Enrique Iglesias is one of the most successful Spanish singers of all time, selling over 170 million records worldwide. Born in Madrid, he’s released Latin-inspired dance-pop hits for over two decades, producing numerous hit singles and acclaimed albums along the way. In this article, we’ll look at the 21 best songs he has ever released.
Bailamos was written after Will Smith asked Enrique Iglesias to contribute to the soundtrack of the upcoming film Wild Wild West in 1999. The song first appeared on that movie’s soundtrack, then was released on his fourth studio album and English debut album Enrique that same year. It was a massive hit, topping the Spanish Singles and Hot 100 charts en route to becoming the second-most-successful single of the entire year.
Sung in Spanglish, it marked a turning point in his career that saw him become a bigger player in English-speaking markets and earned him a multi-album deal with Interscope Records. It has been compared to songs like Ricky Martin’s Livin’ La Vida Loca as well.
Hero became one of Enrique Iglesias’s most successful songs, thanks largely in part to the way the lyrics were interpreted after the September 11 terror attacks. It was released in 2001 on his second English-language album Escape and was meant to be about being a hero for the woman you love.
However, as it was released only eight days before the World Trade Center was attacked, it ended up with a new purpose. The track was chosen by New York DJs to be remixed with audio of first responders and civilians at Ground Zero, turning it into a tribute song to the disaster. He later performed it at America: A Tribute To Heroes, and the track went on to sell over eight million copies.
3. I Like It
I Like It was one of the biggest hit tracks of 2010. It was released from Enrique Iglesias’s first bilingual album Euphoria, marking the first time he mixed English and Spanish songs on a single album. The track was the second single to come from the album and the lead English single, eventually spawning multiple versions and covers of the song.
Alongside Pitbull, he ended up seeing the track used on the soundtrack for Jersey Shore. It topped the Canadian Hot 100 and made it to number four on the US Hot 100, producing his first top-five hit since Hero was released almost a decade earlier.
4. Not in Love
Not In Love was a standout track from Enrique Iglesias’s 2004 album 7. The album version of the song only included his vocals, but a radio mix featuring an extra verse from Kelis became very popular. It served as the second and final single of the album and quickly became an international top-10 hit. The track mainly focuses on a relationship that has fallen apart and how the singer doesn’t want to be stuck in a loveless partnership.
Bailando is a Spanish-language song from Enrique Iglesias’s 2014 album Sex And Love, and it translates to “dancing.” The official version of the track was the sixth single to come from the album and was a massive hit, spending a total of 41 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.
Three other versions of the track have been produced: a Spanglish version alongside Sean Paul and two Portuguese versions with vocals from Luis Santana. The original version was the theme song of the soap opera Reina De Corazones on Telemundo, and it ended up being the 10th best-selling track of 2014 worldwide.
6. Rhythm Divine
Rhythm Divine is another great song from Enrique Iglesias’s eponymous 1999 album. The dance-pop ballad was one of the catchiest and most well-received tracks on the album. It took the top spot on the Dance Club Songs chart in the US and peaked within the top 10 in several other country’s composite charts. The Spanish version of the track topped the Hot Latin Songs and Latin Pop Airplay charts in the US as well.
Escape was the title and opening track of Enrique Iglesias’s 2001 album. It quickly gained ground on the charts, rising to number three in the UK and number 12 on the US Hot 100. A Spanish version of the song also made it into the top 10 in Spain. This steamy love track focuses on feeling trapped in a toxic relationship and wanting to break free from it.
8. Takin’ Back My Love
Takin’ Back My Love was released in 2009 from Enrique Iglesias’s Greatest Hits album and saw him team up with Ciara. He first performed the song on the French TV show Star Academy as a duet with one of the contestants, and this performance made the version with Ciara debut at number three in France. It eventually rose to number four on the US Dance Club Songs chart and number three on the European Hot 100.
9. Somebody’s Me
Somebody’s Me was the second single to come from Enrique Iglesias’s Insomniac album. The English version was packaged alongside the Spanish version of the song, Alguien Soy Yo, and released as a CD exclusively in Mexico and Latin America. It then found success as a single across North America and Latin America, reaching number four on both the US Hot Dance Club Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts.
10. Tired of Being Sorry
Tired Of Being Sorry was written by Scott Thomas for the band Ringside. Enrique Iglesias later covered the song and released it as the second international single from his 2008 album Insomniac. Both versions are essentially the same with only minor changes. This comes as no surprise, as Thomas was the one who produced the track for Iglesias. Across much of Europe, it rose to become a top-10 single, and a bilingual duet with Nadiya became a hit across all French-speaking regions.
11. Dirty Dancer
Dirty Dancer is a collaboration between Enrique Iglesias and Usher that appeared on the former’s Euphoria album and the latter’s Versus EP. A remix of the song was produced shortly after the original release featuring Lil Wayne and singer Nayer, with this version being released as the sixth single from the album. The album version broke onto several European charts while the single release entered the US, Australian, and New Zealand charts.
12. Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)
Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You) was the censored title of Enrique Iglesias’s collaboration with Ludacris and DJ Frank E. It was released as a single on US radio in 2010 as the second US single as a digital download. The official remix of the song also includes Pitbull. It became an instant overnight sensation, rising to number four on the Hot 100 and marking his highest entry to the chart since I Like It earlier that year. Worldwide, it went on to sell over five million copies, and numerous covers were eventually produced for it in other genres.
Addicted is the perfect example of Enrique Iglesias’s range. While most of his best songs are danceable pop tracks, this was a soft-rock banger that didn’t get the mainstream attention that it deserved. It was the first single to come from his album 7 in 2003 and became a modest hit in the UK. Though the English version never made it to the Hot 100 in the US, the Spanish version peaked in the top 10 of the Hot Latin Songs chart.
14. Be With You
Be With You was the third single to come from Enrique Iglesias’s English eponymous album in 1999. The Spanish version of the song was published under the title Solo Me Importas Tu. It became his second number-one single on the Hot 100 and was an international success, reaching the top 20 in several other countries. He was even nominated for the Best Dance Recording award at the Grammys in 2001 for the track.
15. Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)
Do You Know? got its unofficial title from the ping-pong sound in the chorus that was created by recording a ping-pong ball hitting a table. But that clever bit of production wasn’t what made the song such a great one. The catchy Latin melody and lyrics about falling in love made it an instant fan favorite. It was a track you couldn’t get away from and it got stuck in your head once you listened to it for the first time, turning it into a Latin pop hit single.
16. Don’t Turn Off The Lights
Don’t Turn Off The Lights was another great song to come from Enrique Iglesias’s 2001 album Escape. It’s an upbeat love ballad that describes a man pleading for his lover to not leave him all alone. The desperation in the track is plain in his voice and drives the song forward, making it plain he will do anything for the woman he loves and endearing the track to listeners for its raw emotion.
17. El Perdón
El Perdón was initially released as the first single from Nicky Jam’s 2017 album Fenix but would eventually be included on Enrique Iglesias’s 2021 album Final: Vol.1. While it started out as a solo track by Nicky Jam, the two collaborated on the song for the single release. It turned into a huge success, finishing the year at number 12 on Billboard’s year-end rankings and taking the top spot on both the Hot Latin Songs and Latin Airplay charts.
18. Cuando Me Enamoro
Cuando Me Enamoro marked the second time that one of Enrique Iglesias’s songs was chosen as the theme to a telenovela as it featured as the theme and title track of one. It was a contender for the Latin Grammy Song of the Year award and was released on his ninth studio album as well. It also marked the 21st time that he placed a track at the top of the Hot Latin Songs chart, spending 17 non-consecutive weeks in that slot.
Loco was the lead Spanish single and the second overall single released from Enrique Iglesias’s Sex And Love album. It was only his second attempt at a bachata song and a banda version was released shortly after the original. At the time, it was his highest-charting Spanish track on the Hot 100 and spent 12 weeks on top of the Hot Latin Songs chart. In 2014, it earned a nomination at the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Tropical Song.
Heartbeat was released on Enrique Iglesias’s Euphoria album in 2010 and served as a futuristic, mid-tempo ballad. Released as the third single from the album, the English version earned critical praise for the way his and Nicole Scherzinger‘s voices blended together.
21. Finally Found You
Finally Found You was released in 2012 but was also included in the international deluxe version of Sex And Love. The electro-house track is all about finding the love of your life at the club and never letting them go. While it lost points with critics for being similar to his older work, it still topped the Dance Club Songs charts and was a huge hit. Daddy Yankee also released a version of the track for Latin markets.
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