Top 5 Julieta Venegas' singles
I don’t know her whole history very well, so I’ll have to just go with the ones that were out once I started paying attention.
1. “Bien o mal” was the first time I was aware of a new Julieta Venegas single. I had been listening to a Phoenix Spanish-language pop station for less than a year, and this understated singer with indie-pop accordion riffs who was still evidently a big deal according to the DJs really stood out in the middle of the usual bachata, reggaeton, and banda on the rotation.
2. “Eres para mí” was the Julieta Venegas song they were still occasionally playing that first year I started listening to Spanish-language radio. Ana Tijoux’s rap verse reminded me of the obligatory, slightly clunky raps in R&B songs when I first started listening to pop music in the early 90s.
3. “Tuve para dar” meant a lot to me when it first came out in late 2012.
4. “Te ví” was similarly important to me in early 2013. I wrote about them both, and their parent album, for the Atlantic; I wish I was happier with how that piece turned out.
5. “Vuelve” was not technically released as a single, but she did a video with Gepe and Javiera Mena instead of Rubén Alberrán and Ana Tijoux, who are on the album version, so I’ll count it.
I meant to reblog this like two weeks ago but I always forgot about it. I asked Jonathan about his top 5 Julieta Venegas singles because that’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately too, considering that Julieta Venegas was a key artists in the ’00s Latin music — I’ve been also thinking about the top 5 Babasónicos and Miranda! singles. I wanted to know how a non-Latin though of her singles, and since Jonathan is always so interested and knows so much about Latin music — even more than me — he was the right person to ask this. Anway, if I had to put my top five Julieta Venegas singles into order, this would be the list:
- “Bien o mal" from Otra cosa (2010)
- “El presente" from MTV Unplugged (2008)
- “Eres para mí" from Limón y sal (2006)
- “Tuve para dar" from Los momentos (2013)
- “Lento" from Sí (2003)
I took into account not only my favorite songs, but also the impact they had in the music sccene and how popular they were.
“Bien o mal” was the only single from Otra cosa that radios played (but not a lot). Still, that accordion solo is the definition of bittersweet and deserves the first place. Although “El presente” was only released on her MTV Unplugged album, it became a HUGE hit. What I most like about it, is that the song structure is kind of the other way round: the chorus doesn’t explode, but it slows down the song while the verses with the mariachi-like accordion are the ones that cheer it up. The singles from Los momentos weren’t popular at all — it was called by many her comeback to the independent scene — and I think it’s an album that works better as a whole, but I could relate a lot to “Tuve para dar”. “Eres para mí” is just genious and shows a different facet of Julieta — instead of being melancholic, she shows herself very self-confident. I may like “Lento” a lot for the piano version from the MTV Unplugged, but that song is so sweet and the music video with her twin sister is just great!
Also, that Atlantic article is the main reason why I started paying attention to Julieta Venegas and it meant a lot to me last year.