The 90s gave us some of the best Latino pop music ever. It’s undeniable. But for every Thalía, Luis Miguel and Paulina Rubio that became icons, there are some that time may have forgotten despite their infectious jams. Or maybe you just never heard of them. Or maybe you’re still obsessed.
Either way, here’s 10 of our favorite pop throwbacks that are going to get your Spotify search bar feeling ??.
The pop star had hit after hit in the mid-’90s thanks to her catchy af bubble gum dance pop. She also rocked a scarf on her wrist, which then became the look of 1995. Her dance moves were also the look of 1995. So much choreographed flailing. Also: remember when people started the rumor that she was super old, but she was actually in her early 20s? Good times.
This group featured eight – yes, eight! – ridiculously attractive young men and women wearing teeny outfits and singing in unison. Their Latino pop got all the tías shaking their hips at every backyard party. And with all those pretty faces and moderate singing ability, it’s no surprise that many members would go on to be major telenovela stars, like Pilar Montenegro and Pati Manterola. Seriously though, with eight members, how did anyone make any royalties?
Kabah was pretty lit for a group of people who basically talk-sang not always on key. But “La Calle del las Sirenas” was so catchy you couldn’t even be mad about it. Their song “Amigas Y Rivales” even became the theme song for a telenovela of the same name. By Latino standards, that’s making it to the big time.
This boy band got their start in the 90s alongside groups like Timbiriche (who also deserve some love), but blew up in 1991 with their song “Vuela Vuela.” The fact that they were, like, totally the cutest also helped. And if you got bored at any point deciding which Magneto cutie was your favorite, they literally replaced members 14 times so there was always someone new to crush on. But they were all the Michelle to Alan’s Beyoncé. Let’s be real.
Challenging Magneto for chart, and teen girl bedroom wall, dominance in the 90s was Mercurio. The boy band killed it non-stop, with some major hits in the 90s, including mega-banger “Explota Corazón.” And like many pop stars of the era, a few members went on to telenovela fame. They too fell victim to choreographed flailing, but they were so cute so whatever.
6. Proyecto Uno
Seriously, did you go to any quinceañera that didn’t set the dance floor aflame with “El Tiburón” or “Esta Pegao”? That ish was fire! No one could deny the jamminess of their Spanglish house pop. The Dominican-American foursome was all “no pares, sigue sigue” and damn it if you didn’t feel like you were about to pass out but you kept going.
7. Elvis Crespo
Listen. There’s people out there that have no idea who Elvis Crespo is. I feel bad for those people. But he’s included in this list for them, because those of us who do know the sensation that bubbles in the pit of your soul when you hear that “suavemeeeenteeee beesaaameeeee” escape the speakers have better lives because of it. Was there ever a wedding or a cleaning day at the house that didn’t feature this song? The answer is no.
This one-hit wonder weren’t even Latino. They were actually Belgian. I’m not even mad about it because damn if this song is party. It was everywhere in 1997 and probably the greatest song that gives a shout out to special effects. Lyrically, this song makes zero sense. At. All. It was clearly written by non-Latinos. But it doesn’t matter when you’re under the strobe light.
Jeans was a group made up of straight up children. Children talk-singing about wanting to lure in a hot dude with a dope pair of 501s. People weren’t too weirded out by it, probably because the song was so bubbly and cute. Their dance pop songs carried them all the way through puberty though. The Jeans girls eventually grew up, had their braces removed and it got less weird, setting them up for a sexy makeover and reunion later.