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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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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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