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Essential Ricky Martin Songs

Featuring Latin Pop Hits in English and Spanish from The Puerto Rican Artist

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Ricky Martin is by far one of the most beloved Latin music artists in the world. His music has had a tremendous impact in the exposure that Latin music has gained during the last decade. From "Fuego Contra Fuego" to "Livin' La Vida Loca," the following list features some of the most essential songs ever recorded by the Puerto Rican superstar.

"Fuego Contra Fuego" (from 'Ricky Martin')

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Photo Courtesy Sony US Latin

After becoming a star in his home country, and throughout Latin America, with the sensation boy band Menudo, Ricky Martin started his solo career in 1991 with the release of the album Ricky Martin. Thanks to songs like "Fuego Contra Fuego," "Dime Que Me Quieres" and "Juego De Ajedrez," this Spanish-language album enjoyed lots of popularity. "Fuego Contra Fuego" is a romantic song that captures the style of Ricky Martin's early musical style.

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"I Don't Care" (from 'Life')

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This track belongs to one of the most personal albums recorded by the Puerto Rican singer. In fact, Ricky Martin was behind the lyrics of most of the songs included in this production. The sounds of Life depart a little bit from the traditional Latin Pop beats that transformed Ricky Martin into a Latin music superstar. "I Don't Care," a single featuring rapper Fat Joe and R&B singer Amerie, provided Ricky Martin with a more Urban style.

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"Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" (from 'Sound Loaded')

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A popular single featuring Christina Aguilera, "Nobody Wants To Be Lonely" is one of the best tracks included in the album Sound Loaded. Besides the nice vocals provided by the two singers, the video of this romantic song enhanced the appeal of Ricky Martin as one of the best looking male artists in Latin music.

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"La Bomba" (from 'Vuelve')

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"La Bomba" spiced up the romantic repertoire that Ricky Martin had produced before the release of the 1998 album Vuelve. With its intoxicating Salsa beats, this track became a favorite among party crowds throughout Latin America and the US. The video of this single transformed "La Bomba" into one of the hottest Ricky Martin songs.

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"Tal Vez" (from 'Almas Del Silencio')

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Another track in Spanish language, "Tal Vez" was one of the most romantic songs included in the 2003 album Almas Del Silencio. The lyrics of this soft ballad were written by the popular Venezuelan singer and songwriter Franco De Vita. A beautiful track from beginning to end.

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"She Bangs" (from 'Sound Loaded')

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This is one of those Ricky Martin songs you either love or hate. There is not just a middle way in between. Those who love this track embrace its dancing beats. Regardless of whether we love it or hate it, "She Bangs" became one of the most popular Latin Pop songs ever produced.

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"La Copa De La Vida" (from 'Ricky Martin')

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Originally released with the album Vuelve, the bilingual version that the Puerto Rican singer included in his work Ricky Martin, became a sensation throughout the US. "La Copa De La Vida" was written to celebrate the 1998 World Cup in France. Ricky Martin delivered a memorable performance of this song at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

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"Maria" (from 'A Medio Vivir')

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This Spanish-language song was the absolute hit track from Ricky Martin's third album A Medio Vivir. Its catchy "un, dos, tres" became one of the most popular chorus in night clubs back in the mid-nineties. "Maria" is a simple song defined by solid percussion.

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"The Best Thing About Me Is You" (from 'Musica + Alma + Sexo')

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From Ricky Martin's ninth studio album, "The Best Thing About Me Is You" was the most popular song included in Musica + Alma + Sexo. On that album, the Puerto Rican singer included a version in Spanish, featuring Latin Pop artist Natalia Jimenez, and one in English, featuring British Soul singer Joss Stone. This pleasant track provides a meaningful reflection about loving and respecting each other.

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"Livin' La Vida Loca" (from 'Ricky Martin')

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This is the song that changed everything not only for Ricky Martin but also for Latin Pop as a whole. Thanks to "Livin' La Vida Loca," this Latin music genre was finally embraced by audiences all over the world. With this track, Ricky Martin created the perfect image of the modern Latin lover. The performance he delivered of this song at the 1999 Grammy Awards became legendary.

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