Artists tend to sing about the same things over and over and over again. Falling in love, heartbreak, falling out of love and revenge. But, a few of our favorite Latino artists have taken to the studio to record songs with important messages: staying true to yourself, finding your own personal strength and more.
These Latino artists have all sung about the same subjects, but put their own spin on the message. Listen:
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The Message: I'm Still The Same Person I Always Was
Countless musicians have taken on this classic theme: despite the fame, despite the money, I'm still the same kid from the streets. Bronx natives Prince Royce and Jennifer Lopez have both tackled this theme recently, with their songs "Soy El Mismo" and "Same Girl." Listen to the songs on the next slide.
"Soy El Mismo" by Prince Royce
In the title track from his new album Soy El Mismo, Prince Royce sweetly sings about how - despite the fame, despite the money - he's the same New York kid who wrote songs on the subway.
"Same Girl" by Jennifer Lopez
The first single from her forthcoming album, "Same Girl" is an ode to Jennifer Lopez's New York roots. Jenny From The Block is back, singing about how, in the end, she's still the same girl who got her start on the streets of the Bronx.
The Message: Find Your Strength From Within
Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey are two, strong independent Latinas -- and according to their music, they draw that strength from within. With their ballads "The Voice Within" and "Hero", these ladies reminded us to look to ourselves for inspiration.
"The Voice Within" by Christina Aguilera
In one of her most touching ballads, Christina Aguilera sings about how rough life can be sometimes. "When there's no one else," she sings. "Look inside yourself. Like your oldest friend, trust the voice within."
"Hero" by Mariah Carey
This iconic song is the perfect reminder that we are the ultimate source of our own strength and inspiration. I mean, who needs a valiant knight on a white horse when we can learn to save ourselves from the dragon, right? Mariah Carey reminds us to step up and become the heroes of our own lives when she sings, "You'll finally the truth -- that a hero lies in you."
The Message: Loving Someone Despite Their Faults
The über-romantic Bruno Mars and incredibly confident Selena Gomez have both sung about the importance of accepting your partners, friends, family just as they are.
"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
Don't even bother trying to convince us you don't swoon everytime you hear Bruno Mars sing "If perfect's what you're after, then just stay the same." This sweet song is a reminder to his amor that despite her faults, she's perfect to him.
"Who Says" by Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez takes a slightly different route -- reminding us all that we are good enough, we are smart enough, we are pretty enough. "I'm sure you've got some things, you'd like to change about yourself," she sings. "But when it comes to me, I wouldn't want to be anybody else. I'm no beauty queen -- I'm just beautiful me."
The Message: Live Your Life To The Fullest
Marc Anthony and Belinda both have an important to message to share: it's time to start living the life you want to live. So, let loose, go crazy, and make some memories!
"Vivir Mi Vida" by Marc Anthony
We love this song...and we love its message. We play this upbeat, tropical track everytime we're feeling a little low on life. Hearing Marc Anthony sing, "Voy a reir, voy a gozar, vivir mi vida," perks us right up and reminds us to celebrate the simple joys of life.
"Vivir" by Belinda
The message is simple: Belinda just wants to wake up and start living a crazy life. "To live and to be as I want to be; To live with an open heart," she belts in Spanish. "Come and you will understand everything that I feel. I am always searching for real love."
The Message: Spreading Awareness About Domestic Violence
Both Jasmine V and Christina Aguilera turned to the recording studio to draw awareness to an incredibly important subject: domestic violence. These songs may not be easy to listen to...but the message is one that needs to be heard, and we applaud these courageous Latinas for finding their voices and spreading the word.
"Didn't Mean It" by Jasmine Villegas
Jasmine Villegas, who overcame domestic violence, used her talent to bring awareness to the cycle of abuse. Her song "Didn't Mean It" (and the chilling music video) speaks about Villegas's personal struggle with a boyfriend who emotionally and physically abused her.
"Oh Mother" by Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera decided to raise awareness for domestic abuse through her critically acclaimed song "Oh Mother." The song tells the horrifying story of a mother who's physically abused by her husband. When he turns a hand to his children, she knows she has to be strong and leave him. Aguilera emotionally belts, "For every time he tried to break you down, just remember who's still around. It's over, and we're stronger. And we'll never have to go back again!"