10 Iconic Songs to Start Listening to Reggaeton

Featuring tracks by Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Calle 13...

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Reggaeton has been and continues to be an integral part of Latin and Hispanic communities. This musical genre, which combines rhythms from reggae and dancehall with influences from hip-hop, rap, and Latin music—especially salsa and merengue—is characterized by its catchy and repetitive rhythm known as dembow.

It originated in Puerto Rico in the early ’90s, although its roots can be traced back to the late ’80s. Initially emerging as a cultural expression from marginalized neighborhoods, where young people created music that reflected their environment and experiences, reggaeton has evolved and merged with other styles over time, becoming a global phenomenon that transcends borders and cultures while maintaining its vibrant and street essence.

Over the years, some songs have transcended time to become true classics. If you want to delve into the wonderful world of reggaeton, here we present 10 iconic tracks, which have not only set the rhythm for a generation but also laid the foundation for modern reggaeton:

Old School Reggaeton Hits
Daddy Yankee, Ivy Queen, Pit Bull and Hector El Bambino attend the Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 27, 2005 in Miami, Florida. Alberto Tamargo / Getty Images

Gasolina — Daddy Yankee (2004)

Considered by many as the song that brought reggaeton to an international audience, ‘Gasolina’ is an anthem that still resonates in clubs worldwide. With its unmistakable rhythm and catchy chorus, this song is a pillar of the genre.

Baila Morena — Hector & Tito (2002)

This duo, known as Los Bambinos, released this track that became the soundtrack of the summer of 2002. Their mix of reggaeton with elements of reggae and rap created a successful formula that many artists would follow.

Pa’ Que Se Lo Gocen — Tego Calderón (2002)

Tego Calderón brought a different flavor to reggaeton with his unique style and lyrics reflecting social reality. ‘Pa’ Que Se Lo Gocen’ showcases his ability to combine social criticism with danceable music.

Pobre Diabla — Don Omar (2003)

This song is one of the most emotional in the genre, telling the story of a woman trapped in difficult circumstances. Don Omar shows his vocal range and storytelling ability in this track.

Oye Mi Canto — N.O.R.E. feat. Nina Sky (2004)

This hit was one of the first to include non-Latin artists and helped expand reggaeton beyond its Spanish-speaking base. The collaboration with Nina Sky was a resounding success.

Rakata — Wisin & Yandel (2005)

The dynamic duo of Wisin & Yandel demonstrated their chemistry and energy with ‘Rakata.’ This song is synonymous with the golden era of reggaeton and remains a party favorite.

Lo Que Pasó, Pasó — Daddy Yankee (2004)

Another entry from Daddy Yankee, this song is a classic that talks about leaving the past behind and enjoying the moment. Its positive message and upbeat rhythm make it enduring.

Atrevete-Te-Te — Calle 13 (2005)

Calle 13 burst onto the scene with this song that mixes reggaeton with intelligent and humorous lyrics.