Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez known by his stage name Daddy Yankee, is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, rapper, actor and record producer. Ayala was born in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, and was brought up in the area of Villa Kennedy Housing Projects. According to the New York Times, he is known as the “King of Reggaetón” by music critics and fans alike.
Throughout his career, he has become a staple in the reggaeton genre, with hit singles peaking at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart, including “Limbo,” “Rompe” and “Lovumba.” It was hits like “Gasolina” that built up Daddy Yankee as the King of Reggaeton as he popularized the genre as one of the 21st Century’s biggest new music styles.
Barrio Fino was trailed by the 2005 single “Rompe”, which was co-penned by him and not just turned into his first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks chart yet spent over three months at the summit. It likewise came to No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100.Such was his prevalence that by April 2006 Time magazine included Daddy Yankee on its list of the 100 most powerful individuals.
By May 2017 “Despacito” had crossed over to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the first predominantly Spanish-language No. 1 since “Macarena” two decades before. At the end of August it finished 16 weeks at the top, making it the joint longest No. 1 since the chart began in 1958. Below, look at the best 20 tunes that have charted in the past 10 years, in order of peak.