Spanglish duets — a song with Spanish and English lyrics — have become a growing trend in the music industry in recent years.
Though artists such as Shakira and Beyonce, and Christina Aguilera and Alejandro Fernandez teamed up for fiery collabs, Romeo Santos and Usher were two of the first artists to not shy away from singing in both languages, as heard in the 2011 “Promise.”
Last year alone, Yankee and Snow launched “Con Calma,” Benny Blanco, Tainy, Selena Gomez and J Balvin teamed up for “I Can’t Get Enough,” Kane Brown recruited Becky G for his “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere (Spanish Remix)” and Karol G dropped “Tusa” alongside Nicki Minaj, to name a few.
Now, with 2020 in full swing, we’ve noticed more and more artists from different parts of the world and genres teaming up with Latinos. Listen to some of those Spanglish collabs (so far) below.
“Lento,” Lauren Jauregui, Tainy
In March, Lauren Jauregui teamed up with renowned producer Tainy for “Lento,” a song that she mentioned in a previous Billboard interview “just gives people this taste of, like, that sensual energy that I really love to tap into.” But for Jauregui, the bilingual song “was more about me making love to the music. ‘Cause the music is what I go out for. Getting into a vibe is why I go out.”
“Mamacita,” Black Eyed Peas, Ozuna, J. Rey Soul
After teaming up with J Balvin on “Ritmo,” the Black Eyed Peas recruited Ozuna and J.Rey Soul for April’s “Mamacita,” a catchy bilingual bop that samples Madonna’s 1987 hit single “La Isla Bonita.” “Mamacita,” which forms part of BEP’s upcoming Translation album, hit No. 7 on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated June 6), becoming the second top 10 for the Peas, the 22nd for Ozuna, and first for J.Rey Soul.
“No Me Ame,” Anuel AA, Rvssian, Juice WRLD
Nearly six months after his death, Juice WRLD made a posthumous appearance in Anuel AA’s April 17 release “No Me Ame,” in collaboration with Jamaican producer Rvssian. Recorded before Juice WRLD’s death, the melancholy song features Anuel rapping in Spanish and Juice in English.
“Illuminati,” Lil Pump & Anuel AA
On April 24, Lil Pump and Anuel AA dropped the hellish Spiff TV-directed video for “Illuminati,” featuring the two artists surrounded by death, fire, and plenty of serpents. “Illuminati” and its accompanying video, which marked Pump’s first new release since summer 2019, were released through Tha Lights Global.
“Gotta Be Patient,” Michael Bublé, Barenaked Ladies, Sofia Reyes
During the quarantine, Michael Bublé teamed up with Barenaked Ladies and Sofia Reyes for “Gotta Be Patient,” a playful doo-wop about having patience amid the global health crisis. “It has definitely been a highlight of my career! Wow,” Reyes previously said to Billboard of the collaboration, which dropped on April 27. “Michael spoke to me the next day to talk about the recording. He is adorable, I admire him even more now. It is a pleasure for me to make this song, especially for the current situation. I think in these uncertain times we need a good vibe, and this song is that.”
“Que Maldicion,” Banda MS feat. Snoop Dogg
Banda MS and Snoop Dogg dropped “Que Maldición” on May 1, proving that regional Mexican and hip-hop music are a perfect union between two cultures. Proposed by Sergio Lizárraga, founder of Banda MS, the bilingual collaboration meshes banda and rap music with chill rhythms. In “Que Maldición,” Snoop expresses his feelings in a web of Spanglish verses.
“X,” Jonas Brothers featt. Karol G
In true Jonas Brothers fashion, “X” is a catchy dance-pop meshed with flairs of Latin-alt rumba. “She said oh oh oh, kiss me like your ex is in the room,” they sing on the tune released May 18. The bilingual track features English and Spanish lyrics with Karol G’s flirtatious verse telling the boys to not be afraid of trying something new.
“El Tejano,” Lauv ft. Sofia Reyes
San Francisco-based artist Lauv and Mexican-American songstress Sofia Reyes teamed up for “El Tejano,” part of Lauv’s debut studio album, How I’m Feeling. The bilingual pop song, which was released May 19, has hints of cha-cha and rumba, showing the best of both worlds. The music video was filmed before the quarantine by Kid Studio at the same Tex-Mex hot spot that inspired the song, El Tejano in North Hollywood.
“Hechicera,” Carlos Vives, Jessie Reyez
Teaming up for Carlos Vives’ new album Cumbiana, Jessie Reyez forms part of “Hechicera,” a song, which according to Vives, is about a very powerful woman. “In Colombia, they teach us about Bachué, the goddess who emerges from the water, and I wanted to find a woman who personified her. I wanted Jessie to sing in English, but she wanted to sing in Spanish as a question of pride,” he told Billboard of the song, which was released May 21.
“One World, One Prayer,” The Wailers feat. Skip Marley, Farruko, Shaggy & Cedella Marley
Jamaican band The Wailers released their inspirational track “One World, One Prayer” on May 22 with powerful lyrics that focus on unity, love, and inclusion beyond cultural differences. Produced and written by Emilio Estefan about two years ago, “One World, One Prayer” is an urban-tinged bilingual reggae song in collaboration with Farruko, Shaggy, Cedella Marley, and Skip Marley.
“TKN” – Rosalia & Travis Scott
After hitting up the studio together more than a year ago, Rosalia and Travis Scott dropped their highly awaited collaboration, “TKN,” on May 28. Fusing Middle Eastern melodies with urban beats, the track is about a trustworthy and fierce leader. Scott brings his deep vocals to the tune, singing some lines in Spanish.
“No Mañana,” Black Eyed Peas, El Alfa
In addition to making the rounds with “Ritmo” in collaboration with J Balvin and “Mamacita” with Ozuna and J Rey Soul, BEP dropped “No Mañana” featuring Dominican artist El Alfa on June 13. The track, produced by will.i.am and co-producer Johnny Goldstein, has propulsive beat twists and turns fused with Alfa’s rapid-fire cameo and dembow catchy melodies. “Let’s party like there’s no mañana,” says its chantable hook.