You know there are songs – including bad ones – that’ll fill up a dance floor because they’re just simply irresistible. If you want to pack the floor with hip-shaking tunes, here’s what to include on your playlist.
“Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo
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“SUUUUUUUUAAAAVEMEEENTE.” This is a cross-generational anthem. Elvis Crespo’s voice slithers straight through your chest, travels down your torso and makes your hips start moving without you even having to think about it. Really, don’t think about it too much.
“La Puerta Negra” by Los Tigres del Norte
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You’re gonna see a lot of heads perk up when this song comes on. Put down the cerveza and get on the floor.
“Livin’ La Vida Loca” By Ricky Martin
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Puh-leaze. Don’t even try to front like you don’t like to dance to this song when we all know you’ve got choreographed arm movements for the chorus.
“No Rompas Más Mi Pobre Corazón” by Caballo Dorado
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I mean honestly, what Latino doesn’t feel all chingón line dancing? Who would have guessed that a Billy Ray Cyrus cover would make us channel our inner vaquero.
“Culo” by Pitbull ft. Lil Jon
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This one may lead to a few gasps from older folks, but once they’re on the floor, they’ll be chanting “CUUUUULO” just like everyone else.
“Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zona
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The collaboration on this one makes it a total two-fer. First there’s this whole reggae, rhythmic squat thing that your body starts off doing and then the rhythm changes up and brings your whole body into motion.
“Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean
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This smile-inducing, hip-shaking song gets Latinas dancing. When women are shakin’ their moneymakers, men are sure to follow.
“Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony
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This song is a powerful call to action. We’ve all been through crap and there ain’t nothin’ that’s keepin’ us down. Yes, baby, it’s possible to laugh, dance and live!
“Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” by Selena
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Even if you were duct-taped to a chair – hey, weirder things have happened at parties – your shoulders would be going up, down, round and round to the lyrics “bidi bidi bom bom.”
“La Negra Tiene Tumbao” by Celia Cruz
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Salseros love to show off all their fancy moves to this song. Even gente that swear they can’t salsa leave it all on the dance floor when Celia comes on.
“Limbo” by Daddy Yankee
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Oh my gatos, this song is ELECTRIC and it’ll turn you into a live wire.
“Oye Como Va” by Tito Puente
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It’s a classic … and when performed by Tito Puente, it is NOT meant to be listened to, it is meant to be danced to.
“Macarena” by Los del Río
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DJs usually bust it out at weddings, but why? It’s like the Latino YMCA. Roll your eyes all you want, your tipsy tía is going to drag you out on the floor A HUEVO.