Top 20 Best Shakira Songs

Shakira was already a huge Latin star when she crossed over into the US mainstream pop charts. She has recorded outstanding songs and major hits in both English and Spanish. This is a list of the 25 best of those songs. Information on their highest chart ranking on the Billboard Hot 100 or Latin Songs charts is included. 

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"Hips Don't Lie" featuring Wyclef Jean - 2006 - #1

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"Hips Don't Lie" begins with Wyclef Jean's 2004 release "Dance Like This." Shakira wrote new segments and the song was rechristened​ "Hips Don't Lie" fusing reggaeton with salsa and Cumbia dance styles. The result was a worldwide smash hit single. The song became Shakira's first #1 pop hit in both the US and the UK. That made her the first South American artist to hit #1 in the US. "Hips Don't Lie" was a #1 hit in dozens of countries around the world and was performed for a worldwide television audience at the 2006 World Cup Final in Berlin, Germany.

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"Whenever, Wherever" - 2001 - #6 Pop #1 Latin

"Whenever Wherever" was released as the first single from Shakira's first English language album Laundry Service. It became her breakthrough single in English language markets around the world reaching #2 in the UK and the top 10 in the US. The song hit #1 in 29 different countries. A Spanish-language version titled "Suerte" (meaning "lucky") was recorded as well.

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"La Tortura" featuring Alejandro Sanz - 2005 - #23 Pop #1 Latin

Shakira's "La Tortura" is the biggest selling Spanish language single in the US. It has sold over a million digital copies in the US alone. The song spent a phenomenal 25 weeks at the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart. "La Tortura" was nominated at the Latin Grammy Awards for Song of the Year and Record of the Year. It was also the first Spanish language song to receive nominations at the MTV Video Music Awards. "La Tortura" was the first single from the album Fijacion Oral, Volume 1.

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"Dare (La La La)" - 2014 - #53 Pop

Although only released as the third single from the self-titled album "Dare (La La La)" is the clearly the standout on the collection. It is an uptempo dance track co-produced by Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Billboard. With additional material from featured artist Carlinhos Brown, a remixed version of "Dare (La La La)" was included as one of the theme songs for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The song topped the dance club chart in the US.

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"Estoy Aqui" - 1995 - #2 Latin

"Estoy Aqui" became Shakira's international breakthrough hit single peaking at #2 on the US Latin Songs chart. "Estoy Aqui" also earned a Billboard Latin Music Award for Video of the Year and Shakira was honored as Best New Artist. The song kicks off Shakira's greatest hits album Grandes Exitos. 

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"Underneath Your Clothes" - 2002 - #9 Pop

"Underneath Your Clothes" was the second single from Shakira's album Laundry Service. The video accompanying the song was directed by fashion photographer Herb Ritts. The video poignantly depicts Shakira's loneliness as a recording artist on tour.

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"Tu" - 1998 - #1 Latin

The ballad "Tu" was released as the second single from Shakira's album Donde Estan Los Ladrones? It reached #1 on the Latin pop chart in the US. It is a showcase for her vocal talents. The album earned Shakira her first Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Rock Album.

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"Beautiful Liar" with Beyonce - 2007 - #3

Beyonce has stated in interviews that she and Shakira met at various awards shows through the year and expressed the desire to create a musical collaboration. The opportunity presented itself in recording a new song for the re-issue of Beyonce's hit album B'Day. The result was a top three hit single that was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and an MTV Video Music Awards citation for Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration. The song was recorded in both English and Spanish versions.

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"Ojos Asi" - 1999 - #22 Latin

Shakira explored Middle Eastern and World Music influences on "Ojos Asi," the fourth single from her album Donde Estan los Ladrones? The song includes lyrics in Arabic and brought her success on pop charts in Europe. An English language version of "Ojos Asi" titled "Eyes Like Yours" is included on the Laundry Service album.

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"Empire" - 2014 - #58 Pop

"Empire" is a big rock ballad included on the self-titled album Shakira. The song is delivered in slow burn fashion until the vocals erupt with erotic intensity on the chorus. The music video was filmed in Esparreguera, Spain with beautiful mountain scenery as the backdrop.

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"Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" feat. Freshlyground - 2010 - #38 Pop #2 Latin

Shakira was enlisted to put together the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" was based on a song titled "Zangalewa" that was a 1986 hit for the Cameroonian group Golden Sounds. Shakira's recording combined Latin and African sounds. The result was a massive worldwide hit. It went to #1 across Europe and was the biggest hit of the year in many European countries. Shakira performed "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)" live at both the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup, and, with worldwide sales over four million, the song is considered the biggest World Cup related hit of all time.

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"Don't Bother" - 2005 - #42 Pop

Shakira's second English language album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2 was introduced by "Don't Bother" as the first single. It is one of her harder rocking hit singles. "Don't Bother" was an international success reaching the top 10 on the pop singles charts in the UK and Germany. It broke into the top 25 on the mainstream pop radio chart and received a gold certification for sales.

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"Sale El Sol" - 2011 - #10 Latin

"Sale El Sol" is the title song from Shakira's ninth studio album. It is part of her return to rock and roll roots after her electropop explorations on She Wolf. The song reached the top 10 on the Latin Songs chart and the top 10 on pop charts in both Mexico and Spain. "Sale El Sol" was co-written and co-produced by frequent musical collaborator Luis Fernando Ochoa.

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"Can't Remember To Forget You" feat. Rihanna - 2014 - #15 Pop #6 Latin

This superstar collaboration with Rihanna was released as the lead single from Shakira's self-titled tenth studio album. The song blends rock and reggae influences. Building on the high profile success of both artists, "Can't Remember To Forget You" soared into the top 10 on pop singles charts around the world. In the US, it reached #15 and topped the dance chart. 

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"Donde Estas Corazon?" - 1996 - #5 Latin

"Donde Estas Corazon?" was first released on a compilation album in Shakira's native Colombia. The success at home caused it to be included on her international breakthrough album Pies Descalzos. As the fifth single from the project, it reached the top 3 on the US Latin Songs chart. 

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"She Wolf" - 2009 - #11 Pop #1 Latin

"She Wolf" is the first single and title song from Shakira's third English-language studio album. The song uses strong influences from classic disco to depict the sexual animal lurking inside a woman. "She Wolf" debuted at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest debut for Shakira thus far in her career.

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"Loca" featuring Dizzee Rascal - 2010 - #32 Pop #1 Latin

"Loca" was released as the lead single from Shakira's bilingual album Sale el Sol. There is a Spanish version that features vocals from El Cata and the English version that features vocals from the UK's Dizzee Rascal. The song is an interpretation of El Cata's "Loca Con Su Tiguere." The merengue beats signaled a strong return to Latin sounds for Shakira. "Loca" became her ninth top 40 pop hit in the US. It hit #1 in at least 10 countries around the world.

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"Did It Again" - 2009 - #6 Latin

"Did It Again," the second single from the album She Wolf blends elements of electropop and samba. It was co-written by Pharrell Williams and co-produced by his production duo The Neptunes. Rapper Kid Cudi is featured on an official remix of the song. "Did It Again" topped the dance chart in the US, and a Spanish-language version titled "Lo Hecho Esta Hecho" reached the top 20 on the Latin Songs chart.

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"Addicted To You" - 2012 - #9 Latin

"Addicted To You," the fifth and final single released from Shakira's album Sale El Sol is influenced by reggaeton. Although the title is English, most of the song is sung in Spanish. Dominican artist El Cata co-wrote the song. "Addicted To You" landed in the top 10 on the US Latin Songs chart while climbing to #1 in Mexico.

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"Inevitable" - 1998 - #3 Latin

"Inevitable" was released as the third single from Shakira's album Donde Estan Los Ladrones? It is a rock ballad and climbed to #3 on the US Latin Songs charts. The song was used in a Pepsi promotion.

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