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It’d be hard to top last week’s spate of three-count-’em-three norteño debuts on the Hot Latin chart, including new songs from Arrolladora (this week at #28), Los Gfez (#36), and Hijos de Barrón (#47). But if you enjoy boring banda ballads, Norteñoblog has just the songs for you!

At #29, the week’s highest debut of any genre comes from Banda MS and their song “Me Vas a Extrañar,” which has been waltzing its sad tale of love gone wrong across Mexico for a couple weeks. Banda MS continues to be wildly, inexplicably popular. Their earlier hit “Solo Con Verte” just notched its 26th week on the U.S. Hot Latin chart, with no sign of slowing down: it’s still at #4, and this week it boasts the biggest gains in streams and digital sales. After half a year! I mean, as boring banda ballads go, “Solo Con Verte” is decent, but that’s sort of like calling John Kasich the standout candidate in the most recent Republican presidential primary. The field was not exactly an embarrassment of riches. (Other kinds of embarrassment, definitely.) But this comparison might be inapposite anyway, because John Kasich’s YouTube numbers are way below Banda MS’s.

At #48, the second banda debut is the title waltz from Recoditos’ latest album Me Está Gustando. Sung by Samuel Sarmiento, its video features not one but two inappropriate workplace romances and the band’s other lead vocalist, Luis Angel Franco, wearing a construction helmet. Sharpen those slash fiction pencils!

The debuts on the Regional Mexican radio chart are a little better. At #19, Alfredo Olivas brings his Mexican #1 (and previous Pick to Click) “Todo o Nada” up to El Norte. With its Intocablish groove, it seems a feasible candidate for crossover success. And at #20, the sexist arena rocker with the continent’s best voice, Julión Álvarez, sings “El Guitarrero” with su ídolo y amigo, El Coyote. It’s the first single from Álvarez’s latest, pretty good tribute album.

It is NOT, however, this week’s Pick to Click. That honor goes to Sr. Daddy Yankee, holding court at #44 with “Shaky Shaky,” because sometimes you just want Daddy Yankee spitting nonstop charisma over a beat and a guitar and little electronic drip noises, getting goosed by his overdubbed id. He basically spends the whole song ogling a woman and warning everyone in the club about the coming terremoto. (The dembow is the fault.) “One take!” he crows at the end, and yes, you do sense that this is what a typical evening out with Daddy Yankee feels like.

Also notable: At #42, Almighty and Farruko have given us a Spanish remake of Desiigner’s recent internet smash “Panda.” Turns out the word “panda” is much easier to rhyme in Spanish, at least without resorting to slant rhymes. If Stephen Sondheim had to choose his favorite version of “Panda,” I’m confident he would pick the Spanish one.

These are the top 50 Hot Latin Songs and top 20 Regional Mexican Songs, courtesy Billboard, as published May 21.

1. “Hasta El Amanecer” – Nicky Jam
2. “Duele El Corazón” – Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin
3. “Ginza” – J Balvin (42 weeks!)
4. “Solo Con Verte” – Banda MS (#4 RegMex) (26 weeks!)
5. “Obsesionado” – Farruko
6. “Encantadora” – Yandel
7. “Andas En Mi Cabeza” – Chino & Nacho ft. Daddy Yankee
8. “El Perdedor” – Maluma
9. “Tan Fácil” – CNCO
10. “Préstamela a Mi” – Calibre 50 (#1 RegMex)

11. “Traidora” – Gente de Zona ft. Marc Anthony
12. “Embriagame” – Zion & Lennox
13. “Tomen Nota” – Adriel Favela ft. Los Del Arroyo (#2 RegMex)
14. “Broche de Oro” – La Trakalosa de Monterrey (#3 RegMex)
15. “Hasta Que Se Seque El Malecón” – Jacob Forever
16. “Si No Es Contigo” – Banda El Recodo (#5 RegMex)
17. “Como Lo Hacia Yo” – Ken-Y & Nicky Jam
18. “DEL Negociante” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
19. “Cicatriiices” – Regulo Caro (#8 RegMex)
20. “Desde Esa Noche” – Thalía ft. Maluma

21. “Corazón Acelerado” – Wisin
22. “Espero Con Ansias” – Remmy Valenzuela (#13 RegMex)
23. “Una En Un Millon” – Alexis & Fido
24. “Not a Crime (No Es Ilegal)” – Play-N-Skillz x Daddy Yankee
25. “No Lo Hice Bien” – Los Plebes Del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
26. “Nadie Como Tú” – Banda Clave Nueva de Max Peraza (#6 RegMex)
27. “Que Caro Estoy Pagando” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
28. “Me Va a Pesar” – Arrolladora (#7 RegMex)
29. “Me Vas a Extrañar” – Banda MS
30. “Baby” – Jencarlos ft. Lennox

31. “La Ocasión” – DJ Luian & Mambo Kings Presentan: De La Ghetto Featuring Arcangel X Ozuna X Anuel
32. “Me Empezó A Valer” – La Séptima Banda (#10 RegMex)
33. “50 Sombras de Austin” – Arcangel & DJ Luian
34. “Ya Me Enteré” – Reik
35. “Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino ft. Pitbull, Yandel & Chacal
36. “Bien Servida” – Los Gfez ft. Diego Herrera (#11 RegMex)
37. “Solo Yo” – Sofia Reyes & Prince Royce
38. “Shalalala” – Tito “El Bambino”
39. “Vale la Pena” – Roberto Tapia (#14 RegMex)
40. “Pero Sin Enamorarse” – Jesus Ojeda y Sus Parientes (#12 RegMex)

41. “Fuiste Mia” – Gerardo Ortiz
42. “Panda” – Almighty ft. Farruko
43. “El Error” – Reykon
44. “Shaky Shaky” – Daddy Yankee
45. “Yo Quisiera Entrar” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes del Rancho
46. “La Llamada de Mi Ex” – Chiquito Team Band
47. “Juro Quererte” – Hijos de Barrón (#17 RegMex)
48. “Me Está Gustando” – Banda Los Recoditos
49. “Ya Lo Supere” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho
50. “Rumbo A Maza” – Los Titanes de Durango

¡Adios!
“En Ésta No” – Sin Bandera
“No Soy Una de Esas” – Jesse & Joy ft. Alejandro Sanz
“Culpa Al Corazón” – Prince Royce
“Borro Cassette” – Maluma

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9. “¿Por Qué Terminamos?” – Gerardo Ortiz

15. “Ya Te Perdí La Fe” – Arrolladora
16. “Por Haber Sido Mia” – Noel Torres
18. “Amarte Es Hermoso” – Los Huracanes del Norte
19. “Todo o Nada” – Alfredo Olivas
20. “El Guitarrero” – Julión Álvarez ft. El Coyote

¡Adios!
“Qué Tiene Él” – La Maquinaria Norteña
“Después de Ti, ¿Quién?” – La Adictiva Banda
“¿Por Qué Me Ilusionaste?” – Remmy Valenzuela
“Hablemos” – Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho
“Tu Ausencia” – Intocable
“El Mentado” – Los Plebes del Rancho de Ariel Camacho

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