The 5 Best Queer Latinx Music Videos of All Time (Plus A**es) / Queerty
You don’t realize the scarcity of queer Latinx artists until you try to name five.
The list gets tough after Ricky Martin. And no, Enrique Iglesias is not gay.
As a result, gay Hispanic millennials never saw themselves mirrored in MTV’s music video countdown, forced to seek out the next best thing: the Pussycat Dolls and Shakira.
Queer visibility has come a long way since the days when we relied on television to find out more about music. But pop stars breaking glass ceilings always seem closer to the exception than the norm.
To celebrate our appreciation for Latin culture (and their butts), we’ve ranked the best gay Latinx music videos of all time – judged on their talent. and strangeness. We always debate asses.
Ricky Martin, Live La Vida Loca
It’s unpredictable which song will be immortalized in pop culture, but Ricky Martin achieved it by living the vida in the back of the closet. This song is to the queer Latinx music industry what Mariah Carey is to Christmas music. The video itself is less crazy than it looks, featuring the Puerto Rican artist singing on stage and in the rain. It’s almost as lazy as Pablo Alborán’s “Solamente Tú,” which could just as easily have been filmed with a GoPro. Still, it’s oddly satisfying to finally see a gay man receive worldwide recognition – with over 400 million views to date – for doing the bare minimum, even if he had to kiss girls to do it.
Monica Naranjo, Survived
Embodying Latina Madonna vibes, bi-Spanish singer Monica Naranjo takes us to outer space (and camp) in “Sobreviviré”. The black-and-white scenes look like never-before-seen footage of Morticia Addams doing gay things. Sure, there are many ways Latinx gays deal with breakups (although they’re probably the cause), but we’re sure this raw Spanish ballad about survival is one of them.
In a world that condemns bisexual women as a call for attention, Anitta reminds her detractors that she hardly needs the press. In “Paradinha,” she solidifies herself as a global phenomenon and competes to win our vote for best ass. She also increases her relationship with gay men who are always eager to show off their hard work because of so many squats. The music video is what our Nicole Scherzinger dreams are made of, perhaps, with less whiplash.
Thalia, A Quien Le Importa
What’s better than Robyn dancing alone at the club? Thalia at the club don’t give a damn, in Spanish. Or she sings in the #punkSpanishgirl anthem “A Quien Le Importa” (Who Cares). The Mexican singer is also considered the “queen of Latin pop”. The visuals take us back to the glory of the early 2000s and Tumblr villains. The lyrics empower gays who don’t seek explanation or change; as the star sings, she is like that because she is who she is, and she will never change – your typical electric top.
Christian Chávez, LIBERTAD
Looks like it was brought to you by the original creators of Queer as Folk, “LIBERTAD” by Christian Chavez is your Spanish bop circuit. We also love a good coming out story, and Chavez used this video to announce to the world that he’s decided to start enjoying sex. He became one of the first major Mexican stars to do so. Chavez proves there that he watched a lot of Queer as Folk himself. While he may not be the greatest singer in history, the video itself is a work of art. Sounds like what you imagined your first night at a gay club to be. But, in reality, it’s less freedom and more waiting for another person to make a move, anyone. And then clarifying to the cruel universe that you meant someone hot. With a nice ass.
Jessica Darrow, surface pressure
You may be thinking that you got lost online and somehow ended up in another best listicle of all time – the worst kind, right! Well, okay, not technically intended as a music video; it is still a produced music video for the song. And how many queer Latinx artists can say their careers were born out of Disney (and clearly had access to their animated resources). Queer Cuban rising star Jessica Darrow can as she sings so catchily in Oscar-winning actress Encanto’s second hit song, “Surface pressure.” We also love that Darrow champions the “soft butches” community. The song was also her debut single. Released in 2021, it reached the top 10 on Billboard and has been watched over 200 million times. Anyone struggling with an OCD partner, nagging you about an absolutely normal level of disorder, will gossip and sing in the shower after hearing them complain about finding a jacket on the chair.
Javi Soleil, Vivela
So we’ve expanded this list to seven because we couldn’t snub this underrated gem of an old Euro Song Competition favourite. Javi Soleil’s “Vívela” is easily one of the worst music videos on this queer planet. But maybe it’s so bad it’s actually one of the best. The dance looks like teenagers produced it on TikTok. The visuals look like a gay guy with too much free time took them with a green screen and a group of supportive friends. We were absolutely not ready for the wrath of her eyeliner. And there’s nothing gay people feel they have to do more than root for someone who’s obviously trying really hard – whether it’s in a music video, at a drag show, or on that messy road called life. And sometimes it’s out of order that we can see each other, which makes this video iconic.