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We Ranked Christina Aguilera’s Top 25 Music Videos

Christina Aguilera has been rocking your earbuds since you were in elementary school and that is why she is the queen. Okay. Some people won’t agree with calling her a queen and some people will get too into calling her a queen. What we can all agree on is that she has a great voice and her music has been a big part of many people’s lives. Here are her top 25 music videos ranked.

25. “At Last”

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it is never an easy thing to do a cover of Etta James but Aguilera proved that she has the voice and the courage to do anything. The singer wasted no time jumping right in and the grainy af video gives it an authenticity rarely seen.

24. “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

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Who doesn’t love a live Christmas performance? Clearly Aguilera’s fans are a fan of Christmas music because this video has millions of views on YouTube. There is just something about live music that makes everyone happy.

23. “So Emotional”

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The 1990s were all about being real and that is exactly what this video makes you feel. Aguilera and her team give you a behind the scenes look at what it takes to record a track before everyone else gets to enjoy it. Pretty cool.

22. “Change”

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This video is a lyrics video in response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Many celebrities and entertainers came forward after the tragedy to raise money for the families of the victims of the shooting. It was a touching tribute to 49 lives lost too soon.

21. “Oh Mother”

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Live performances make great music videos, mainly because you don’t have to pay all the extras since they paid to be there. “Oh Mother” is that music video with a sparkly dressed Aguilera singing on stage to thousands of adoring fans.

20. “Not Myself Tonight”

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Who else remembers when Aguilera truly started to own her Xtina nickname? This Aguilera gave her fans, who were then college-aged, quite the dance tunes to rock out to. Tbh, the sound of this pulsing through a dance club is everything to this day!

19. “What A Girl Wants”

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This is the ultimate throwback. A fresh-faced Aguilera graced televisions and album covers across the country and we ate it up. This video is the epitome of late 1990s pop as she dances with an entire dance troupe behind her. That is kind of it. Just dancing and we loved it so much.

18. “I’m A Good Girl”

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“Burlesque” was a good moment for Aguilera. The singer was exploring the world of burlesque dancing as well and performing with the one and only Cher. How could she even sing in front of Cher without getting nervous? The world will never know.

17. “I Turn To You”

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Regardless of the headlines about Aguilera during her troubled times, her voice was always undeniable. She is one of the greatest voices of her generation and this ballad proves that she is a force to be reckoned with vocally.

16.”Something’s Got A Hold”

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Another song from “Burlesque” makes this top videos list because it is just so good. if you haven;t seen the movie, you have to. Aguilera is the down and out kind of person we all love to root for and she totally delivers in the movie.

15. “Keeps Getting Better”

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This piece of anime beauty is something to behold. It is one of the weirdest music videos put forth by a pop singer and it is perfectly weird. Seriously. She is on a bicycle in a weird cartoon world and it somehow feels totally normal.

14. “The Voice Within”

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“The Voice Within” video is a haunting piece of art. Aguilera is portrayed in black and white as she lays her soul out in front of the audience. The song is about strength and even in such a vulnerable state, Aguilera delivers a strong performance and it is everything.

13. “Can’t Hold Us Down”

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Giving women the power to let men know they are not anything special with one song. Aguilera is joined by Lil’ Kim and they use their lyrics to let all the women about the world to know that they should be standing their ground and letting the little boys know they aren’t sh*t.

12. “Ain’t No Other Man”

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This song is already super fun and the music video amplifies that. Aguilera is the queen of period music videos and they are stunning. This one is a perfect example of Aguilera perfectly marrying the past fashion with her modern style of dance and keeping us so captivated.

11. “Fighter”

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Talk about an anthem. You still probably play this after a breakup and you should because it is amazing. The video is weird and perfectly angsty for the only reason you would be watching: to scream the lyrics through tears. It’s even perfect for those days you are frustrated in the office.

10. “Dirrty”

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Aguilera tried to let the world know that she was no longer a bubble gum pop princess when she released “Dirrty” and it worked. It was fun, it was raunchy, and it made likely Aguilera as an adult so much more acceptable. Plus, if you were a gay dude, you could just say you like how she was dressed and was dancing.

9. “You Lost Me”

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Such a simple video and a simple song. The marrying of the visual stylizing of this video and the song is so harmonious and infectious that it takes you to another realm.

8. “Genie In A Bottle”

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Nothing like the original hit to get you back into your Xtina roots. This song, with very little meaning, is so important for so many reasons. It was the start of the Christina and Britney feud and the start of a very specific kind of pop.

7. “Beautiful”

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This. Video. Left. Gay. Boys. Shook! This was the first time that so many little gay boys saw anything gay that was not negative. Of course, there were other moments for other communities but to have two men kissing on camera at that time was groundbreaking.

6. “Your Body”

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This song will make you think inappropriate thoughts and that is definitely the point. Aguilera owns the many different interpretations of that girl. It is pretty interesting.

5. “Come On Over (All I Want Is You)”

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Again, we are looking at the late 1990s in this video. It is a very specific time for us as pop music consumers. The aesthetic was kind of military chic with a touch with street glamor and it is brilliant. There are dance numbers because, of course. It was mandatory for this kind of pop.

4. “Hurt”

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Circuses always translate well in video form. Pairing it with a song about not being able to be who you are and wanting more makes it very woke. We all know the troubles in the circus industry and for this video to make it seem like a sad affair is a little before its time.

3. “Candyman”

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Remember what we said about Aguilera’s genius is period piece music videos? Well, here’s one that will transport you back to World War II with her USO feeling performance for a bunch of soldiers. She definitely found what works for her look and voice and has stuck to it.

2. “Pero Me Acuerdo De Tí”

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Spanish and a very toned down production is just as stunning and Aguilera wants you to know that. She never leaves the place she is in. She sits still and sings with all the power her voice can muster. There is no denying her vocal superiority after this video.

1. “Lady Marmalade”

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Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim, and Pink gave one of the most memorable music videos of the early 2000s with this incredible hit. Who else can’t stop singing this song now?

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

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America Ferrera Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of Working On ‘Gotta Kick It Up’ With Sweet IG Post

It has been 20 years since America Ferrera’s dream of becoming an actor back true. She took to Instagram to reflect on the moment that her dream started to come true and it is a sweet reminder that anyone can chase their dreams.

America Ferrera shared a sweet post reflecting on the 20th anniversary of working on “Gotta Kick It Up!”

“Gotta Kick It Up!” was one of the earliest examples of Latino representation so many of us remember. The movie follows a school dance team trying to be the very best they could possibly be. The team was down on their luck but a new teacher introduces them to a different kind of music to get them going again.

After being introduced to Latin beats, the dance team is renewed. It taps into a cultural moment for the Latinas on the team and the authenticity of the music makes their performances some of the best.

While the movie meant so much to Latino children seeing their culture represented for the first time, the work was a major moment for Ferrera. In the Instagram post, she gushes over the celebrities she saw on the lot she was working on. Of course, anyone would be excited to see Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt hanging out. Yet, what stands out the most is Ferrera’s own excitement to realize that she can make money doing what she loves most.

“I wish I could go back and tell this little baby America that the next 20 years of her life will be filled with unbelievable opportunity to express her talent and plenty of challenges that will allow her to grow into a person, actress, producer, director, activist that she is very proud and grateful to be. We did it baby girl. I’m proud of us,” Ferrera reflects.

Watch the trailer for “Gotta Kick It Up!” here.

READ: America Ferrera’s “Superstore” Is Going To Get A Spanish-Language Adaptation In A Win For Inclusion

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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