With 2020 wrapping shortly, here's a list of my favorite songs that got me through the year.
30. Los Angeles Ázules f/ Juan Ingaramo "Ay Amor" / De Buenos Aires Para El Mundo
The legendary Mexican group remakes cumbia classic "Ay Amor" with one of Argentina's most magnetic pop stars.
29. Broz Rodriguez "El Jarabe Tapatío"
The house music remix of a Mexican classic we didn't know we needed by one of the country's finest DJs.
28. Siddhartha & Ximena Sariñana "Respiro (Cap. 8)" / Memoria Futuro, Vol. 2 EP
The Mexican singer-songwriters come together for a breathtaking collaboration.
27. Lali & Cazzu "Ladrón" / Libra
The Argentine pop princess meets the country's queen of Latin trap for the alluring "Ladrón."
26. Mandy Moore "Fifteen" / Silver Landings
The singer-songwriter makes sweet amends with her teen-pop past on this reflective and revelatory ballad.
25. Kany García & Nahuel Pennisi "Lo Que En Ti Veo" / Mesa Para Dos
The number of times I've wept to this song this year because of how beautiful it is. Far too much. The Puerto Rican singer-songwriter comes through with a stunner.
24. Manuel Turizo, Rauw Alejandro & Myke Towers "La Nota" / Dopamina
The rising stars of reggaetón come through with some heat. *sweating emoji*
23. Malva "Ártico" / Nos Estamos Equivacando EP
The guys from Murcia, Spain are keeping pop-rock en español alive with this spellbinding whirlwind of a song.
22. Pabllo Vittar & Thalía "Tímida" / 111 EP
Brazil's premier drag pop star and the Mexican icon are everything but tímida on this fierce collaboration.
21. Jhay Cortez "Kobe En LA"
The Puerto Rican visionary lands a Latin trap slam dunk with this swaggering anthem. RIP Kobe.
20. Maria Becerra, TINI & Lola Índigo "High" (Remix)
The rising Argentine star aligns with pop princesses TINI & Lola Índigo on this girl-powered Latin trap bop. "Sintiéndome die," Becerra sings. The 2020 angst jumps out.
19. Carlos Rivera & Maluma "100 Años" / Crónicas De Una Guerra
Uff! The Mexican and Colombian heartthrobs unite on the new moving mariachi anthem.
18. KHEA f/ Lenny Santos "Ayer Me Llamó Mi Ex"
The Argentine rapper comes through with one of the year's most refreshing track that combines Latin trap with bachata music courtesy of Aventura's Lenny Santos.
17. Raymix & Paulina Rubio "Tú y Yo"
The electrocumbia star teamed up with the Mexican icon for this dreamy duet. The way Raymix bravely came out as gay during Pride month and while the song was No. 1 on Mexican radio. King tingz.
16. Omar Apollo "Dos Uno Nueve (219)" / Apolonio
The Mexican-American singer-songwriter embraced his roots for this R&B-infused corrido. Go off, Omar!
15. Steps "Something In Your Eyes" / What The Future Holds
After years of ABBA comparisons, the British group delivered just that with one of the year's most poptastic tracks. This is ABBA in 2020 (while we wait for them to the real ABBA to return in 2021?).
14. Natanael Cano f/ Ivonne Galaz "Golpes de la Vida" / Mi Nuevo Yo EP
Last Christmas we were gifted with the Rancho Humilde debut of Ivonne Galaz on Natanael Cano's Mi Nuevo Yo EP. The corridos tumbados stars roll with the punches on this empowering duet.
13. Danna Paola & Sebastián Yatra "No Bailes Sola"
Following her departure from the hit Netflix series Élite, Danna Paola is finding her footing as one of Mexico's pop princess. She teams up with Colombian heartthrob Yatra for "No Bailes Sola." The chemistry between the two is undeniable as their emotions run high on the magical collaboration.
12. Clairo "Sofia" / Immunity
Yes, this song is a over a year old, but thanks to the power of TikTok, "Sofia" made moves. Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Clairo came through with the queer love song of the year. Spellbinding.
11. J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny, & Tainy "Un Día (One Day)"
The stars aligned in Puerto Rico, Colombia, and the U.K. for this out-of-this-world collaboration. Tainy did THAT.
10. The Strokes "The Adults Are Talking" / The New Abnormal
For those longing for that signature Strokes sound of the 2000s, the guys give that and then some. They deliver on the nostalgia while finding a new groove in 2020. Julian Casablancas' falsetto <3
9. Kylie Minogue "Magic" / Disco
In the year of the disco-pop revival, the Australian pop goddess descended from the heavens to bless with this purely magical banger.
8. The Weeknd "Save Your Tears" / After Hours
Not only did '70s-inspired disco make a comeback this year, but so did '80s synth-pop. Abel comes through with more dear melancholy on this absolutely stunning track.
7. Britney Spears "Swimming in the Stars" / Glory (Deluxe Edition)
When the pop superstar re-issued Glory this year, she fortunately unearthed "Swimming in the Stars," a celestial sister to Britney Jean's "Alien" and "Man on the Moon." The saga continues on this gorgeous and otherworldly love song. Call on the power of the stars and come through, Sailor Spears!
6. Megan Thee Stallion f/ Beyoncé "Savage" (Remix) / Good News
The breakthrough rapper of the year came through with 2020's baddie anthem. Beyoncé turned up and took "Savage" to the next level. Queen tingz only.
5. Camilo "Favorito" / Por Primera Vez
The Colombian singer-songwriter found his groove between Latin pop and reggaetón on this adorable bop. Camilo's charming quirks on this love song are simply irresistible.
4. Sech, Daddy Yankee & J Balvin f/ Rosalía & Farruko "Relación" (Remix) / 1 of 1
Sech can do bad all by himself on the original version of "Relación," a soaring and soulful reggaetón anthem. It's the remix where La Rosalía calls herself "la matadora" and comes through with the Kill Bill flow. Slayed! Machismo found dead.
3. Lady Gaga & BLACKPINK "Sour Candy" / Chromatica
The pop superstar and the K-Pop princesses join forces for this house music banger on planet Chromatica. *Waits patiently for this to be a Lip Sync For Your Life on RuPaul's Drag Race.* "Sour Candy" is the serve of the new decade. In the words of Drag Race alum Latrice Royale, "Eat it!"
2. Dua Lipa "Physical" / Future Nostalgia
The British pop stars serves a bit of future, a bit of nostalgia, and comes through with a timeless dancefloor anthem. The way she made familiar '80s influences sound fresh in 2020. Come on Dua, teleport us to Mars!
1. Bad Bunny, Nesi & Ivy Queen "Yo Perreo Sola" (Remix) / YHLQMDLG
Bad Bunny righted his wrong of not crediting Nesi on the original version of "Yo Perreo Sola" by featuring her on the knockout remix with the queen of reggaetón Ivy Queen. The way Benito advocated for women's space and respect in club to perrear sola while pushing back on machismo with the enduring female voice and the future female voice of the genre. "Yo Perreo Sola" is one of reggaetón's most inclusive bangers and it became an anthem for the dancing that we did alone in 2020 quarantine.
Thanks for following along! Sending blessings and well wishes to you and your families for 2021!
For our favorite 30 songs of 2019, the post is linked here.
Here's a Spotify playlist of all 30 songs:
Single and album covers courtesy of those artists' respective record labels.