Which song hits you the most last year?
Despite the rising of indie music in Hong Kong, Latin American has been sweeping across the world in 2017. The music charts in United States have already been taken over by a bunch of Latin songs in 2017. In fact, the U.S. is not the sole country that’s influenced by South American music. Latin music has confidently topped various charts and grabbed a few awards just in 2017. All over the globe, including Hong Kong, fans of different genres are all in love with the sudden hit. 2017 is a banner year for Latin music, but in 2018, what will be its fate?
The birth of the Latin music trend can be contributed to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’. Released just after six months, the song had already topped a bunch of charts and breaked the record of global streaming as well as most viewed Youtube video of all time. As of now, ‘Despacito’ has hit over 4.6 billion views on Youtube. The suddenly worldwide viral song is, no doubt, a song all music lovers has heard of. Its uplifting, fun, dancing and movitating characteristics combined creates a catchy and hard-to-forget rhythm that lingers. Because of that, ‘Despacito’ grabbed a Grammy for Song of the Year in 2017. It, indeed, is a good closing for the song. Yet, the award doesn’t mark the end of Latin music; it is in fact the opening of the music to the world.
Perhaps we’re all too familiar with the vibrant beats from ‘Despacito’, some might think that it’s the only characteristic of South American music. The genre, actually, is much more diverse and expansive than you may have thought.
It may shock you that there are over sixty styles in Latin music. Among which, Salsa is considered the most popular Latin music genre around the globe. It’s based on Cuban music and the rhythm is vibrantly uplifting. The genre represents a combination of music styles including rock, jazz and other Latin American music traditions. Reggaeton is another well-liked subgenre in Latin music. Based in Puerto Rico, the music style usually includes rapping and singing in Spanish. It features a mixture of hip-hop, R&B, Latin American and Caribbean music. The world renowned ‘Despacito’ and ‘Mi Gente’ by J Balvin, Willy William and Beyoncé are among this subgenre. The latter song is as infectious as ‘Despacito’ and has created a dance floor anthem for all party animals on Earth.
In 2017, the most renowned Latin American songs seems to be in Reggaeton genre. Yet, with all the subgenres waiting to be explored, it’s hard to say which one stands out. However, one thing for sure is that 2018 is likely to be a blast for Latin music. BOOM anticipates those upcoming dope collaborations and crossovers for some marvellous music in this 2018.