If You Were A Teen In The 2000s, You Were Obsessed With These Songs

These were the songs that were making the radio rounds back when we had to type the number 7 four times to get “S” on your Motorola Razr.

1. “Y Yo Sigo Aquí” by Paulina Rubio


“Y mi corazón está, busca que te busca, y  yo sigo aquí, esperándote”

You thought rappers made autotune cool? Pau was doing it before they were. This song that was the ~perfect ~ sing-along track for mentioning your crush in an illusive way on your MySpace profile song.

2. “La Tortura” by Shakira featuring Alejandro Sanz

“No puedo pedir que el invierno perdone a un rosal”

Alejandro Sanz’s raspy voice was magic combined with Shakira’s strong tone. And can we talk about how hot the music video was?! Shakira brought back the belly dancing and she did it in the hottest way possible – covered in oil.

3. “The Ketchup Song” by Las Ketchup

Favorite lyric (because who really remembers any of the other ones?): “Aserejé, ja deje tejebe tude jeberesebiunouba majabi an de bugui an de buididipí”

This was the original “Gangnam Style” of our childhood. Although we were obsessed with it, everybody over 40 (including our parents) were convinced it was a satanic song. Rumor says that when you listen to it backwards you can hear the devil speaking. We just loved it because we were addicted to the dance moves.

4. “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee


A ella le gusta la gasolina (dame más gasolina!) Como le encanta la gasolina (dame más gasolina!)

Daddy Yankee is basically responsible for bringing reggaeton to the States, and there was no college/high school dance party that you could attend in 2004 without hearing this song. 12 years later, and we are still debating on what ‘gasolina’ really means. Daddy Yankee says it’s a drink in Puerto Rico, Urban Dictionary says it’s something else.

5. “Andar Conmigo” by Julieta Venegas


Hay tantos caminos por andar / Dime si tu quisieras andar conmigo / Cuéntame si quisieras andar conmigo

This song just nails all the do-they-or-don’t-they-like-me feels. Julieta is a master when it comes to putting emotions to paper, and this song taught us to keep the faith in knowing someone had to be out there for us.

6. “The Anthem” by Pitbull

Mami el negro está rabioso y quiere tu azúcar y tú no se lo das

This was one of the tunes that alwayysss got the party started – it didn’t matter if you were dancing at a Quinceañera party or a wedding. It was so good because it reminded us of the original. Dale!

7. “I’m Real” by JLo

My life I live it to the limit and I love it / Now I can breathe again, baby, now I can breathe again

Not only were we addicted to Jennifer Lopez’s sultry voice, but ugh the music video was so on point! The  sparkly lipgloss and silver hoop earrings, her highlight – even before it was a thing.

8. “La Camisa Negra” by Juanes


Tengo la camisa negra porque negra tengo el alma yo por ti

Finally someone made cumbias cool again. This song made us jump up and want to dance as soon as we heard the first chord. It was so sarcastic and dark, but we loved it. The infusion of electric chords and in-your-face breakup vengeance lyrics made this song an instant ’00s classic.

9. “Arrasando” by Thalía

Arrasando…………….Arrasando con la vida, cosechando la alegría, no hay obstáculo que me impida disfrutar de un nuevo día

This was one of the last gems we got from Thalía. Gawd, this album was so good. In the mid-2000s, you wanted to be dancing alongside Thalía on a beach in Cancun getting your tan on with this song playing in the background. It basically was Spring Break in music.

10. “Mariposa Traicionera” by Maná

Eres coma un mariposa / Vuelas y te posas vas de boca en boca

A decade after releasing the hit that put them on the map “Oye Mi Amor,” Maná’s 2000s hits included more soulful ballads like “Mariposa” and “Labios Compartidos.” The lyrics were so real, we won’t judge if you have shed a tear or two listening to these songs.

11. “She Bangs” by Ricky Martin


Cause she looks like a flower but she stings like a bee / Like every girl in history

Ricky’s baaaack! This song was so good and so addicting that he helped a terrible singer become famous. William Huang, we’re looking at you.

12. “Duele el Amor” by Aleks Syntek feat. Ana Torroja


Duele el amor, sin ti, duele hasta matar

In 2003, you could not sit in a chair at a hair salon or walk into a bionicos shop without hearing this ballad to lost love with the haunting vocals and Spanish lysp of Torroja. Thanks Syntek for expressing so eloquently how love can hurt sometimes ?.

13. “Hero” by Enrique Iglesias

I can be your hero, baby / I can kiss away the pain / I will stand by you forever / You can take my breath away

It remains a mystery of why exactly Enrique Iglesias’ mole magically was removed (he claims his doctor warned against how it might be cancerous), but what was clear during the 2000s was his meteoric rise to the top of both English and Spanish pop charts. This song was so sappy AND so good. You can be our hero any day, Enrique!

14. “Y Tú Te Vas” by Chayanne


Acordándome la vida, agachando la mirada, y tú te vas, y yo que me pierdo entre la nada (y tú te vas)

Another sad song we wouldn’t help but belt out to. This was our instant kitchen karaoke song… *grabs ketchup bottle* “yyyyy tú te vas.”

15. “Danza Kuduro” by Don Omar

La mano arriba, cintura sola / Da media vuelta, Danza Kuduro

This song closed out the decade with a bang, and it’s still going strong at clubs everywhere. It’s like the energizer bunny of dance playlists – it’s popularity just keeps going and going. And hey, we’re not complaining! We’ll keep putting our manos arriba when the beat drops.

Did we miss any of your favorite Latino ’00s hits? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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The Border Patrol Did Everything Possible To Protect An Agent Who Killed An Innocent Mexican Kid

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The Border Patrol Did Everything Possible To Protect An Agent Who Killed An Innocent Mexican Kid

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Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was 16-years-old when he was killed by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Ray Swartz on Oct. 10, 2012. Rodriguez wasn’t committing a crime when Swartz unloaded his weapon. He wasn’t even in the United States when it happened.

The latest edition of the New York Time Magazine features a shocking profile on Rodriguez’s tragic death and how his murder is very representative of how messed up the Border Patrol truly is. The night Rodriguez was killed, two smugglers were trying to jump the fence back to Mexico after dropping off their cargo somewhere in Nogales, Ariz. Agents of the Nogales Police Department and the local Border Patrol station were standing around watching these two men escape when Lonnie Ray Swartz pulled up to the fence, got out of his car, and fired at Rodriguez at least 15 times through the fence. According to the autopsy report, Rodriguez was hit by 10 bullets. He was shot in the back. Swartz reported that Rodriguez was throwing rocks at him from Mexico. The investigation dismissed this claim.

Despite the very damning evidence that Swartz straight up murdered Rodriguez for no apparent reason, nothing happened to him. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, the agency in charge of these types of investigations, did nothing.

It wasn’t until Raner Collins — Chief U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Arizona — ordered that Lonnie Ray Swartz’s identity be revealed that any charges against the agent were brought. On Sept. 24, 2015, nearly three years after Rodriguez’s death, Swartz was charged with second-degree murder.

This was the first time ever that a Border Patrol Agent was charged for killing a Mexican citizen on the other side of the fence. If anything, Rodriguez’s murder shone a light on just how far the Border Patrol goes to protect their own. You can read more about this tragic incident and how screwed up the Border Patrol really is here. And for good measure, you should also read the Texas Observer’s shocking expose of the agency’s corruption.

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