The hispanic music on many occasions it has surpassed the English market in sales, popularity and applause from professional critics, which for years has been hegemonic -for obvious reasons of the predominance of the language-. Although the local original genres have rarely stood out, as is the case of the Mexican regional, the hard battles in those already popularly predisposed have not been easy, but victories have been obtained.
Some Latin singers have sold double what other Americans or English have achieved, even with the great limitations and sociocultural disadvantages. Music specialists bet that the key to success is due to the great mixture of cultures, genres, and even daily realities that countries like Colombia or Mexico present, however, the talent that exists in the region is undoubtedly the main reason why some melodies in Spanish will conquer -and continue to do so- the world.
For this reason, here we present a list with the name of each one of the interpreters who have made history in their place of origin and the rest of the planet, since their high sales numbers -and being the majority with the “organic” format, which includes physical CDs and their derivatives – have also consecrated them as the most popular and recognized artists.
This count could not be started without the most successful Spanish-speaking singer of all timebased on his number of sales, the Spanish Julio Iglesias.
With more than 50 years of artistic career, 67 studio albums and live, 200 singles and EPs and 41 compilations, Julio Iglesias has come an approximate -last update in the year 2017 by the musical magazine Billboard– 300 million copies in all its formatsbeing one of the phenomena in the general history of music, more important than countless artists of much more renown in traditional or digital media do not have.
The key to success? The singer of great songs like I forgot to live, from girl to woman Y The best of your life has performed in 14 languages among which English, Spanish and Portuguese stand out. Therefore, it has given shows in 600 cities around the world, conquering the main venues of the most important metropolises, including New York, Rio de Janeiro or Mexico City, which for obvious reasons makes Julio Iglesias I rubbed shoulders with the most popular artists in the world.
Fun fact: in 2014 the book Guinness He gave him, in Beijing, a certificate for the record of the “Latin artist who has sold the most records in the world.” On the same occasion, he was recognized as the “first and most popular international artist” in China.
The most successful Colombian in history of that nation could not be left out of this list, because despite the fact that the number of albums compared to the previous artist is considerable, her influence within the world of Latin entertainment -as a representative in the Anglo-Saxon- has positioned her as one of the biggest in history – and his performance in the 2020 Super Bowl backs it up.
“Over the course of her prolific career, Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira has sold over 60 million records worldwide and won numerous awards including two GRAMMYs, eight Latin GRAMMYs and various World Music Awards, American Music Awards, and Billboard Awards, to name just a few. She is the only South American artist who has managed to place a song at #1 in the United States, and four of her singles have been positioned among the 20 best-selling hits of the past decade”, can be read in her artistic biography within the your label portal, sony music.
It is important to emphasize that for Shakira to be able to take the “great leap” she first had to conquer the Latin American Hollywoodas the great Spanish-speaking music critics, film and television professionals call Mexico City.
The original of Cuba who has conquered North America, who in addition to being a singer-songwriter is an actress and businesswoman, on June 22, 1993 released her third solo studio album and the first in Spanish entitled My landwhich is estimated according to Billboardsold over 16 million copies -count until 2015- and positions it as one of the most important and prominent in the industry.
In Spain it is certified diamond, becoming the singer’s best-selling album with more than a million copies and in the United States in less than a month it reached double platinum with 200,000 units sold and thanks to this production it is Grammy Award Nominated for Best Traditional Tropical Album in 1994 as the album received many certifications worldwide.
Curious fact: it is part of the list of the 100 albums that you must have before the end of the world, published in 2012 by sony musicbeing the third personality on this list to be part of said company, making it possibly the most important since his talents have managed to be in the top of high sales worldwide.
Talking about him is synonymous with success, nostalgia, great musical works and understanding that he is possibly the LGBT+ icon largest in the history of Mexico. The Divo of Juarez It may possibly have more than one album or single within this count, but a production in particular and with a not so recognized language, the ballad, managed to stand out and prove the great star it was.
memories II is his twentieth studio album recorded and published in 1984. With this album he managed to sell approximately 20 million copies and is considered the best-selling album of all time in Mexico, according to national media such as Televisaor the national monitoring of radio audience in Aztec land.
Fun fact: he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Performance in the 1985 edition, losing against I like you just the way you are by Luis Miguel and Sheena Easton, considered by fans of music in Spanish as one of the biggest robberies in the history of the Academy Awards.
speaking of Sun of Mexicothe interpreter of great classics such as Now you can go, until you forget me Y guilty or not with Romanceher eighth studio album released on November 19, 1991, not only established herself worldwide as the superstar she was, but also showed all her detractors that she was much more than a female star consumed mainly by the female market.
The first two singles Unforgettable Y I don’t know youreached the top of the list Billboard Hot Latin Songs in the United States and they stayed six months at the top of the Mexican charts, but with A lot of heart Y How remained at the top of Hot Latin Songswhile in Aztec land You Y The boat received an airplay release throughout Latin America, helping it sell an estimated 15 million copiesdepending on your label Warner Music.