Relive the Wonder and Magic of Christina Aguilera’s Spanish Language Album
The year was 2000 and the world was in a state of post-Y2Koital bliss. The chunky shoes, oversized sweaters and bleached tips of the 90′s were far behind us. And Christina Aguilera, a 70 pound girl with 90 pounds of weave, was the biggest star in the world.
No seriously. She really was. I’m not making this up.
Homegirl followed up her debut album and Best New Artist Grammy with a pair of critically acclaimed albums off the beaten path. My Kind of Christmas was well, yeah, a holiday album. And Mi Reflejo marked Aguilera’s dive into the world of Latin music, which even as a 17-year-old gay boy I remember scrunching my face up at at the time. Before I had my grandmother drive me to the mall and buy it for me, that is.
But then the strangest thing happened. Mi Reflejo churned out the hits, and not just the Spanish language versions of Genie in a Bottle and Come on Over. The album was a global success and remained number one on the charts for a record 20 weeks. A bit of perspective, neither Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, nor Marc Anthony have ever matched Christina’s run.
Christina Aguilera, a (lovely) girl who couldn’t even speak Spanish fluently, became the biggest selling Latin artist in the world, earning herself the moniker the Queen of Latin Pop.
Aguilera’s three albums on the charts made her the highest selling artist of the year. Her image would soon overtake her career during the (so good!) Stripped phase of her career.
Christina’s year of Spanish success is rarely mentioned, and most of the videos she put out at this time aren’t even available on her website or official YouTube and Vevo pages. It’s almost like they never even happened. Dun dun dunnnn!
But if they never happened, how do I still know all of the words to an album in a language I can’t even speak?
Pero Me Acuerdo de Ti
Por Siempre Tu
Contigo en la Distancia
Bonus! Si No Te Hubiera Conocido Twilight edition! Don’t do it, Bella!
What a strange and wonderful time in the world!
Which Spanish song of Christina’s was your favorite?