First Hit #1: June 17, 2006
I imagine Wyclef Jean is on this track because if it was just Shakira it would sound like she’s an incorrigible braggart. This is a song about how Shakira is amazing at dancing, while also being beautiful and having truthful hips. It’s not a bad choice, though Jean references the name of his band so much it’s kind of distracting, but I kind of wish Shakira’s first trip to the top was more of a Shakira song, and had lyrics that were a bit less about how generally amazing it is to be as beautiful and talented as Shakira. I say this because her voice is actually something a bit different, the accent giving it a flavor that distinguishes it from more than a few artists who are dancers first. It’s also nice to hear a song that owes its sound to trends far apart from what’s on the charts. This is not like Powter or Blunt just ignoring hip hop – after all, Wyclef Jean is right there – but it’s kind if a divergent evolution of trends, as it doesn’t owe a debt to the same trends that dominate. It’s different because it’s from a different culture, but it fits in because people aren’t that different, and popular music has a similar core no matter how much the instruments diverge.