No matter what happens However you break it down, reggaeton is one of the most popular music genres on the planet. The genre’s stars are some of the biggest in the industry — Bad Bunny has been the world’s most-streamed artist for two years in a row — and their hits have become instant international supernovas, played in every country imaginable. Reggaeton is a global phenomenon and a commercial force that has transformed the Latin music business, despite the odds, and shows no signs of slowing down.
The genre also represents a rich cultural history, with stories of migration, resistance and celebration. The music has deep roots in Panama, where reggae originated in black communities in the eighties and nineties. in spanish Tracks that traveled the world and captured people’s imaginations. These sounds grew especially in Puerto Rico and blossomed in the island’s underground during the nineties, cross-pollinated with the hip hop scene in New York and eventually erupted worldwide. Lots of songs — be it classic deep cuts the beach Mixtapes, or the record-breaking chart-toppers of recent years — are a reflection of the genre’s complex narrative and complicated evolution.
Narrowing down the 100 best reggaeton songs of all time was no easy task. The reggaeton canon spans decades and continents and branches into all kinds of music — bachata, EDM, hip-hop, salsa and more. Some may debate whether some of the songs on here belong on the reggaeton list; However, there was some reggae en español, dembow, and underground rap classics from pioneers like Nando Boom, El General, and Latin Fresh that were so ground-breaking, we found it impossible to hold off.
We also got input from all corners of the music business. To compile our list, we put together a panel of critics, experts and music industry veterans. Those voters included:
Kat Bauza, Senior News Editor, Rolling Stone
Eklin Luzmila Caraballo, writer and editor
John Dolan, Review Editor, Rolling Stone
Richard Duran, Rolling Stone in Spanish
Katelina “Gata” Eccleston, reggaeto history
Veronica Bayetti Flores, music journalist
Simon Wojcik-Levinson, Deputy Music Editor, Rolling Stone
Julissa Lopez, Senior Music Editor, Rolling Stone
Jennifer Mota, music historian and journalist
Moises Mendez II, Culture Reporter
Diego Ortiz, Rolling Stone in Spanish
George Pabonmolsk TV
Jerry Pules, Latin music programmer, Apple Music
AJ Ramos, US Latin and Latin America Artist Relations Manager, YouTube
Maykol Sanchez, Head of Artist and Label Partnerships, LATAM and US Latin, Spotify
Gary Suarez, music journalist
Lucas Villa, music journalist
Antonio Vazquez, Head of US Latin Publishing – Spotify
Chente Ydrach, host
The style is complex; She continues to thrive and flourish in a way that surprises even his biggest fans. Over the years, we are sure that songs will take on new meanings and new innovations will change the course of the genre. For now, here they are Rolling StoneThe 100 Greatest Reggaeton Songs of All Time.