Latin music is the genre of music that catches the eyes of all the music fanatics from around the world. What was once limited mostly to a Spanish and the Portuguese fanbase, latin artists such as Carlos Santana have made history performing in traditionally country music venues such as at the Grand Ole Opry House. They’re also popularly called the Ibero-American and the people from the Iberian Peninsula.
In this article, we’ve thrown light on the timeline of the evolution of Latin music and the way it reached the audience of the contemporary world of music. Stick around till the end to find out.
The 1940s to 1950s
This decade marked the advent of Latin music. The term originated from the United States when the influence of the Hispanic and the Latino Americans grew on the world of music and American art in the music market. This era also included some of the notable pioneers of the movement like Xavier Cugat, Tito Puente and many others, accelerating through the decades. The after-effects of World War II became one of the favourites and recuperative topics for the formation of Latin music.
Famous pieces like the Mambo No. 5 and Mambo No. 8 were sung by well-known artists like Perez Prado, which became one of the best hits of the times. One of the famous songs of the year “The Peanut Vendor” was recorded 160 times because the people strived for perfection, and it sold millions of copies in those times.
Latin-American music started gaining immense traction during this era, which was primarily led by Antonio Carlos Jobim. The young Latinos and the young Americans also started gaining interest in this genre of music with the increase in popularity of some of the noticeable bands like the Almendra. The lead guitarist of most of the famous Latin music band – Carlos Sanatan also gained immense popularity during this time.
It was during this time that salsa started becoming the dominant genre of Latin music. It was also one of the most heard genres of tropical music. The credit for its popularity was given to Fania Records that increased the popularity of this genre and also enhanced its reach to the audience. It wasn’t until the late 90’s that the influx of Spanish music and the American genres of music fused among one another and established its presence in the American music market.
Latin pop started gaining traction during this era, and the Latin ballad was one of the significant ones that dominated all the Latin music charts. Although salsa lost some traction during this era, people still emphasized the presence of romantic lyrics in their musical styles.
The mid-2000s was marked as the mainstream music market for artists like Daddy Yankee and many others who seemed to be the frontiers of the genre. It was the era for tropical music, and many of fate artists found success in the urban areas of Latin America.
By 2010, Latin music became the mainstream market for all Latin music lovers. Also, it dominated some of the most popular genres like tempo, electro-pop, Urbano, contemporary bachata and many more.