Some of the most famous Latin pop songs have survived military dictatorships, war, famine and natural disasters — and they still hold up in spite of passing trends. Rolling Stone contributors selected 50 of the most influential songs in Latin pop history, ranked in chronological order. Valens successfully merged the worlds of Latin American music and American rock in his take, adopting a California surf vibe while keeping the Spanish-language lyrics intact. The song solidified Valens as a pioneer in the Chicano and Latin rock movement, making him one of the first Latin artists to successfully cross over into Top 40 territory. His short-lived career, however, came to an untimely end when the year-old Valens, alongside Buddy Holly, J. East L. It was then that Ben allegedly dropped off the tour and bought a one-way ticket back to South America — his song, however, remained with Mendes. That same year a military junta took over Brazil, employing a fierce nationalism and anti-imperialism that eschewed all Western cultural influence. The song remains a staple of Brazilian music history to this day. Mendes later re-recorded his hit in with the Black Eyed Peas , but the version only gets better with age.
Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Cuban-American singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan , released in The album includes songs with soft rock influenced sounds as well as more upbeat Latin pop works inspired by dance music. The tracks were gathered from various releases over the to period. Although credited solely to Estefan on the front cover, the album serves as a collection of her greatest hits both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Miami Sound Machine , which later became her backing group. The album also contains four previously unreleased songs. The track listing for the U. Many international releases of the album include the songs "Dr.
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Emilio heard Gloria sing at a wedding and asked her to join his wedding band, the Miami Latin Boys. They fell in love and married, and the group changed its name to Miami Sound Machine. They played a fusion of American popular music -- rock and roll, funk and disco -- but always with Cuban rhythms at its heart. The band was signed by CBS Records, and the next five years were spent in grueling tours across Latin America, selling out venues, promoting their albums. Then one day Gloria had an epiphany: Why not do a Conga in English?
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