Tropical Airplay

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The Tropical Airplay chart (formerly known as Tropical/Salsa and Tropical Songs) is a record chart published by Billboard magazine introduced in 1994. The first number-one song on the chart was "Quien Eres Tu" by Luis Enrique.[1] Originally, rankings on the chart were determined by the amount of airplay a song received on radio stations that primarily played tropical music, namely music originating from the Spanish-speaking areas of the Caribbean such as salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, vallenato, and tropical fusions. Any song, regardless of its genre, was eligible for the chart if it received enough airplay from the panel of tropical music radio stations being monitored.

Billboard revised the methodology of the chart in January 2017. Since January 21, 2017, the Tropical Airplay chart measures airplay based on audience impressions of tropical music songs over approximately 140 Latin music radio stations.[2] Audience impressions are based on not only how often a song is played as monitored by Nielsen BDS but the ratings of the monitored stations at such time the songs are being played as measured by Nielsen Audio.[3] With the change, the chart was reduced from a list of the top 40 songs to 25. The current number-one song on the chart is "La Capa" by Myke Towers.[4]

Records[edit]

Marc Anthony has the most number-one songs, with 36 between 1995 and 2024.
"Carita de Inocente" by Prince Royce (pictured) is the longest-running number one song with 29 weeks.

Artist with the most number-one songs[edit]

Number of singles Artist Span Longest-reigning number-one Ref
36 Marc Anthony 1995–2024 "De Vuelta Pa' La Vuelta" (with Daddy Yankee) (2020) – 22 weeks [5]
29 Víctor Manuelle 1996–2021 "Tengo Ganas" (2004) – 13 weeks [6]
24 Prince Royce 2010–2024 "Carita de Inocente" (2020) – 29 weeks [7]
18 Romeo Santos 2011–2022 "Centavito" (2018), "La Mejor Versión de Mi" (remix) (Natti Natasha featuring Romeo Santos) (2019) – 15 weeks [8]
14 Gilberto Santa Rosa 1996–2010 "Conteo Regresivo" (2007) – 12 weeks [9]
Elvis Crespo 1998–2016 "Suavemente" (1998) – 9 weeks [10]
13 Jerry Rivera 1996–2016 "Ese (1999) – 8 weeks [11]
11 Juan Luis Guerra 1998–2014 "Las Avispas" (2004) – 10 weeks [12]
10 Don Omar 2005–2022 "Danza Kuduro" (2010) – 18 weeks [13]
9 Carlos Vives 2000–2022 "Hoy Tengo Tiempo (Pinta Sensual)" (2018) – 6 Weeks [14]

Artists with the most top-ten hits[edit]

Total Artist Source
62 Víctor Manuelle [6][15]
56 Marc Anthony [5]
35 Gilberto Santa Rosa [9]
34 Daddy Yankee [16]
34 Prince Royce [17]
32 Elvis Crespo [10]
28 Enrique Iglesias [18]
27 Romeo Santos [19]
26 Don Omar [20]
21 Carlos Vives [21]
20 Shakira [22]

Songs with the most weeks at number one[edit]

Year Single Performer(s) Weeks at No. 1 Ref
2020 "Carita de Inocente" Prince Royce 29 [23]
2021 "De Vuelta Pa La Vuelta" Daddy Yankee & Marc Anthony 22
2019 "Inmortal" Aventura 18
2010 "Danza Kuduro" Don Omar featuring Lucenzo 18
2023 "Bailando Bachata" Chayanne 15
2019 "La Mejor Versión de Mí" (remix) Natti Natasha & Romeo Santos 15
2018 "Centavito" Romeo Santos 15
2010 "Dile al Amor" Aventura 15
2004 "Perdidos" Monchy & Alexandra 15
2017 "Bailame" Nacho 14
2013 "Propuesta Indecente" Romeo Santos 14
2022 "La Bachata" Manuel Turizo 14[24]
2006 "Que Preció Tiene el Cielo" Marc Anthony 13
2004 "Tengo Ganas" Víctor Manuelle 13
2023 "El Merengue" Marshmello and Manuel Turizo 14[25]
2021 "Volví" Aventura and Bad Bunny 13[26]
2018 "Oye Mujer" Raymix 12
2009 "Por un Segundo" Aventura 12
2007 "Te Quiero" Flex 12
2007 "Conteo Regresivo" Gilberto Santa Rosa 12
2002 "Sedúceme" La India 12
2017 "Deja Vu" Prince Royce & Shakira 11
2013 "Vivir Mi Vida" Marc Anthony 11
1999 "Pero Dile" Víctor Manuelle 11
2001 "Celos" Marc Anthony 11
2009 "Yo No Sé Mañana" Luis Enrique 11

Top-ten songs of all-time (1994–2018)[edit]

In 2017, Billboard magazine compiled a ranking of the 20 best-performing songs on the chart since its inception in 1994. The chart is based on the most weeks the song spent on top of the chart. For songs with the same number of weeks at number one, they are ranked them by most weeks in the top ten, followed by most total weeks on the chart.[27] The top 20 was updated the following year.[28]

Rank Single Artist(s) Peak year Peak and duration Ref.
1. "Danza Kuduro" Don Omar featuring Lucenzo 2010 #1 for 18 weeks [27]
2. "Dile al Amor" Aventura 2010 #1 for 15 weeks
3. "Perdidos" Monchy & Alexandra 2004 #1 for 15 weeks
4. "Propuesta Indecente" Romeo Santos 2013 #1 for 14 weeks
5. "Que Preció Tiene el Cielo" Marc Anthony 2006 #1 for 13 weeks
6. "Tengo Ganas" Víctor Manuelle 2004 #1 for 13 weeks
7. "Conteo Regresivo" Gilberto Santa Rosa 2007 #1 for 12 weeks
8. "Te Quiero" Flex 2008 #1 for 12 weeks
9. "Sedúceme" La India 2002 #1 for 12 weeks
10. "Por un Segundo" Aventura 2009 #1 for 12 weeks

Tropical Airplay number-one songs of the year[edit]

Decade-end charts[edit]

  • 2000s: "Qué Precio Tiene el Cielo" by Marc Anthony[29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tropical Airplay: October 8, 1994". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Mendizabal, Amaya (January 12, 2017). "Fonseca, El Gran Combo Highlight Revamped Tropical Songs Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on November 28, 2018. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  3. ^ "Billboard Charts Legend". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2008-07-31. Retrieved August 13, 2020.
  4. ^ "Tropical Airplay". Billboard. May 16, 2024. Retrieved May 16, 2024.
  5. ^ a b "Marc Anthony - Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2024.
  6. ^ a b "Victor Manuelle - Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Prince Royce Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  8. ^ "Romeo Santos Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Gilberto Santa Rosa Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Elvis Crespo Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Jerry Rivera Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  12. ^ "Juan Luis Guerra Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on February 1, 2020. Retrieved August 6, 2020.
  13. ^ "Don Omar Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  14. ^ "Carlos Vives Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  15. ^ Bustios, Pamela (February 8, 2019). "Vicente García Notches First Tropical Songs Airplay Top 10 With 'Loma de Cayenas'". Billboard. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
  16. ^ "Daddy Yankee Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  17. ^ "Prince Royce Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  18. ^ "Enrique Iglesias Chart History: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2023.
  19. ^ "Romeo Santos Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved January 31, 2023.
  20. ^ "Don Omar Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2022.
  21. ^ "Carlos Vives Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 7, 2022.
  22. ^ "Shakira Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2022.
  23. ^ "Longest-Leading No. 1s Ever on Billboard's Tropical Airplay Chart". Billboard. October 7, 2021. Archived from the original on October 7, 2021. Retrieved October 8, 2021.
  24. ^ "Manuel Turizo Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  25. ^ "Marshmello Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved July 5, 2023.
  26. ^ "Bad Bunny Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2023.
  27. ^ a b "In Honor of Hispanic Heritage: The 20 Top Tropical Songs of All Time". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. September 18, 2017. Archived from the original on May 23, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  28. ^ Cantor-Navas, Judy (September 15, 2018). "The 20 Top Tropical Songs of All Time: Don Omar, Romeo Santos, Daddy Yankee & More". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 26, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  29. ^ "Best of the 2000s: Tropical Songs". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 11, 2010. Retrieved 22 December 2020.

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