Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist

Andrea Alverca, Contributing Writer

From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans. This is a time in which Latinxs get to share a love for the culture by embracing who we are and by being proud of where we come from. With Hispanic Heritage Month upon us, here are a few songs to listen to this month.

Sí Una Vez – Selena

“Sí Una Vez” is a song about unrequited love and female empowerment. Proclaimed as the “Queen of Tejano (Texan)” music, Selena Quintanilla sings about how she fell in love with an abusive partner and will never repeat the mistakes she’s made. A mariachi fusion song with cumbia influences produced by her brother A.B. Quintanilla, “Sí Una Vez” was recognized as “Single of the Year” at the 1996 BMI Pop Awards.

Yonaguni – Bad Bunny

Rising to fame in 2016 with his breakthrough single “Soy Peor,” The Puerto Rican-born singer has become a household name in the Latin American community. While Yonaguni is an actual island off the coast of Taiwan, the song mainly focuses on the heartbreak Bad Bunny faced when a woman he loved moved to an island far away from him. The message Bad Bunny gives in “Yonaguni” is how distance shouldn’t be a deciding factor in loving someone.

Telepatía – Kali Uchis

“Telepatía” became a viral sensation on Tik Tok. Ranked as the No. 1 on the all-Latin genre radio rankings by Billboard, “Telepatía” is sung by Colombian artist Kali Uchis. In the song, Uchis sings about being with someone spiritually because she couldn’t be there physically. The synth-pop dreamy track includes ultra-melancholic hooks and verses in both English and Spanish.

Baila Conmigo – Selena Gomez & Rauw Alejandro

Making her long-awaited comeback to the music industry, Pop icon Selena Gomez collaborates with rising Puerto Rican rapper and singer Rauw Alejandro in a sultry and rhythmic reggaeton song. The duet is about capturing the thrill of new love and the temptations two people feel as they get to know each other on the dance floor.

Llegaste Tú – CNCO & Prince Royce

“Llegaste Tú” is an upbeat and tropical song about how a man stopped believing in love until he met a woman who changed his mind. CNCO teamed up with Dominican singer Prince Royce for this collaboration. CNCO is a group of five boys from different Latino countries such as Ecuador, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Corazón sin Cara – Prince Royce

Another Prince Royce track to include is “Corazón sin Cara” which, in English, is translated to “Faceless Heart.” Prince Royce sings about loving and appreciating a woman for who she is both physically and emotionally. While Prince Royce usually performs bachata, a guitar-based genre, the song adds in a mix of violins and cellos which is normally unheard of in this style of music.

Rompe (E) – Daddy Yankee

Released originally in 2005, “Rompe” is a classic reggaeton song by Daddy Yankee. The song once held the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks chart for over three months. The Puerto Rican rapper broke into mainstream music with his breakthrough album “Barrio Fino” in 2004, which included the hit track “Gasolina.” He has been in the music industry since 1992. “Rompe” is basically a song about a man bragging about how attractive his girlfriend is.

Cuando Me Enamoró – Enrique Iglesias & Juan Luis Guerra

As the son of Spanish singer and songwriter Julio Iglesias and one of pop music’s most influential singer-songwriters of our time, Enrique Iglesias collaborates with Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra, another one of the most internationally recognized Latin artists. The two collaborate on a romantic song that mixes pop with bachata influences. The song is all about falling in love and the feeling of being in love.