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The 25 Best Latin Songs of 2022: Staff Picks

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Latin music experienced another incredible year, and to highlight the genre’s global appeal, Billboard compiled 25 of the best songs released this year, according to our Latin editors.

The coveted year-end list brings to the forefront how experimental some artists got in 2022, led by Bad Bunny with his eclectic dembow “Tití Me Preguntó.” Currently No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, the MAG-produced combination of dembow and reggaetón perfectly embraces Dominican culture and the teteo lifestyle. Manuel Turizo matched him, though, showcasing how the Colombian pop-urban star dipped his toes in the bachata genre with his No. 1 Tropical Airplay hit “La Bachata,” helmed by Latin hitmaker Edgar Barrera.

Karol G and Rauw Alejandro are other great examples of artists who have stepped outside their comfort zones this year, and released bangers as a result — the former with her Ovy on the Drums-produced electronic track “Provenza,” and the latter with his alternative new-wave song “Dime Quien????” Música Mexicana is also well-represented on our list, including Camilo and Grupo Firme’s clever “Alaska,” Natanael Cano’s unapologetic “Que Me Importa” with newcomer Victor Cibrian, and Carin León’s heartfelt country-tinged track “ “No es por acá,” to name a few.

And of course, we couldn’t leave behind those certified hits that, fueled by their success on TikTok, have rocketed onto the Billboard charts this year, such as Lasso’s pop rock hit “Ojos Marrones,” Grupo Frontera’s norteño cover of Morat’s 2019 “No Se Va” and Yahritza y Su Esencia’s “Soy El Unico,” which earned the then 15-year-old lead vocalist, Yahritza Martinez, the title of the youngest Latin artist to have a Hot 100 hit.

Here are our 25 favorite Latin songs from this year, in alphabetical order.  

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