Today marks the 24th anniversary of Selena Quintanilla’s death. She was shot and killed by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, on March 31, 1995. Deemed the Queen of Tejano music, she changed the music and fashion scene with her genre-fusing tunes and glittery, customized fashion choices — heavily influenced by her Texan roots.
Not only did she widely introduce Tejano music to the mainstream market, but she also made history as the first Tejano artist ever to win a Grammy in 1994 for her Live! album for the Best Mexican-American Album.
In honor of her lasting legacy, let’s take a look back on her admirable placements on the charts, as well as highlight her crossover album Dreaming of You, which made a splash for not only Latin music, but for the mainstream market.
Hot Latin Songs Chart
Out of 22 entries, Selena had seven No. 1 hits and 14 top 10 hits on the Hot Latin Songs Chart. “No Me Queda Mas” peaked at No. 1 for 7 of its 33 full weeks on the chart. The set accomplished the peak position for the week of December 17th, 1994.
Her other No. 1 hits include “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom,” “Tu Solo Tu,” “Fotos Y Recuerdos (Back On The Chain Gang),” “Amor Prohibido,” “Buenos Amigos” and “Dondequiera Que Estes.”
“I Could Fall in Love” and “Siempre Hace Frio” both peaked at No. 2, while “No Debes Jugar,” “Techno Cumbia,” “La Llamada,” “Como La Flor” and “No Quiero Saber” rounded out the list of top 10 hits on the chart.
Top Latin Albums
Quintanilla continued to make waves on the Latin charts when she snagged seven No. 1 hits on the Top Latin Albums, as well as 15 top 10 hits. Her seven No. 1 hits are as follows: Amor Prohibido, Dreaming of You, All My Hits Todos Mis Exitos, Siempre Selena, All My Hits – Todos Mis Exitos Vol. 2, Anthology and Enamorada De Ti.
Most notably, her crossover album Dreaming of You hit No. 1 for the week of August 5, 1995. During its 105-week trek on the chart, it went on to spend an impressive 44 weeks as a No. 1 hit. She also accomplished respectable figures with her fourth studio album Amor Prohibido, which scored No. 1 for the week of June 11, 1994. Out of 182 weeks on the chart, the record remained in the peak position for 20 weeks total.
It’s no secret that Selena had more accolades and No. 1s on the Latin charts, but she proved she made a name for herself in the mainstream market when she released the hit single, “Dreaming of You.” While the song only peaked at No. 22 on the Hot 100, this was admirable for a Tejano artist because she not only made great strives for the genre, but she also proved herself as one of the most iconic artists in history.
Selena scored her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Dreaming of You for the week of August 5, 1995. This was her one and only album to ever reach the top spot, but Amor Prohibido, All My Hits Todos Mis Exitos, 12 Super Exitos and Live! were a few other records that previously made the chart list overall.
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