When it comes to great music, language does not discriminate. These singers sang in their second (or third) language and still killed it on the musical charts. *Snaps* for branching out!
“Irreemplazable” – Beyoncé
Original title: “Irreplaceable”
Before Beyoncé had the 🐝 Hive wondering about Becky with the good hair, her most loyal fans (and casual listeners) were singing “To the left, to the left” as soon as bae made one wrong move. Although the Spanish-language version of this song replaces that line for “Ya lo ves, ya lo ves, te olvidé, te olvidé,” the fierce attitude is still there.
“Un Año Sin Lluvia” – Selena Gomez and The Scene
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Original title: “A Year Without Rain”
Back when Selena was trying to figure out whether she was on or off with Justin Bieber — so were we — she released this Spanish pop song with that one boy band (The Scene) that used to back her up. It’s actually pretty catchy when you take a listen. Keep singing in Español, girl!
“Genio Atrapado”- Christina Aguilera
Original title: “Genie In A Bottle”
There was no doubting Christina Aguilera’s Latina roots when she burst onto the scene as pop star in the late ’90s. Xtina already had hits like “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants” and “Reflection” (the “Mulan” song, for all you Disney fans out there) when she released her Spanish-language album “Mi Reflejo.” Want another Xtina Spanish-language earworm? Take a listen to “Come On Over Baby” in Español.
“Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad” – Michael Bublé featuring Thalia
Canadian crooner Michael Bublé might have a leg up on other English-language singers when it comes to Spanish because he can get pronunciation help from his wife, Argentine actress Luisana Lopilato. Watch him make his wife proud with this “Mis Deseos/Feliz Navidad” duet with telenovela royalty, Thalia.
“Rascacielo” – Demi Lovato
Original title: “Skyscraper”
Another Disney diva who took the plunge into singing in Spanish is Demi Lovato. Lovato gave a big middle finger to the chango on her back (alcohol) with her hit “Skyscraper.” After going through rehab for substance abuse, she showed how badass she is by releasing a Spanish-language version titled “Rascacielo.” Take a listen to the whole song above while going on an empowering work out. It will pump you up for mile four! 💪
“Fotografía” – Nelly Furtado duet with Juanes
Canadian-Portuguese songstress Nelly Furtado lifted our spirits in the early 2000s with her hit single “I’m Like a Bird.” She continued to wow us with her singing chops when she dropped the Spanish-language duet “Fotografía” with Colombian roquero Juanes. Furtado went on to record a full album in Spanish, “Mi Plan,” which won her a Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. Way to kill it in two languages, Nelly! 👏 💯 👏
“Al Final del Camino” – Boyz II Men
Title: “End Of The Road”
This emotional ballad from the ’90s was one of THE breakup songs of the decade, and its popularity was cemented further when Boyz II Men released a version in Español. Listen to this tearjerker, and if anyone asks “Why you crying?” a la George Lopez, tell them you put a little too much Valentina sauce on your papitas.
“Aun Existe Amor” – Celine Dion
Original title: “Love Still Exists”
Back in the ’90s, Celine Dion was the patron saint of love ballads. To reach a wider audience when it came to l-o-v-e, Celine belted out her powerhouse vocals in a Spanish-language version of “Love Still Exists.” Hear the ‘Totally ’90s” version, complete with cheesy saxophones, by listening to the song above.
“Quizás, quizás, quizás” – Nat King Cole
Now, we are not going to knock down Nat King Cole on his Spanish pronunciation (his is definitely not the best on this list), but he makes up for it with his energetic interpretation of the song. Just look at his hand movements and the twinkle in his eye when he sings the main chorus. Adorbs! Listen to the song, originally written by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés, in its entirety if you’re in the mood for something classic.