Enrique Iglesias – Be With You

First Hit #1: June 24, 2000

There’s an old joke that sometimes Lennon and McCartney would say “let’s write a swimming pool” when they would sit down and write the songs for their albums. However, it didn’t feel quite so mercenary when you were actually listening to the music. In the case of professional handsome person Enrique Iglesias and his collaborators Paul Barry and Mark Taylor, we have a song that is really obvious, someone wanted to write a swimming pool.

Which is not to say Be With You is bad, instead it’s a song that could only be produced by closely examining pop trends and then emulating them as closely as possible. Iglesias sings entirely in English, because the American market speaks English. It has a slight flamenco vibe to the guitar, because Latin pop is a thing and maybe Iglesias fans would appreciate it. That guitar is largely supplanted by big beats because dance music and disco is popular. In fact, it would not feel out of place following Cher’s Believe in a playlist. The only difference is that Iglesias doesn’t use the robot voice on the chorus, instead going with a more natural sound. Otherwise, this feels like the result of an in-depth study of popular trends in the late 1990s. So it only stands to reason that it was very popular.

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3 Responses to Enrique Iglesias – Be With You

  1. RBerman says:

    Yup, it has all the elements for a hit, sonic and visual. Funny you should mention Cher’s “Believe,” since this song was written by two of the same guys. His voice is surprisingly raspy. The rhythm is the five beat clave common in Latin music of various subgenres. As far as the lyrics: Is this a torch song to a longtime lover now departed, or just a song of infatuation toward someone he met at the club earlier in the evening? Could be either. A better lyric would give us more information, or at least more concrete images. All we know for sure is that his mind is consumed.

  2. tPenguinLTG says:

    Wow, I hadn’t realized until now that it was Iglesias who sung this.

  3. Tony says:

    really great example of the ascendant of world-pop that was becoming popular at the time, along with his other hits “Bailamos” and “Rhythm Divine”

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