The 10 Best Music Videos by Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Iglesias’ natural sex appeal in his music videos helped him become an international pop star. This is a guide to the 10 best music videos of his career.
‘Sad Eyes’ (2000)
Enrique Iglesias’ music video accompanying “Sad Eyes” is directed by photographer David LaChapelle. The record label shelved it due to explicit sexual content. However, it re-emerged in recent years when David LaChappelle uploaded it to his website before being asked to remove it by Universal Music. The clip is highly sexually charged as it primarily revolves around Enrique Iglesias’ obsession with images on a television phone sex commercial.
Bruce Springsteen wrote the song “Sad Eyes.” He included it as one of the songs rescued from the vaults on his 1998 compilation album, “Tracks.” The Enrique Iglesias version appears on the album “Enrique.” “Sad Eyes” reached the mainstream Top 40 pop radio chart in the U.S.
“Hero” was a No. 3 pop hit in the U.S. for Enrique Iglesias. The video, directed by Joseph Kahn, features a dramatic, erotically charged, and violent storyline. Jennifer Love Hewitt portrays Enrique Iglesias’ love interest. They are criminals pursued across the desert by law enforcement officers including actor Mickey Rourke. The anti-hero dies in the rain as the video closes.
Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” was chosen as a song to play to soothe victims and celebrate first responders after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. He was invited to sing it live at the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” concert. “Hero” spent 15 weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart.
Enrique Iglesias’ video for “Escape” features tennis player Anna Kournikova as his love interest. They were a dating couple at the time. Dave Meyers, known for work with Katy Perry among many others, directed the clip. Among the scenes depicted are the pair making out in a public restroom and in the backseat of a car. The “Escape” video reached No. 1 on MTV’s countdown show “Total Request Live.”
“Escape” was a significant hit in the U.S. across multiple charts. It reached No. 12 on the pop chart while reaching the Top 40 at both adult contemporary and adult pop radio. “Escape” went all the way to No. 1 on the dance chart.
‘Don’t Turn Off the Lights’ (2002)
Although it was not successful on the pop charts in the U.S., Enrique Iglesias’ video for “Don’t Turn Out the Lights” is certainly distinctive. We get to see the star inhabit a wide variety of sexual fantasy scenes as he becomes increasingly worried what will be next when the lights come up.
Musician Aaron Fishbein is featured performing the main guitar riff on “Don’t Turn Off the Lights.” Enrique Iglesias said that he used a new method of songwriting beginning with this song. He started with a title and built the song around that.
‘Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)’ (2007)
The music video accompanying “Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)” brought a sense of humor to the Enrique Iglesias video repertoire. Jesse Terrero directed the clip, and it is a parody of music video directors and their ideas for videos. Actor Jon Abrahams portrays a potential director who has ideas about combining cliched video imagery with the death of the love interest.
The subtitle of the song comes from the fact the sound of a ping-pong ball bouncing is part of the percussion mix. “Do You Know? (The Ping Pong Song)” appeared as the first single from the album “Insomniac.” It reached No. 3 on the dance chart and hit No. 1 on the U.S. Latin songs chart.
‘Somebody’s Me’ (2007)
The music video for Enrique Iglesias’ “Somebody’s Me” features Israeli model Sarai Givati as his love interest. Anthony Mandler, a frequent Rihanna collaborator, directed the clip, and when it premiered on MTV’s countdown show “Total Request Live,” Enrique Iglesias himself indicated that MTV cut some scenes due to the intense sexual content.
To promote the song “Somebody’s Me,” Enrique Iglesias made appearances on multiple radio stations. Some of them were adult contemporary outlets, and, ultimately the song achieved the unusual feat of performing best on adult contemporary stations and at dance clubs. “Somebody’s Me” reached No. 15 on the adult contemporary chart and No. 4 on the dance chart.
Billy Woodruff directed the music video for Enrique Iglesias’ “Push.” The song was recorded for the soundtrack of the film “Step Up 2: The Streets” and features the actors Robert Hoffman and Briana Evigan from the movie. In the clip, Enrique Iglesias uses a camcorder to film the pair making out. We also see clips of him tempted by an erotic dancer behind a glass wall.
The song “Push” was Enrique Iglesias’ first to feature a rapper in the recording. In this case, Lil Wayne provided the rap. The song appears on the album “Insomniac.”
‘I Like It’—Original Version (2010)
Enrique Iglesias returned to the pop Top 10 in the U.S. for the first time in nine years with “I Like It.” Wayne Isham directed the accompanying music video for the song. It is pure fun as we follow Enrique Iglesias clowning and performing in a club along with featured rapper Pitbull.
“I Like It” features an interpolation of Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long (All Night),” and RedOne produced the recording. The song sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone.
‘Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)’ (2010)
“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” earned notoriety for its uncensored version with explicit lyrics. Matching the lyrics, the music video for the uncensored version is more explicit, too. A provocative bedroom scene does not appear in the “tame” version of the clip.
“Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)” was a major pop hit. It climbed to No. 4 on the U.S. pop chart. It also topped the dance chart while reaching No. 11 at adult pop radio.
The music video for “Bailando” appears in two forms. One accompanies the Spanish version of the song, and the other is for the Spanglish version. Cuban director Alejandro Perez filmed the clips in the city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The videos earned praise for their depiction of joyous celebrations, soccer skills, and colorful dancing. The Spanish version became the first Spanish-language music video to be viewed more than one billion times on YouTube.
“Bailando” became Enrique Iglesias’ first Top 20 pop hit in three years. It went to No. 1 on the dance chart and won the Latin Grammy Award for Song of the Year.