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Your Childhood Was Everything If You Grew Up With These Culture Changing Music Videos

Matt Perrin / VIMEO

Ah, the 90s and 2000s. A rich period of music where different genres and styles melted smoothly into each other with the simple change of millenniums.

Here’s to the songs you cherished and loved as a Latino during these marvelous decades.

1. “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena

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That’s right it’s been over two decades since the iconic song that has played at every quinceañera you’ve ever been to came out. Selena Quintanilla was at the height of her career when the single from her fourth studio album “Amor Prohibido was dropped.”

2. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin

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The Ricky Martin classic set the music scene on FIRE when it first came out in 1999. The actor did a Spanish and English version of the hit and billboard topper that earned him a Grammy Award nomination.

3. “Jenny From The Block” by Jennifer Lopez

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The talented Latina dropped some major knowledge in this hit from the 2000s. Even now, fans of JLO know that even though she rakes in the big ones these days, she’s still a girl from the block and don’t you forget it.

4. “Dip It Low” by Christina Milian

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Christina Milian stole everyone’s attention in her sensual song from 2004. The song was a great tribute to her voice.

5. “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya Pink

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The 2001 version of the song originally recorded in 1974 showed of Christina Aguilera’s singing chops and simultaneously put an end to the debate of who was a stronger singer, her or Brittney.

6. “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee

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No doubting that this song put Daddy Yankee on the map. The reggaeton hit also introduced Americans and other Latinos outside of Puerto Rico to the slang term “gasolina” of someone who likes to party.

7. “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” by Jennifer Lopez

CREDIT: “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” by Jennifer Lopez

Once again, JLO displayed to fans that she was still a girl from the block. She doesn’t need your silly bracelet.

8. “Amor Prohibido” by Selena

The song of Quintanilla’s fourth studio album received the Tejano Music Award for Single of the Year, and was Regional Mexican Song of the Year at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

9. “Genie In A Bottle” by Christina Aguilera

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The song from Aguilera’s self-titled debut album was released in 1999. The song peaked at the top of Billboard 100 and gave us so many new dance moves.

10. “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira

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Don’t fight it. Shakira’s hips were on fire in this one.

11. “La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz

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Cruz’s genius song from 2001 celebrated Black Latinas with moves. Now that’s a lady who had tumbao.

12.”Smooth” by Santana and Rob Thomas

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It’s pretty impossible to not automatically hear the first few chords of this 1999 hit.

13. “Waiting For Tonight” by Jennifer Lopez

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Don’t lie and pretend that as a kid you didn’t completely and totally imagine yourself dancing in the club to this song.

14. “Dirrty” by Christina Aguilera

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Ah, the song that pulled Aguilera front and center in the early 2000s and once again Brittney a run for her money.

15. “No More (Baby I’ma Do Right” by 3LW

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The 3LW single debuted in 2000. The song was 3LW’s only single to reach the Top 30 of the  Billboard Hot 100 but no doubt fans will always hold the song featuring Adrienne Bailon’s  role in this hit.

16. “Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira

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Once again Shakria’s magical hips took full display in this early 2000s hit.

17. “Milkshake” by Kelis

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The hit single by the singer of Chinese-Puerto Rican descent turned the spotlight on her and brought a whole knew meeting to the dairy drink.

18. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias

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Fans will never forget the drama Enrique brought to the screen with this music video starring Jennifer Love-Hewitt.

19. “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias

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Iglesias toned down the drama in the fun music video that acted as a major comeback for the singer.

20. “Por Debajo De La Mesa” by Luis Miguel

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Ah the beloved song your tía could not stop ranting about in 1997.

21. “Playas Gon’ Play” by 3LW

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Adrienne Bailon turned it up for this summer hit that turned out out to be group’s final album. 

22. “Bossy” By Kelis Ft Too $hort

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Kelis embraced the word women have been accused of since their kindergarten years in this hit.

23. “You Sang To Me” by Marc Anthony

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Marc pulled major heartstrings with this classic. 

24. “Amor a la Mexicana” by Thalía

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No doubt you sang this treasure from the top of your songs everytime it came on. 

25. “Oye!” by Gloria Estefan

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Did this song have you sweating up and burning a thousand calories each time it came on? Yes, it did.


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