You know my hips don't lie
And I'm starting to feel you, boy
Come on let's go, real slow
Don't you see, baby: así es perfecto
It samples both Wyclef Jean's 2004 song "Dance Like This" and Jerry Rivera's "Amores Como El Nuestro" with borrowed lyrics from the former originally adapted from Luis Dias' "Carnaval (Baile en la Calle)". Many of the song's lyrics are, however, original and written by Shakira.
"Hips Don't Lie" was for a decade ('06-'16note ) the world's best-selling single of the 21st Century and is at least popularly renowned as the world's biggest pop song ever, certainly for the 2000s and 2010s. The music video, released in 2006, was shared on YouTube and held the top spot of most-viewed video until around February 2007. The song also reached the number #1 spot in over 25 countries, the United States of America included, breaking the record for the most radio plays in a single week and being both Shakira's first US and UK Number 1 (pub quiz question: its status as UK Number One meant that it was the last song ever to be played on Top of the Pops). It has won the People's Choice Award as well as the MTV Latin American Music Video Award and the MTV Music Video Award in the same year.
It is considered a World song and is Latin Dance and Pop Latino in genre; it has been named the 8th top party song of all time. In the UK it broke the record for most weeks at number 1 during a second run: it spent only one week at the top spot but then returned again for a four-week run two months after its initial chart-topping before Beyoncé knocked it off. This record has never been broken and is currently shared with Gotye ("Somebody That I Used To Know"). It stayed in the charts for a whole year.
The FIFA World Cup 2006 anthem was a remix of this song, "Hips Don't Lie (Bamboo)", performed by Shakira at the closing ceremony. It is the fourth most popular World Cup anthem after 2010's "Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)", also by Shakira; 2014's "Dare (La La La)", yet another Shakira hit; and "We Are One (Ola Ola)" by Pitbull, again from 2014.
If you needed an update on just how popular the song and music video remains, it was the most tweeted about song and video in the week beginning 1st September 2014 — nearly a decade after it was released — beating out fierce contenders such as Taylor Swift with "Shake It Off". It was also included in the popular game Just Dance 2017, over a decade after release.
Like many of her songs, Shakira wrote and released a Spanish version, this one called "Será, Será (Las Caderas No Mienten)"note .
Tropes related to Hips Don't Lie are:
- Bare Your Midriff: Several shots in the music video show Shakira in various two-pieces.
- Belly Dancer: Shakira's hips don't lie.
- Berserk Button: According to Ugly Betty Shakira does not like people greeting her with "Hips Don't Lie".
- Bilingual Bonus:
- There was a Spanish version, but there is also a lot of Spanish in the English one, too.
- There is French and Haitian Creole in the Spanish version.
- Book Ends: Starts and ends with "No fighting".
- The Cameo: Wyclef Jean.
- Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Well, they're only small outfits.
- Costume Porn
- Creator Provincialism: "Mira en Barranquilla se baila así", "We're just Colombians and Haitans", "Señorita, feel the conga, let me see you move like you come from Colombia", the video resembles the Barranquilla Carnaval.
- Dancing Is Serious Business
- Does Not Like Shoes: Shakira is barefoot in the music video, as usual.
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Wears a nude-and-sequin outfit during the intro.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Fight Fur Your Right to Party: One of the dancers in the bullring is dressed in an animal costume.
- Gratuitous Disco Sequence
- In Da Club: Video of 2006, but a club of The '90s.
- Mummy: In the music video there is a kid dressed as one behind Wyclef Jean. Sort-of bobbing-dancing like it needs the toilet.
- Nude-Colored Clothes: The first outfit makes Shakira appear to have sequins stuck on her body.
- Playing with Fire: See image◊ above.
- Rock Me, Amadeus!: Uses a trumpet part from Deja Vu (Uptown Baby) by Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz.
- The trumpet part is supposedly Rivera's, as he threw a fit when he heard the opening, yet said he wouldn't press charges. Rivera is named in the insert, which also includes permissions for the appropriate parts of the song.
- She's Got Legs: General trait of the belly dancing Spicy Latina, taken up to eleven in providing a self-explanatory video."Yeah, she's so sexy/ E'er man's fantasy"
- Shout-Out: In Bamboo to two legendary (though not necessarily for the right reasons) footie players; Pelé and Maradona.
- They're both South American, like Shakira, too - ignoring the fact that there're other footballers out there as a slight hint of Creator Provincialism—although to be fair, almost everyone agrees that Pelé is the greatest ever, and those who don't agree are Argentines who thing Pelé is the second-greatest and Maradona is the greatest.
- Singer Namedrop: "Shakira, Shakira!" and The Fugees.
- Será, Será opens with "Wyclef y Shakira!"
- Talky Bookends: "No fighting; Shakira, Shakira!"
- Three Minutes of Writhing: Be worshiped if your body does this.
- Title Drop: "...my hips don't lie" is in it. A lot.
- White Mask of Doom: Now that I think about it, the video seems a lot like a Hallowe'en party. With belly dancing. (Or the Barranquilla Carnaval, as they're marimondas.)