Top 25 Latin Albums of 2013
by Rachel Devitt | December 11, 2013
Our picks for the top 25 Latin albums of 2013 are a wild, widely varying bunch. But then, that was kind of the state of Latin music this year -- sometimes within a single genre. Young guys (some not even from Puerto Rico) were killing it at old-school reggaeton, while the established reggaetoneros inched ever closer to full dance pop takeover. Bachata saw some ladies (Leslie Grace, Maite Perroni) join its boys' club, while the genre's reigning princes moved more toward soulful adult contemporary and dance pop (or at least, that's what Prince Royce did). Meanwhile, Latin pop artists were doing all sorts of weird and fascinating stuff with their hooks and beats, from Raul y Mexia's regional-woven dance pop to Julieta Venegas' pensive electronic jams, Juana Molina's esoteric electro-textures to Carlos Vives' typically sunny stab at a little sertanejo. Regional's young guns (Noel Torres, Gerardo Ortiz, Los Cuates de Sinaloa) continued to make a case for themselves as rock stars, while Latin rock's older dogs (including Babasonicos, Zoé and Draco Rosa) didn't stray too far from their respective usual tricks. But the biggest story of the year might just be salsa. The oh-so-familiar son drove some of the year's best and brightest albums, including Cucu Diamantes' concept album/live record/movie soundtrack and our No. 1 album of the year, Marc Anthony's warm, rich hit machine, 3.0. Our vote? More new salsa in 2014!