It was a great year for the Latin Music industry, and the Urban genre was no exception. Many hits were made this year and many of them were remade into remixes. Although not all songs are meant to be a remix, we did have a few that are worth mentioning. Here are my picks for the Ten Best Latin Urban Remixes of 2016 in no particular order.
ENCANTADORA (REMIX) – YANDEL FEAT. FARRUKO AND ZION & LENNOX
This song was already a chart-topping hit when Yandel decided to make a remix out of it. I wasn’t too sure about how it would turn out since it was already a huge hit and there was a possibility the song could be ruined by making it into a remix. I was wrong. The song went on to became more of a hit than the original version, and that can sometimes be hard to do. All of them are great Urban artists so it should come as no surprise how good this remix turned out to be.
NO QUIERE ENAMORARSE (REMIX) – OZUNA FEAT. DADDY YANKEE
Even though Ozuna has been around for a few years, he is an up and coming artist in the mainstream Latin Urban genre but it should come as no surprise since the kid is really good. His music is different because it tends to be more of the reggaeton beat we’re used to from the 2000s; beats we never really hear anymore. His unique voice also adds to that winning formula. Ozuna is definitely an artist to watch out for and Daddy Yankee knows that which is why he decided to team up with him by being a part of this remix. The addition of Daddy Yankee to this song was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to it.
HASTA EL AMANECER (REMIX) – NICKY JAM FEAT. DADDY YANKEE
The fact that Nicky Jam and Daddy Yankee decided to team up in a song so many years later should be more than enough for us to want to listen to it. Enough said.
EL PERDEDOR (REMIX) – MALUMA FEAT. YANDEL
Maluma had an amazing 2016 and El Perdedor was one of his many chart topping hits of the year, so making a remix out of it was a risky move. A move that turned out to be a hit. Yandel knew exactly what needed to be done with this song to take it to the next level and he came through.
SORRY (LATINO REMIX) – JUSTIN BIEBER FEAT. J BALVIN
While I’m not a fan of Justin Bieber, the Latino Remix of his song Sorry with J Balvin was a move that proved to be major, and one that actually made me like it. Not only was it major because Justin teamed up with a huge star in the Latin Music Industry like J Balvin, but because it can be hard to take a song that’s already a huge hit in English and add some Spanish to it without ruining it. I can name a few of those, but that’s a topic for another post. J Balvin proved to be the perfect choice for this Latino Remix.
EMBRIÁGAME (REMIX) – ZION & LENNOX FEAT. DON OMAR
Zion & Lennox are artists that have been around for years; pretty much for as long as I can remember, but even then, they never really made it big even though they had some really good songs throughout the years. That all changed when they signed with Warner Music Latin late last year. This year they dropped their first album, Motivan2, under that label and the album was one of the best surprises of 2016. Embriágame was one of their singles for this album but they later made it better by teaming up with Don Omar for its remix. That was a great move on their end.
YA ME ENTERÉ (URBAN VERSION) – REIK FEAT. NICKY JAM
Reik is by far one of the best in the Latin Pop genre but lately they have been coming through with their Urban versions. I love what Reik has done because they are one of the few, if not the only ones that make Urban versions of their hits versus making Urban remixes of a song. There’s a difference. Urban versions are in a sense the same song but different. Most of the lyrics are the same but they can tend to change. It’s basically the song redone incorporating an Urban beat. In an Urban remix, it’s the same song with an Urban beat added to the song. Reik knows exactly what to do and have already done it twice this year which is why both of their songs made this list. The Billboard charts also agree. For their Urban version of Ya Me Enteré, Reik teamed up with Nicky Jam and it proved to be an excellent collaboration.
QUÉ GANO OLVIDÁNDOTE (URBAN VERSION) – REIK FEAT. ZION & LENNOX
Once again, Reik decided to team up with winning artists for their Urban version of Qué Gano Olvidándote , and once again, teaming up with Zion & Lennox was a winning combination.
DE PIES A CABEZA – MANÁ FEAT. NICKY JAM
When I heard this Maná classic would be made into an Urban remix with Nicky Jam, I was kind of iffy about it. Both Maná and Nicky Jam are great artists within their genre but I wasn’t too sure about this collaboration and how it would pan out, and if it would ruin this song. I was seriously surprised. While this song cannot replace the hit that De Pies a Cabeza is, Maná and Nicky Jam were able to create a new hit by working together on it. It really is a great song.
SIN CONTRATO (REMIX) – MALUMA FEAT. WISIN AND DON OMAR
Once again, Maluma decided to make a remix of one of his hits and this time it was with Wisin and Don Omar. This remix was dropped late in the year but soon became a favorite of many, including mine.