artist. Top songs include "Lento," "Donde Quiero Estar," "Lo Que Pidas," and "Andar Conmigo."

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Alejandro Sanz – ‘El Alma Al Aire’ (2000)

Photo courtesy Warner Musica Latina
Photo courtesy Warner Musica Latina

One of the most successful albums of the Spanish singer, El Alma Al Aire gave Alejandro Sanz four Grammy awards in the 43rd edition of this event. The single "El Alma Al Aire" was responsible for bringing the album to the top of the charts in several countries. For instance, El Alma Al Aire sold one million copies in Spain just one week after its release. Thanks to his unique Flamenco-like singing style and his songwriting skills, Alejandro Sanz has become one of the most influential artists of the Pop Latino movement.

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Thalia – ‘Thalia’ (2002)

Photo Courtesy EMI Latin
Photo Courtesy EMI Latin

Something quite common about mainstream artists is that you either love them or hate them. Somehow, Mexican singer Thalia fits that rationale quite well. However, for all of those who do love Thalia, this Mexican singer is the absolute Queen of Latin Pop music. That title is tightly related to the enormous popularity of her 2002 self-titled album. Thalia's top hits includes tracks like "A Quien Le Importa," "Tu Y Yo" and "No Me Enseñaste."

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Juanes – ‘Un Dia Normal’ (2002)

Photo courtesy Universal Latino
Photo courtesy Universal Latino

A wonderful album from beginning to end, Un Dia Normal provided Juanes with a huge international exposure thanks to the popularity of songs such as "A Dios Le Pido," "Es Por Ti," "La Paga," and "Fotografia." After recording Un Dia Normal, Juanes has grown into one of the most influential Latin Pop singers around the world. Un Dia Normal is not only one of the best works from this top Colombian artist but also one of the most refreshing Latin Pop albums coming from that country.

Selena – ‘Dreaming of You’ (1995)

Photo courtesy EMI Latin
Photo courtesy EMI Latin

Although Selena is usually placed around Tejano music, her last album transformed this singer into an icon of the Latin Pop genre. Just a couple of months after her tragic death, Dreaming of You sold over 175,000 copies on its release date. Selena topped the music charts with the single "Dreaming Of You" and her work provided Latin music with new levels of popularity across the US.

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Luis Miguel – ‘Romance’ (1991)

Photo courtesy Warner Musica Latina
Photo courtesy Warner Musica Latina

Even though this album probably fits better a compilation of boleros rather than Latin Pop albums, Romance marked a defining moment in the career of one of the most influential Latin Pop singers in the world. This album was, in fact, nominated for a Grammy award in the category for Best Latin Pop Album. Thanks to what Luis Miguel delivered with this work, younger generations throughout Latin America were able to reconnect with the sounds of the most romantic melodies ever produced in the region. To this date, Romance remains Luis Miguel's bestselling album.

Shakira – ‘Laundry Service’ (2001)

Photo courtesy Sony
Photo courtesy Sony

With Laundry Service, Shakira went global. This was the artist's first attempt at singing in English language. That ambition paid well and Laundry Service still remains the best selling album to date for the Colombian superstar. Apart from the worldwide phenomenon provoked by the single "Whenever, Wherever," this work include additional hits like "Objection (Tango)," "Underneath Your Clothes," and "The One."

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Ricky Martin – ‘Ricky Martin’ (1999)

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Photo courtesy Sony

Right after the amazing performance that Ricky Martin delivered at the 1999 Grammy Awards ceremony, there was a strong sensation that something had changed for Latin music. A few month later, that sensation was confirmed with the enormous popularity that surrounded the release of Ricky Martin. The single "Livin' La Vida Loca" took the world by storm and Ricky Martin was all of the sudden the icon that Latin music needed to reach new heights. Without any doubt, Ricky Martin is one of the most essential Latin Pop albums ever produced.

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