Top 10 Legendary Latin American Musicians

By | 12 November, 2020

Latin America is definitely a hub for the ultimate musical talent that just continues delivering the very best, as new Latin American musicians are winning the hearts of millions worldwide. However, this is not something new: Latinos have been enchanting us with their music for decades now, and it’s the perfect time to glance back at some of the legendary, influential, and iconic artists whose voice and performances left us impressed to the core. The songs of these legends have made millions around the globe burst in happiness and joy. Let’s dive in below to check out some really great musicians whose music is just unforgettable.

Gustavo Cerati (1959 – 2014)

Gustavo Cerati, the frontman of the popular Argentine pop-rock band Soda Stereo, went on to a fabulous but short lived career as he died in 2014 at age 55. With Soda Stereo, Cerati made the first amazing pan-Latin rock en Espanol band that was a hit all through Latin America, and the fan base just kept on increasing. A lovely lyricist and guitar god, Cerati’s “DeMusica Ligera,” “Persiana Americana,” and many more tracks have become standards of the Latin American music canon.

Celia Cruz (1925 – 2003)

The undisputed queen of Latin music, Celia Cruz – “Queen of Salsa,” inspired the whole world with her voice and singing talent. Across her 50 years of a successful career, she became the best Latin female performer of the 20th Century. After the Cuban Revolution, she left her nation and went first to Mexico and then to the U.S., where her career got a boost. By the 1970s, she was completely dedicated to the Salsa genre and bagged around 35 music albums, various prizes including two Grammys, and popularity across the globe.

Selena (1971 – 1995)

Born in Texas in 1971, she achieved a lot in less time. Billboard magazine listed her as the most influential and popular Latin musician of the 1990s, and they were not at all wrong as her sweet and influential voice and appeal traveled across the borders. Her songs “Amor Prohibido,” “Como la flor,” and “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” would top all the music charts and earn her a Grammy. Sadly, she was murdered at the age of 23 while preparing for her first English music album. Her music lived on and is loved by fans.

Carlos Gardel (1890 – 1935)

This French-Argentine magical musician is the most popular artist in the history of Tango music. Without a doubt. Songs such as “Volver,” “El Día Que Me Quieras,” and “La Comparsita” were some of his best performances. All through his successful life, Carlos achieved fame worldwide and bagged a lot of appreciation from different artists, with more than 800 tracks and 11 movies to his name. His tragic death in a plane crash in 1935 at the age of 44 left everyone shocked.

Miguel Pinero (1946 – 1988)

Miguel was not any ordinary musician as he was a combination of a poet, writer, singer, and actor. All of his tracks were released in a beautiful way, and his work inspired millions around the world. The Nuyorican Poets Café co-founded by him in the East Side of Manhattan displays some fascinating art for Puerto Rican culture in the U.S., visual arts, music, comedy, poetry, and a lot more.

Carmen Miranda (1909 – 1955)

Her name is still famous across the world as one of the most delegate figures of Latin America. Goes by the name “The Brazilian Bombshell,” Carmen was genuinely a complete package of ultimate talent, easily ruling the universe of music, theatre, and film. She was a creative samba dancer, singer, and film entertainer. Also, you’d probably remember her for her famous fruit hat outfit that she wore in American films.

Carlos Santana (1947 -)

One simply cannot forget his contribution to the guitarist community. With his great fusion of Latin rhythms, rock, and jazz, Santana has since been among the most popular artists in Latin American music. The best achievement of his career is he was named in the Top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. He has achieved 10 Grammys and has collaborated with some of the best artists like Michael Jackson, Shakira, and so on. An amazing and inspirational figure for future generations!

Marc Anthony (1968 -)

Nuyorican Marc Anthony fused salsa with some heartwarming romanticism in the late 1980s. Today, he is famous for the salsa romántica movement. His powerful vocals are electrifying, no matter if he’s singing pop tracks, salsa, or ballads, and his bilingualism helped him in getting famous across the globe. Collaborated with different artists and musicians around the world, he gained a lot of fame. Recently in 2019, he added an album Opus to his ultimate collection, which is another addition to the great Salsa music.

Roberto Carlos (1941 -)

Brazilian vocalist/lyricist Roberto Carlos has influenced the romantic sound throughout Latin America. In his 50-year melodic career, Carlos has sold around 120 million track albums across the globe. By the late 1970s, he came on top as the top-selling Brazilian artist ever. During the 1990s, Carlos became the first Latin American musician to sell more albums than The Beatles. In 2015, the Latin Grammys named him “Personality of the Year.”

Juan Gabriel (1950 – 2016)

A true Latin artist (Divo de Juarez) known for his unique style during the artistic performances has defined romantic Latin pop. He recorded over 1500 songs and performed amazingly well till the very end when he died of a cardiac attack in 2016 during his music tour. He had some great contributions to Ranchera music, Latin ballad, and Bolero. He also influenced Mariachi music with his costumes and powerful lyrics.

So, that was our list of top 10 legendary Latin American musicians. Hope the melodious and electrifying songs of these artists are tuning in your head right now! How many of these are your favorite? If you don’t recognize some of them, go ahead and listen to their brilliant tracks straight away!

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