No disrespect to Rubén Blades, Héctor Lavoe, or any of a handful of salsa singers who undoubtedly merit consideration, but Marc Anthony may very well deserve the title "King of Salsa." That comment might spark some sharp disagreement, and if so, so be it. Sure, there have been other men who were, and are, undeniably great salsa singers. And sure, Anthony has spent considerable time with his (also successful) pop endeavors. But the man has held the title of top-selling salsa singer in Guinness World Records for nearly nine years. And that's no small feat.
Set the record books aside and consider Anthony's body of work. Songs such as "Si Te Vas," "No Me Conoces," "Dímelo," and "Se Esfuma Tu Amor" became instant classics. And that's not even considering his landmark 2001 release, Libre, which was jam-packed with party starters. Those included hits such as "Celos," "Este Loco Que Te Mira," and "Hasta Que Vuelvas Conmigo," plus a handful of others that continued springing up on salsa stations across the nation long after the album had run the usual marketing course. One also simply can't overlook Anthony's live shows, which are renowned. Around the globe, he has wowed audiences with his energetic and emotional performance style, and was the first solo salsa act to sell out Madison Square Garden. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better salsa show around town in the near future.
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