I know it may be a little bit early to select the best Bachata songs of 2013. However, this popular Dominican genre, especially the Urban/Pop version that has been flourishing in the US, has already defined a big chunk of the popularity surrounding Latin music this year. There is not any doubt, indeed, about the significant role that Bachata has been playing in the consolidation of Tropical music as a mainstream phenomenon today. From Toby Love's "Lejos" to Prince Royce's "Darte Un Beso," the following are this year's most popular Bachata songs.
"Lejos" - Toby Love. This track is one of the very best tunes from Tony Love's 2013 album Amor Total. Although this song belongs to the so-called Urban Bachata style, I find the sound of "Lejos" right in the middle of the traditional and Urban beats of Bachata music. Nice song and very nice singing by Toby Love in this one.
"Llevame Contigo" - Romeo Santos. From the hugely celebrated album The King Stays King: Sold Out at Madison Square Garden, "Llevame Contigo" enjoyed lots of popularity during the first half of 2013. Even though the original track belongs to Romeo Santos' solo debut album Formula Vol. 1, this live version became much more popular than the studio track.
"Creiste" - Anthony Santos. From one of the most influential Bachata artists of all time, "Creiste" has been one of the most popular Bachata songs of 2013. In fact, this year "Creiste" was honored with the prestigious Premios Soberano Best Bachata of the Year Award. This catchy track is a wonderful choice for a good Latin party.
"Te Me Vas" - Prince Royce. Throughout all 2013, Prince Royce's single "Te Me Vas" has been one of the hottest Bachata songs on the Billboard Latin music charts. As a result of this, "Te Me Vas" has been one of the most popular hits of Phase II, Prince Royce's second studio work and one of the best Latin music albums of 2012.
"Tu Y Yo" - Maite Perroni. Traditionally speaking, Bachata music has been dominated by productions from male artists. However, this pattern has been changing in the last couple of years with the arrival of female singers and Latin Pop stars who has been seduced by this vibrant Dominican rhythm. One of those artists is Maite Perroni. Her single "Tu Y Yo" is a good example of the Bachata-Pop style that has been flourishing in Latin music.
"Loco" Enrique Iglesias featuring Romeo Santos. Besides being one of the most popular Bachata songs of 2013, this track may be the most defining one in the consolidation of the Bachata-Pop style. While Romeo Santos' single "Promise," featuring Usher, brought together Bachata and R&B, this heartbreaking collaboration between Enrique Iglesias and Romeo Santos is a mainstream track that perfectly combines Pop and Bachata.
"Te Perdiste Mi Amor" - Thalia featuring Prince Royce. Thalia's hit "Te Perdiste Mi Amor," which was originally written by Prince Royce, is another track that exemplifies in a good way the increasing production of Bachata-Pop tracks in the Latin music market. Even though this song was released towards the end of 2012, "Te perdiste Mi Amor" has been one of this year's top Latin songs and one of the most popular duets of 2013.
"Te Lo Pido A Gritos" - Zacarias Ferreira. After the enormous success he enjoyed last year with songs such as "Me Sobran Las Palabras" and "Quedate Conmigo," Zacarias Ferreirahas continued to stay on top of the charts throughout 2013. "Te Lo Pido A Gritos" has been one of the songs that has confirmed this Dominican singer as one of today's most influential Bachata voices.
"Frio, Frio" - Juan Luis Guerra featuring Romeo Santos. This live version of Juan Luis Guerra's classic romantic Bachata hit, is one of the most popular tracks from Asondeguerra Tour, one of the very best Latin music albums of 2013. Thanks to Romeo Santos' performance, "Frio, Frio" has been able to capture younger generations of Bachata fans. Overall, a fantastic performance from beginning to end.
"Be My Baby" - Leslie Grace. After taking the Bachata world by storm with her bilingual single "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," one of the top Bachata songs of 2012, this young star from the Bronx hit the Latin music market this year with her highly anticipated self-titled album. Besides "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" Leslie Grace's debut album also included the track "Be My Baby," another bilingual song featuring the unique sound produced by the combination of Bachata with American classics from the sixties.
"My Way" - Henry Santos. Henry Santos' "My Way" is definitely one of the hottest Bachata songs of the year. If you are looking for something truly Urban, this bilingual single is by far one of the best choices of 2013. Another song that fits perfectly into the style that is defining modern Bachata today.
"Propuesta Indecente" - Romeo Santos. By incorporating elements from Tango music, Romeo Santos provided Bachata with one of this year's most distinctive sounds in this genre. The suggestive video that was produced for this single transformed "Propuesta Indecente" into one of the most popular Bachata songs of 2013.
"Infiel" - Karlos Rose. Early this year, Karlos Rose hit the Latin music market with one of the most heartbreaking songs in the Bachata field. Thanks to its nice music and powerful lyrics, "Infiel" ("Unfaithful") became a hit in music charts all over the place. I have to say this is one of my favorite Bachata tracks of 2013. Karlos Rose's interpretation is great.
"Darte Un Beso" - Prince Royce. After leaving Top Stop Music, Prince Royce kicked off his partnership with Sony Music Latin with one of the most popular Bachata songs of 2013. A big part of the popularity surrounding "Darte Un Beso" was produced by a refreshing sound where Prince Royce combined Bachata with a bit of Reggae and Hawaiian arrangements. Its simple lyrics helped to reinforce the mainstream appeal of this track.
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