10 Female Hispanic Singers Who Conquered the World
If you’re like me, you love Hispanic singers and Latin music.
Music boosts happiness, brightens your soul, and calms your thoughts. It even enables you to connect with other people’s feelings and experiences. And learning more about the people who create incredible music is fun.
Keep reading to discover the fascinating details behind 10 female Hispanic singers who impacted both the music industry and the world. Let’s check them out!
10 Amazing Female Hispanic Singers
Shakira is one of the most popular Hispanic singers worldwide. She was born in Barranquilla, Colombia. At age 13 (in 1990), she signed her first record deal. A year later, she debuted with the album Magia, and two years later (1993) published her album Peligro.
Her third album, Pies descalzos (1996), sold more than 4 million copies. Shakira launched a two-year world tour.
Shakira has become a music icon and a goodwill ambassador, since she founded a NGO dedicated to promoting quality public education for children in vulnerable situations.
2. Jennifer López
This singer and actress was born in 1970. Although she’s from the Bronx, New York, her Puerto Rican ancestry makes her one of the greatest Hispanic singers. She started taking dance classes at age 5, and at the age of seven she made her first dance tour.
J-Lo’s dancing career catapulted her into fame. She danced for Janet Jackson, acted in movies, and released albums. In 2001, she launched her own clothing brand, and in 2005, she was the highest paid Latin actress in Hollywood. In 2018, she launched her own makeup brand. In 2020, she sang in the Superbowl halftime show with Shakira. Jennifer López is recognized as one of the most influential women of the 21st century and has been leading by example for years.
3. Paulina Rubio
Paulina Rubio is a Mexican singer and actress who was born in 1971. As a child, she took singing, acting, dancing, and painting lessons and became a singer in a children’s band. In 1982, she debuted as a singer in the band Timbiriche, and after that she won four Discos de Platino and seven Discos de Oro.
In 1991, Paulina left the band to become a soloist and has been releasing albums since then. In fact, she has sold more than 20 million albums around the world, making her one of the most influential Hispanic singers of this century. Also, she participated as a judge on programs like “The Voice” and “The X Factor.” She’s been inspiring people all around the world for years!
Thalía is a singer and actress who was born in Mexico City, in 1972. When she was only one year old, she appeared on her first TV commercial, and when she was four she started taking ballet classes. When she was 11, she started her artistic career with the group Din Din. She left Din Din and joined Timbiriche in 1986, becoming friends with Paulina Rubio.
In 1989, she decided to leave the band to become an independent soloist and has been publishing her own music since then. She’s become one of the most famous female Hispanic singers to date and has filled people’s hearts with her beautiful songs.
5. Olga Tañón
This Puerto Rican singer was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1967. Her first professional performance was with the merengue group Las Nenas de Ringo y Jossie, and years later she became part of the group Chantelle, where she worked with Warner Music Latina, a record label that later offered her solo music.
In 1992, she launched her first album and sold more than 100,000 copies in the United States and Puerto Rico. Since then, she’s been recording and publishing music and has become one of the most recognized female Hispanic singers. She won two Grammy Awards and four Latin Grammy Awards. Olga’s pop and merengue songs will enlighten your day!
6. Marta Sánchez
Marta Sánchez was born in Madrid, Spain in 1966. Her first opportunity as a singer came with the group Cristal Oskuro, with which she participated in the Trofeo Villa de Madrid (pop-rock) Awards. When she was 19 years old, she joined the group Olé Olé. She started her actual career with this group and during their time together they won a Disco de Oro Award. In 1989, they became the first Spanish group to perform in the Chilean music festival Viña del Mar.
In 1993 she launched her first album as a soloist, which was a total success, selling more than 1.2 million copies around the world. Since then, she’s been attending festivals, winning awards, making duets, performing worldwide, and as a consequence, becoming part of the most recognized female Hispanic singers around the world.
7. Christina Aguilera
Although Christina was born in Staten Island, New York (1980), she’s always claimed her Latin ancestry. Her father is Ecuadorian, so she says Latin culture is in her blood and in her inheritance, which is why we consider her to be one of the Hispanic singers. When she was 10 years old, she sang the national anthem for the football teams Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Then, in 1998 she recorded “Reflection” for the Disney film “Mulan”. In 2000, she won a Grammy Award, and in 2002 she sold more than 10 million copies of an album. Throughout her career, Christina has won four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award.
8. Gloria Estefan
This Cuban singer was born in la Habana in 1957. When she was just a year old, her family escaped Cuba and moved to Miami. Her husband (Emilio Estefan) had a band, and during an event, he asked her to sing a song. Her performance was successful so he asked her to stay in the band as a singer. In 1981, CBS International offered them a contract and they recorded four albums. In the next few years, she won 7 Grammy Awards and sold more than 100 million copies of her albums around the world. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2020, Gloria released her latest album Brazil305. She’s still going strong as one of the most popular Hispanic singers of all time!
9. Celia Cruz
Celia Cruz was born in La Habana, Cuba in 1925 and died in New Jersey in 2003. Her career started in small night clubs. In 1950, she was the voice of the Orquesta Sonora Matancera. Since then, people have called her la Reina Rumba (“Rumba queen”).
She recorded hit records accompanied by the great salsa orchestras. In 1994, she received the National Medal of Arts. She also won three Grammys, four Latin Grammys, and was awarded three honorary doctorates. Celia is definitely one of those female Hispanic singers who deserves to be remembered!
10. Selena Quintanilla
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas in 1971, but had Mexican ancestry and always lived by Latin culture’s side, which is why the world considers her one of the most iconic Hispanic singers. She debuted when she was 8 years old with her siblings’ band, Los Dinos. In 1989, Selena launched her first solo album. In 1993, she won a Grammy Award and in 1994 her album Amor prohibido became the second Texan album to sell 500,000 copies and was number one on the Latin charts.
In 1995, her album “Dreaming of You” had the record for selling 175,000 copies on its launch day. She was in the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame, the Hard Rock Café Hall of Fame, and in 2020 Billboard declared her the “greatest Latina artist of all time.”
Selina died tragically at age 24, leaving her fans devastated. But her beautiful memory and music lives on.
Spanish Music to Your Ears!
Aren’t these female Hispanic singers incredible? Leave a comment and tell me who inspired you the most and why you’d choose her to be your next favorite Hispanic singer!
Want more free Spanish lessons, fun content, and easy learning strategies? Check these out!
- 13 Spanish Language Reality TV Shows to Improve Your Listening and Speaking Skills
- 7 NGOs Making a Positive Impact in Spanish-Speaking Countries
- 12 Inspirational Earth Day Activities for Elementary Kids in Spanish
- 11 Best Free Spanish Language Learning Websites
- 10 Best Books to Learn Spanish on Your Own in 2022
- 7 Best Books To Learn Spanish for Kids
- 9 Family-Friendly Spring Break Destinations in Latin America for 2022
- 10 Intermediate-Level Spanish Podcasts You Don’t Want To Miss
- The Spectacular Laguna Lachuá National Park in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala - July 1, 2021
- Happy Birthday in Spanish: Party Supplies, Greetings, and Songs! - June 19, 2021
- We’re Having a Baby! A Vocabulary Guide in Spanish - June 18, 2021