Chart history: Peaked at No. 1 for 16 weeks
“Despacito” is, by far, the most commercially successful track with Bieber’s name attached. And while he may not know how to actually sing it, he recognized the song’s power and asked to be a part of it — becoming the unlikely harbinger of reggaeton’s reckoning. And the music industry is genuinely better off for it.
The “Despacito” remix featuring Bieber became the first mostly Spanish-language song in Grammy history to be nominated for record of the year and song of the year. And as HuffPost’s Carolina Moreno pointed out, its losses in both categories were completely inexplicable.
“By nearly every measure, ‘Despacito’ was the world’s biggest song of 2017,” Moreno writes. “It not only broke nearly every record under the sun, but it finally made clear to the U.S. mainstream market the true power of Latin music on a global stage.”
“Despacito” does not claim the top spot on our ranking, however, because Bieber was little more than a vocal contributor. Its true power belongs to Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.
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