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Underneath Your Clothes
Writer(s) Shakira
Producer(s) Shakira
Length 3:44
From    LSLogo
Singles "Whenever, Wherever"
"Underneath Your Clothes"
"Objection (Tango)"
"The One"
"Te Dejo Madrid"
"Que Me Quedes Tú"
Laundry Service track listing
"Whenever, Wherever"
Shakira singles chronology
 
"Whenever, Wherever" "Underneath Your Clothes" "Objection (Tango)"

"Underneath Your Clothes" is a power ballad by Colombian singer-songwriter Shakira - the second English language single released from Laundry Service (2001). It is a love song with lyrics by Shakira and music by her and Lester Mendez and 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 worldwide, 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.

Critical receptionEdit

"Underneath Your Clothes" is listed on #391 on Blender's "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born" list. 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")".

Music videoEdit

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.

Formats and track listingsEdit

There are the major formats for 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

ChartsEdit

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia) 7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 11
Denmark (Tracklisten) 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 8
France (SNEP) 2
Germany (Media Control AG) 2
Greece (IFPI) 6
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 9
Hungary (Single Top 10) 1
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italy (FIMI) 3
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 1
New Zealand (RIANZ) 2
Norway (VG-lista) 2
Romania (Romanian Top 100) 8
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Hot 100 9
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 5
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard) 40
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 4

Lyrics and videoEdit

Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes (Live)04:02

Shakira - Underneath Your Clothes (Live)

You're a song
Written by the hands of God
Don't get me wrong cause
This might sound to you a bit odd
But you own the place
Where all my thoughts go hiding
And right under your clothes
Is where I find them

Underneath Your Clothes
There's an endless story
There's the man I chose
There's my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl honey

Because of you
I forgot the smart ways to lie
Because of you
I'm running out of reasons to cry
When the friends are gone
When the party's over
We will still belong to each other

Underneath Your Clothes
There's an endless story
There's the man I chose
There's my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl honey [x2]

I love you more than all that's on the planet
Movin' talkin' walkin' breathing
You know it's true
Oh baby it's so funny
You almost don't believe it
As every voice is hanging from the silence
Lamps are hanging from the ceiling
Like a lady tied to her manners
I'm tied up to this feeling

Underneath Your Clothes
There's an endless story
There's the man I chose
There's my territory
And all the things I deserve
For being such a good girl honey [x2]

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