Shakira's 12 Best Songs As A Brunette

Shakira's been blonde for so long, it's hard to remember the days when the Colombiana rocked a darker set of locks. Back in her rocker days, Shakira was a full-fledged brunette... and she recorded some of her absolute best songs during those years. 

So, here it is: the 12 best Shakira jams from her days as a brunette. 

(P.S. Listen to the whole playlist at Beats Music!) 

1. 'Estoy Aquí'

'Estoy Aquí' (1996)

As the lead single from her worldwide debut album Pies Descalzos, 'Estoy Aquí' introduced us to the future queen of Latin music. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart, and it eventually went platinum in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States. 

2. 'Ciega, Sordomuda'

'Ciego, Sordomuda' (1998) 

The lead single from Dónde Están Los Ladrones?, 'Ciego, Sordomuda' told the story of how clumsy and awkward a woman feels when her love is nearby. The song was a huge success -- topping the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks charts for three weeks in 1998 and becoming a #1 hit in every single Latin American country. 

3. 'Un Poco De Amor'

'Un Poco De Amor' (1996) 

Incorporating reggae and Latin pop elements, 'Un Poco De Amor' was one of the standout tracks from Shakira's album Pies Descalzos. While the song only peaked at #11 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart, it remains one of her most beloved songs. 

4. 'Si Te Vas'

'Si Te Vas' (1998) 

Although 'Si Te Vas' was never released as a single, the pop rock elements just scream old-school Shakira. We can't get enough of the music from her edgier days!  

5. 'Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blanncos'

'Pies Descalzos, Sueños Blancos' (1996) 

The title track from her album Pies Descalzos strays from Shakira's typical themes of love and romance. Instead, Shak focused on providing a social commentary about life since Adam & Eve walked the earth. 

6. 'No Creo'

'No Creo' (1998)

Back in Shakira's brunette days, there was a lot more head-banging and harmonica-playing and a lot less hip-shaking.  

 

7. 'Dónde Estás Corazón?'

'Dónde Estás Corazón?' (1995)

Believe it or not, Shakira owes much of her success to this one song. 'Dónde Estás Corazón?' first appeared on a compilation album called Nuestro Rock, but ended up being the only hit of the whole album. A music video was shot... and Sony Music gave her the opportunity to record and release a solo album. The song later became a single on her album Pies Descalzos. 

8. 'Dónde Están Los Ladrones?'

'Dónde Están Los Ladrones?' (1998) 

The song (and album) title were inspired by one of Shakira's trips to Bogotá, Colombia. In the airport, a thief stole her luggage, including a briefcase that contained all the lyrics she'd been working on for the album. Heartbroken and demoralized, Shakira started from scratch and completed the acclaimed album. 

9. 'Te Espero Sentada'

'Te Espero Sentada' (1996)

'Te Espero Sentada' is a far cry from modern Shakira's style, but the folksy tune remains one of our favorite jams. 

10. 'Antología'

'Antología' (1996)

This Latin pop song was the fifth single off Piez Descalzos, and reached #3 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart. The song is one of Shak's most beloved and well-known hits. 

11. 'Se Quiere, Se Mata'

'Se Quiere, Se Mata' (1996)

This song, which was a top ten hit in Mexico and on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks in the US, brought the controversial topic of abortion into the spotlight. It tells the story of Braulio and Dana and their choice to have an abortion. 

12. 'Ojos Así'

'Ojos Así'

'Ojos Asi' marked the beginning of Shakira's gradual descent from brunette to blonde. Although she rocked her dark hair while recording the song, by the time she shot the music video, she had fiery red hair. Regardless of her hair choices, the song was a hit, climbing the charts in the US and Europe.