Since October , chart rankings are based on digital sales , radio airplay , and online streaming , and only predominantly Spanish language songs are allowed to rank. The chart was established by the magazine on September 6, , and was originally based on airplay on Latin music radio stations. Songs on the chart were not necessarily in Spanish language, since a few songs in English and Portuguese language have also charted. As of the issue for the week ending on August 22nd, , the chart has had different number one hits, while artists have reached number one as a lead or a featured act. During the s decade, the data were compiled by the Billboard chart and research department with information from 70 Spanish-language radio stations in the United States and Puerto Rico. This data was compiled by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems , which electronically monitors radio stations in more than music markets across the United States. In , three charts were introduced in addition to Hot Latin Songs: Latin Pop Airplay , which deals with pop songs whether or not it is Spanish-language; Regional Mexican Airplay , which dealt with different styles of Mexican genres ; and Tropical Airplay , which focuses on the genres of tropical music. In , the Latin Rhythm Airplay chart was introduced in response to the growing influence of Latin hip hop and reggaeton. Due to the increasing popularity of downloads sales and streaming data, Billboard updated the methodology for the Hot Latin Songs chart on October 11, , to include digital sales and streaming activity in addition to airplay, as well as making only predominantly Spanish-language songs eligible for inclusion and increasing airplay data to more than 1, radio stations across the United States. There are several component charts that contribute to the overall calculation of Hot Latin Songs.
The magazine had already a major overall songs chart titled Hot since August Since , the chart tracks digital sales, streaming figures and radio airplay. Ritchie Valens ' cover version of La Bamba became the first Spanish-language song to enter the Hot after its debut on January 3, In June , following the number one peak of "Despacito" in the Hot , Philip Bump of The Washington Post related the increasing success of Spanish-language songs in the United States since with the growth of its Spanish-speaking population, highlighting an improve from 4. As of the week ending June 29, , Spanish-language and two Portuguese-language songs have entered the Hot chart, most of them in , with 18 debuts; followed by , with 16; , with 13; and , with seven. Only 10 Latin tracks have entered the Hot between and A total of 30 singles have ranked within the top 50, of which only 15 reached the top 25, seven managed to reach the top 10, and three have peaked at number one. From the 86 songs that have ranked within the bottom half of the chart, 33 have peaked between numbers 90 and , 22 did so between numbers 80 and 89, and 32 did so between numbers 51 and
When it comes to music, there's no objective right or wrong, good or bad — but that never stops passionate music fans from sharing and defending their favorites. We spent months discussing, researching and reflecting on music from artists old and new, considering everything from sales to impact to innovation to longevity. The results won't please everyone — and that's as it should be. Everyone has their own takes on the greatest in music — this is ours. Most importantly, even though 50 is not nearly a big enough number to encompass the huge universe of the Latin songbook, every one of these songs continues to be relevant today. We invite you to listen and celebrate with us as we count down from No. Did anyone not dance the Macarena? It was American folk singer Pete Seeger who took the humble acoustic tune to new heights, when he adapted it and recorded it live at Carnegie Hall in Artists from Celia Cruz to Wyclef Jean have since claimed the song as their own.
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