While Daddy Yankee released his first reggaeton album—"No Mercy"—in 1995, he really put the genre on the map with epic smash "Gasolina" in the early '00s. The song became the first reggaeton song nominated for the Latin Grammy for Record of the Year at the 6th Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2005. The smash not only pushed reggaeton into the mainstream U.S. market, but Daddy Yankee was regarded as a reggaeton pioneer and is revered as the King of Reggaeton to this day. Watch the music video to the groundbreaking classic—"Gasolina"—below.
While "Culo" featuring Lil Jon was Pitbull's breakout crossover reggaeton hit in 2004, it was his top 5 Billboard Hot 100 smash "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" that turned him into a mainstream pop artist. "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" is notable for intermixing the reggaeton sound with the Eurodance genre in 2009. In 2010s, Pitbull became known for truly combining reggaeton, other Latin and Caribbean music influences, and hip-hop with dance-pop. Hence, the rapper gave us the ultimate party anthems in the last decade, while setting himself apart from his Latin rap contemporaries.
Watch the music video to "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" below.