From ‘Estoy Aquí’ to ‘BZRP Music Sessions 53’, the singer’s career is full of hits, sung solo or in pairs
Shakira ran so that other Latin stars could ride. The most famous of Colombian singers turns 46 this Thursday 2. The artist, who began her career in 1990 with an album distributed only in Colombia, reached international charts a few years later when she released her third album Barefoot cakeswhich has its first big success: I am herewhich peaked at number two on the US Latin chart.
After that feat, Shakira would fall into popular taste again sometime with other songs in Spanish, her mother tongue, but also in English, alone or in pairs. Speaking of them, the singer shared the microphone with great icons of world music: Beyoncé, Rihanna AND Alessandro Sanz.
The list of results is long, but the notebook 2 only elected eight of them to be here. Check it out below:
1. Bzrp 53 music sessions
Shakira’s latest outing is a response to her ex-husband’s cheating scandal, the retired footballer. Gerard Pique. The song was released on January 11 and, in the three weeks it was available on streaming platforms, it amassed more than 62 million streams on YouTube alone. Spotify. On Youtube, the song created in collaboration with bizarre it has over 248 million views.
2. Waka Waka (This time for Africa)
The World Cup theme song in South Africa (2010) was an absolute success. The music is adapted from the song Zangalewa from 1986 by the Cameroonian band Golden Sounds and became so famous that it became the anthem of practically every World Cup, increasing the number of plays each time a new World Cup starts.
3. Estoj Aqui
It is not, but it can be considered (with the eyes of the heart, above all) the first single of her career, since it is part of the singer’s first album with international distribution: Pies Descalzos. It’s the song that introduced her talent and her amazing voice to the world.
4. Hips don’t lie
When Shakira released Hips don’t lie, his name was already marked in the recording industry. The single is one of the best sellers of the 21st century, becoming the singer’s first number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as reaching number one in more than 55 countries.
Shakira is good at doing business, no one doubts it anymore. Her collaboration with Alejandro Sanz is part of her sixth studio album, Oral Fijacion, Volume One, released in 2005, being the first single from the album. It reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. That same year, Shakira performed the song at the VMAs, making her the first
6. Anytime, anywhere
The song was the singer’s first English-language single, which is part of her fifth studio album, Laundry service. It was also her first hit in the United States and peaked at number six on the Hot 100. Here in Brazil, Whenever, Wherever gained even more prominence for being part of the soap opera soundtrack. The cloneby Glória Perez, a huge television success.
7. I can’t remember to forget you
Did we mention the Colombian is good at musical collaborations? And this list could not be missing from this gathering of pop music titans. I can’t remember to forget you is part of the tenth album of his career, titled Shakira. The single was also released before the album. The clip, which brings together the two singers in sensual scenes, already has over 1.2 billion views on Youtube.
8. Beautiful liar
Oops, are we talking about another giant partnership? Yes, Shakira and Beyoncé together and mixed in the clip Beautiful Liar is one of the great pop events of the 2000s. The song was released on the deluxe edition of the album by Beyoncé B’Day and it has also become the soundtrack of a soap opera here in Brazil, more precisely Seven sinsbroadcast on Globo at 19:00.
If you’ve come this far it’s because, like the journalist, you love Shakira. Since eight songs are too few to talk about the singer’s achievements, here’s one last song. Ojos Así has one of the singer’s most acclaimed concert performances, doing a belly dance number before starting to sing the song during a tour that won Ao Vivo a DVD.
Earl Johnson is a music writer at Gossipify, known for his in-depth analysis and unique perspective on the industry. A graduate of USC with a degree in Music, he brings years of experience and passion to his writing. He covers the latest releases and trends, always on the lookout for the next big thing in music.