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In Charge of the Music? Here’s the Ultimate Holiday Party Playlist

DJ Lezlee has spun at some of the biggest parties worldwide including Coachella, the ESPN Espy Awards and Nike events. As this festive season heats up, she takes five to give us the ultimate holiday party playlist.

“The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra

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The door bell rings! It’s time to greet your guests and set the mood. DJ Lezlee turns to the classics for a party starter.

“Sabor a Mi” by El Chicano

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You gotta sprinkle in your latin classics too. DJ Lezlee nods to the 70’s queen, Ersi Arvizu, for this old bolero.

“Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber

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Yes, The Bieb can be a part of your holiday soiree. This song off his new album is one of Lezlee’s guilty pleasures — and she thinks it should be yours too.

“Santa Baby (Spanish)” by Mariachi Divas

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Dinner time! Set the table vibe with fun holiday throwbacks.

 “Lloraras” by Dimensión Latina

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This old favorite of DJ Lezlee’s family will be sure to keep your guests feelin’ the beat in their seats throughout the meal.

READ: Latin Grammy Categories That Need to Exist IRL

“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena

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Selena is always a welcomed voice. Since DJ Lezlee knows you can’t ever play just one Selena song, she suggests this as a good starter.

“Cumbia Sampuesana” by Conjunto Tipico Vallenato

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Put down those napkins, its time to dance! You can’t have a latin party without this cumbia according to DJ Lezlee.

“Que bello” by Sonora Tropicana

“Oye Mi Amor” by Maná

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This one’s an easy call for Lezlee to throw in the mix. Plus it’s her tia’s favorite!

READ: 13 Latino Songs Guaranteed to Get You Out of Your Chair and Dancing

“Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony

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Get ready, this is the part in the night where everyone sings along really, really loud. DJ Lezlee gives us the green light on anything Marc Anthony.

“Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar

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To keep the energy going, turn to that feel good music.

“White Iverson” by Post Malone

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The party has been fun, but it’s getting close to closing time.  This year’s popular rap ballad is perfect to get people into chill mode.

“Lottery” by Kali Uchis

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Billboard Listed The Top 50 Latin Music Songs Of All Time And Some People Have Questions

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Latin music is something we all grew up with. Our parents raised us on the voices of Celia Cruz and Vicente Fernandez. We cleaned the house and entertained ourselves on road trips to these artists and they are ingrained in our DNA. Billboard recently released a list of the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some are undoubtedly iconic and others just aren’t Latin music.

Billboard dropped their list for the 50 best Latin music songs of all time and some of them are truly classics.

Amor Prohibido” by Selena, “Guantanamera” by Celia Cruz, “El Rey” by Vicente Fernandez, and “El dia que me quieras” by Luis Miguel are just a few of the songs on the list that deserve all the praise. They are songs that transport us to our childhoods and cherished family memories.

The list also includes some newer songs that have rocked out adult worlds. “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi, “Mi Gente” by J Balvin, “El Farsante” by Ozuna, and “Tusa” by Karol G and Nicki Minaj all made the list. Not only do these songs speak to the Latino audience, they have been able to go mainstream sharing our musical culture with the world. That’s something to admire and respect because it gives our community representation like never before.

The list has proven to be just want some people have been asking for.

Tbh, this would make a pretty amazing road trip playlist if you need to pass the time. Nothing like a mix of Latin music songs playing along to give you a big, inclusive sabor of Latin America through music. A little be of Mexico and a little bit of Puerto Rico mixed in with a little bit of Colombia is pure joy and magic.

However, a lot of people are questioning the list’s inclusion of Spanish artists.

The list has various artists who are not Latino, but Spanish. There seems to be an unspoken rule in the music industry that music in Spanish is automatically Latin music. Fans have long been arguing against the industry’s blanket label of Spanish-language music automatically being considered Latin music.

Rosalía, who has arguably become the face of the debate, is listed as having one of the best Latin music songs of all time.

While Rosalía does make some good music, there is a real push to make sure the artists of Latin American roots are uplifted in Latin music. There is nothing wrong with including Rosalía in your Spanish-language playlists but Latin music fans want the distinction made that some artists aren’t Latino.

You can check out the rest of the Billboard list here.

READ: Vogue México Put A Spanish Music Artist On Their Cover And Called Her Latina And Latinos Almost Set Twitter On Fire

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato Gasses Up Her Teen Self In Her Latest Music Video ‘OK Not to Be OK’

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Demi Lovato is hardly a stranger to opening up about the things that have plagued her. The “Sorry Not Sorry” singer has long used her voice and platform to shed light on the issues that so many young girls struggle with. Namely body image. Like many young girls across the country (who are reportedly more likely to suffer from the pressures of our society’s pressure to obtain the “ideal body”) Demi Lovato has been open about her years struggling with eating disorders. Moreover, in recent years Lovato has positioned herself as an advocate for young girls suffering from similar issues.

In a recent music video, Lovato is opening up about her pain by doing so with a girl she can relate to on a completely different level: her younger self.

Lovato’s newest song comes with a heartwrenching and brilliant collab with Marshmello.

In her latest video, Lovato finds herself transported to her childhood bedroom, waking up in her old bed. When she looks in the mirror, she finds herself staring straight into the face of her younger self (a la Camp Rock). Marshmello also wakes up in his own childhood room, and the two artists end up settling with their past demons throughout the rest of the video. 

The lyrics of the song detail the process of coming to terms with dark emotions and mental health struggles. “Don’t get lost in the moment, or give up when you’re closest,” Lovato sings in the new music video. “All you need is somebody to say, it’s OK not to be OK.”

Throughout the video, the teenage and adult versions of Lovato and Marshmellow rage in their bedrooms in the video before ultimately finding a balance. The video concludes with both versions of Demi holding hands and meeting up with the teenage and adult versions of Marshmello while dancing down a street.

“I think it’s just such an important subject,” Marshmello said about the song’s release on World Suicide Prevention Day. “I think a lot of people, about negative feelings and negative thoughts that are affecting them are kind of scared to bring it up, scared to talk about it. When in reality, they’re scared because maybe the person won’t relate or the person won’t understand, when in reality most of time the person that you could bring it up to, will most likely has felt like this or will understand or can relate as well. So I think it’s very important to talk about it.”

Check out the music video below!

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