I’d like to dedicate this merengue playlist to the friend that can’t tell merengue and salsa apart – to the person who always turns left instead of right while dancing. Consider this your 101 on real merengue. Last but not least, this playlist is for all the DJs out there still playing “Suavemente.” We love you, but no. Any time someone requests that song at the DJ booth, you know it’s time for you to move on.

This playlist will help you dance your way to Christmas, New Year’s Eve, Dia de los Reyes, and beyond. Loosen up your shoulders and caderas, because you’re about to ripiar till the break of day.