In 2022, Spanish-language music comprised a giant chunk of what was being streamed past simply Spanish-speaking nations and households. This 12 months, Latin – which is outlined as music predominantly sung in Spanish – noticed a continued regular progress within the U.S. market and throughout the globe.
Latin’s massive 12 months was led by Dangerous Bunny’s game-changing launch Un Verano Sin Ti, which is (in fact) included in our 25 favourite Latin albums of this 12 months. The 23-track genre-hopping set grew to become the primary all-Spanish album to be ranked No. 1 on the Billboard 200 year-end albums chart, and it additionally earned the first-ever Grammy nomination for album of the 12 months for an all-Spanish launch.
Style-blurring albums have been a development this 12 months. Maybe probably the most experimental was Rosalía’s Motomami, which is unimaginable to field into one specific model or style. As an alternative, the 16-track set, which gained album of the 12 months on the Latin Grammys, was an invite into the Spaniard’s global-spanning inspiration. She isn’t afraid to go on an exploratory journey the place jazz and reggaeton can coexist in a single music.
That experimental nature was additionally present in Mexican music albums comparable to Eslabon Armado’s history-making Nostalgia and Ivan Cornejo’s Dañado. The faces of a brand new era of regional Mexican acts, these artists could also be labeled as sierreño artists however, at their core, they’re fusing their songs with the sounds (rock, different, pop) that impressed them rising up as a Mexican-American child within the U.S. There was additionally Natalia Lafourcade’s masterpiece De Todas Las Flores, Romeo Santos’ third installment of his La System collection and Jorge Drexler’s poignant Tinta y Tiempo.
Listed here are our 25 favourite Latin albums from this 12 months, in alphabetical order.