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The 23 Best Latin Albums of 2023 So Far: Staff Picks

From Karol G’s history-making Mañana Será Bonito to Don Omar’s comeback album Forever King, see our picks here for the best Latin LPs from 2023’s first six months.

While Bad Bunny dominated pretty much all of 2022 with his blockbuster release Un Verano Sin Ti, this year the landscape looks a little different, with more than just one Latin album taking its turn in the spotlight.

Most notably, there was Karol G‘s history-making new album, which dropped early in the year. Mañana Será Bonito, follow-up to 2021’s KG0516, became the first all Spanish-language LP by a female artist to top the Billboard 200 albums chart. The wide-ranging set, encompassing perreo, reggaetón and norteño-tinged anthems, is packed with hits, like the liberating “Provenza” and hypnotizing “TQG,” her long-awaited collaboration with fellow Colombian hitmaker Shakira.

Another album that made history was Peso Pluma‘s Génesis. The set debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 — the highest rank ever for a música mexicana album on the chart. Its strong streaming performance led to Peso placing a historic 25 simultaneous titles on the Hot Latin Songs chart (dated July 8), breaking Bad Bunny’s record of 24. Regional Mexican music in general has been experiencing explosive growth, with other standout albums for the genre including Natanael Cano’s Nata Montana, Eslabon Armado’s Desvelado, Carin Leon’s Colmillo de Leche and Fuerza Regida’s Pa Que Hablen — all highlighted in our best Latin albums of 2023 (so far) list.

Other noteworthy albums include Tainy‘s tour de force DATA — featuring collabs with Bad Bunny, Wisin & Yandel and Arcángel, to name a few — and Juanes‘ raw and introspective Vida Cotidiana.

See the list in alphabetical order by artist name, below. (Also, check out our list of the 23 best Latin songs of 2023 here.)