By now we know that a spring day for college students in the east coast is defined by salmon shorts, flat beer from a keg, an unnecessary amount of Snapchat update stories, and an abundance of Chainsmoker songs in the air. Spring is darty season, and for my friends back in the west coast (best coast) let me define this for you: Darty (noun) When the weather reaches above 60 degrees Fahrenheit and everyone gets excited so classes are skipped and everyone drinks on their front porch or back yard blasting music and blowing up social media.
I have the hope that when I return to school my friends come through and I get to be that annoying person also contributing to the cacophony on Main St. As my current social media slump will show, I am on campus and while this has sucked it has given me time to curate some sizzling songs for spring that will lead into summer.
These songs are hot because of their beats and lyrics and because of their nod to Latin and Hispanic culture. Yes there is a difference between the two.
Read about it: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/difference-between-hispanic-latino-and-spanish_us_55a7ec20e4b0c5f0322c9e44
Not all of the songs integrate Latin or Hispanic culture, but all these songs do represent the diverse face the music industry often erases. Don't expect any Chainsmoker songs on this list, because you probably already have them queued, but stay tuned if you want some fresh songs for the spring season.
The songs below are in no partcilaur order:
It Ain't Me by Kygo & Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez has always been one of my top artists, and I'm glad to see that her success has extended beyond her Disney era. She was just announced as the cover for American Vogue and I have no doubts that this is boosting her relevancy as we speak. In honor of Selena, I mention her latest single. "It Ain't Me" is a slower song with house and trance elements and it's beat drop suits the latest trend of air pop on the radio.
Team by Krewella
The EDM sister duo Krewella is known for their 2012 hit "Alive" and this was my first introduction into them. The duo are not only impressive DJs but they are also impressive for speaking up about their experience as being women in color in the music industry. In late December of 2016, Krewella was denied Visas to the Sunburn Music Festival because of their Pakistan heritage and in a Teen Vogue article they also explained why they had a music hiatus. But, earlier this year they came back with the smashing song "Team." The song is short and punches you soon with it's rich beat, reminiscent of Bollywood. Note calling unfamiliar beats "tropical" is not cool since you're not considering the culture of the song and erasing its richness. It's also just plain ignorant. Anyways, I used "Team" for a video I made of my friends and I and it was so much fun. So check this song out for the next time you want to feel that EDM rush.
Hey Ma by J Balvin, Pitbull, & Camilla Cabello
Former Fifth Harmony member Camilla Cabello joins Mr. Worldwide and latin music star J Balvin to create the first single from the newest Fast & Furious soundtrack. I play this song about once a day and can't help but practice my dancing when I hear it. The music video is equally as amazing! "Hey Ma" is full of smooth Spanish lyrics and sultry sounds that make it tempting to make a margarita and let loose. I could never imagine hearing this at a party here, but a boy can dream right? Right now the song is solely in Spanish and I am loving it.
Chantaje by Shakira & Maluma
We all know "Hips Don't Lie" but what you may not know is that Shakira is still killing the game at 39 years young. "Chantaje" is a song about seduction, flirting, and desire and it screams summer. The video for this song is gorgeous and it broke records as being the fastest Spanish-language video to get over 100 million views. The sharp claps of drums give you an easy rhythm to gyrate and undulate your waist to and the simple chorus "Puro puro chantaje" make it easy to sing along...or to sing to someone! HAHA
Should've Been Me by Naught Boy, Kyla, & Popcaan
This song is my go to sing along. The song is about wishing that someone had chosen you over someone else and its #Relatable! The song has Naughty Boy's typical dance hall elements and a loud airy drum that makes it great for bobbing your body to. I think my obsession with this song is more to its lyrics, but don't get me wrong it can make a party.
Sorry for Myself by CADE
This song falls into the vein of something DJ Snake would make, and at first I thought it was a new track my him. No, this is by CADE and it's a hot song about self pity after your rejected/ dumped/ ignored and it is too real. Like the last song, the lyrics get me howling but it'll probably get you spinning. Once again, it has dance hall elements which make it easy to dance to.
I Miss You by Grey
This track sounds like a Zedd track but it's actually by the L.A. EDM brother duo Grey. The duo is new to the music scene but you may have heard their talent on "Starving" by Zedd and Hailiee Stenfield. The duo lent their skills to the song, and this is their break out hit. The song has that signature electric shaver sound thats suit for late night ragers at any frat or club, the latter of course being superior.
Author William Samayoa
Marketer by profession and storyteller by passion. L.A. raised, proud Latino, and pop culture enthusiast.