It’s time for my new segment called “Throwback Thursday: Music Edition” where I will talk about classics and other outstanding songs in Pop music or other genres from the past time.
This week I’m gonna talk about Whenever, Wherever by Shakira. Released as the lead single for her first english studio album “Laundry Service”, the track pretty much launched her careers by introducing her to non-spanish speaking countries. Still to this day, Shakira is seen as one of the most globally known artists. Well all of this started with Whenever, Wherever. The track gained quite the attention from all over the world. Even though it “only” peaked at #6 in the US and went #2 in the UK, the song went #1 in almost every central european country. It is however not her biggest hit, but definitely one of her biggest along with songs like Hips Don’t Lie and Waka Waka.
Whenever, Wherever has a bit of a tribal sound with drums and flute parts throughout the song. The production sets the tone quite nicely, in fact it really suits her vocals. That way the song sounds extremely care-free and light. Even if the lyrics aren’t outstandingly good, they do fit really well to this lightness that the song has. Everyone remembers the “lucky that my breasts are small and humble so you don’t confuse them with mountains” line. The song has quite the perfect Latin-pop sound. Not only from the production and lyrics, but also from Shakira’s slight accent while singing english. Also, it was probably one of the first songs to have a video that uses green screen almost exclusively. The official music video shows Shakira dancing with different sets of natural settings in the background. Played on the radio here and there until this day, Whenever, Wherever really feels like a classic and one of the most memorable songs from the last 15 years. With this song, Shakira really started building up her career and she went on having several worldwide smash hits. Even today, Shakira has proven that she’s not only a queen of latin america, but she can still release hit songs like Can’t Remember To Forget You or Dare (La La La).
What’s your opinion on Whenever, Wherever? Also, you can make suggestions for the next “Throwback Thursday: Music Edition” in the comment section!