A year ago, Billboard predicted the trends we would see over the course of 2022 and 2023 in Latin music — including more urban, pop, and bachata fusions. With a growing number of Latin artists outside of the Bachata realm tapping into the Dominican-rooted genre, that’s turned out to be precisely the case.
Though we’ve seen these types of collaborations in the past, including Romeo Santos and Usher’s “Promise” in 2011 and Prince Royce’s “Deja Vu” with Shakira in 2017, many urban artists, as of lately, have experimented with Bachata and released their innovative tracks. Most of them have even achieved viral success and entered the Billboard charts.
In August 2021, for example, Bad Bunny hopped on Aventura’s “Volví” for a saucy collaboration that earned the renowned bachata group its first Hot Latin Songs No. 1 in over a decade. Three months later, Rosalía teamed up with The Weeknd for the all-Spanish “La Fama,” which debuted and peaked at No. 2 on Hot Latin Songs. The track recently topped both the Latin Airplay and Tropical Airplay lists on the May 14-dated ranking.
In 2022, Colombian urban-pop sensation Manuel Turizo also tested his luck with “La Bachata,” which snagged him his second No. 1 on Billboard’s Tropical Airplay chart — and first as a lead artist — on the Aug. 6, 2022-dated ranking.
Like Bad Bunny, Rosalía, and Turizo, who are predominantly urban and pop artists, acts such as El Alfa, Myke Towers, Natti Natasha, and Maria Becerra have also not shied away from tapping into the sultry, romantic genre.
Below, see 26 artists — spread across 21 songs — who have dropped their very own bachata jam in the past five years:
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