30. Paulina Rubio "De Qué Sirve"
La Chica Dorada Paulina Rubio returns to her Mexican roots with her latest "De Qué Sirve." The ranchera-pop track is a sweet and sassy adiós that's just as good as el último in 2000.
29. Christian Nodal "De Los Besos Que Te Di"
Regional Mexican music's golden boy Christian Nodal shines on "De Los Besos Que Ti." His vaquero charm and emotive voice make this heartbreaking mariacheno tune one to remember.
28. Michael Medrano "Fluids"
Indie singer-songwriter Michael Medrano channels his sexual fluidity into an absolute banger with "Fluids." Thanks to his clever wordplay and flirty delivery, the thirst is real for all parties tuning in.
27. Ava Max "Torn"
Ava Max fights the good fight for pop music's better days on the retro "Torn." Seemingly worked around an ABBA sample, she turns her despair from a toxic romance into a delectable disco-inspired bop.
26. Ed Maverick "Fuentes de Ortiz"
Mexican singer-songwriter Ed Maverick possesses a voice beyond his years on "Fuentes de Ortiz." He turns his lovelorn predicament into a poetic and hypnotic ballad that aims straight for the feels.
25. Sech featuring Darrell "Otro Trago"
In a time when música urbana is becoming cold and Auto-tuned, Panamanian singer-songwriter Sech sings from the heart on "Otro Trago." Reggaeton and R&B collide on this soaring club banger.
24. Normani "Motivation"
Former Fifth Harmony member Normani takes it back the 2000s with the funky "Motivation." Soulful vocals served up with heavy choreography is something today's pop stars should strive for.
23. ICON, Pedro Capó & Reykon "Como Lo Hiciste Ayer"
Colombian production duo ICON teams up with local reggaetonero Reykon and Puerto Rican singer Pedro Capó on "Como Lo Hiciste Ayer." On the irresistible urbano romp, the guys make their case for one last rendezvous.
22. Ariana Grande "Breakup With Your Girlfriend I'm Bored"
Ariana Grande is another pop star who drives a hard bargain with "Breakup With Your Girlfriend I'm Bored." On the trap-lite banger, she unleashes with inner baddie with slick results. Yuh.
21. Malva "Todo Lo Que Me Juraste"
After breaking out on a Spanish variation of The X Factor, trio Malva decided to go indie this year with their debut "Todo Lo Que Me Juraste." The guys channel The Killers with their electrifying kiss-off anthem and show they'll be a group to watch for in 2020. I promise you that.
20. Camilo "No Te Vayas"
After penning hits for other acts, Colombian singer-songwriter Camilo steps out on his own with "No Te Vayas." His quirky persona meets reggaeton beats, resulting in a sweet and sultry pop romp. Stay awhile longer, Camilo.
19. The Weeknd "Blinding Lights"
Canadian singer The Weeknd fully embraces his pop star side again with "Blinding Lights," a flashback to '80s electronica. He shines among the sparkling synths and remains an artist to be in awe of.
18. Enjambre "Siempre Tú"
Mexican rock outfit Enjambre remains captivating as ever on "Siempre Tú." The guys blend their stunning electronic edge with frontman Luis Humberto's emotive vocals, always hitting different than any other music out there.
17. Ashley O "On a Roll"
After breaking out as Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus popularized another fictional character, Ashley O, on Black Mirror this year. She turns a dark Nine Inch Nails track into an empowering pop bop with "On a Roll." Oh honey, Ashley O did THAT.
16. Lana Del Rey "Happiness is a Butterfly"
"If he's a serial killer, then what's the worst that happen to a girl who's already hurt?" asks Lana Del Rey on "Happiness is a Butterfly." Her voice floats like a butterfly and her words sting like a bee on this hauntingly heartbreaking ballad.
15. Maluma "HP"
Colombian superstar Maluma tells the story a woman living her best life after a breakup on "HP." She curses out her ex while going out to smoke, drink, and mess around. Heartbreak be damned on this club anthem for the newly independent.
14. Kim Petras "Do Me"
German pop star Kim Petras gave the gays everything they wanted with her sexually liberated anthem "Do Me." As a transgender woman, it was especially refreshing for Petras to be behind the wheel of a bedroom banger that the LGBTQ+ community could eff with.
13. Kane Brown & Becky G "Lost in the Middle of Nowhere" (Spanish Remix)
Country music and reggaeton meet at a musical crossroads on the Spanish remix of Kane Brown's "Lost in the Middle of Nowhere" with Becky G. Brown sings in Spanish with twang and the two artists deliver a perreo-ready hoedown.
12. Tini & Greeicy "22"
It's Argentine pop star Tini's birthday and she'll cry if she wants to on "22" with Colombia's Greeicy. The ladies shake off heartbreak on this empowering club banger that blends reggaeton and cumbia music.
11. Natti Natasha "La Mejor Versión de Mi"
Dominican reggaetonera Natti Natasha lets her guard down on "La Mejor Versión de Mi." On the stripped-down ballad, she rediscovers her inner strength after letting go of a toxic relationship. Self-love has never sounded so good.
10. Billie Eilish "Bad Guy"
Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas turn pop on its head with "Bad Guy." On the carnival-esque track, Eilish takes control and toys with the boys. Her musical fun house takes a dark turn with the chilling conclusion. She does bad all by herself.
9. Thalía & Lali "Lindo Pero Bruto"
Mexican superstar Thalía teams up with Argentine pop princess Lali on "Lindo Pero Bruto," an ode to their dimwitted lovers who only shine in the bedroom. The ladies have their cake and eat it too on this playful, girl-powered bop.
8. Saweetie "My Type"
Rae Sremmurd marked the decade with having "No Type" and rising hip-hop star Saweetie rebuffs that with her breakthrough "My Type." Over a "Freek-A-Leek" sample, Saweetie lists out exactly how she likes her men. She turned the tables and turned the guys into measurements and figures. The power that that has.
7. Selena Gomez "Lose You to Love Me"
Like a sequel to 2014's toxic "The Heart Wants What it Wants," Selena Gomez comes to her senses about her self-worth in "Lose You to Love Me." Gomez lets go of a bad romance and her strength found in that struggle sounds heavenly.
6. Juan Ingaramo "El Campeón"
Argentine singer-songwriter Juan Ingaramo is a homecoming king on "El Campeón," his slick and sultry jam that was made to move his people. This year's Latin Grammy Best New Artist nominee rides a reggaeton beat like a Harley Davidson and races ahead of the rest as the future of Latin pop.
5. Rosalía "Aute Cuture"
Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía came to slay on "Aute Cuture," her anthem about living large and looking good doing it. She continues to blend elements of flamenco and Latin pop on this fantabulous banger. "This is on fire," she sings in Spanish. It's lit with La Rosalía in the mix.
4. Mandy Moore "When I Wasn't Watching"
After a decade of focusing on acting, Mandy Moore returned to music with "When I Wasn't Watching." On her throwback to pop's psychedelic and brighter days, she reflects on our obsessions to upkeep an appearance on social media while losing ourselves in the process. Times have changed since her 1999 breakout, but Moore remains aware on this meditative and magnificent tune.
3. J Balvin & Bad Bunny "La Canción"
"La Canción" is one of the more vulnerable moments on Oasis, J Balvin and Bad Bunny's Latino Watch the Throne collaborative album. El Conejo Malo shines as reggaeton music resident's sad boy who is drinking away the memories of an ex. Balvin reiterates those feelings on this heartbreaking club banger.
2. Taylor Swift "The Man"
As one of the top female artists in music today, Swift calls out the sexism she's faced in the industry on "The Man." Backed by club beats, Swift points out the double standards. "If I was out flashing my dollars, I'd be a bitch not a baller," she sings. Swift stands tall and stands her ground on this boss banger.
1. Karol G & Nicki Minaj "Tusa"
Colombian reggaetonera Karol G teams up with rap star Nicki Minaj on "Tusa." Their two worlds collide on this sophisticated club banger dealing with heartbreak. The women unite to perrear the hurt away and they do just with this sassy collaboration. "The queen with the queen," quips Karol. Like a royal decree, "Tusa" heralds the kind of positivity and girl power that we need going into 2020.
Thanks for following along! Happy New Year and new decade!
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