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28 Must-Listen Spanish Singers: Enhance Your Language Skills with Music

In the last decade, the music industry has witnessed an unprecedented rise in the popularity of Latin music, driven largely by Spanish-language singers. Today, Spanish language tunes are hitting new heights of global acclaim, a feat that’s been building over the years.

From catchy Latin pop anthems to renowned reggaeton beats, and the timeless allure of classical folk, Spanish music is making a compelling case to rival English in its worldwide popularity.

But amidst this wave of contemporary hits, how familiar are you with the legends of Latin music? Our curated list isn’t exhaustive – that would be an epic feat – but it’s designed to give you a glimpse into the musical giants of the Spanish-speaking world. These are the icons known in every Spanish-speaking household, the artists who have shaped the very essence of Latin music.

So, plug in your headphones and prepare to embark on a melodious journey through our selection of the best Spanish singers in the world – a vibrant showcase of cultural heritage and musical genius.

Spain: Flamenco Beats and Latin Pop Giants

If it is a list of Spanish singers, then naturally we will start with some of the most famous singers from Spain. Of course, Spain is well known for flamenco music based on traditional Andalusian folklore. 

Flamenco music could be a whole lesson itself, but today we’re focusing a bit more on Latin Pop and worldwide hits. So here are three of some of the biggest names in the music world from Spain:

• Rosalía 

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Rosalía, also known as La Rosalía is an up-and-coming Spanish singer and songwriter from Barcelona. Her music style mixes a modern interpretation of flamenco music mixed with urban and Latin pop. She became famous when her 2018 album, El Mal Querer, won a Latin Grammy Award and made the list of Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time (2020). 

The best part about this award – she created the album using a low-budget studio and was her final project to graduate from her bachelor’s program! Imagine finishing your class project and becoming an international superstar. 

At the moment, she has won 1 Grammy Award and 8 Latin Grammy Awards. In 2019 she became the first Spanish-singing act in history to be nominated for a Best New Artist award at the Grammys.

She gets her nickname, La Rosalía, from her hit single Con Altura, a reggaeton-style track on which she collaborated with another current name J Balvin.

La Rosalía likely isn’t going anywhere, so check out her music if you want to practice Spanish with some modern musical styles. 

• Alejandro Sanz 

Alejandro Sanz is a Spanish musician, singer, and composer from Madrid who is one of the biggest names in the music industry. Most of his music includes styles from Latin Pop, but he is most well-known for his Flamenco-inspired ballads. Since his parents are from Andalusia, it makes sense that he would incorporate this style into his music. 

This legendary Spanish singer has won 4 Grammys and 22 Latin Grammy Awards and first made some commercial success in 1991 with his album Viviendo Deprisa. His 1997 album Más is what garnered him international success, though. 

Though he does have several different styles of Latin albums, his most famous songs are ballads (Corazón Partío). So if you’re a fan of singing in the shower and are looking for Spanish singers, Alejandro Sanz is a good place to start. 

• Enrique Iglesias

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Anyone who was listening to music in the early 2000s knows the King of Latin Pop, Enrique Iglesias. He is the son of the most commercially successful European singer of all time, Julio Iglesias. It seems like anyone in this family is destined to be one of the greatest Spanish singers. 

He first became the most successful Spanish language act of the decade in the 90s and then afterward started developing bilingual albums. He is one of the best-selling Latin music artists of all time and currently holds the number one slot for the most number 1 hit songs on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs, at 27 hits. Then, in 2020, he was awarded the “Top Latin Artist of All Time” at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.

So Enrique Iglesias is a pretty good singer. 

His most famous song is the 1998 hit Bailamos. And if you want to check out any of his music, the best part is every one of his English songs has a Spanish version to go along with it. Great news for Spanish learners!  

Colombia: Cumbia Grooves and Reggaeton Stars

Heading over across the pond, Colombia has a huge music industry. The country is considered to be one of the world’s largest contributors to the industry. So you can bet that you’ll find some of the greatest Spanish singers in Latin America come from this country. 

Here are some of the most well-known ones:

• Shakira

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Honestly, if you don’t know who Shakira is, then where have you been for the last 2 decades? She has sold over 75 million records worldwide and is the Latina artist who has sold the most albums in history. 

She is from Barranquilla, Colombia, and has made a huge impact in the Latin music industry, recording her first album there at the age of 13. But she became globally famous when she made English and Spanish versions of some hit songs, including Contigo, and Mi Vida (Whenever, Wherever). At the time, she was considered a pioneer of Latin music in the US. 

She’s known as one of the greatest Spanish singers of all time, having become one of the most well-known artists from Latin America. She’s currently the highest-streamed Latin Artist on Spotify, making her the only artist with Spanish songs totaling over 100 million streams. 

If somehow you haven’t heard any of Shakira’s music, then you’ll want to start your playlist with some music from this legendary Spanish singer. 

• Maluma 

Maluma is another immensely famous singer from Colombia. His music style is described as a mix of reggaeton, Latin trap, and pop. If you ever go dancing (post-pandemic), you’re extremely likely to be hearing some of his music played. 

He’s currently one of the best-selling Latin music artists and collaborates with a ton of other famous artists (like Shakira, for example). One of his singles, Hawái, from his fifth album Papi Juancho, topped the Hot Latin Songs chart for 9 weeks in 2020 and even got a remix done with The Weeknd. 

To be fair, reggaeton isn’t always a popular style with English speakers, but the fact is that it’s not going anywhere – and Maluma is only becoming more and more popular. 

• Karol G

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Karol G has emerged as a powerhouse in the Latin music industry, particularly in the urban genre. Known for her distinct voice and empowering lyrics, she has become a symbol of female strength in a predominantly male-dominated industry. Her chart-topping hits and collaborations have catapulted her to international fame, making her one of the most influential female artists in Latin music today.

• Juanes 

Juanes is one of the most diverse Spanish singers on the list, with his early music focusing on modern rock, heavy metal, and hard rock, while his current music genre is Latin-style Pop.

He became internationally famous with his hit 2004 song La Camisa Negra and has since won a total of 20 Latin Grammy Awards.

All of his music goes over themes of social activism with very clear references to political struggles from both his home country of Colombia and worldwide. For Spanish learners, another great thing about his music is that the lyrics are very clear and understandable, so you’ll have no problem being able to sing along. 

• J Balvin

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J Balvin, a native of Medellín, has become a global reggaeton sensation. Known for his catchy rhythms and collaborations with international artists, Balvin has played a pivotal role in bringing reggaeton to a worldwide audience. His hits like “Mi Gente” have topped charts globally, making him one of the leading figures in modern Latin music.

These artists, each with their unique style and contribution, have not only elevated Colombian music on the global stage but have also brought new flavors and perspectives to the ever-evolving world of Latin music. Their impact extends beyond their music, as they continue to inspire new generations of artists and music lovers worldwide.

Cuba: Salsa Queens and Afro-Cuban Melodies

Cuba‘s contribution to the music world is immense, with its Afro-Cuban rhythms playing a pivotal role in shaping music globally. From salsa to son cubano, Cuban artists have left an indelible mark on the music scene.

• Celia Cruz

Known as the Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz is a monumental figure in Cuban music. Her powerful voice and vibrant stage presence made her an icon of the genre. Cruz’s music, infused with the rhythms of her Afro-Cuban heritage, has inspired generations and continues to be celebrated worldwide.

• Gloria Estefan

Gloria Estefan is considered one of the main artists who broke down the barriers stopping Latin music from becoming popular internationally. Not only is she one of the top Latina artists of all time, but she’s also one of the highest-selling female singers of all time

Her hit song from 1985, Conga, is one of her most well-known songs, listed as number 11 on the Greatest Latin Pop Songs list. Though most of her biggest hits are from the 80s, she has continued to make music and star in movies ever since. 

• Omara Portuondo

Omara Portuondo, often hailed as the diva of the Buena Vista Social Club, is another jewel of Cuban music. Her soulful voice and deep connection to the traditional “son cubano” (Cuban songs) style have made her a beloved and respected figure in the world of Latin music. Portuondo’s career, spanning decades, showcases the rich musical heritage of Cuba and her unique ability to bring it to life

Mexico: Mariachi Roots and Modern Latin Chart-Toppers

Mexico is another big name in the music industry, especially in recent years, with Mexico City being a hotspot for top music hits. 

• Thalía 

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Thalía is one of the most famous artists to come out of Mexico. She is a singer, businesswoman, and actress. In fact, in many ways her acting career is just as highly regarded as her music, often being referred to as the Queen of Telenovelas

She is another one of the best-selling Latina artists of all time and is the highest-paid telenovela actress in history. As a solo artist, most of her music includes Latin pop styles, with her number 1 hit No Me Enseñaste being a great example.

So if you’re looking for some typical early 2000s music to dance to, this is a great place to start. 

• Juan Gabriel

The legendary Juan Gabriel, with his flamboyant stage presence and heartfelt songs, is an icon of Mexican music. His contributions to Latin music are vast, touching on various genres and resonating deeply with fans across generations.

• Luis Miguel

Known as “El Sol de México,” Luis Miguel’s smooth vocals and charismatic performances have made him a superstar. His ability to blend traditional Mexican music with contemporary styles has earned him immense popularity and numerous accolades.

• Special Mention: Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma

Currently riding the wave of popularity, Eslabon Armado and Peso Pluma have captured the hearts of modern audiences. Their recent hit “Ella Baila Sola” has skyrocketed, amassing almost 500 million views on YouTube, and showcasing the evolving landscape of Mexican music.

Argentina: Tango Traditions and Pop Innovators

Argentina’s music scene is as dynamic and diverse as its culture, producing some of the most influential artists in Latin music. From traditional tango rhythms to contemporary pop, Argentine musicians have made significant contributions to the global music stage. 

• Mercedes Sosa 

Mercedes Sosa might no longer be a household name, but she was one of the most influential singers of the 20th century. Her music was popular throughout Latin America and Spain and was heavily influenced by Argentine folk music. 

Sosa was a huge social activist and all of her music contained themes of social justice, to the point where she became known as the “voice of the voiceless”, speaking up for Latin artists. She is known to be one of the biggest proponents of using music as a means of social activism

She Has won six Latin Grammys and has performed in prestigious venues all over the world. Her most famous song is “Todo Cambia” from one of her top Latin Albums, Será Posible El Sur?. It’s a recommended song for Spanish learners since the lyrics are simple, but clear, sung by a very powerful voice.

• Lali Espósito

Lali Espósito represents the new wave of Argentine pop stars. An actress and singer, she has made a significant impact both in her home country and internationally. Known for her catchy pop tunes and dynamic performances, Lali has quickly become a symbol of modern Argentine music. Her ability to connect with the younger generation has catapulted her to stardom, making her one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Latin pop.

• Ricardo Montaner

Ricardo Montaner, though born in Venezuela, has become one of Argentina’s beloved musical figures. His romantic ballads and soulful voice have captured the hearts of fans across Latin America. Montaner’s music transcends borders, blending elements of Argentine and Venezuelan styles, and his extensive career has earned him a special place in the pantheon of Latin music legends.

These artists, along with others from Argentina, showcase the country’s rich musical heritage and its ability to evolve and resonate with global audiences. Their contributions span from traditional styles to the latest in pop trends, reflecting Argentina’s ongoing influence in the world of music.


Argentina’s role in the global rap scene is noteworthy, with a burgeoning roster of rappers like Wos, Trueno, Duki, and Nicki Nicole making significant strides on the world stage. This country is increasingly recognized as a pivotal force in the rap industry, showcasing exceptional talent and creativity in the genre.

USA: Latin Influencers and Global Music Fusion

The United States is a huge force within the global music industry and considering there are currently 41 million people who speak it at home, it makes sense for many famous Spanish language artists to come from the US. 

As we mentioned before, this is a small list, but a good start. 

• Christina Aguilera

You might be familiar with Christina Aguilera’s English language music and her role on The Voice, but did you know that she also has some of her greatest hits in Spanish? She even won a Latin Grammy award in 2001. 

A lot of her famous English songs will have equivalents in Spanish, such as “Ven Conmigo” and “Genio Atrapado”. As one of the most well-known singer-songwriters in recent decades, you should consider viewing her as not only a successful English artist but also as a successful Spanish singer

• Marc Anthony

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Marc Anthony is one of the world’s most legendary Spanish singers ever. He is known for his danceable salsa records and is considered to be the top-selling tropical salsa artist of all time. 

He is a singer-songwriter, record producer, music producer, actor, and TV producer known for his Latin salsa dance hits and ballads. The Spanish singer Marc Anthony got his biggest break to fame internationally after signing with Sony Records and doing several collaborations with Jennifer López. 

• Jennifer López

Speaking of, Jennifer López is one of the biggest Latina artists of all time, having helped promote the boom of Spanish music globally. The Spanish singer also known as J.Lo is also a celebrated actress and became the first Latina to make more than $1 million from a film.

She also went on to become the first woman to release a number 1 box-office hit and number 1 CD in the same week.

So it’s safe to say that J.Lo is pretty talented. She’s also collaborated with several other famous Spanish artists over the years, like Marc Anthony, and cites Celia Cruz as an influence in her music career. 

In 2012, she was listed as the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes and remains to be a huge pop culture icon. Her album, Como Ama Una Mujer, got the highest first-week sales for a Spanish debut album in the US.  

Jennifer Lopez is widely regarded as one of the biggest Latin Artists ever and is often thought of as a trailblazer for making Spanish music popular globally. 

• Pitbull

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Pitbull, also known as Mr. Worldwide, is a Cuban-American rapper, singer, and businessman from Miami, Florida. Known for his catchy hooks and energetic performances, Pitbull has become a global icon in the music industry. He skillfully combines elements of Latin music with pop and rap, creating a unique sound that resonates with audiences worldwide. His hits like “Give Me Everything” and “Timber” have topped charts globally, making him one of the most recognizable figures in the fusion of Latin and mainstream music.

• Nicky Jam

In the diverse tapestry of Latin music within the USA, one name that stands out is Nicky Jam. Born to a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother, Nicky Jam has become a pivotal figure in the Latin music scene, especially in the reggaeton genre. Blending the rhythmic essence of his heritage with the urban vibes of the States, he has carved out a unique niche for himself.

Nicky Jam’s journey in music is a testament to his resilience and talent. He rose to fame with hits that resonate with a wide audience, thanks to his ability to intertwine Spanish and English in his music seamlessly. His songs often reflect his multicultural background, offering a blend of catchy reggaeton beats with the contemporary flair of American music

Puerto Rico: Reggaeton Rhythms and Latin Pop Pioneers

Being such a small island, Puerto Rico has made a huge impact on the music industry. Salsa, bolero, and reggaeton music are a crucial part of Puertorican music culture and so, naturally, there have been some big hits over the years.

• Ricky Martin

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Ricky Martin is currently one of the best-selling Latin artists of all time, making international fame thanks to his hit Livin La Vida Loca. Both his English and Spanish language music have become famous worldwide. 

He started at the age of 12 in the boyband Menudo, but ever since then has become considerably more famous when he left the band. He is also referred to as the King of Latin Pop, thanks to the fact that Livin La Vida Loca became one of the songs that made Spanish pop music possible. 

His style is definitely on the pop side and his debut album in English became his best-selling one. But don’t let that stop you from finding more of his music in Spanish!  

• Bad Bunny

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Bad Bunny has taken the music world by storm with his unique blend of Latin trap and reggaeton. Known for his distinctive style and unconventional approach, he has become one of the most prominent figures in contemporary Latin music. His chart-topping hits and collaborations with artists from various genres have made him a global sensation, redefining the boundaries of Latin music.

• Luis Miguel 

Luis Miguel is commonly referred to as El Sol de México, since he is half Mexican, as well. He was one of the best-selling Latin songwriters in the ’90s, despite only ever recording in Spanish. He was one of the only Latin singers from the 90s who didn’t become famous in the English-speaking world. 

He became famous because of his showmanship and his performance skills, definitely making a name for himself with his personality. His performances are likely what has made him remain famous for his entire life.

He is the youngest male artist in history to have won a Grammy, winning it at just 14 with the song “Me Gustas Tal Como Eres”. Luis Miguel has certainly made a huge name for himself over the years by singing in many different styles – pop, ballads, bolero, mariachi, tango, jazz, etc. 

If you’re more into that classical feel of music, then Luis Miguel is the Spanish singer-songwriter for you. 

• Luis Fonsi

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Luis Fonsi, a household name in Latin pop, gained worldwide fame with his hit “Despacito.” His melodious voice and romantic ballads have made him one of the most beloved artists in the genre. Fonsi’s music transcends cultural barriers, bringing the essence of Puerto Rican music to audiences around the world.

• Daddy Yankee

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Daddy Yankee is currently known as the King of Reggaeton. He is the rapper and singer-songwriter from Puerto Rico who coined the term reggaeton. So you have Daddy Yankee to thank for the huge explosion of this genre. 

His first big international hit was “Gasolina” from 2004, which is the song that most people consider to have introduced reggaeton to the international community. Ever since then, reggaeton has become insanely popular globally. 

In 2017, he collaborated with Luis Fonsi and recorded Despacito (You know this one), which quickly became the most-watched video on YouTube and Daddy Yankee became the most listened-to artist on Spotify that year, too. 

So regardless of whether reggaeton is a style of music you like, you can’t deny its international success – and a big part of it is because of Daddy Yankee.

Embarking on a Melodic Spanish Adventure

And there you have it – a vibrant tour through the world of Spanish and Latin music, showcasing some of the most influential artists from across the Spanish-speaking world. While this list is just a starting point, it introduces you to the legends and modern stars whose music has shaped and continues to influence the cultural landscape.

As you journey through learning Spanish, immersing yourself in the music of these artists isn’t just about enjoyment; it’s a dive into the rich tapestry of cultural references and history. Each song, each rhythm, offers a window into the soul of different Spanish-speaking countries, and you might just find your new musical obsession along the way!

Plus, this musical exploration is more than entertainment – it’s a way to connect deeper with Spanish culture and language. So why not let these melodies be the soundtrack of your language-learning experience?

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