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Top Shakira Songs in Spanish

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You probably know Latin music superstar Shakira from singles such as "Hips Don't Lie," "She Wolf," "Whenever, Wherever" and "Don't Bother." However, if you are only familiar with her mainstream English-language hits, the following playlist will guide you to some of the most memorable recordings of her Spanish-language repertoire. From "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos" to "La Tortura," these are some of the essential Shakira songs in Spanish you need to listen to.

"Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos"

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Photo Courtesy Sony

Musically speaking, this is one of the very best songs from Shakira's breakthrough album Pies Descalzos, one of the essential Latin Pop albums of all time. Besides its rich lyrics, "Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos" offers a nice melody mostly shaped around a decisive Rock beat. By far one of the most outstanding Spanish songs ever written by Shakira.

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"Te Espero Sentada"

This is another popular track from Shakira's 1995 album Pies Descalzos. With its soft, relaxing melody moving into a heavier beat at different points throughout the song, "Te Espero Sentada" is roller coaster-like track. Look out for the nice guitar playing and the cool touches of the harmonica in this tune.

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"Si Te Vas"

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Photo Courtesy Sony U.S. Latin

After Pies Descalzos, Shakira consolidated her music and style with the 1998 follow up album Donde Estan Los Ladrones. Just like many of the tracks he produced at the beginning of her career, "Si Te Vas" is another single defined by its Rock base and colorful lyrics. Since its release, this has been one of the most popular Spanish songs from Shakira.

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"Se Quiere, Se Mata"

This is one of the most pleasant tracks ever recorded by the famous Colombian artist. From the legendary album Pies Descalzos, "Se Quiere, Se Mata" bears the same style of the previous songs in this list. If you think Shakira is all about mainstream, commercial music, you need to listen to this track and her memorable 1995 album.

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"Sale El Sol"

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Photo Courtesy Sony Music Latin/Epic

Even though hits like "Loca," "Rabiosa" and "Waka-Waka (This Time For Africa)," provided Shakira's 2010 album Sale El Sol with most of its popularity, this track is in my opinion one of the best singles from that production. Somehow, "Sale El Sol" is a single that takes you back to the original sound of the artist, which is different from the whole mainstream career that Shakira is mostly known for. A beautiful song from beginning to end.

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"Ojos Asi"

It was mostly from this track that Shakira incorporated into her style and performances her worldwide famous belly dancing moves. "Ojos Asi," an explosive dancing tune that combines Spanish lyrics with Arabic chants, is one of the most popular hits from the album Donde Estan Los Ladrones.

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"Suerte"

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Photo Courtesy Sony

I did not want to include in this list any of the many tracks that Shakira has recorded in both English and Spanish. However, I am adding here the Spanish version of Shakira's hugely popular track "Whenever, Wherever" just because this single was the one responsible for transforming the Colombian singer into one of the most popular Latin music stars in the world. Apart from this symbolic choice, "Suerte" is just a great tune from beginning to end.

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"Octavo Dia"

This is just another popular song from the album Donde Estan Los Ladrones. In fact, "Octavo Dia" is easily one of the coolest Shakira songs in Spanish. Again, if you are looking for the non-commercial side of the Colombian artist I highly recommend this track. Besides its amazing Rock melody, "Octavo Dia" offers some of the most original and reflective lyrics ever written by the Colombian superstar.

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"Estoy Aqui"

From the album Pies Descalzos, "Estoy Aqui" has been one of the most celebrated Spanish songs by Shakira. This track is, in fact, the first mainstream hit produced by the Latin Pop diva. Musically speaking, "Estoy Aqui" is defined by the simplicity of its lyrics and sound.

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"La Tortura" with Alejandro Sanz

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Photo Courtesy Sony

It would be difficult to select the best tune from this playlist. However, I think a lot of people would pick "La Tortura" as the best Spanish-language track recorded by the Colombian artist. This popular single, featuring Spanish singer and songwriter Alejandro Sanz, offers a catchy melody nicely adorned with a bit of Reggaeton and the exhilarating notes from the accordion in the background. Definitely one of the best Shakira songs in Spanish.

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