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.