Grading the U.S. Latin Urban Charts

1. Zion, Jory & Ken-Y, “More”

“More” is a single from La Formula, a supergroup from reggaeton empire Pina Records, which features the label’s biggest performers: Zion, Lennoz, Plan B, RKM, Ken-Y, Arcangel, Lobo, and Jalil Lopez. If singer Ken-Y doesn’t put out a mixtape called “Ken-Y Powers” we are done professionally.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “estaaa brutaaal!!! d-_-b” — omgwtfquiles

 

2. Daddy Yankee, “Limbo”

Shot on location in Temoaya, Mexico. “Daddy Yankee” yelps over the screechy Euro-techno sound that’s de rigueur in modern Top 40. What do you even call that genre, Headache House?

Grade: C

Best YouTube Comment: “Daddy Yankee doing his thing … I really like the song and the video. Perfect song for a house party … Cause I love shaking my butt … ” — Leonaza7

 

3. Wisin & Yandel ft. Chris Brown & T-Pain, “Algo Me Gusta De Ti”

“Featuring Chris Brown” is never a good sign. Hyper-disposable.

Grade: F

Best YouTube Comment: “chris brown hits girls” — problematicoz

 

4. La Formula, “Diosa De Los Corazones”

Another tune from Pina Records’s La Formula album. “Diosa De Los Corazomes” features RKM & Ken-Y, Zion & Lennox, Arcangel, and Lobo. Sort of sounds like an X-Men spinoff lineup. This song is awesome and it sticks to your brain.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “UN DISCO MUY BUENO” — MsMarioflow

 

5. Tito “El Bambino” ft. Marc Anthony, “Por Que Les Mientes”

Tito “El Bambino” is totally getting circles salsaed around him here by Marc Anthony and they both know it.

Grade: B+

Best YouTube Comment: “me encanta esta cancion esta super cool y me identifico” — gretellrodriguez

 

6. Danny Fornaris, “No Me Hace Falta Na”

For her next boyfriend, Taylor Swift should consider dating up-and-coming Puerto Rican singer/songwriter/reggaeton DJ Danny Fornaris. He’s the only dude in the game working on bluegrass fusion (dig that banjo!). He’s a babe that likes to wear suspenders and take dreamy old-timey publicity photos standing around in fields. Plus, that way we could fulfill Jay Kang’s dream of Swift finally having a non-white love interest in one of her videos.

Grade: A-

Best YouTube Comment: “very good song, at last something different and original in Puerto Rican music” — punkduderock

 

7. Wisin & Yandel, “Hipnotizame”

I actually really like Wisin & Yandel, I just hate Chris Brown.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “LOS MEJORES NADIE LOS SUPERA¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¿” — LUISFABIAN

 

8. Calle 13, “La Bala”

Calle 13 are a Puerto Rican rap rock group made up of stepbrothers René Pérez Joglar (Residente), Eduardo José Cabra Martínez (Visitante), and their sister Ileana (PG-13). I didn’t realize until about a minute in when the name “Nicolas Cage” appeared onscreen that this is actually a fan video for Calle 13′s Spaghetti Western–flavored song “La Bala” (“The Bullet”) using the opening credits from the 2005 Cage film Lord of War.

Grade: B-

Best YouTube Comment: “EL SEÑOR DE LA GUERRA, DE NICOLAS CAGE!” — ElChelero1000

 

9. Plan B, “Se Cree Mala”

Is this what goth reggaeton sounds like? “Se Cree Mala” knocks heavy and the vocal effects sound downright eerie. Nice and creepy for November.

Grade: A

Best YouTube Comment: “BUENA ROLA” — luismartinez

 

10. Dyland y Lenny ft. Pitbull & Beatriz Luengo, “Sin Ti (I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing)”

Oh hell yes — it is a reggaeton interpretation of Aerosmith’s big ol’ Diane Warren ballad “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” from the Armageddon soundtrack. Remember how much we all loved Michael Bay’s Armageddon? I know I’m glad that Ben “A.J. Frost” Affleck is back on top! And I don’t wanna miss a thing! How do you like THEM apples, America?

Grade: D

Best YouTube Comment: “Brings back some good memories and how I feel about someone — 3 ;)” — DxGpreator

Filed Under: Grading the Charts, Marc Anthony

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Molly Lambert is a staff writer for Grantland.

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