Best Music by Latinos From the Early 2000s

There was nothing like the Latin explosion of the 90s! But you have to admit, the early 2000s also had some pretty big hits from many of our favorite Latino artists. From Santana's "Maria Maria" to Shakira's "La Tortura" featuring Alejandro Sanz, these are some of the best songs by Latinos from the early 2000s:

1. Santana: "Maria Maria"

"Maria Maria" was a single off Carlos Santana's 1999 album Supernatural released in April 2000. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on April 8, 2000, and stayed there for 10 weeks. It won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal at the 2000 Grammy Awards. In 2008, "Maria Maria" came in at #96 on Billboard's All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs, and #2 on the list of Top Billboard Hot 100 Latin Songs of All Time.


2. Mariah Carey: "Thank God I Found You"

Released in January 2000 as the second single off Mariah Carey's seventh studio album Rainbow, "Thank God I Found You" became Carey's 15th number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained her last chart-topping single until 2005's "We Belong Together."


3. Enrique Iglesias: "Be With You"

Off the album Enrique, "Be With You" was released on February 24, 2000. The song became Enrique Iglesias' second number one single in the U.S. "Be With You" topped the Billboard dance charts and the Spanish language version,"Sólo me importas tú," peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.


4. Christina Aguilera: "Come On Over Baby"

Christina Aguilera's fourth single, "Come On Over Baby," off her debut album, achieved international success and became Aguilera's third single to peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.


5. Jennifer Lopez: "Ain't It Funny"

Jennifer Lopez's 2002 single "Ain't It Funny (Murder Remix)" featuring rapper Ja Rule peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and #8 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.


6. 3LW: "No More (Baby Ima Do Right)"

3LW, the group which included Adrienne Bailon, released their first single "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" off their debut self-titled album on October 3, 2000. "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" was considered 3LW's signature song, and was the group's biggest single, reaching #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.


7. Lumidee: "Never Leave You (Uh Oh)"

Lumidee released her debut single "Never Leave You (Uh Oh)" in May 2003. The song debuted at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, but quickly rose up the charts due to a large amount of radio play, peaking at #3 on Billboard's Hot 100.


8. Shakira: "Whenever Wherever"

Shakira's "Whenever Wherever" sold over 8.5 million copies worldwide, peaked at #6 on Billboard's Hot 100, and became the biggest hit of 2001.


9. Juanes: "A Dios Le Pido"

"A Dios Le Pido" was released in 2002 as the lead single off Juanes' Un Dia Normal album. The song reached number one in 12 countries on three different continents, and spent 47 consecutive weeks on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart.


10. Aventura: "Obsesion"

Aventura's 2002 single "Obsesion" off their We Broke the Rules album achieved international success, topping charts from Austria to Switzerland. In 2005, Frankie J covered the song and his version, "Obsession (No Es Amor)," peaked at #3 on the Billboard's Hot 100.


11. Shakira: "La Tortura"

Featuring Alejandro Sanz, "La Tortura" was released in 2005 as the lead single off Shakira's sixth studio album, Fijación Oral, Vol. 1. The song was #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs for 25 weeks and was the biggest selling song of the year on that chart. "La Tortura" became the highest-selling digital track in the U.S. with over 1 million downloads and the biggest-selling Spanish language track with sales of over 5 million copies worldwide.

12. Nina Sky: "Move Ya Body"

Nina Sky's debut single "Move Ya Body" dropped in April 2004 and became the twins only song to reach the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100.

13. Daddy Yankee: "Gasolina"

Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina" off his 2004 album Barrio Fino was a huge hit, becoming the first reggaeton song to be nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

14. N.O.R.E: "Oye Mi Canto"

Released in 2004 and featuring Nina Sky, Daddy Yankee, Gemstar, and Big Mato, N.O.R.E's "Oye Mi Canto" was one of the most played singles in the U.S. The song peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. "The Latino people haven't been spoken to in a while, since [Big] Pun died," the rapper said at the time of the song. "They haven't felt like they had something proud [in hip-hop] to stand on, so being both Latin and black, I wanted to rep my Latin side for once."