Song of the Day #5,175: ‘Sombra De Ti’ – Shakira

Shakira is the only artist I have consistently listened to in a language other than English. In fact, I prefer the albums she has recorded in her native Spanish over her English-language projects.

I don’t know if that speaks to something unique in Shakira’s music that helps me get over that barrier, or if I just haven’t spent enough time listening to other artists in their native tongues. Maybe a bit of both.

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Song of the Day #3,977: ‘The Day and the Time’ – Shakira

‘The Day and the Time’ is a track from Shakira’s 2005 album Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, an English-language record that was released five months after Fijación Oral, Vol. 1, a Spanish-language counterpart.

Most of the songs on each album are unique, but two overlap. Today’s track is the English-language version of a song called ‘Dia Especial.’ The same music is used but Shakira’s vocal track is replaced.

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Song of the Day #3,697: ‘Don’t Bother’ – Shakira

‘Don’t Bother’ is the lead single from Shakira’s 2005 album Oral Fixation Vol. 2, the English-language follow-up to Fijacion Oral, Vol 1 from early that same year. This was Shakira’s second English-language album.

With a few exception, I’ve always preferred Shakira’s Spanish-language work, and this song is a good example of why. The lyrics are just odd to the point of distraction.

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Song of the Day #3,549: ’23’ – Shakira

I believe today’s track is the first straight-up love song in the ’31 Numbered Songs’ series, and it’s a beauty. Shakira wrote ’23’ for her partner and the father of her two sons, Spanish soccer player Gerard Piqué, who she met when he was 23. She was a decade older.

It’s nice to see a celebrity pairing where the woman is older, even if Shakira could still pass for 25.

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Song of the Day #3,408: ‘Moscas en la Casa (Unplugged)’ – Shakira

MTV was hip to the huge Hispanic music audience earlier than most, featuring its first Spanish-language artist on Unplugged in 1995 ( Los Fabulosos Cadillacs received that honor).

They did one or two per year after that, with the most popular coming in August of 1999 when Shakira recorded her acoustic session in Manhattan. Shakira ended up releasing this set as an album which sold 5 million copies worldwide and won a Grammy for Best Latin Pop album.

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