From Fey To Proyecto Uno, Here’s The 90s Latino Pop Stars You Totally Jammed to In Grade School
The 90s and early 00s gave us some of the best Latino pop music ever. It’s undeniable. While Thalia, Shakira, Paulina, Luismi, and Enrique were some of the bigger icons to come out of the era, there were many, many more with mega-hits that soundtracked our bedroom dance parties. Their faces plastered the covers of Eres magazine and our bedroom walls.
Here are 20 of our favorite pop throwbacks that are going to get your Spotify search bar feeling that vuela, vuela!
1. FeyFey – Fey
The pop star had hit after hit in the mid-’90s thanks to her catchy af bubble gum dance pop. She also rocked a scarf on her wrist, which then became the look of 1995. Her dance moves were also the look of 1995. So much choreographed flailing. Also: remember when people started the rumor that she was super old, but she was actually in her early 20s? Good times.
2. GaribaldiGaribaldi – Caribe
This group featured eight – yes, eight! – ridiculously attractive young men and women wearing teeny outfits and singing in unison. Their Latino pop got all the tías shaking their hips at every backyard party. And with all those pretty faces and moderate singing ability, it’s no surprise that many members would go on to be major telenovela stars, like Pilar Montenegro and Pati Manterola. Seriously though, with eight members, how did anyone make any royalties?
3. Kabahkabah_oficial / Instagram
Kabah was pretty lit for a group of people who basically talk-sang not always on key. But “La Calle del las Sirenas” was so catchy you couldn’t even be mad about it. Their song “Amigas Y Rivales” even became the theme song for a telenovela of the same name. By Latino standards, that’s making it to the big time.
4. MagnetoMagneto – Vuela
This boy band got their start in the 90s alongside groups like Timbiriche (who also deserve some love), but blew up in 1991 with their song “Vuela Vuela.” The fact that they were, like, totally the cutest also helped. And if you got bored at any point deciding which Magneto cutie was your favorite, they literally replaced members 14 times so there was always someone new to crush on. But they were all the Michelle to Alan’s Beyoncé. Let’s be real.
5. MercurioMercurio-Evolucion Columbia
Challenging Magneto for chart, and teen girl bedroom wall, dominance in the 90s was Mercurio. The boy band killed it non-stop, with some major hits in the 90s, including mega-banger “Explota Corazón.” And like many pop stars of the era, a few members went on to telenovela fame. They too fell victim to choreographed flailing, but they were so cute so whatever.
6. Proyecto UnoProyecto Uno – El Tiburon
Seriously, did you go to any quinceañera that didn’t set the dance floor aflame with “El Tiburón” or “Esta Pegao”? That ish was fire! No one could deny the jamminess of their Spanglish house pop. The Dominican-American foursome was all “no pares, sigue sigue” and damn it if you didn’t feel like you were about to pass out but you kept going.
7. Elvis CrespoElvisCrespo / Twitter
Listen. There’s people out there that have no idea who Elvis Crespo is. I feel bad for those people. But he’s included in this list for them, because those of us who do know the sensation that bubbles in the pit of your soul when you hear that “suavemeeeenteeee beesaaameeeee” escape the speakers have better lives because of it. Was there ever a wedding or a cleaning day at the house that didn’t feature this song? The answer is no.
9. ParadisioCover Paradisio – Bailando
This one-hit wonder weren’t even Latino. They were actually Belgian. I’m not even mad about it because damn if this song is party. It was everywhere in 1997 and probably the greatest song that gives a shout out to special effects. Lyrically, this song makes zero sense. At. All. It was clearly written by non-Latinos. But it doesn’t matter when you’re under the strobe light.
10. JeansPor Que Disimular – Jeans
Jeans was a group made up of straight up children. Children talk-singing about wanting to lure in a hot dude with a dope pair of 501s. People weren’t too weirded out by it, probably because the song was so bubbly and cute. Their dance pop songs carried them all the way through puberty though. The Jeans girls eventually grew up, had their braces removed and it got less weird, setting them up for a sexy makeover and reunion later.
11. Onda Vaselinaov7oficial / Twitter
Who among us didn’t sing at the top of our lungs “Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto” which is quite possibly the most romantic song ever written? It’s so beautiful! And let’s not forget “Mirame a los Ojos,” which is a total bop and such a perfect dance jam. Onda Vaselina really did it all.
12. OV7ov7oficial / Twitter
Onda Vaselina later rebraded themselves as OV7, and turned their pop sound up a notch, maturing it for not just teen audiences but adults as well. “Enloquéceme” is still unquestionably a jam, and is “Shabadaba.” And the group even later went on to record a musica regional album, showing their range.
13. RagazziRagazzi, Libre Cd 1998 Polygram Discos
This boy band drive all the screaming, sobbing girls wild. Ballads like “Veneno” had us all swooning our hearts out with that creamy voice. It was impossible not to fall in love, and maybe start thinking about boys in a more *ahem* grown up way.
14. CaloGrupoCaloMX / Instagram
This multi genre pop group incorporated rap and house music. “Formas de Amor” sounded a little bit like a Duran Duran/Ace of Bass rip off but it was still a mega hit and a song we loved. They had a very Euro sound that got every Señor Frogs going off.
15. Mœniamoeniamx / Instagram
Latin pop in this era was all about the big synth and had a major dose of Eastern European electronic music. Mœnia was not a boy band in the traditional sense but made pop music that strongly resembled at Latino new wave like Soda Stereo. And we loved them for it.
16. Christian CastroCristianCastro / Twitter
Ayyyy Christian. The son of telenovela star Veronica Castro made a name for being the other Luis Miguel, using those piercing blue eyes and heartmelting vocals to make us feel all the feelings. Our moms loved him, our abuelitas loved him, and our tias and titis were obsessed too. It was something we could all share.
17. NekNekOfficial / Twitter
Nek is definitely not Latino, but the Italian pop star delivered one of the biggest hits of the 90s to the Latin American market. He might be a bit of a one hit wonder, but that one big hit was definitely a wonder. I still play this every so often and dance in my living room.
This boy band didn’t just bless the world with “Dile Que La Amo,” truly a sweet love song that we obsessed over, but it also gave us Eduardo Verastegui, who went on to star in novelas like “Soñadoras.” Like what a beautiful, beautiful man.
19. Sasha Sokoltimbirichas / Instagram
The former member of Timbiriche and other side projects grew into a solo artist that wanted to show her depth and alternartive side. She did that with her hit “Seras El Aire,” which has that Duran Duran vibe as well.
20. Sentidos Opuestosluisreyes_foto / Instagram
The dance pop duo knew always knew how to get the dance floor going. And with songs like “Amor de Papel” and “Donde Estan” they certainly knew how to make catchy pop that got us shaking our little butts.
After going through all these artists and some of their biggest hits, I think it might be time to make a Spotify playlist. So many bangers! And it makes me miss glitter gel and spiky, twisted hairdos. Let’s bring it back!
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