The best Tejano albums from any given year are timeless, and 2017 is no different. The top spots go to artists with a long history of making great Tejano music and newcomers that bring a new dimension into the genre, even if some fans are just starting to learn their names.
As we wrap up the year, we couldn’t help but recount the albums that made an impact in 2017. There’s no formula for making our Top Albums of 2017 list, but one thing’s for sure: Every project on this list is in heavy rotation on our music libraries. Check out our picks for the best albums of the year.
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#10 Megan Chapa — Sueños Inquebrantables
Megan Chapa released her sophomore album Sueños Inquebrantables in January and it debuted in the Top 10 of the iTunes Latin Albums chart, peaking at No. 2 just 24 hours after its release. The disc features the hit singles “Viveme” and “Para La Otra,” which the official music video for the latter took on the topic of domestic violence.
#9 Joe Posada — Zapatos En La Manos
Three-time Grammy winner Joe Posada returned in 2017 with the release of Zapatos En La Mano in March. The 10-song disc features all original material and is the Tejano music legend’s most experimental release featuring a new twist on conventional songwriting and composing. The album was produced and arranged by 14-time Grammy winner Gilbert Velasquez. The title track, “Zapatos En La Mano,” and “Tres Opciones” are two noteworthy testimonies to Posada’s signature lyrical storytelling.
#8 Michael Salgado — Otras Historias
Michael Salgado followed up his Latin Grammy winning album Por Cielo Y Tierra with the release of Otras Historias on July 4. The latest album from the two-time Latin Grammy winner featured the hit singles “Te Miro En Mi Copa,” “Deja” and the country single “Just Like A Woman.”
#7 Juan Treviño — Fragmentos
Juan Treviño has written many hit singles for many Tejano stars and the singer-songwriter released his solo debut album, Fragmentos, in January. The lead single, “Siempre Es Asi” featuring AJ Castillo on the accordion garnered a Latin Grammy Award in November for Best Regional Mexican Song.
#6 Remedio — Alivia Tu Corazón
Remedio, who swept all three new music categories at the Tejano Music Awards in 2016, followed-up their debut album Siempre Cantando with the release of Alivia Tu Corazón in November. The new album took a progressive route for the band and features collaborations with well-known musicians. The album features “¿Dónde Andará Emilio?”, the song dedicated to Emilio Navaira, and the latest release “Cada Dia”.
#5 Sunny Sauceda Y Todo Eso — Dios, Familia, Musica
Sunny Sauceda returned in 2017 with the release of Dios, Familia, Música in February. The six-song disc from the two-time Grammy winner features the hit title track that fits the current personality of the band according to Suaceda. The song even topped the playlists of Christian radio stations across the world. The hit single “Todo Tu Cariño” is also a part of the album.
#4 Devin Banda — Unstoppable
Newcomer Devin Banda released her debut album Unstoppable in March. The 21-year-old singer’s debut disc features her unique style that is easily recognized and highlighted in all of her songs. The album, produced and recorded by Mario Ortiz and Eddie Perez, includes rancheras, cumbias, a rock en Español ballad and an English pop cumbia. Hit singles from album include “Yo Te Dije”, “Si Pudiera Regresar”, “Tu Me Fascinas” and her crossover holiday tune “Marry Me Christmas”.
#3 Jaime Y Los Chamacos — Este Momento
Jaime Y Los Chamacos returned with a new album, Este Momento, released in June. Much like their other albums, this one is packed with rancheras and cumbias, new material, and some golden oldies that put the JYLC on the map. The lead single “El Embrujo” featuring DJ Kane is a hard-driving that kept the dance floors moving in 2017.
#2 Isabel Marie — Sígueme
Young singing sensation Isabel Marie Sanchez dropped her sophomore album Sígueme in June. The 14-year-old singer’s debut album New Girl In Town helped her win Best New Female Artist at the 2017 Tejano Music Awards in October. Her follow-up is another great album from one of Tejano’s rising stars and features the hit singles “Porque Tu No Estas”, “Donde Esta El Amor” and a great cover of Selena’s “Dreaming Of You”.
#1 Elida Reyna Y Avante — Mi Época
Elida Reyna Y Avante keep releasing hit album after hit album. EYA released two albums in 2017, 40 Éxitos in November that features all of the Grammy winner’s hit singles, duets and fan favorites, but Mi Época, released in February, takes the top spot on our list. The 12 song disc featured the hit singles “Y Se Fue”, “Nunca Pasa Nada”, and “De Cero A Millón”. The album shows that 2017 was definitely the era of EYA.