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100 Greatest Latin Contemporary Albums

Criteria: The Greatest Latin Contemporary Albums includes albums from music movement as Salsa, Latin Rock (different styles), Latin Pop, Contemporary Folk (Nueva Canción) and other genres related to the modern history of Latin Music (since 1960). It includes only records that have at least 3 songs in Spanish (lyrics) outside Latin America or any album recorded in Latin America or by Latin artists (including influential Spanish artists for Latin American music). No compilations included. (Esta lista incluye los más grandiosos álbumes hispanoamericanos de cualquier género contemporaneo).

Edited By: Jose Luis Mercado
Last Updated: 09-01-2013

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Background: At the end of the 50's, two facts changed Latin Music forever: The Cuban Revolution and Rock 'N' Roll. 

The Cuban Revolution stopped the economic development of Havana and consequently the music industry which had developed came to an abrupt end. The music business relationship between Cuba and the United States was severed, which started the exile by most of the Cuban artists. In some ways it actually helped the Afro-Caribbean music community as they moved to their new headquarters on the East Coast. Artists from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic also migrated to this area (his brought about the birth of Salsa). In another way, the Cuban Revolution and political changes in different countries also inspired a new generation of Latin American artists to take traditional influences and to rebuild the folk music (Nueva Canción movement).

Rock 'n' Roll also influenced all the artists that performed since the 1960's, although in different ways. Some artists were interested in the Contemporary American sounds and the music industry helped to define the pop icons for all Latin America. Other artists took the traditional sounds of latin music and started to fuse them together with the new modern influences in a rebellious way to express their nonconformity and annoying the 'Old School' of musicians; for example, artists like Piazzolla or Willie Colón.

The feedback between Latin America and the United States and the impact of the increasing Hispanic population in the US have influenced contemporary Latin music. This multicultural music has been adopted by artists that for the last 50 years have become the voice of Latin American youth; some of this music was projected within a simplified format to a large International audience such as Latin Pop music.
  1. Willie Colón & Rubén Blades - Siembra (1978)
  2. Santana - Abraxas (1970)
  3. Buena Vista Social Club - Buena Vista Social Club (1998)
  4. Café Tacuba - Re (1994)
  5. Astor Piazzolla - Libertango (1974)
  6. Fania All Stars - Live at The Cheetah (1971)
  7. Joan Manuel Serrat - Mediterraneo (1971)
  8. Ray Barretto - Acid (1967)
  9. Soda Stereo - Canción Animal (1990)
10. Silvio Rodriguez - Días y flores (1975)
11. Mercedes Sosa - Mercedes Sosa en Argentina (1982)
12. Héctor Lavoe - La Voz (1975)
13. Manu Chao - Clandestino (1998)
14. Charly García - Clics Modernos (1983)
15. Rubén Blades - Buscando América (1984)
16. Eddie Palmieri - The Sun of the Latin Music (1974)
17. Violeta Parra - Las Últimas Composiciones de Violeta Parra (1966)
18. Los Jaivas - Alturas De Machu Picchu (1981)
19. Mano Negra - Casa Babylon (1994)
20. Caifanes - El Silencio (1992)
21. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - Vasos Vacíos (1993)
22. Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe - Cosa Nuestra (1971)
23. Astor Piazzolla - Adiós Nonino (1969)
24. Victor Jara - Pongo en tus Manos Abiertas (1969)
25. Aterciopelados - El Dorado (1995)
26. Juan Luis Guerra - Bachata Rosa (1990)
27. Pescado Rabioso - Artaud (1973)
28. Joaquin Sabina - Física y Química (1992)
29. Silvio Rodriguez - Al Final de Este Viaje (1978)
30. Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco - Celia & Johnny (1974)
31. Chabuca Granda - Tarimba Negra (1978)
32. Maldita Vecindad y Los Hijos del Quinto Patio - El Circo (1991)
33. Pablo Milanés - Pablo Milanés (1976)
34. Mercedes Sosa – Mujeres Argentinas (1969)
35. Armando Manzanero – Somos Novios (1968)
36. Willie Colón - Lo Mato Si No Compra Este LP (1973)
37. Fito Páez - El Amor Después del Amor (1992)
38. Soda Stereo - Signos (1986)
39. Vicente Fernández – !Arriba Huentitan! (1973)
40. Andrés Calamaro - Alta Suciedad (1997)
41. Simón Díaz – Tonadas (1974)
42. Mecano – Descano Dominical (1988)
43. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - Fabulosos Calavera (1997)
44. Gloria Estefan - Mi Tierra (1993)
45. Bebo & Cigala - Lágrimas Negras (2004)
46. Café Tacuba - Cuatro Caminos (2002)
47. Rubén Blades - Maestra Vida (1980)
48. Shakira - ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (1998)
49. Eddie Palmieri – Superimposition (1970)
50. Sui Generis - Confesiones de Invierno (1973)
51. Atahualpa Yupanqui – ¡Soy Libre! ¡Soy Bueno! (1968)
52. Ray Barretto – Indestructible (1973)
53. Jorge Drexler - Eco (2004)
54. Juan Luis Guerra - Ojalá Que Llueva Café (1989)
55. Ibrahim Ferrer - Buena Vista Social Club Presents Ibrahim Ferrer (1999)
56. Los Prisioneros - La Voz de los 80's (1984)
57. Almendra - Almendra (1969)
58. Fania All Stars - Latin-Rock-Soul (1974)
59. Molotov - ¿Dónde Jugarán las Niñas? (1997)
60. Amparo Ochoa - El Cancionero Popular Vol 1 (1975)
61. Charly García - Yendo de la Cama al Living (1982)
62. Luis Miguel - Romance (1991)
63. Susana Baca – Susana Baca (1997)
64. Totó la Momposina - La Candela Viva (1993)
65. Irakere – Irakere (1979)
66. La Lupe - Two Sides of La Lupe (1968)
67. Los Lobos – La Pistola y El Corazón (1988)
68. Victor Jara - El Derecho de Vivir en Paz (1971)
69. Los Tigres del Norte – Contrabando y Traición (1974)
70. Café Tacuba - Café Tacuba (1992)
71. Gustavo Cerati - Bocanada (1999)
72. Rubén González - Introducing (1997)
73. Quilapayún - Cantata de Santa María de Iquique (1970)
74. Julieta Venegas - Si (2003)
75. Carlos Vives - Clásicos de La Provincia (1993)
76. Miguel Bosé - Bajo El Signo de Caín (1993)
77. Maná - ¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños? (1992)
78. Héroes del Silencio - Senderos de Traición (1990)
79. Afro-Cuban All Stars - A Todo Cuba Le Gusta (1997)
80. Silvio Rodriguez - Unicornio (1982)
81. Los Angeles Negros – Y Volveré (1970)
82. León Gieco - IV (1978)
83. Babasónicos - Jessico (2001)
84. Inti Illimani - Viva Chile! (1973)
85. Chavela Vargas – La Llorona (1994)
86. Caifanes - El Diablito (1990)
87. Alfredo Zitarrosa – Guitarra Negra (1977)
88. Juan Gabriel - En el Palacio de Bellas Artes (1990)
89. Piero - Piero (1969)
90. Joan Manuel Serrat - La Paloma (1969)
91. José José – Secretos (1983)
92. El Tri - Simplemente (1984)
93. Sandro – La Magia de Sandro (1969)
94. Lila Downs - La Sandunga (1999)
95. Juanes - Un Día Normal (2002)
96. Soledad Bravo - Caribe (1982)
97. El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico - 7 (1975)
98. Mecano - Entre el Cielo y el Suelo (1986)
99. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - La Marcha del Golazo Solitario (1999)
100. Ritchie Ray & Bobby Cruz - El Bestial Sonido de Ricardo Ray & Bobby Cruz (1971)

101. Calle 13 - Entren Los Que Quieran (2010)
102. Ismael Rivera – Esto Fue Lo Que Trajo el Barco (1972)
103. Los Rodriguez - Palabras Más, Palabras Menos (1995)
104. Orishas - A lo Cubano (2000)
105. Malo - Malo (1971)
106. Larry Harlow - Electric Harlow (1968)
107. Los Jaivas - La Ventana (1973)
108. Lhasa – La Llorona (1998)
109. Serú Girán - Serú Girán (1978)
110. Selena - Amor Prohibido (1994)
111. Bersuit Vergarabat - Libertinaje (1998)
112. Linda Ronstadt – Canciones de mi Padre (1987)
113. Shakira - Pies Descalzos (1996)
114. Invisible - El Jardin de los Presentes (1976)
115. Los Van Van – Songo (1988)
116. Hector Lavoe – Comedia (1977)
117. Charly García - Piano Bar (1984)
118. Roberto Roena – Roberto Roena y Su Apollo Sound 5 (1973)
119. La Ley - Invisible (1995)
120. Los Tres - La Espada y la Pared (1995)
121. Joe Arroyo – Fuego En Mi Mente (1989)
122. Tego Calderón - El Abayarde (2003)
123. Ismael Miranda & Orquesta Harlow – Abran Paso (1971)
124. Eduardo Mateo – Eduardo Solo Bien Se Lame (1972)
125. José Feliciano – Escenas de Amor (1981)
126. Café Tacuba - Avalancha de Exitos (1996)
127. Luis Alberto Spinetta - Kamikaze (1982)
128. Joe Bataan – Subway Joe (1968)
129. Alaska y Dinarama - Deseo Carnal (1984)
130. Ozomatli - Ozomatli (1998)
131. Robi Draco Rosa - Vagabundo (1996)
132. Soda Stereo - Doble Vida (1988)
133. Marc Anthony - Contra la Corriente (1997)
134. Peregoyo y su Combo Vacaná – Tropicalisimo (1972)
135. Raphael – Digan lo que digan (1968)
136. Héroes del Silencio - Avalancha (1995)
137. Los Prisioneros – Corazones (1990)
138. Cheo Feliciano – With a Little Help From My Friends (1973)
139. Control Machete - Artilleria Pesada Presenta (1999)
140. Louie Ramirez – Ali Baba (1970)
141. Andrés Calamaro - Honestidad Brutal (1999)
142. Rocío Dúrcal – Rocío Dúrcal canta a Juan Gabriel (1980)
143. Omara Portuondo - Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo (2000)
144. Bunbury - Flamingos (2002)
145. Plastilina Mosh - Aquamosh (1998)
146. Los Auténticos Decadentes - Mi Vida Loca (1995)
147. Ali Primera – La Patria es el Hombre (1977)
148. Joaquin Sabina – El hombre del traje gris (1988)
149. Alejandro Sanz - Más (1997)
150. Dimensión Latina – Dimensión Latina (1975)
151. Patricio Rey y sus Redonditos de Ricota -Oktubre (1986)
152. Hombres G - Hombres G (1985)
153. Fito Páez – Circo Beat (1994)
154. Aldemaro Romero – El Fabuloso Aldemaro y Su Onda Nueva (1971)
155. La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros - La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros (1976)
156. Emmanuel – Intimamente (1980)
157. Radio Futura - La Canción de Juan Perro (1987)
158. Gotan Project - La Revancha del Tango (2001)
159. Sumo - Divididos Por La Felicidad (1985)
160. Julio Iglesias – Yo Canto (1969)
161. Various Artists - "Amores Perros" Soundtrack (2000)
162. Los Kjarkas – Canto a la Mujer de Mi Pueblo (1981)
163. Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas -Chaco (1995)
164. Camilo Sesto –Algo de Mi (1972)
165. Kinky - Kinky (2002)
166. Aterciopelados - Gozo Poderoso (2000)
167. Los Gatos - Los Gatos (1967)
168. Bajofondo Tango Club - Bajofondo Tango Club (2003)
169. Nortec Collective - Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 1 (2000)
170. Facundo Cabral – Facundo Cabral (1970)
171. Los Amigos Invisibles - The New Sound of Venezuelan Gozadera (1998)
172. Caifanes - Caifanes (1988)
173. Juan Gabriel - Recuerdos 2 (1984)
174. Rubén Blades - Tiempos (1999)
175. Kevin Johansen - Sur o No Sur (2003)
176. Los Enanitos Verdes - Big Bang (1994)
177. Oscar Chavez – Latinoamérica Canta (1970)
178. Rodrigo y Gabriela – Rodrigo y Gabriela (2007)
179. Grupo de Experimentación Sonora del ICAIC – Cuba Va (1971)
180. Vico C – Aquel Que Había Muerto (1998)
181. Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez – El Conde (1974)
182. Juana Molina - Son (2006)
183. Los Destellos – Los Destellos (1967)
184. Todos Tus Muertos - Dale Aborigen (1994)
185. Little Joe y la Familia – Total (1973)
186. Jaguares - El Equilibrio de los Jaguares (1996)
187. Soda Stereo – Sueño Stereo (1995)
188. Patato y Totico – Patato y Totico (1968)
189. Puya - Fundamental (1999)
190. Zoé - Memo Rex Commander y El Corazón de la Vía Láctea (2006)
191. Franco de Vita – Al Norte Del Sur (1989)
192. Ana y Jaime – Es Largo el Camino (1968)
193. Rockdrigo Gonzales - Hurbanistorias (1984)
194. El Último de la Fila - Enemigos de lo Ajeno (1986)
195. Bobby Valentin – La Boda de Ella (1978)
196. El Polen - Fuera de la Ciudad (1973)
197. Ely Guerra - Lotofire (1999)
198. Zurdok - Hombre Sintetizador (1999)
199. Wilfrido Vargas – El Funcionario (1983)
200. Gepe – Audiovisión (2010)



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