“Gasoline“, interpreted by Daddy Yankee, and “Safaera”, from Bad Bunny, Jowell, Randy and Ñengo Flow, are the only two songs on Puerto Rican artists included in the new list of the best 500 songs from history, published the magazine specialized in music Rolling Stone.
According to the publication, more than 250 artists, composers and members of the music industry chose the 500 best songs, placing “Gasolina” in position 50 and “Safaera”, 329. The first was co-written by the veteran urban artist Eddie Ávila, appears on the disc Barrio Fino (2004), by Daddy Yankee, while “Safaera” is on the album YHLQMDLG (2020), acronym for “I do whatever I want”, de Bad Bunny.
According to the American magazine, the idea of composing “Gasolina” was born when Daddy Yankee heard a man on the street yell at him to a woman: “Take it, mija, how do you like gasoline!”, referring to clean cars to go to parties. “That phrase became a current chorus that ignited a worldwide fervor for reggaeton,” the publication highlighted. The song was produced by the Dominican duo Luny Tunes and has the participation of the urban singer Glory in the choirs asking for “more gasoline.”
For its part, “Safaera”, Was included in one of the three albums that Bad Bunny released in 2020 (YHLQMDLG, Those Who Weren’t Going Out and The Last Tour of the World), amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the magazine, the song compresses into five minutes the soaking and high-octane vigor of 90s reggaeton with a jolt of at least five rhythms and multiple Puerto Rican artists. “
The list of these 500 songs is the first that Rolling Stone in 17 years. More of 4,000 topics received votes this time. On the 2004 list, tracks from rock and soul genres predominated, but this new version is further distinguished by hip-hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin pop, reggae, and R&B.
Daddy Yankee to receive Billboard Hall of Fame Award
The Puerto Rican will be honored with this important award during the ceremony of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. The reggaeton idol will also perform at the gala on September 23. Daddy Yankee will receive recognition for “an impressive artistic career that goes beyond musical performance and takes into account the incredible influence as a global artist in multiple fields, ” according to a joint statement from Billboard.
”With more than three decades in urban music, He is one of the pioneers and maximum promoter of reggaetón, leading and elevating the genre that has become a cultural phenomenon and has driven the popularity of Latin music around the world. ”
FILE – Daddy Yankee sings at the Premio Lo Nuestro ceremony on February 16, 2021 in Miami. The reggaeton star will be recognized with the Billboard Hall of Fame award during the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony on September 23, 2021 in Coral Gables, Florida. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky, File)
The singer has more than 60 million followers on social networks and more than 7,000 million views, just in the last 12 months, with his videos on YouTube. Sold more than 17 million records and ranked 84 songs on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart, with seven No. 1s and 36 in the Top 10, while on the Latin Airplay chart it has 73 titles, including 24 No. 1s and 42 Top 10s.
The Billboard Hall of Fame Award is given to artists who have achieved worldwide recognition for their work, transcending genre and language boundaries. Previous winners of this recognition include José José, Vicente Fernández, Rocío Dúrcal, Marco Antonio Solís, Joan Sebastian, Marc Anthony, Franco de Vita and Alejandro Fernández.