Best 1998 Latin Playlist Ever: 13 Songs That Were All the Rage 20 Years Ago


It’s 2018 and what’s dominating the charts, radio stations and even nightclubs is the Latin urban scene.

Whether it’s a “Despacito” here or a “Te Bote” there, there’s no denying that artists such as Daddy Yankee, Ozuna, Bad Bunny, J Balvin and Maluma are reigning around the world.

But things were different 20 years ago, when people were obsessed with either Latin pop ballads or tropical tunes.

Check out 13 songs that were all the rage in 1998 and went to No. 1 for the first time on the Hot Latin Songs chart two decades ago.

Los Temerarios, “Porque Te Conoci”

On the chart dated Feb. 7, 1998, the Mexican duo composed brothers Adolfo and Gustavo Angel earned its second No. 1 with this single.

Ricky Martin, "Vuelve"

Ricky Martin made everyone shed a tear with his song “Vuelve" and scored his first No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 28, 1998, where the song crowned for two weeks.

Alejandro Fernandez, “No Se Olvidar”

This song became Alejandro Fernandez’s longest lead at No. 1 with eight consecutive weeks at the top. “No Se Olvidar” is Fernandez’s third No. 1, on the chart dated March 14, 1998.

Elvis Crespo, “Suavemente”

This timeless merengue nabbed Crespo his first chart entry and first No. 1 on the chart on May 16, 1998. With six weeks at the top, it’s his longest reign.

Alejandro Fernandez, “Yo Naci Para Amarte”

This heartfelt song becomes Alejandro Fernandez’s fifth leader at No. 1 on the chart dated July 18, 1998, leading for five weeks.

Enrique Iglesias, “Esperanza”

On the chart dated Oct. 24, 1998, Enrique Iglesias’ “Esperanza” jumped to No. 1 in its third week, earning him his ninth chart-topper.

Shakira, “Ciega Sordomuda”

This gem becomes Shakira’s first No. 1 on the chart (dated Nov. 21, 1998), where she ruled for three weeks.

Chayanne. “Dejaria Todo”

Chayanne’s romantic ballad earned him his fourth No. 1 in 1998, when the song ruled for five non-consecutive weeks.

Juan Luis Guerra & 440, “Mi PC”

This merengue logged Juan Luis Guerra y Los 440 their second No. 1, topping the chart for two weeks.

Carlos Ponce, "Rezo"

Back in the days, Puerto Rican actor Carlos Ponce had a full-on singing career, earning his first No. 1 on the chart (dated June 27, 1998) and ruling for three weeks.

Carlos Ponce, “Decir Adios”

Luck struck again in September as his single “Decir Adios” crowned the chart for two weeks on the chart dated Sept. 27, 1998.

Onda Vaselina, “Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto”

Such a timeless piece in every ‘90s child's heart, the song earned OV7 their first No. 1 on the chart (Aug. 22-dated list), remaining there for 20 weeks.

Servando y Florentino, “Una Fan Enamorada”

Venezuelan salsa duo Servando y Florentino earned its first No. 1 on the chart dated May 9, 1998, with this tropical tune.