From Panama and Puerto Rico to… the world. From reggae and dancehall, hip-hop and dembow to bounce pop and entice. What started as an underground and instinctive type of expression of island barrios would go on to radically and unquestionably form the sound of 21st-century Latin music.
In tribute to the historical past of reggaeton and its by now multi-generational — and world — mark on music, we’ve put collectively a playlist that traces the evolution of reggaeton by means of tracks by El General, Shabba Ranks, Vico C and Daddy Yankee to J Balvin, Ozuna and Becky G, and plenty of extra artists who’ve put their stamp on the city Latin and world dance flooring sound.
Below, watch 30 movies that inform the story of reggaeton: