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That Latin is Smackin’

Elizabeth Robertson
Bad Bunny mesmerizes a crowd at Coachella.

What type of music do you think of when you hear the title “Top 50 hits in the United States”? You may think hip-hop, rap, country, all types of music within the English genre, but recently the rise of Spanish-language music has risen to the top of the charts. 

Who is on the top charts, you may ask? Well, it’s people from all parts of the world such as Bad Bunny, Peso Pluma, El Alfa, and J Balvin. Those artists, however, barely scratch the surface of Latin music. Each artist has different cultures and beliefs, yet they all have one thing in common: the art of Spanish music. Furthermore, Spanish music is starting to become a common recurrence in playlists. The question people may ask is why Latin music is rising to the top charts. It’s simply because the music is different. The mood, beats, and lyrics are all unique and allow the listener to digest all aspects of the songs.

You may be thinking, “Okay, but why should I care?” It’s simple: We live in a country where cultural music goes unappreciated. Now that Spanish music is making its rise to the top charts in America, people are starting to broaden their music palette. Personally, I grew up around Spanish music, but throughout the years I’ve become more comfortable mentioning it to friends and trying to make my interest known. I get surprised when I am talking to people about music and a foreign artist comes up on their list, because for many years Spanish music has been underrepresented and underappreciated in our country.

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