YMMV / Shakira

  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Her most famous lyric is surely the one about having "small and humble" breasts.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: In the middle of the generally laidback and serious Fijacion Oral Vol 1., comes the Rock Lobster inspired "Escondite Ingles". The effect is jarring, coming as it does between the wistful "Especial Dia" and the dark "No", but the song is well liked by fans and showed Shakira could still have fun amongst the serious material.
    • Shakira also did this with the Arabic techno of "Ojos Asi / Eyes Like Yours" on Donde Estan Las Ladrones / Laundry Service respectively, but in both cases they were at the end of albums that were largely filled with alt-rock.
  • Covered Up: "Hips Don't Lie" is a cover of "Dance Like This" by Wyclef Jean and Claudette Ortiz, with virtually the same instrumental, but with new vocals from Jean and Shakira. It was inevitable this would happen since "Dance Like This" was only recorded for the Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights soundtrack in 2004 and was never a single. Jean and Shakira both wrote additional lyrics for the song, and contributed to its hit potential, raising both their profiles in the process.
  • Crazy Awesome: "Loca" ('crazy [girl]') pretty much sums this up. She even does that anime thing.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: For some of her Latin American fans, ¿Dónde Están los Ladrones? was Shakira's last work.
    • Even some of her English-speaking fans prefer to think of her solely as an incredible Colombian artist, denying the existence of Laundry Service (citing the narmy lyrics resulting from bizarre forced-rhyme), and question the peroxide job in her foray into the English language market.
    • Her first two albums Magia and Peligro, made when she was 13 and 15 respectively, are ignored by both Shakira and many fans. Her young age and lack of creative freedom (despite writing many of the songs), are why they were taken out of print.
  • First Installment Wins:
    • Her first "official" albumnote , Piez Descalzos, is her highest-selling album in her native Colombia, and considered her best album by many fans.
    • Her first English album, Laundry Service, is her highest-selling album globally, and though it received negative reactions from much of her fanbase (see Fanon Discontinuity), another portion of listeners consider it her best.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One line from "Inevitable" has her saying that she doesn't know a thing about soccer becomes this when she married soccer player Gerard Piqué. Shakira has noticed this, however: in the Live in Paris DVD, she changes that line to "y ya entiendo de futbol"note , in reference to her marriage.
  • Les Yay: The music video for Can't Remember to Forget You with Rihanna, it's very hard to remember they are talking about a guy and not each other. The making-of documentary more so, where the two singers go on about how sexy they find one another and, at one point, RiRi squeezes Shakira's butt.
  • Love It or Hate It: Shakira's voice tends to polarize listeners. Many fans praise her singing as powerful, expressive and unique, while others compare it to yodelling or a goat bleating.
  • Memetic Mutation: I never really knew that she could dance like this/ She makes a man want to speak Spanish/ Como se llama, bonita, mi casa, su casa...
  • Narm: "She-Wolf". While many critics gave high-scored reviews to the song, they still consider the howl goofy. And the lyrics are too weird for their own good.
    • Narm Charm: Oh, come on. That howl was so goddamn cute.
    • Yes, but given the dubious nature of some of the lyrics in "Whenever, Wherever," it's hardly surprising that she's stuck to a theme. Seriously?
      "Lucky that my lips not only mumble
      They spill kisses like a fountain
      Lucky that my breasts are small and humble
      So you don't confuse them with mountains"
      • "Underneath Your Clothes" has very awkward lyrics. It is likely that the purpose of the song was to continue the "clumsy, eccentric yet sexy foreigner" image she got from "Whenever Wherever". Unusually, there is not a Spanish version of this song.
      • "Ojos Asi" and "Eyes Like Yours." Cool songs, but the lyrics are just strange.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Her incredible flexibility when dancing, especially in the "She Wolf" video, is seen by some as disturbingly inhuman.
    • Those were almost as bad as those on the clip for "La Tortura", which not only feature the biggest Fan Disservice on her career (chest shouldn't move that way! Also, what with all those grease?), but also has a duet with Spanish singer Alejandro Sanz in his ugliest.
    • And then there's her guest appearance on the Disney Channel Kid Com Wizards of Waverly Place. In this episode it was revealed that Shakira... is really a fat, balding middle-aged male wizard who's been using magic to fake being an international pop sensation and sex symbol. Who thought this was a good idea?
  • Older Than They Think: Despite being thought of as a late 90s/early 2000s star, Shakira was on Colombian TV and playing live shows as early as 1990.
    • "Brujeria" from Peligro is her first Arabic influenced song, predating "Ojos Asi" by five years. Some of the dance moves for "Ojos Asi" were originally choreographed for "Brujeria" as well.
    • "Un Poco De Amor" from Pies Dezcalzos is her first collaboration with a male musician (Jamaican dancehall singer Howard Glasford) and the first with lyrics in English. Additionally, in the Pies Dezcalzos period she branched out of Spanish and recorded several songs in Portuguese to appeal to the Brazilian and Portuguese markets, which foreshadows her crossover into English. She actually recorded an English version of "Estoy Aqui" titled "I'm Here", but there are no details on whether it was recorded at this time or later.
    • Rather than being an exclusively Colombian album, Donde Estan Las Ladrones was actually recorded in Miami and featured various US musicians amongst its lineup, and was very popular with the Latino communities in the US. There were tentative attempts to record it in English too, but Shakira's English wasn't good enough at the time (English versions of "Inevitable" and "Ojos Asi" (Eyes Like Yours) exist). It wasn't until her MTV Unplugged release won her several Grammy awards that she made a conscious attempt to sing in English.
  • Painful Rhyme: Often cited as an reason for her English lyrics paling in comparison to her Spanish work.
  • Sampled Up: "Hips Don't Lie" from Jerry Rivera's "Amores como el nuestro". They're different genres and markets, so most people not knowing the original may be due to that.
    • Said song is actually a remake of a Wyclef Jean song called "Dance Like This", which sampled "Amores como el nuestro".
    • Also, "Waka Waka" of African song "Zangelewa" ('Golden Sounds', in Fang language).
  • Signature Song:
    • English - "Whenever, Wherever", "Underneath Your Clothes", "Hips Don't Lie" and "Waka Waka"
    • Spanish - "La Tortura" or any of her songs before Laundry Service, most notably "Inevitable", "Ojos Asi" or "Estoy Aqui".
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Her sadly largely forgotten by now songs "Timor" and "How Do You Do" address seriously issues, like the utter hypocrisy in western treatment of the Third World Countries and the need for intellectual examination of faith respectively.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: A lot of people on both sides of the language barrier asked, "Was the blonde necessary?"
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