The situation just might be changing, however. Take Spanish, for example. At the least, Latin music impact is growing in this country. Popular hip-hop might still be sung most often in English, yet traces of reggaeton , a genre of music originating in Puerto Rico in the s, can often be heard as well. We wanted to learn more about the history of non-English music in the United States, so we decided to take a look at the songs that made it to the top of the Billboard Hot Since mid, Billboard has been the foremost resource for tracking singles in the United States. This gives us over 60 years to work with and over 1, number-one hits. Despite that, only seven foreign-language songs managed to make it to the top of the list. Here, we look at each of them.
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Bilingualism, until now, has been either a fact of life you live in a place where multiple languages are used or a uniquely fascinating albeit somewhat nerdy talent. Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere. Click here to get a copy. There are just so many beautiful ways to look at it or, rather, listen to it : Multiple languages are respected as forms of expression, bridges are connected and people from different backgrounds can sing along to the same tune. By engaging in musical expression with multiple languages , bilingual songs are intrinsically more nuanced than monolingual songs. Not to mention, bilingual songs are powerful pieces which capture glimpses of bilingual culture. Bilingual music is also the best recipe for high-powered learning. When music and multiple languages collide, your brain kicks into overdrive. Music boosts brainpower and language retention, while bilingualism boosts your hearing and attentiveness. That means the more music you listen to, the better your brain is at absorbing language.
The magazine had already a major overall songs chart titled Hot since August Since , the chart tracks digital sales, streaming figures and radio airplay. Ritchie Valens ' cover version of La Bamba became the first Spanish-language song to enter the Hot after its debut on January 3, In June , following the number one peak of "Despacito" in the Hot , Philip Bump of The Washington Post related the increasing success of Spanish-language songs in the United States since with the growth of its Spanish-speaking population, highlighting an improve from 4. As of the week ending June 29, , Spanish-language and two Portuguese-language songs have entered the Hot chart, most of them in , with 18 debuts; followed by , with 16; , with 13; and , with seven. Only 10 Latin tracks have entered the Hot between and A total of 30 singles have ranked within the top 50, of which only 15 reached the top 25, seven managed to reach the top 10, and three have peaked at number one. From the 86 songs that have ranked within the bottom half of the chart, 33 have peaked between numbers 90 and , 22 did so between numbers 80 and 89, and 32 did so between numbers 51 and Puerto Rican singer Ozuna is the act with the most Spanish-language entries on the chart, with Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee achieved three and six top 25 and top 50 Spanish-language singles, respectively, the most by any artist.