Picco – “Venga” – (2010)

What do I know about Picco? Not much. He’s from Germany. And this song is in Spanish – and it’s really catchy. There’s a mariachi band in the music video – how much more German can you get? I like it for the house beat, the trumpet and the Spanish vocals. What is it about a song with a Latin leaning that makes it so much more summery or tropical? Am I the only one who thinks this way?

David Longoria – “Zoon Baloomba” – (2012)

Here’s a song I’ve bet you have never heard. David Longoria is a classically-trained American trumpeter who recently delved into Latin music. This song was released in the second half of 2012 and it’s a (mostly) instrumental track with a distinctly Latin flair. The only lyrics are the title repeated rather annoyingly throughout. The song has been remixed a fair amount, causing it to hit #21 on the dance charts in the U.S. I’ve linked to the original, which I happen to like better. Something different for today. And no, I have no idea what the title means.

Jon Secada – “Just Another Day” – (1992)

I’ll admit it: there are some weeks where every song we feature isn’t necessarily awesome. It’s old and you may have forgotten about it – but there might be a reason you’ve forgotten about it. But let’s be honest, the three songs featured this week are pretty kickass. A Sting classic on Monday. The best, upbeat Michael Bolton song in existence. And now this. Jon Secada is a Cuban born performer and this album was his English-language debut. And this song was a top five hit in the U.S. and the biggest of his career stateside. It has a definite Latin feel with an almost dance beat. And the lyrics are masterfully delivered. This song was actually the genesis for this list. For whatever reason, I’ve always assumed this came out in the mid-1980s. It reminds me of a mix of Benny Mardones and Gloria Estefan. Which is weird, I know. Listening to it right now, it’s so obviously from the early 90s. Those first post-Miami Sound Machine Estefan years that put south Florida in the Latin music spotlight (where it would return about nine years later). I also always assumed it was featured in an episode of Miami Vice (it wasn’t). It’s a fantastic song and one of my absolute favorites from the early 90s.