Chart Rewind: Shakira’s ‘Whenever, Wherever’ Soared To Its Hot 100 Peak This Week in 2002

Published: Saturday 28th Jan 2023 by Rashad

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective segments, ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay,’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our latest feature –  Chart Rewind – serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.

In honor of Shakira earning her latest Hot 100 top 10 hit with ‘Bzrp,’ this week we’re turning the clock back to 2002 when she first conquered the chart territory.


While acts like Ricky Martin, Jennifer LopezMarc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias were christened frontrunners of the “Latin Pop” movement that was taking Stateside charts by storm in the early 2000s, a certain globally-recognized seductress named Shakira was already doing so on charts in every part of the Spanish-speaking world.

Looking to cash in on the new Latin phenomenon in the U.S., the singer introduced her first English-language album – ‘Laundry Service’ – in late 2001 (kicked off by the mountain-moving ‘Whenever, Wherever’).

Co-written by pioneer and Queen of Latin Pop Gloria Estefan, American audiences were mesmerized by the panpipes and charango that lined the tune’s instrumental – a feat only accented by Shaki’s unique vocal stylings.  That love affair was only deepened once viewers got a peek at the song’s Francis Lawrence-directed music video, the first time they found out she wasn’t fibbing when she said her hips don’t lie.

A welcomed deviation from the Teen Pop and Hip-Hop that was dominating airwaves in 2001, by the top of 2002 ‘Whenever, Wherever’ found itself in the Hot 100’s top 10 where it peaked at #6 this week that year.  The chart triumph would mark a first for the hip-winding diva.

And while the song didn’t earn much love by way of industry recognition, its accompanying visual did collect a LATIN GRAMMY for ‘Best Short Form Music Video’ at the 2002 ceremony.  Most importantly, it’s stood the test of time as a Shakira fan-favorite, a critical standout cut from the pack of Latin Pop that rocked airwaves at the turn of the century, and helped its parent album sell over 13 million copies worldwide.


Hot 100 This Week in 2002


Hot 100 This Week


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  1. KB January 28, 2023

    Whenever, Wherever and Underneath your Clothes are both classics. Geez I’m about to vibe out. ❣️

  2. Thique Mexican bottom January 29, 2023

    Jlo slayed

  3. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) January 29, 2023

    “ Lucky that my b****** are small and humble
    So you don’t confuse ’em with mountains” 🤣😂 clearly she didn’t attend ESL when she came to America💅🏾 So lame and uneducated

    • Zade January 29, 2023

      You are obsessed with me and it’s fine.

      • Zade January 29, 2023

        Says the one emulating my account while i’m not there 😂 the gag never ends, more power to me, thanks.

    • Diora Couture January 29, 2023

      Bytchhh whe she came to THE U.S…. She was already an adult… So she didnt go to school here. She was already raking in 250k per show. She is a certified genius. Sings in multiple languages.

      You, on the other hand, as “an american” are sitting here making a childish dig at a simple lyric.

  4. Tino January 30, 2023

    Like I always say Usher in his prime was out selling out performing on the charts white mainstream Rock and Pop artist with pure R&B CLASSICS.

    But fools think Chris Brown is above Usher when he doesn’t even have one blockbuster 7 million selling album and haven’t had a Hot 100 #1 song since 2007 lol SMDH.

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