It’s been 20 years since Selena was tragically murdered at the age of 23. Like millions of others I loved — and still love — the energy she personified.
My favorite Selena English-language song is “Dreaming of You.” It’s one of only about 10 English-language songs she completed (including demos). It, “Missing My Baby,” and “I Could Fall In Love” are the most notable, although the others are just as good. In fact, “Captive Heart” is my second favorite Selena English-language song — and it’s a close second. At the time of her passing, she was working on her English crossover album also entitled Dreaming of You. The album was released with the completed English songs and others she had previously recorded in Spanish (some were favorites from previous albums).
My favorite Selena Spanish-language song is “God’s Child (Baila Conmigo).” It’s a duet with David Byrne who sings his part in English while Selena’s verses are sung in Spanish. I love the mix of rhythms in this song. Plus, the sense of drama she conveys through her voice helps bring the song to life, similar to “No Me Queda Mas.” And, while many of her songs featured the lighter, more airy quality of her voice, this song is one that showcased the fact Selena could sing with some power behind her vocals.
I can’t not mention the uptempo ballad “Donde Quiera Que Estes” with the Barrio Boyzz. It’s actually on their album of the same name that came out in 1993. There’s also a Spanglish version of this song on the Dreaming of You album called “Wherever You Are” with her vocals in Spanish and the Barrio Boyzz singing in English.
If I had to pick a solo Spanish-language song favorite I’d go with “Amor Prohibido.” “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Techno Cumbia” also get quite a number of regular spins from me too.