Puerto Rico is known for its beautiful beaches and is the world’s leading rum producer. Still, there is one more thing that defines this interesting place, and that’s music.
The culture of Puerto Rico has an impressive musical history with various genres such as bomba, salsa, and plena, but also pop ballads and, in recent times, reggaeton. And since their musical history is long and productive, it would take days, if not months, to address everyone and anything that’s important.
Still, knowing some of the most famous musicians is a start, so we will see the top 5 most famous singers that succeeded in the music industry and are Puerto Ricans. Let’s begin.
One of the Puerto Rican performers from the younger generation, Bad Bunny, is a reggaeton and trap singer. He was discovered and signed to a record label by posting and gaining popularity on SoundCloud while he was studying at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo and working in a supermarket as a bagger.
His breakthrough single was “Diles” in 2016, and this rocketed him into the music business, followed by many hit tracks, notable stage and TV appearances, and collaborating adventures with J Balvin, Cardi B, and Drake, among others. His debut studio album titled “X 100pre” was released back in 2018, and since then, he has peaked at the top of many music charts, including the prestigious Billboard Hot 100.
His live performances are exciting, and if you want to listen to the next Bad Bunny setlist 2022, now is the perfect time to buy concert tickets since his tour is ongoing.
Michael Anthony Torres Monge, whose stage name is Myke Towers, started his interesting music career back in 2013; he is a rapper, singer, and songwriter. Towers likes to mix various music genres, mainly including hip-hop, Latin trap, and reggaeton.
His popular mixtape “El Final del Principio,” which was released back in 2016, managed to peak at number 12 on the Latin Rhythm Albums. An interesting fact is that he collaborated with Bad Bunny in 2019, and they made a track by the name of “Estamos Arriba.”
Even though Myke Towers doesn’t have stardom and popularity worldwide, he is constantly improving and getting better as a performer. An excellent proof of that is the fact that he won the “New Artist of the Year” award at the Billboard Latin Music Awards in 2021.
Daddy Yankee, or as his real name is, Ramon Luis Ayala Rodriguez, is also from Puerto Rico, and he is a rapper and singer, but also a songwriter and actor.
Considered the “King of Reggaeton” both by fans and music critics, Daddy Yankee first coined the word reggaeton. This moment happened in 1994 when he described the new music genre from Puerto Rico that synthesized Jamaican reggae rhythms, Spanish rapping and singing, Hispanic Caribbean music, and American hip-hop.
It is fair to say that Myke Towers and Bad Bunny would have never become famous if it wasn’t for Daddy Yankee since he opened the music path for many performers long before some of them were even born. Therefore, many Latin modern musicians often cite Yankee as an influence.
Nicky Jam was actually born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to a Puerto Rican father and a Dominican mother, and his family moved to Puerto Rico when he was 10 years of age.
He caught Daddy Yankee’s attention after recording his first EP at age 14, titled “…Distinto a los demas,” in 1995, and later they formed a group called Los Cangris. This band was active from the late 90s until 2004. Unfortunately, the two split acrimoniously, and Nicky’s music career sharply declined, followed by substance abuse and some legal troubles.
Nevertheless, he got back on track as a solo performer, and now he is one of the most popular Latin performers in the world. Even though his early songs had more of a traditional fast-paced reggaeton, his newer tracks have more romantic lyrics.
Last on the list, but just as famous, Luis Fonsi is known for many tracks, but the one that made him a global sensation is the famous “Despacito” featuring Daddy Yankee.
As of 2018, Luis Alfonso Rodríguez López-Cepero has broken 6 Guinness World Records and sold over 11 million copies of this popular song. Also, the music video for “Despacito” is one of the most watched on YouTube, with more than 7 billion views.
Of course, he and his fans would love to see a lot more songs by him, so it’s exciting to see what he will create as a performer in the near and far future.
So, who is your favorite Puerto Rican singer on the list? Or maybe you like all of them? Be as it may, hurry up to buy tickets for their concerts since they sell out fast, no matter the venue!