Essential Enrique Iglesias: From The Latin Explosion to "Tonight (I'm F#$%in' You)"

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Enrique Iglesias doesn't strike us as the type of dude who'd coordinate his outfit (a slim-fitting, three-quarter sleeve baseball t-shirt, and designer jeans) to match his fully loaded, cherry-red Jeep Wrangler.

Then again, we're not the advertising division at Chrysler.

Earlier this month, the auto giant tapped Iglesias and tourmate Jennifer Lopez for a collaborative spot, pushing the carmaker's impressive fleet of stylish American-built vehicles "imported from Detroit."



Under the influence of his passionate Latin gaze and the magic of a few quick edits, we could hardly resist our deep desire to test drive a Jeep. For 31 beautiful seconds, Enrique's eyes peered deep into our soul and tickled that part of the brain that says, I need a new car.

Bad credit and a mountain debt, however, snapped us out of it. And soon, it was back to mundane reality. Just us and a few Enrique Iglesias albums to get through life in a rusted hoopty.

This is Crossfade's Essential Enrique Iglesias.



Enrique Iglesias, 1995
While some folks were swooning over Radiohead's sophomore effort, The Bends, it was Iglesias' timeless ballads on his self-titled debut that looped in our tape deck.

Coincidentally, it was the only record our parents listened to on the way to and from school; we were nine at the time it came out and hadn't even heard of Thom Yorke yet.

While we experienced little, if any, emotional connection to Iglesias' deeply personal collection of songs about women he'd loved, hurt, and would love again in his lifetime, the record's not a bad listen if you're trying to pick up an unmarried, 36-year-old school teacher in Hialeah.



Enrique, 1999
Iglesias dove into the American market and a created more splash than "Ham" Porter's cannonball in The Sandlot.

El tipo came bearing gifts, a brief lesson in Spanish and a cross-over hit that had middle America screaming "Bailamos!"

The infectious three and a half-minute ditty topped the Billboard 100 for two consecutive weeks and set the tempo for Iglesias' career. He followed the bilingual "Bailamos" with "Rhythm Divine," yet another chart topper, only this time on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks.

Tack on three more singles and a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America, and Enrique's already a superstar by the time everyone in the country's balling their eyes out during "Hero" in 2011.

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