10 Must-Listen 2022 Latino Albums

With 2022 coming to a close, it’s always a great time to reflect on what the year has brought us. Music is one of the most rewarding and fun subjects for this journey of reflection. After all, there’s a reason why traditions like Spotify Wrapped have become so wildly popular. Join me on a survey of 10 Latino albums from 2022 that you’ll want to listen to if you haven’t. 


1. Un Verano Sin Ti

Bad Bunny 

Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete without Bad Bunny’s hit album, “Un Verano Sin Ti.” With award-winning and chart-topping songs like Titi Me Pregunto,” this Urbano, reggaeton album is certainly a must-listen. And speaking of Spotify Wrapped, Bad Bunny was listed as the #1 most listened to artist of 2022 on Spotify’s global statistics. He’s #1 for a reason, and beginning with “Un Verano Sin Ti” is a great place to start if you haven’t already explored Bad Bunny’s music. 


2. Fórmula, Vol. 3

Romeo Santos 

I previously wrote an article on Romeo Santos, King of Bachata. I talked about his newest album then, and want to highlight it again here as one of the must-listen 2022 Latino albums. Receiving positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, this bachata album is full of beautiful, romance-centric songs that are a very different listening experience from “Un Verano Sin Ti.” 


3. Motomami


The 2022 Latin Grammys Album of the Year, Motomami is another must-listen. If you haven’t already listened to Spanish singer Rosalía, her newest album is the perfect place to start with its genre-fusing sound.


4. Dharma 

Sebastián Yatra

Voted the Best Pop Vocal Album in the 2022 Latin Grammys, Sebastián Yatra’s “Dharma” is a lovely, diverging listen from the three albums listed so far. Colombian singer Yatra captivates with his newest album, a Latin pop masterpiece with great collabs and romantic, catchy sounds. Despite being considered Latin pop, Yatra also doesn’t hesitate to explore other music genres in this album. For example, my personal favorite song, “Pareja Del Año,” has a reggaeton inspired beat. 


5. Aguilera 

Christina Aguilera 

Along the same musical lines, Christina Aguilera’s critically acclaimed album, “Aguilera,” is another must-listen Latin pop album. Winning the 2022 Latin Grammys Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album title, Aguilera’s newest collection is a generally upbeat vibe filled with collabs and powerful vocals. 


6. Unas Vacaciones Raras

Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado

If you’re looking for a rock vibe that these other albums don’t really have, check out “Unas Vacaciones Raras” by Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado. This album won Best Rock Album at the 2022 Latin Grammys. Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado is an “indie rock band” of five members “from La Plata, Argentina.” 


7. Esquemas

Becky G

This list wouldn’t be complete without Mexican-American singer Becky G and her newest album, “Esquemas.” With chart-topping hits like “MAMIII,” this album fuses “disco-pop and reggaeton for a unique blend of sounds that’s entirely Becky G.” 


8. Obsessed

Yahritza y Su Esencia 

Latinitas writer Jenny Castro has previously highlighted Yahritza y Su Esencia in her article, “5 Latino Artists On The From Seattle.” As Jenny explains, this band is composed of Yahritza Martinez and her two brothers, Jairo and Armando. This Mexican-American trio based in Washington has broken musical records with their sierreño-genre album, “Obsessed.” At the age of 15, Yahritza is the youngest Latino artist to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100” with the hit song “Soy El Unico.” 


9. Pa’lla Voy

Marc Anthony 

For a long time now, Marc Anthony has been making hits and waves in the tropical salsa music genre. Sure enough, Anthony’s newest album, “Pa’lla Voy,” won Best Salsa Album in the 2022 Latin Grammys. “Pa’lla Voy.” is a collection of songs filled with energizing instrumentals and Anthony’s signature powerful voice. The titular song, “Pa’lla Voy,” is my personal favorite from the album. Also check out “Mala,” which was voted 2022 Latin Grammys Best Tropical Song. 


10. Tinta y Tiempo 

Jorge Drexler 

Last but not least, we have the album that won Best Singer-Songwriter Album in the 2022 Latin Grammys. Uruguayan musician Drexler has created a collection of songs with “Tinta y Tiempo” that has soft vocals and sensual vibes. A great example of this style is the hit of the album, “Tocarte.” It’s my favorite song on the album and it’s also the song that won Record Of The Year in the 2022 Latin Grammys. 




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Grammy Awards: https://www.grammy.com/news/2022-latin-grammys-complete-winners-nominees-nominations-list-las-vegas

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosalia.vt/?hl=en

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Latinitas Magazine: https://latinitasmagazine.org/5-latino-artists-on-the-rise-from-seattle/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/39CdVx9DN5FtCzIyqkrzAq

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  • Sonia Noorbakhsh

    Sonia Noorbakhsh is a writer intern for Latinitas Magazine. Born and raised in the Bay Area, California, Sonia is now in her fourth year of college at UC Berkeley. She is majoring in English and spends most of her time reading and writing on a wide variety of subjects. Sonia is a creative and passionate individual who loves to make her own jewelry, to travel, and to spend time with her cats. She is thrilled to be a part of the Latinitas team where she can write for the Latinitas Magazine and participate in meaningful, world-lifting discussions.

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