Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera – “Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” – (2000)

Here’s a big dose of the year 2000. Two of the biggest names of 1999 teamed up for a top 20 hit in 2000. It was a #1 elsewhere and on three other American Billboard charts (Hot Latin Songs, Latin Pop Songs, Tropical Songs). This lost the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Grammy to “Lady Marmalade” – also featuring Aguilera. Ricky Martin also recorded a Spanish single. Remember when Christina Aguilera used to try and cash in on her Latin heritage? Anyway, this song (and video) is a good slice of nostalgia. Enjoy.

Ricky Martin – “Más (Ralphi Rosario Spanish Radio Remix)” – (2011)

Here’s something a little more upbeat than yesterday. “Más” is a song from Ricky Martin’s 2011 album Musica + Alma + Sexo. There were a bunch of remixes released shortly after this came out as a single. The Ralphi Rosario Spanish Radio Remix is, I think, better than the original – if for no other reason than its pumping beat. It turned the song into a dance hit – a top ten on the dance charts. If you’re idea of summery music involves club music or Latin music – then this has you covered.

#7 – Ricky Martin – “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – (1999)

This song kicked off the Latin music boom of 1999. I remember where I was when I first heard this song and I knew right away it was going to be huge. It is catchy in a way that most songs can only hope to be. It hit #1 on the Hot 100. Everyone thought they could speak Spanish when they became able to roughly translate “la vida loca” into “the crazy life.” Congratulations multi-lingual population. Ricky had some other hits in the 90s before moving into the 00s. Also from his self-titled album was “She’s All I Ever Had.” “The Cup of Life,” from a year earlier, was named the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Some lyrics: “She’ll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain. She’ll make you live her crazy life but she’ll take away your pain. Like a bullet to your brain, come on!” And the chorus: “Upside inside out, she’s livin’ la vida loca. She’ll push and pull you down, livin’ la vida loca. Her lips are devil red, and her skin’s the color mocha. She will wear you out, livin’ la vida loca.”