Pop Latino Music

Sophie Ravenelle

Type of Music.

Pop Latino music refers to a kind of pop music that has sound, or influence, from Latin America or any Spanish- speaking country.


Typically Latin America and Spanish speaking countries. Latin pop is usually combined with upbeat Latin music and American pop music. It is commonly associated with Spanish language pop, rock, and dance music.


Spanish artists such as Thalía, Lynda Thomas, Luis Fonsi, Timbiriche, Jon Secada, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Paulina Rubio, Selena, Luis Miguel, Rocío Dúrcal, José José, Juanes, Belinda, Alejandro Sanz, Eros Ramazzotti, Laura Pausini, Dulce María, Gloria Trevi, Fonseca, Vitaly Novich, Ha*Ash, José Feliciano and the teen band Menudo.

HISTORY AND CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MUSIC

Latin Pop first reached a large audience through a man named Sergio Mendes in the mid-1960s, who was a leader of a band. Pop Latino music was defined by, “the romantic ballads that legendary artists such as Julio Iglesias or Roberto Carlos produced back in the 1970s” (Wikipedia).


The major characteristics of the music in this genre are upbeat, happy, and latin based. It was heavily influenced by American pop and, therefore, uses many of the same instrument. The voice is most prominent, but other instruments include guitar, bass, drums and keyboard. The music is popular in dance clubs and is played at parties. The costumes or attire people wear are very modern and fashion forward.


Spanish artists such as Thalía, Lynda Thomas, Luis Fonsi, Timbiriche, Jon Secada, Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, and Pitbull are good examples of people who portray this music.