25 years ago today a crow rockera from Barranquilla, Colombia has made its mark. After two failed albums she got a third and last chance with a little LP called Descalzos piesor “Barefoot”. With full creative control, 18 years old Shakira discovered his soul, and the world was presented to his lyricism of striking poetry. As she has evolved with her music over the years, that essence of free-spirited Shakira remains the same. She helped set the stage for the global Latin music crossover, most recently at the Super Bowl halftime show, with both feet firmly planted on the ground.
This electric guitar girl got red highlights and expanded her repertoire with her second major album, 1998’s ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, mixing Latin rock with elements of pop and middle eastern influences that reflected his Lebanese heritage. At the same time, she was discovering how to use her whole body as an instrument for music, belly dancing to “Ojos Así”. Pies laid the groundwork for Shakira’s takeover of Latin music Ladrones established her as a bona fide superstar in this scene.
Having reached the ceiling of Latin music, Shakira wanted more, so she turned to the United States with her English crossover album, 2001’s Laundry service. Now a blonde bombshell, she was considered a sale by some original fans while also breaking into this new market with the hit “Whenever, Wherever” and the Spanish version “Suerte”. Yes, Shakira had to record in English to find her place as a global pop star, but with the years 2005 Fijación Oral, Vol. 1, she then charmed this larger audience on the other side.
There is no limit to its success in any market or language. When you think you’ve figured it out, it always changes it. Shakira is always that rockera. She’s still that pop star. She can do anything, as evidenced by her recent Zootopia Cut “Try everythingSelf-proclaimed “She Wolf” is a titan in the digital age of music where she devours billions of streams with her catalog. In its wake, Colombia has become a hotspot for talent with recent exports such as J. Balvin, Maluma and Karol G.
As Latin music continues to become a global force, we i can’t forget to remember Shakira’s impact on the movement. With 25 years of LatinXcellence, we break down Shakira, Shakira’s best career moments with 10 of her biggest hits.
“Estoy Aquí” (1995)
After having had little success with his albums Magia and Peligro, the title of Shakira’s first single Descalzos pies the album was pretty iconic. “Estoy Aquí” or “I’m Here” sounded like the statement of an artist who finally found herself in music. The reassuring air remains a tender moment in its catalog. Right off the bat, Shakira pushed the envelope with Descalzos pies, in particular on “Se Quiere, Se Mata“She sang about the dangers women face in unsafe abortions when there is no legal option. It is an issue that activists in Latin American countries are fighting for. at present. 25 years later, Shakira is still here and making a difference.
“Ciega, Sordomuda” (1998)
After a book of Shakira lyrics for her Descalzos pies sequel was stolen, she turned the bad situation into gold with the album ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, or “Where are the thieves?” She teamed up with Colombian hit-maker Estéfano to write the first single “Ciega, Sordomuda”. The song about being blinded by love kept Latin music fresh with its unique blend of mariachi and dance-pop music. “Ciega” would define the sound of Latin music at the start of the new millennium as other artists started lining up to collaborate with Estéfano afterwards. the rockera found her rhythm and absolutely loved her in the wild music video.
“Ojos Así” (2000)
“Ojos Así” is another remarkable success of ¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones? Shakira included it in the setlist for her 2000 live album MTV Unplugged. She was the first female Latin artist to be invited to record the special that later won her a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album. “Ojos” features Arabic chants and elements of Middle Eastern music that reflect its Lebanese side. Singing the hypnotic lyrics in Spanish, she beautifully blended her two worlds. Shakira also started her signature belly dance here. the MTV Unplugged the performance put his talents on a global stage for everyone to see.
“Anytime, Anywhere” (2001)
Following in the footsteps of Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin and Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias, Shakira entered the UK market with “Whenever, Wherever”, her first single. Laundry service album. The Latin-influenced song was written with another woman who laid the groundwork for her, Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan. The poetry of Shakira’s lyrics could be appreciated in English with phrases like: “Fortunately my breasts are small and humble, so you don’t confuse them with mountains.” Shakira climbed the Billboard Hot chart 100, peaking at no. 6, and the song established her as a global superstar.
“La Tortura” (2005)
With the world captivated by Shakira’s English crossover, she held onto this audience in a unique way at the time of her Spanish album. Fijación Oral, Vol. 1. After Puerto Ricans like Daddy Yankee and Tego Caulderón put reggaetón music on the map, she dabbled in that sound for “La Tortura” with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz. At a time when it was rare for a Spanish song to make it to the Hot 100 charts of any genre, “Tortura” peaked at No. 23. She also became the first Latin artist to perform a song in Spanish at the 2005 MTV Video Music Awards. Oral Fijación reached # 4 on the Billboard 200 charts and holds the record for the most successful all-Spanish album by a female artist. Shakira later became the first woman to win Album of the Year at the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards.
“Hips Don’t Lie” (2006)
With “Hips Don’t Lie”, Shakira proved that her success in the English-speaking market was no accident. In fact, following the good sales of his second English album Oral fixation, vol. 2, Wyclef Jean was enlisted to revitalize the project and take it to the next level. What he did with Shakira on “Hips Don’t Lie”. On the song that sampled the early ’90s salsa classic “Amores Como El Nuestro, “Shakira found the perfect synergy between her body and music. Her hips not only captivated the US, but they also dominated the world. She landed her No. 1 debut on the Hot 100 and UK charts. Singles while reaching the same peak in many other countries Shakira, Shakira has solidified her place in pop history.
“Beautiful Liar” (2007)
For her first all-female collaboration, Shakira teamed up with superstar Beyoncé on “Beautiful Liar”. Bey searched for Shakira for the first single for her B’Day reissue of the album. We’ve never had a joint live performance from this iconic team, but thankfully the two stars served up enough trendy looks and action in the chic music video to last for years to come. Shakira also got Beyoncé to participate in her belly dance concert. This Middle Eastern inspired break dance was everything and continues to live on in my head rent free. The power that it has. A few years later, Shakira would enlist another R&B queen, Rihanna, for her single “I don’t remember forgetting you. “
“She Wolf” (2009)
Having already proven herself in the English-speaking market, Shakira entered her Wolf album that just seeks to have fun. The wacky title track missed the Hot 100 top 10 by one place, peaking at no. 11, but it remains a playful and important moment in its catalog. Supported by rhythms influenced by disco, Shakira advocated for women to let out their inner “She Wolves” and live their sexually emancipated lives. She devoured the patriarchy by embracing her sexuality in the surreal clip. Speaking of sexuality, She Wolf ” has become an LGBTQ + anthem. “There’s a wolf in the closet, let her out so she can breathe,” she sang. Shakira said: “Derechos de los gays!” (or “Gay rights!”)
“Waka, Waka (This time for Africa)” (2010)
After Shakira made an impact at the 2006 FIFA World Cup with the Bamboo remix from “Hips Don’t Lie”, she had an original song ready for the 2010 South African games. She teamed up with local afro-fusion group Freshlyground for another of her biggest anthems, “Waka, Waka (This Time for Africa)”. The clip featured the best soccer players of the time, including her boyfriend Gerard Pique. It was the first time she had met the Spanish star. “Waka Waka” was a highlight of Shakira’s Super Bowl halftime performance where she showcased the Afro-Colombian community with the traditional champeta dance break.
Shakira’s global breakthrough helped put Colombia on the map of the Latin music scene. J Balvin, Karol G and Maluma are among the new generation of stars to emerge from the country. She teamed up with Maluma for the ultra sexy “Chantaje” for her album Eldorado. Shakira had the self-proclaimed “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy” on the hook with her timeless hips. The Globe was also mesmerized with “Chantaje” peaking at an impressive No. 51 on the Hot 100 chart. Maluma recently spoke about the collaboration in TURN, saying, “Work with [Shakira] has been a great experience and I will be grateful to him for the rest of my life. “