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Shakira is a top Latin music artist who has also made an impact on the English-speaking world. The Colombian native has released multiple albums and singles in Spanish, but she has also released two English-language albums: Laundry Service (2001) and Oral Fixation Volumes 1 & 2 (2005). Both of these collections were international hits that topped the charts in countries like the U.S., Canada and Australia.
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If you love listening to Shakira’s music, then you should check out her top ten best songs in Spanish. These tunes will give you a taste of what it’s like to listen to Shakira sing in her native language:
1) “Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos”
Shakira’s first album in Spanish is a collection of songs that reflect her own experiences growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia. The title track, “Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos,” is a song about the importance of childhood innocence and dreams. The lyrics also reference Shakira’s songwriting partner and fellow Colombian musician, Joe Arroyo, who passed away before the album was released.
2) “Te Espero Sentada”
Shakira released her first album in 1996, but she was already well-known in Latin America by then. This song was one of her early hits and it became a huge hit with fans around the world.
3) “Si Te Vas”
This song was released as the lead single from “El Dorado.” It reached number 14 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart and number three on Billboard’s Latin Pop Songs chart.
4) “Se Quiere, Se Mata”
Shakira’s debut album Pies Descalzos was released in 1996, but it wasn’t until 1999 that she became a star with the release of her second album Dónde Están Los Ladrones? (Where Are The Thieves?), which included “Se Quiere, Se Mata” (translation: “It Is Wanted, It Is Killed”). The song was written by Luis Fernando Ochoa, who also composed all the tracks on Shakira’s first two albums as well as several other hits for her.
5) “Sale El Sol”
This track from Shakira’s 2010 album, Sale el Sol, reached number five on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart and was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2011 Latin Grammys.
6) “Ojos Asi”
Dónde Están los Ladrones is the fourth studio album by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira. It was released on July 23, 1999 by Sony Latin as the seventh single from the record. Musically, “Ojos Así” embodies elements of Arabic pop and world music.
A song performed by songwriter Shakira and originally included in a song album. Purchased by the record label Epic Records as the album’s first single on August 27, 2001, and the song was composed by Shakira, Tim Mitchell and Gloria Estefan within the same system.
8) “Octavo Dia”
It is a song written and performed by Shakira. The song was released as Están los Ladrones’ ninth and final single from his multi-platinum album.
9) “Estoy Aqui”
A song taken from Shakira’s third studio album Pies Descalzos. Written by Shakira and Luis Fernando Ochoa. “Estoy Aquí” is a Latin pop song that lyrically discusses a desire to mend a failed relationship.
It was Shakira’s first recording to achieve commercial success outside of her native Colombia. It peaked at #1 and #2 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs and Latin Songs component charts.
10) “La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz
Shakira and Alejandro Sanz released “La Tortura” in 2005, the first single from Shakira’s seventh studio album. The song became a hit and reached number one in multiple countries, including Spain, Switzerland and France.
What is your favorite Shakira song in Spanish?
- Te Espero Sentada
- Si Te Vas
- La Tortura” with Alejandro Sanz
In what language is Shakira’s songs?
Shakira’s songs are in Spanish and English.
What is your favorite Shakira song?