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22 Latino Songs That Will Transport You To The Late '90s

That special era between the mixtape and the burned CD.

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1. Shakira, "Ojos Así"

Why you loved it: Because this song made your hips move in ways you never thought you could.
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Why you loved it: Because this song made your hips move in ways you never thought you could.

2. Café Tacvba, "Como Te Extraño Mi Amor"

Why you loved it: Because you had that one crush who broke your heart in middle school and you listened to this song to get over them. #AngstyTeenager
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Why you loved it: Because you had that one crush who broke your heart in middle school and you listened to this song to get over them. #AngstyTeenager

3. Elvis Crespo, "Suavemente"

Why you loved it: Because you probably danced to this song at your cousin's Quince during the baile sorpresa.
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Why you loved it: Because you probably danced to this song at your cousin's Quince during the baile sorpresa.

4. Celia Cruz, "La Vida Es Un Carnaval"

Why you loved it: Because your mom played this song to teach you that life sucks and then you die...but at least there's salsa.
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Why you loved it: Because your mom played this song to teach you that life sucks and then you die...but at least there's salsa.

5. Ricky Martin, "Livin La Vida Loca"

Why you loved it: Because your non-Latino friends finally discovered the hotness of Ricky Martin and couldn't get enough of him.
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Why you loved it: Because your non-Latino friends finally discovered the hotness of Ricky Martin and couldn't get enough of him.

6. Luis Miguel, "Por Debajo De La Mesa"

Why you loved it: Because your tía couldn't stop raving about her beloved LuisMi and truly believed he was talking directly to her in this song.
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Why you loved it: Because your tía couldn't stop raving about her beloved LuisMi and truly believed he was talking directly to her in this song.

7. Jennifer Lopez, "Waiting for Tonight"

Why you loved it: Because this was your first introduction to the first incarnation of J.Lo post-Selena.
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Why you loved it: Because this was your first introduction to the first incarnation of J.Lo post-Selena.

8. Alejandro Fernández,"Si Tú Supieras"

Why you loved it: Because while your parents were head over heels for Chente, you were looking over at his son Alejandro, and damn, could that dude sing.
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Why you loved it: Because while your parents were head over heels for Chente, you were looking over at his son Alejandro, and damn, could that dude sing.

9. Juan Luis Guerra 440, "Mi PC"

Why you loved it: Because nothing captured your failed, Windows '95, dial-up modem, Netscape, AIM chat, merengue romance like this song.
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Why you loved it: Because nothing captured your failed, Windows '95, dial-up modem, Netscape, AIM chat, merengue romance like this song.

10. Julieta Venegas, "De Mis Pasos"

Why you loved it: Because you weren't just emo. You were Julieta Venegas emo, which is emo mixed in with a little chingona flair.
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Why you loved it: Because you weren't just emo. You were Julieta Venegas emo, which is emo mixed in with a little chingona flair.

11. Marc Anthony, "You Sang To Me"

Why you loved it: Because when Marc isn't singing on a dope Salsa track, he'll pull your strings with the pop-iest of songs.
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Why you loved it: Because when Marc isn't singing on a dope Salsa track, he'll pull your strings with the pop-iest of songs.

12. Enrique Iglesias, "Experiencia Religiosa"

Why you loved it: Because who knew that church could be so damn sexy?
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Why you loved it: Because who knew that church could be so damn sexy?

13. OV7, "Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto"

Why you loved it: Because this is the song you recorded onto a mixtape and slipped into your crush's locker.
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Why you loved it: Because this is the song you recorded onto a mixtape and slipped into your crush's locker.

14. Chayanne, "Dejaría Todo"

Why you loved it: Because you used this song to win over your middle school crush in the cheesiest way possible while still looking like a badass.
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Why you loved it: Because you used this song to win over your middle school crush in the cheesiest way possible while still looking like a badass.

15. Thalía, "Amor a la Mexicana"

Why you loved it: Because this is the song you sang at 8:32 p.m. with your homegirls while pre-gaming to go to the club (You sang Chente after midnight).
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Why you loved it: Because this is the song you sang at 8:32 p.m. with your homegirls while pre-gaming to go to the club (You sang Chente after midnight).

16. Carlos Ponce, "Escúchame"

Why you loved it: Because you could put this song on repeat and never get tired of that sick guitar strumming.
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Why you loved it: Because you could put this song on repeat and never get tired of that sick guitar strumming.

17. Maná, "Hechicera"

Why you loved it: Because we all had that ~hechicera~ who played you like Serpientes y Escaleras.
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Why you loved it: Because we all had that ~hechicera~ who played you like Serpientes y Escaleras.

18. Gloria Estefan, "Oye!"

Why you loved it: Because this song made your burn a million calories from shaking every part of your body that craved for salsa.
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Why you loved it: Because this song made your burn a million calories from shaking every part of your body that craved for salsa.

19. Molotov, "Gimme Tha Power"

Why you loved it: Because it spoke to the anti-authority anarchist inside you.
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Why you loved it: Because it spoke to the anti-authority anarchist inside you.

20. Nek, "Laura No Està"

Why you loved it: Because you would always dedicate this song to your friend Laura.
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Why you loved it: Because you would always dedicate this song to your friend Laura.

21. Fey, "Azúcar Amargo"

Why you loved it: Because this emotional dance track made you want to put on your pastel-colored windbreakers and hug yourself in the rain.
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Why you loved it: Because this emotional dance track made you want to put on your pastel-colored windbreakers and hug yourself in the rain.

22. Big Pun ft. Joe, "Still Not a Player"

Why you loved it: Because to this very day, you're STILL not a player.
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Why you loved it: Because to this very day, you're STILL not a player.

Now listen to them all and go back to the days of dial-up and compact disks:

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