Underneath Your Clothes

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"Underneath Your Clothes"
Single by Shakira
from the album Laundry Service
Released March 18, 2002
Format CD single, CD maxi, 12" single
Recorded 2001
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:44 (album version)
3:37 (video edit)
Label Epic
  • Shakira
  • Lester Mendez
Shakira singles chronology
"Whenever, Wherever"
"Underneath Your Clothes"
"Objection (Tango)"

"Underneath Your Clothes" is a song by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira for her third studio album and English-language debut, Laundry Service (2001). The power ballad was the second English language single released from the album, and it features lyrics by Shakira and music by her and Lester Mendez. Lyrically, the song tells the story of the unconditional love that a woman has for her boyfriend, which is referenced in the lyrics. To date, "Underneath Your Clothes" is Shakira's third most successful single on the USA, behind only "Whenever, Wherever" (2001) and "Hips Don't Lie" (2006). The song is listed as one of the twenty biggest-selling singles of the 2000 decade according to Yahoo! Music with sales of over 5 million copies.[1]


On the power ballad "Underneath Your Clothes", Shakira sings with "the range of an operatic diva".[2] Her vocals on the album received praise from critics.[2][3]

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After releasing her second major album, Dónde Están los Ladrones?, in 1998, achieving a lot of success, Shakira released her first live album, MTV Unplugged: Shakira, in 2000. However, Shakira wanted to breakthrough in the United States and the world with songs in English.[4] Shakira said, "Before assuming this big challenge of writing for the first time in English and making my first English album and presenting it to the world… of course I was feeling ready for it, a little bit scared… actually a lot scared. But I knew I could do it and my instincts always told me to go ahead and jump in the water."[5] "Underneath Your Clothes" was released as the second single from the album in May 2002.[6]

"Underneath Your Clothes" has Shakira delivering "racked" vocals and features brass instrumentation influenced by English rock band The Beatles.[7] It contains a melody similar to the one in "Eternal Flame", a 1989 song by American all-female band The Bangles.[citation needed] "Underneath Your Clothes" is an "ode" to the positivity one gains when pursuing a relationship with a good person.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Underneath Your Clothes" is listed on #391 on Blender's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" list.[9] Lisa Oliver from Yahoo! Music said that: "Fronting for the corkers you have 'Underneath Your Clothes' a Jewel-esque ground swelling ode to the life-affirming power gained from the love of a good man (as well as "lamps hanging from the ceiling")".[10]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song was also commercially successful and peaked atop the charts in Australia,[11] Austria,[12] and Belgium;[13] it was certified platinum in the three countries.[14][15][16] In other countries, it became a top five hit.[11] "Underneath Your Clothes" entered the top ten of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number nine,[17] while in the United Kingdom it reached number three.[18]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Underneath Your Clothes" was directed by American photographer Herb Ritts and it was the second to last he directed before his death. It starts with a black-and-white scene of a reporter asking Shakira how she feels about crossing over into the English-speaking music market, and the singer, ironically, answers him in Spanish. Shakira claimed in her "MTV Making the Video" of the song that the "Crossover" claims had been her daily bread, and that she heavily wished for this to be included into the video. The video illustrates her loneliness as a music artist when she goes on tour. Then, scenes of the singer performing the song live with her band and passionately hugging her boyfriend (played by her real-life then boyfriend Antonio de la Rúa) are shown.

"Underneath Your Clothes" was the second video by Shakira to retire on MTV's TRL on May 14, 2002, when it was at #3 on the countdown.

Live performances[edit]

To promote the single, Shakira went on to sing it live on the following television programs: CD:UK (ITV1), Domingo Legal (SBT), Divas Live in Las Vegas (VH1), Late Show with David Letterman (CBS), TRL (MTV), Party in the Park 2002 (ITV1), among others. The limited edition of the album, entitled Laundry Service: Washed & Dried (2002) presented an acoustic version of the song as a bonus track. The singer's second live album, Live & Off the Record (2004), presented a live version of the song performed during an April 22, 2003 concert in Rotterdam, Netherlands, which was part of the singer's Tour of the Mongoose (2002–2003). Shakira performed the song live at the concerts for her Oral Fixation Tour (2006–2007) and The Sun Comes Out World Tour (2010-2011), however the song was not in the set-list of the Spanish and Latin American concerts. The performances are included the Oral Fixation Tour and the Live from Paris CD/DVD. Shakira also presented a piano mix of the song at the "Ein Herz für Kinder" and "Clinton Global Initiative", with only vocals and piano, and excluded the complete second half to the song.

Cover versions[edit]

  • Irish singer Kieran Goss covered "Underneath Your Clothes" for the charity album Even Better Than the Real Thing Vol. 1.
  • Swedish singer Amy Diamond covered it on the Super Troupers compilation album.
  • Brazilian girl group Rouge performed a Portuguese version called "Você Me Roubou" (You stole me, or better, You stole).
  • Diana in Series 7 of Spanish talent show Operación Triunfo (Operation Triumph) also covered the song.
  • Shakira performed the song with German band Big Soul on the season 1 finale of the German version of X Factor.

Formats and track listings[edit]

The following are the major formats of the release of "Underneath Your Clothes".

CD maxi
  1. "Underneath Your Clothes" (album version) — 3:44
  2. "Underneath Your Clothes" (acoustic version) — 3:55
  3. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Mendez club radio edit) — 3:24
  4. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderpuss club mix) — 6:52
  5. "Underneath Your Clothes" (video)
CD single
  1. "Underneath Your Clothes" (album version) — 3:44
  2. "Underneath Your Clothes" (acoustic version) — 3:55

Official remixes[edit]

  1. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Acoustic Live Vox Version)
  2. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Bastone & Burnz Mix)
  3. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Fairlite Remix)
  4. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Lester Mendez Club Mix)
  5. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Lester Mendez Club Mix Radio Edit)
  6. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Lester Mendez Dub Mix)
  7. "Underneath Your Clothes" (The Xquizit Dj X D&D Dub Mix)
  8. "Underneath Your Clothes" (The Xquizit Dj X D&D Vocal Remixes)
  9. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderpuss Club Mix)
  10. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderpuss Club Radio Edit)
  11. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderpuss Club Video Edit Mix)
  12. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderpuss Radio Edit)
  13. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderdub)
  14. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Thunderpuss Tribe-A-Pella)


  • Producer by Shakira
  • Co-produced by Lester Mendez for Living Stereo
  • Arranged by Shakira and Lester Mendez
  • Keyboards: Lester Mendez
  • Guitars: Tim Pierce and Brian Ray
  • Bass: Paul Bushnell
  • Percussion: Richard Bravo
  • Drums: Abraham Laboriel, Jr.
  • Horn arrangements: Lester Mendez
  • Horn charts and direction: Camilo Valencia
  • Trumpet: Tony Concepción
  • Trumpet and piccolo trumpet: Jim Hacker
  • Baritone and tenor sax: Ed Calle
  • Bass trombone and tuba: Joe Barati
  • Trombone and bass trombone: Dane Teboe
  • Background vocals: Shakira and Rita Quintero
  • Recording engineers: Terry Manning, Javier Garza and Gustavo Celis
  • Mixing engineer: Eric Schilling
  • Additional engineers: Carlos Paucar, Mike Couzzi, Jorge González and Alfred Figueroa
  • Assistant engineers: Jorge González, Tony Mardini, Ken Theis, Ed Williams, Chris Carroll, Christine Tramontano, Nicholas Marshall, Oswald Bowe and Alex Dixon


Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"I'm Moving On" by Scott Cain
Australian ARIA number-one single
May 19, 2002 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
Preceded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
June 29, 2002 – July 20, 2002 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Perdono" by Tiziano Ferro
Preceded by
"Dance With Me" by 112
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
June 29, 2002 – August 3, 2002 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"De Pizza Dans" by Dynamite and Robsnob
Preceded by
"Without Me" by Eminem
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
July 13, 2002 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Was Is' Mit Du?" by Professor Kaiser
Preceded by
"The Logical Song" by Scooter
Irish IRMA number-one single
July 27, 2002 – August 17, 2002 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Like a Prayer" by Mad'House


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