A 26 second sample of "El Amor featuring part of the chorus.
"El Amor" (English: "Love") is a song by Puerto Ricanrecording artistTito El Bambino. It was composed by Tito and Joan Ortiz and released on February 9, 2009 as the second single from his third studio album, El Patrón (2009). The song blends the sounds of Latin pop with cumbia. A regional Mexican and a salsa version were recorded and included on the special edition of the album.
The song became a huge success in the United States reaching number one on both the BillboardTop Latin Songs chart and BillboardTropical Songs chart. It also charted in Mexico and Venezuela. It also received several awards and nominations at various award shows between 2009 and 2010.
"El Amor" was written by Tito and Joan Ortiz, produced by Nérol, and arranged by Roberto Cora. Lyrically, the song speaks about the appreciation of love even if it blinds a person. Musically, the song combines the sounds of Latin pop and cumbia. In addition to the original track, Tito re-recorded the song with Jenni Rivera, La India, and Yolandita Monge separately. For his recording with La India, the song was recorded in salsa. Tito's duets with India and Rivera were included on the special edition of the album, El Patrón: La Victoría.
On the review for the album, Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic considered the song to be the most stylistic experiment and primary highlight. He called it a heart-warming cumbia and said that it showcases Tito's singing ability. Birchmeier went on to say that it was "curious that "El Amor" is sequenced first, given how uncharacteristic it is of both Tito and El Patrón, yet it's the most sure-fire hit and gets the album off to a surprising start". Tijana Ilich of About.com commented that the single the is most popular from his album El Patron seems to be "El Amor" and that the song was a pure, sentimental pop cumbia.