’90s Latin Essentials
A profoundly eclectic era in Latin music, the ‘90s saw artists from North and Central America strike out into new sonic territory. Selena’s Tex-Mex brought her brilliance to the U.S.-Mexico border, Panamanian reggaetón sprung forth from the hands of El General, and Gustavo Cerati and Shakira took their alternative-rock mastery to the pop-culture fore. While the campy, monotonic pop of the ‘80s boasted catchy ditties crafted especially for radio airplay, the ‘90s thrived in an unflinching experimentalism. Even the most playfully outlandish songs, like the “Macarena,” have become dance-floor staples to this day.