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Selena Y Los Dinos Songs Ranked from Best to Bestest

This past Saturday we celebrated the 23rd anniversary of Selena’s untimely death and to celebrate her life and legacy we decided to create a list of what we consider to be the best 20 Selena Y Los Dinos Songs… but if you think we missed something don’t forget to let us know in the comment section below.

20. Ámame.

Credit: Ámame. EMI Latin.

“Ámame” is the 4th single from her 4th studio album, Entre a Mi Mundo. The song peaked at #27 on Billboard US Hot Latin Songs in 1993.

19. Besitos.

Credit: Selena. EMI Latin.

“Besitos” was one of track no. 4 in Selena’s self-titled 1989 debut album. She recorded this album when she was only 17 and peaked at #7 on U.S Billboard Regional Mexican Albums by 1990.

18. Ya Ves.

Credit: Ven Conmigo. EMI.

“Ya Ves” is the 1st track on her second studio album, Ven Conmigo. The album came out in 1990, the same year she won as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards.

17. Missing My Baby.

Credit: Entre a Mi Mundo. EMI Latin.

“Missing My Baby” is considered to be a contemporary R&B ballad, which peaked at #22 on US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40. The song was later covered by R&B group, Full Force and even helped them won gold and platinum discs.

16. No Debes Jugar.

Credit: No Debes Jugar. EMI Latin.

“No Debes Jugar” is the lead single from her 1st life album, Live!. The song peaked at #3 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs and earn two nominations for Best Song of the Year in 1994 by Tejano Music Awards and Premios Lo Nuestro.

15. Donde Quiera Que Estés.

Credit: Donde Quiera Que Estés. EMI Latin.

“Donde Quiera Que Estés” was a collaboration with Barrio Boyz for their 2nd studio album. The song reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs for 6 weeks and later became the 6th most performed Latin song of 1994.

14. Fotos Y Recuerdos.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“Fotos Y Recuerdos” is a single from her 4th studio album, Amor Prohibido. The song is a cover version of the 1983 song by the Pretenders, “Back on the Chain Gang”, many agree that Selena’s cover outshines the original. It reached #20 on the US Billboard Hot Latin Songs of All-Time and was even included as #47 on the “50 Best Songs of the Nineties“ by Rolling Stones Magazine.

13. La Llamada.

Credit: Selena Live. EMI Latin.

“La Llamada” is Selena’s 2nd single from her album Live!. The song peaked at #5 on the Hot Latin Songs in 1993 and then #10 on the Regional Mexican Digital Songs in 2011.

12. Si Una Vez.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“Si Una Vez” is included on the album Amor Prohibido. The song won Single of the Year at the BMI Pop Awards and was covered by many artists like Alicia Villarreal and salsa singer Manny Manuel, whose cover later became Billboard’s 14th Most Successful US Tropical Song.

11. El Chico del Apartamento 512.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“El Chico del Apartamento 512” was recorded for the Amor Prohibido album. This one is considered one of Selena’s Most Memorable songs and even reached #1 on Billboards Regional Mexican Digital Songs in 2011.

10. No Me Queda Más.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“No Me Queda Más” is the 3rd single for Amor Prohibido. The song is a mariachi-pop mix that that was later covered by Pepe Aguilar. It reached #1 on the Billboard US Regional Mexican Airplay and also became Billboard’s Most Successful Latin Song in 1995. The song has been praised by many and has even been called the Spanish counterpart of The Beatle’s single “Yesterday” in terms of fan popularity.

9. Tú Sólo Tú.

Credit: Dreaming of You. EMI Latin.

“Tú Sólo Tú” is the 2nd single of Selena’s last album, Dreaming of You and it’s a cover from Pedro Infante. The song became the 1st single in Spanish released after her death. It was #1 on the Billboard US Hot Latin Songs for 10 weeks, making it her longest run at number 1 and making her the 2nd performer ever to have 2 singles in the 1st two spots of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs Chart.

8. Techno Cumbia.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“Techno Cumbia” is track no. 7 on Amor Prohibido. Critics believe that the song predates the Latin Urban Genre that became popular in the 2000s and led the way to a new style of music. The song peaked at #4 in both Billboard US Hot Latin SOngs and Regional Mexican Airplay. Today the Techno Cumbia is an all-time classic.

7. La Carcacha.

Credit: Entre a Mi Mundo. EMI Latin.

“La Carcacha” is the 2nd single on the Entre a Mi Mundo album. The single fell short on the charts after “Como la Flor” but it gained popularity after Selena’s death.

6. Baila Esta Cumbia.

Credit: Ven Conmigo. EMI.

“Baila Esta Cumbia” is the 2nd single for Ven Conmigo. The song peaked at #21 on the Billboard US Latin Pop Digital Songs is and is one of her most popular songs. In 2005 the Kumbia Kings made a cover who also entered the charts.

5. I Could Fall in Love.

Credit: Dreaming of You. EMI Latin.

“I Could Fall in Love” is the 1st single for Dreaming of You. It’s a Pop and R&B ballad that won her The Tejano Music Award for the Tejano Crossover Song of the Year. Many critics compared her to Celine Dion. The song gained international success as it peaked at #17 on the Billboard US Top 40 mainstream, reached Top 10 on the singles charts in Canada and New Zealand, was one of the most performed songs in 1995, became the most played song in Miami, Boston, Kansas City and 2nd most played in Los Angeles.

4. Dreaming of You.

Credit: Dreaming of You. EMI Latin.

“Dreaming of You” is the lead single of Selena’s last album. It reached the Top 10 singles of 1995 and earned comparison to songs recorded by other pop artists like Madonna and Paula Abdul. The single earned a spot on international charts around the world and reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100. It earned a place in the book “The 7500 Most Important Songs of the Rock Era”.

3. Como la Flor.

Credit: Entre a Mi Mundo. EMI Latin.

“Como la Flor” is the 1st single on the Entre a Mi Mundo album. The song is credited by many to be her signature song and the reason why her career took off in Mexico. The single peaked at #6 on the Billboard US Top Latin Song charts and #11 on the Latin Streaming Song charts.

2. Amor Prohibido.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“Amor Prohibido” is the 1st single from her 4th studio album. It is considered to be her most successful single by many critics. The song reached the top of the Billboard US Hot Latin Song charts for 9 weeks and became the most successful Latin single of 1994. It also earned several awards, including Song of the Year on the Billboard Latin Music Awards and was the 1st song in Spanish to won a Broadcast Music Award in pop.

1. Bidi Bidi Bom Bom.

Credit: Amor Prohibido. EMI Latin.

“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” is the 2nd single of Amor Proibido. The song topped the Billboard US Hot Latin Songs chart for 4 weeks and became the most played song in 1996. Some consider that Selena’s performance of the song in Houston’s Astrodome is one the biggest highlights of her car
eer. The single has been covered by many artists both in the US and Latin America, including Jennifer Lopez and Selena Gomez.

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

Can’t Remember to Forget You / Sony Music Worldwide

One doesn’t have to look far back to know that Spanglish duets are a growing trend – and one that seems to be growing in popularity and Latino artists are making Spanish-language music go mainstream.

Just last year, we saw unprecedented collaborations between artists such as Maluma and The Weeknd, Banda MS and Snoop Dogg, David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood and Rosalía and Travis Scott. You can go back a little further in time to the chart-topping collab between and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber from 2017.

Despite all the movement in Spanglish collabs, there are still so many dream mashups to look forward to. Here’s a roundup of some of the dream team ups that need to happen in 2021.

Bad Bunny & Harry Styles

Bad Bunny had an incredible 2020. And although many rumors exist that he may be leaving the music industry to focus on acting, the music world anxiously awaits his every move.

With his latest album, El Último Tour del Mundo, Benito gave us a look into alternative pop-rock Bad Bunny and we liked what we heard and saw. Meanwhile, Harry Styles is also an innovative, fashion-forward artist who – like Bad Bunny – makes music on his own terms.

If this collaboration were to happen, it would be a major milestone for the music industry and would easily be a major highlight of 2021.

Rosalia & Billie Eilish

Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a “dream” collab since we already know it is happening. We just don’t know when. It was back in April 2020 when the Spanish singer said she was trying to finish the song, telling Billboard, “I have been trying to finish the Billie Eilish collab. I think it’s getting quite close.”

And the world has been patiently waiting ever since. Both artists are experimental and strong songwriters, so we’re all waiting with baited breath to see what this duo comes up with.

J Balvin & The Weeknd

J Balvin is no stranger to bilingual collaborations, including hits with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, and Dua Lipa, to name a few. Balvin shines in his place as a reggaetón star – just look at his credits from 2020 – and he’s made sure to bring his Latino essence into all the work he does.

Together with The Weeknd – who recently collaborated with Maluma – the duo would mesh their experimental sounds perfectly, making this one of the top dream collabs of 2021.

Daddy Yankee & Missy Elliot

This one might be a long shot but can you imagine?! The mashup of old-school reggaeton with old-school hip-hop and both Daddy and Missy Viking on their shared witty lyrics would bring us the ultimate ‘90s collab of our dreams.

Camilo & Sam Smith

This collab would work because these two pop crooners aren’t afraid to show vulnerability and emotion in their lyrics. Sam Smith’s powerhouse vocals would compliment Camilo’s delicate vocals. Like Taylor Swift, Sam Smith has yet to collaborate with a Latin artist. It’s never too late.

Karol G & Rihanna

Like many of us, Karol G is a major Rihanna fan. She even has a tattoo of the “Umbrella” singer on her arm. She previously told Billboard that Rihanna “presents herself as a real woman, she doesn’t care about the negative comments. I love her lyrics because she sings about love, heartbreak, woman empowerment, and I feel that we have similar personalities.”

And it wouldn’t be the first Spanglish collaboration for Rihanna, who previously worked with Shakira on “Can’t Remember to Forget You” in 2014.

Natti Natasha & Cardi B

Both Natti and Cardi are Dominican powerhouses: one is a reggaeton all-star and the other is hip-hop’s darling. Many have long said that a duet between the two is long overdue, especially since they both seem to be major fans of each other’s work.

And any collaboration between the powerhouse duo would be an important milestone in Latin music, regardless the route that they went.

What dream collaboration do you hope to see in 2021? Did we miss anyone on this roundup?

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