La Tortura

Album: Fijacion Oral Vol. 1 (2005)
Charted: 23
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Songfacts®:

  • Shakira portrays a woman who is in pain over her cheating lover and is tired of crying over his betrayal. Alejandro Sanz, who sings on this with Shakira, plays the regretful boyfriend who wants her back, and tries to persuade her that infidelity is a forgivable offense. Both agree that this love hurts them - it's "torture." Shakira is telling him that she has cried over him too long and it would be best if they just said their goodbyes, while Alejandro won't let go and is expressing how he needs her in his life. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Amina - Toronto, Canada
  • The American release of this album featured a remix as a bonus track, along with an acoustic version of "La Pared." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Douglas - Waterloo, England
  • This song holds the record for longest run at #1 on the Hot Latin Songs. The cut led for 25 weeks in 2005. Enrique Iglesias' "Bailando" trumped Shakira's tune in October 2014 when it clocked up its 26th week at the summit.
  • The Spanish-language video was the first to air on MTV without an English-language version. The clip, directed by Michael Haussman (Madonna's "Take A Bow"), shows Alejandro watching Shakira in her apartment from his new girlfriend's apartment across the street. He reflects on their relationship while Shakira grooves on the roof of her building.
  • Shakira performed this on Saturday Night Live on December 10, 2005.
  • This was used on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the 2014 episode "Face My Enemy."
  • This was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2006 Latin Grammy Awards. The album also took home the Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock/Alternative Album.
  • In a 2005 interview with Gavin Martin, Shakira elaborated on the significance of the album title and its cover image: "To me, it's a multi-dimensional term. It has many layers to it, and people can interpret it their own way. The biggest function is freedom to stimulate a conversation and stimulate ideas. It's a term that's very utilized in psychoanalysis but is also something that describes me as a person: I consider myself very oral. I've always given tremendous importance to the spoken word. It's funny to hear how some people associate 'oral' with 'oral sex' but we're all orally fixated - it's our window to the world from the moment we're born, since the moment we connect with our mother. On the cover of Volume 1, I'm holding a child in my arms and
    implying to have breastfed him. It's my godchild, my little cousin."

Comments: 8

  • Monica from West Hartford, Ctthis is more than just a song about a guy wanting his girl back....he's also reasoning why his cheating ways should be accepted by her....that's she is his main woman, but that he NEEDS variety.....and why can she understand that?
  • Sebastian from Providence, RiThe song is about somebody that suffers because his/her lover left and is like a torture for her/him.
  • Kasey from Farmington, MoI love it even though i have no idea what it says!
  • Nikkita from Panama, OtherLatin singer Alejandro Sanz, had also performed duets with Destiny's Child and The Corrs.
  • Sebastian from Providence, Riindeed, "The Torture".
  • Janetta from Davenport, Iai love this song and my bff can speak spanish and he made me guess what title ment and i didnt know so i guessed the torture
  • Brooke from Jasper, InI am a stupid american that is in love with shakira i don't care what language her music is in i still LOVE IT !!!!!!! Her lyrics are inspiring and touching. She is my rolemodel!
  • Jim from Oxnard, CaI've seen too many American publications refer to this song as "La Torta." There's a huge difference between "torture" and a "cake."
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