Latin Artist, Bad Bunny, continues to break records in the music industry. Let’s take a look at some of the groundbreaking songs from his hit albums.
The Puerto Rican rapper and singer, Bad Bunny, breaks records as a global Latin Artist. He was the biggest pop-star of 2022, and his album Un Verano Sin Ti marks the first and only Spanish-speaking album to win a Grammy for album of the year. Two of his albums debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200 – again, unprecedented for a Spanish-speaking album.
He further tops music streaming services as one of the most-streamed global artists of the year with 18.5 billion streams just last year.
Un Verano Sin Ti (2022)
Un Verano Sin Ti is the most streamed album on Spotify. One song does not do this album justice.
“Me Porto Bonito”
“Me Porto Bonito” is this album’s most streamed song with 1.5 billion streams. Collaborating with reggaeton artist Chencho Corleone, the two sing about their infatuation with a girl, even willing to give up their bachelor lifestyle for her. The title translates to, “I’ll Behave Myself.” The fun and upbeat song along with multiple melody shifts captivates the listener and makes it impossible not to dance.
The viral verse – “Tu no ere’ bebecita, tu ere’ bebesota. Frikitona, ma’, se te nota” – became the TikTok sound of summer of 2022.
Rolling Stone places this song in Bad Bunny’s top 50, describing the track’s “pulsing beat” along with “Corleone’s infectious chorus,” ultimately creating an “instant classic.”
“Titi Me Pregunto”
The song represents a fusion of Dominican dembow and trap, also starting with a sample of Anthony Santos’s bachata track “No Te Puedo Olvidar.” This is his second most streamed song of the album with over 1.3 billion streams on Spotify.
“Titi Me Pregunto” plays on the stereotype of an aunt asking his nephew if he has a lot of girlfriends. This is definitely a song that transcends all ages and families can enjoy the cheerful melody and humorous narrative.
El Último Tour Del Mundo (2020)
“Dakiti” (feat. Jhayco)
Bad Bunny teams up with Puerto Rican singer and rapper Jhay Cortez to create a track that remains popular three years after its release. “Dakiti” is the artist’s most streamed song on Spotify with over 1.8 billion streams. It won multiple Latin Billboard Music Awards in 2021 for “Top Latin Song,” “Hot Latin Song,” and “Streaming Song of the Year.”
Dákiti is a beach in Puerto Rico’s capital San Juan – both artists showing pride in their roots and “planting their island’s flag atop the charts” (W Magazine, 2020). Bad Bunny tells W Magazine that he intended for the futuristic reggaeton track to be “one of those songs where you feel the melody. You feel the song even if you don’t understand the lyrics.” His goal was to create a song with a melody that breaks language barriers and builds a global community.
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The song’s title referring to an island in Japan combines both Spanish and Japanese lyrics. People received this combination of cultures well, with this song arriving as No.1 on the list of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs. The song incorporates a melancholy tone with reggaeton beats. The storyline focuses on him recovering from a woman he loved moving far away to an island.
“Yo Perreo Sola” (feat. Nesi)
While Rolling Stone places this track in Bad Bunny’s top three, the music video is what shattered cultural and gender grounds. Billboard names it the most-watched Latin music video worldwide. The singer defies the Latino machismo norms, and dresses in full drag. The song takes a different approach to typical Latin music that tends to objectify women, and he highlights the importance of respecting women and the LGBTQ+ community. With the reggaeton beat, the lyrics empower women to dance alone, and confront issues involving violence against women and the LGBTQ+ people.
Callaita – Single (2019)
This single came as a surprise to many fans in the summer of 2019. The beginning of the song sets the scene of a beach with waves crashing and seagulls cawing, creating the perfect song for the summer. The lyrics describe a reserved and innocent girl getting drunk and letting loose.
Oasis – 2019
“La Canción” (feat. J.Balvin)
With over 1.4 billion streams on Spotify, Billboard considers “La Canción” an essential track of the Oasis album featuring J. Balvin. The title translates to “The Song,” and plays at a slow and sentimental tempo where the two artists reminisce about past loves. The moderate tempo almost represents this sense of drowsiness. The two artists focus on the times they shared moments together drunk, singing, and dancing. Rolling Stone highlights the muffled trumpet noise in the back, representing a suppressed memory of the two together. The emotion and message of the song touched many people’s hearts. The music video brings this story to life as the artist acts as a ghost watching his ex-girlfriend dance with another man.
Benito Martínez Ocasio, better known as Bad Bunny, grew to be the biggest pop-star because he embraced his culture and his beliefs. Benito’s unique sound has captivated audiences around the world, breaking all barriers of language, culture, and gender. We should be grateful to have such an inspiring and impactful artist in our time.