“Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”, called “Waka Waka (Esto es África)” in Spanish, is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, featuring the South African band Freshlyground. It was released on 10 September 2010 by Epic Records as the official song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was held in South Africa. Written, composed, and produced by Shakira and John Hill, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” is a pop song whose lyrics encourage one to aim for their goals like a soldier on a battlefield. The song was adapted from the Cameroonian band Golden Sounds’s 1986 song “Zangaléwa.” The song initially generated controversy after numerous South Africans expressed disappointment in FIFA’s decision to select Shakira to sing the song, opining that a native artist should have been assigned the role.
It garnered generally favourable reviews from critics, receiving praise for its production. “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” peaked at number one on record charts of numerous countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland. In the United States, the song peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over one million units in the country. The single similarly attained multi-platinum certifications in other countries, including a nine-times platinum certification in Sweden and a six-times platinum certification in Spain. By May 2014, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” had sold 12 million units of combined sales and track-equivalent streams worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time. It has been listed as one of the best World Cup songs of all time.
The music video for “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” was directed by Marcus Raboy and shows Shakira and a group of dancers and children dancing to the song together. It features cameos by various footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. It became popular on YouTube, receiving 1.18 billion views as of September 2016 and becoming the twenty-second most-watched video of all time on the site. Shakira performed the song at the 2010 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony on 10 June as well as at the closing ceremony on 11 July. It was also included on the set list of her The Sun Comes Out World Tour (2010–11).
“Underneath Your Clothes” is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her third studio album and English-language debut, Laundry Service (2001). The power ballad was the second English language single released from the album; it features lyrics by Shakira with music and production from Shakira and Lester Mendez.
Some critics commended the song for being a highlight from the album. However, others were more critical towards her songwriting and the song’s production, which according to them resembled The Bangles’ “Eternal Flame” and Beatles’ “Penny Lane”. The song was a huge success on the charts, reaching the top ten in several countries, including the United States.
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by fashion photographer Herb Ritts. It depicts Shakira’s loneliness as a tourist musician. It features Shakira’s then-boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa, whose unpopularity in Argentina led to a ban of her albums there.
“Un Poco de Amor” (English: “A Little Bit of Love”) is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her debut studio album Pies Descalzos. It was released on May 16, 1996, by Sony Music and Columbia Records as the fourth single from the album. The song was written and produced by Shakira and Luis Fernando Ochoa. “Un Poco de Amor” is a Latin pop song that incorporates reggae elements. Lyrically, it states that Shakira is waiting to find someone who loves her.
Upon its release, “Un Poco de Amor” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who recognized it as a stand-out track from Pies Descalzos. The song peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs and Latin Songs component charts. While less successful than its preceding singles, its performance continued to aid its parent album in becoming her breakthrough record, which eventually attained platinum certifications in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.
A Portuguese-language translation of the track titled “Um Pouco de Amor” appeared on Shakira’s first remix album The Remixes in 1997. The song has additionally been performed during two of her concert tours to date.
“The One” is a song recorded, written, and produced by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her first English-language studio album, Laundry Service. The track was released as the album’s fourth single in 2003 in many European countries, but not in the United States. Epic Records wanted to release “The One” in the United States, but due to the failure of Shakira’s previous single “Objection (Tango)” and that it was doing below average, Epic scrapped those plans. However, in the U.S. “The One” was able to make the TRL countdown, and it peaked at number three. In other countries, it became a modest hit.
“The One” was written by Shakira and composed by Shakira and Glen Ballard. This song is about Shakira’s lonely love, and her expression and thanks for the love that has been given to her. Though the song itself was an extremely popular song, and many people were “touched” by it, it did not fare well chart-wise. Shakira has never performed this live at any shows except for her 2002–2003 Tour of the Mongoose, when the single was released around the time. The primary version used for radio airplay was the Glen’s Radio Mix, which has a new intro and a complete different musical arrangement than the original Album Version.
“Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No” (English: Thank you, but no) is a song recorded by Alejandro Sanz and Shakira, for the former artist’s eighth studio album El Tren de los Momentos (2006). It was released as the second single from the album in December 2006 through Warner Music Latina. It was written by Sanz who also produced it along with Lulo Pérez. “Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No” is the second duet recorded by the two singers following “La Tortura” for Shakira’s album Fijación Oral Vol. 1 (2005). The song came about after Shakira approached Sanz telling him that she wanted to collaborate on something different from her own material.
Upon its release, “Te Lo Agradezco, Pero No” was perceived as an album highlight by several music critics. It earned the duo several awards and nominations including Song of the Year at the 2007 Premios Oye!. The single was successful in Venezuela and on the US Latin music charts, where it topped the Billboard Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Airplay charts. A music video for the song, directed by Jaume de Laiguana was filmed in Brooklyn and released on January 11, 2007. It is a continuation of the clip for Sanz’s “A la Primera Persona” and it features the duo dancing together towards the end. Sanz performed the song live during his El Tren De Los Momentos Tour (2007-08).
“Te Dejo Madrid” (English: I leave you Madrid) is a song written by Colombian singer Shakira about the city of Madrid, the capital of Spain. The music video for it featured the singer as a bullfighter. It was featured on her English breakthrough album Laundry Service. Although it was released as the fifth single in a lot of European countries in 2002, it was not released in the United States. “Te Dejo Madrid” was very successful in Italy and Spain, but the song did not repeat its success in Latin America, as it reached a peak position of forty-five in Billboard’s Hot Latin Tracks.
“Whenever, Wherever” is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her third studio album and English-language debut, Laundry Service. It was released on 27 August 2001, by Epic Records as the lead single from the album. The song was written and produced by Shakira and Tim Mitchell, with additional songwriting from Gloria Estefan. “Whenever, Wherever” is a latin pop song that incorporates elements of worldbeat and Andean music. Its Spanish-language counterpart, “Suerte,” in English literally “Luck,” lyrically discusses how fortunate Shakira is to have found her romantic partner.
Upon its release, “Whenever, Wherever” received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its production. The song became her breakthrough hit in the United States, peaking at number six on the Billboard Hot 100. In doing so, it became her most successful single in the country, though it was eventually succeeded after “Hips Don’t Lie” peaked at number one on the chart in 2006. The track additionally topped charts in twenty-nine nations, including in her native Colombia and the majority of Latin America and Spain, Europe, and Oceania. It is recognized as one of Shakira’s signature songs.
“Se Quiere, Se Mata” (English: Is Wanted, Is Killed) is the sixth single released from Shakira’s third album, Pies Descalzos (1995). Written and composed by herself, “Se Quiere, Se Mata” was a Top Ten Hit in Mexico and on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks in the United States. The song laments the story of a young couple, Braulio and Dana, and their choice to have an abortion. Introduced as an innocent young couple well liked by their families, the two succumb to their sexual desires, and Dana becomes pregnant. However, rather than admit this to their families and neighbors, they choose to get an abortion. The abortion ultimately goes badly, resulting in Dana’s death.
The song title comes from the line “… this rotten city where what you do not want to kill. ” (… This rotten city Where what is not wanted is killed,) where Shakira laments the moralistic societal pressure drives people to take That Drastic Measures to keep the appearances. Note That the Spanish word “wants” may mean either “want” or “love” and the song Seems To use Both meanings.
“Sale el Sol” (English: “The Sun Comes Out”) is a song recorded by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her ninth studio album of the same name. The song was written and produced by the singer and her frequent collaborator Luis Fernando Ochoa and belongs to the “very rock and roll” direction of the album. Musically, “Sale el Sol” is a folk and Latin music-influenced alternative rock track. Its lyrics encourage one to be optimistic during difficult times. Epic Records released “Sale el Sol” as the second single from the album on 4 January 2011.
Critical reception towards the song was positive, with many critics praising its composition and placement as the opening track of the album. Although it appeared on only a few record charts, “Sale el Sol” performed well in Mexico and Spain, peaking at numbers one and eight on the Monitor Latino and Spanish Singles Chart, respectively. It was certified gold in both the countries. In the United States, it reached number ten on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
An accompanying music video for “Sale el Sol” was directed by Jaume de Laiguana, and features Shakira and her band performing the song in a snow-decked forest. Spanish Cava wine producer Freixenet used the video as their Christmas season commercial. “Sale el Sol” was also included on the set list of The Sun Comes Out World Tour in 2010 and 2011. At the Rock in Rio concert show in May 2010, Shakira sang the song as a tribute to Argentine singer-songwriter Gustavo Cerati, who had fallen into a coma earlier that month.
“Rabiosa” (English: “Rabid”) is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira, taken from her ninth studio album Sale el Sol. It was written by Armando Pérez, Edward Bello, and Shakira, and released by Epic Records as the third single from the album, on 8 April 2011. Two versions of the song exist; the English-language version, which features American rapper Pitbull, and the Spanish-language version, which features Dominican rapper El Cata. It is heavily influenced by merengue and dance music. Shakira and El Cata, or Pitbull, sing about each other’s sex appeal in the song.
Upon its release, “Rabiosa” received generally favourable reviews from music critics, some of whom deemed it as one of the strongest tracks on Sale el Sol. Commercially, the English version of the song became a worldwide success, peaking atop record charts of countries like Portugal and Spain, and reaching the top ten in Belgium, France, Italy, and Switzerland. In the United States, it was successful on the Latin record charts and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart. “Rabiosa” was certified double-platinum in Mexico and platinum in Italy and Spain.
An accompanying music video for the song was directed by Jaume de Laiguana and features Shakira enjoying herself in an underground party; scenes of her pole dancing are interspersed throughout the video. Critics were positive towards the video, and many noted its similarity to the music video of Shakira’s 2009 single “She Wolf”. The video went viral on video-sharing website YouTube two days after its release and was later marked “Vevo Certified” by joint venture music video website Vevo for reaching more than 100 million views.