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Shakira's All-Time Best Musical Collaborations, from Beyoncé to Bizarrap

From her earliest days in the industry, the former Voice Judge paired up with some of the biggest names.

By Jessica White

Latin pop queen Shakira is a music industry titan boasting a prolific career spanning decades, leading to a mythic catalog of bops. Shakira always delivers a hit and, if it wasn't obvious from her red chair reign on The Voice, she is also a mighty collaborator.

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Shakira has teamed up with many larger-than-life singers and producers throughout her four decades in the game, elevating tracks with her hip-swaying and unique vocals. Whether she's recruiting a fellow legend for her album or adding featured vocals to someone else's, few understand the power of successful sonic fusions quite like the chameleonic Shakira.

As the recipient of 11 Grammy Awards, Shakira is a creative force, so it's no wonder everyone wants her in the studio.

Shakira performing onstage at the 2009 American Music Awards

Shakira has brushed shoulders with many greats throughout her lush career, and it's led to some replay-worthy jams. Get ready to move and groove by checking out some of Shakira's most popular musical mash-ups, featuring everyone from Wyclef Jean to Rauw Alejandro. 

Shakira and Alejandro Sanz' "La Tortura"

One of Shakira's earliest collaborations — her Fijación Oral, Vol. 1 duet with Alejandro Sanz — was responsible for cementing her as a solid song partner. The sultry "La Tortura" and its equally mesmerizing music video marked a distinct moment in Shakira's growing fame when she shifted to a reggaetón verve that complimented her Latin sound. Shakira won the Record of the Year and Song of the Year award at the 2006 Latin Grammys for the infectious hit.

Shakira and Wyclef Jean's “Hips Don’t Lie”

Shakira has been dominating Latin charts since her rise to fame in the 1990s, but the track responsible for making her globetrotting superstar was her 2005 smash sensation "Hips Don't Lie," featuring Wyclef Jean. Still receiving radio play to this day, the track earned Shakira her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Shakira's belly-dancing and addictive beat made for a party anthem unlike any other and reminded fans that no one can shimmy like Shakira can. 

Shakira and Carlos Santana's “Illegal” 

Shakira slowed it down for her heart-wrenching ballad "Illegal," accompanied by the legendary Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana. Featured on the same album as "Hips Don't Lie," the guitar-driven love song follows the process of grieving an abusive ex-lover. With "Illegal," Shakira proved that she was a powerhouse vocalist as much as a hip-swaying icon. 

Shakira and Beyoncé's "Beautiful Liar"

The game was forever changed when music industry titans Beyoncé and Shakira joined forces on the dynamite duet "Beautiful Liar," featured on Beyoncé's second solo studio album B'Day (2006). The song follows two women as they discover they've both been dating the same man. Instead of quarreling, the empowered duo laughs in his face as they leave him in the dust.

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The track is as much a breakup ballad as it is a power anthem, a sublime sonic fusion of Beyoncé and Shakira's unique styles. 

Shakira and Carlos Vives' "La Bicicleta"

An auditory trip to a sunny beach or breezy car ride on the shore, Shakira and Carlos Vive's "La Bicicleta" is a love letter to Colombia and one of Shakira's most celebrated hits. Combining musical influences from Shakira and Vive's birthplaces of Barranquilla and Santa Marta, the tropical single was featured on Vives' 2017 album, Vives (2017).

The song is a mash-up of two mythic icons in Columbian music, instantly encouraging everyone to dance. (Vives went on to garner a new American audience after singing the Lin-Manuel Miranda song "Colombia, Mi Encanto" in the animated film Encanto.)

Shakira and Pitbull's "Rabiosa"

Shakira is no stranger to a club hit, and her merengue-influenced collab with Pitbull is one of her biggest bangers of the 2010s. Shakira covered "Rabiosa" for her 2010 album Sale el Sol, with the track written by Pitbull and Dominican rapper El Cata. Shakira recorded two versions of the single, with Pitbull featured on the English version and El Cata featured on the Spanish rendition. Both imaginations are electrifying beats and pop-driven party favors worthy of every dance playlist.

Shakira and El Cata's "Loca"

As Shakira embraced her Latin roots for Sale El Sol, one of the best results was the high-energy duet with El Cata, "Loca." The dance-invoking single is a delightful marriage of techno and Colombian influences, inspiring an English version recorded with Dizzee Rascal. 

Shakira and Maná's “Mi Verdad” 

In 2015, Shakira teamed up with the Mexican band Maná on their ninth studio album Cama Incendiada, adding stunning vocals on the feel-good track "Mi Verdad." The single debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs and remains a beloved play to this day. Elevate any campfire hang with Shakira and Maná's euphoric bop.

Shakira and Rihanna's "Can't Remember to Forget You"

If there is anything Shakira excels at, it's penning a powerhouse love song, and adding Rihanna to the mix only upped the ante with her 2014 single "Can't Remember to Forget You." Featured on Shakira's self-titled tenth studio album, the song follows two women who can't shakethe memory of their former lover.

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A delightful tornado of ska and pop-rock influences make the uptempo track a replay-worthy hit, a glistening track within both Shakira and Rihanna's discography.

Shakira and Maluma's "Chantaje"

Another steamy group project from Shakira was her 2017 lead single from El Dorado, "Chantaje," featuring Columbian singer Maluma. The sultry track, its title translating to "Blackmail", follows two entangled lovers in a flirtatiously tortuous game of cat-and-mouse. The song is energizing and hypnotizing, making for a replay-worthy single and one of Shakira's biggest earworms yet.

Shakira and The Black Eyed Pea's "Girl Like Me"

Shakira's collab with The Black Eyed Peas was a 2020 nod to the early 2000s, its catchy beat and sway-inducing chorus instantly getting any listener on their feet. Released on the Black Eyed Peas album Translation, the song is all about falling in love with everything a Latina queen like Shakira is all about.

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The hit earned The Black Eyed Peas and Shakira a No. 1 spot on Billboard's Latin Airplay Chart

Shakira and Rauw Alejandro's “Te Felicito”

Shakira and Rauw Alejandro's “Te Felicito” is one of Shakira's most recent mash-ups, released in April 2022. The song is a thrilling marriage of pop, electronica, and reggaetón flair. The lyrics, a careless congratulations to a no-good ex, are a perfect addition to the carefree prowess seen throughout Shakira's sprawling portfolio. The music video, released alongside the kinetic track, is just as mesmerizing as the song.

Shakira and Bizarrap's Music Sessions, Vol. 53 ("Out of Your League")

Ever the queen of the breakup ballad, the record responsible for breaking 14 Guinness World Records was her electrifying collab with Argentine DJ Bizarrap for his smash Bzrp Music Sessions series. The song, titled "Out of Your League" or "Pa' Tipos Como Tú," was dropped in January 2023 (on the same day as its music video) and was an instant sensation, soaring to the top of U.S., Latin, and Global charts.

The lyrics, centered around rising above and moving on from the chaos of a cheating lover, serve as an empowered backdrop to the song's contagious electro-pop beat. The track is a testament to Shakira's timeless talent and allure and ushered in an exciting new era from the Latin legend. 

Shakira and Karol G's "TQG"

Released in February 2023, one of Shakira' s most anticipated collaborations was "TQG" (an acronym for "Te Quedó Grande") with fellow Colombian singer Karol G. The sultry track marks Shakira's third collaboration with a dynamite female performer (after Beyoncé and Rihanna), and debuted at No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

The breakup bop explores the complexities of celebrity dating and the strength in leaving an unappreciative lover. With two badass Latin queens at the helm, "TQG" is a certified female empowerment anthem.

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