Jenni Rivera, the most successful regional Mexican entertainer of her generation, was to have turned 45 today (July 2), nearly two years after her small plane crashed while working in Mexico.
The songstress, no stranger to the Billboard charts, each year grew as a recording artist and continually expanded her audience. Fans were charmed by her brassy, sassy and down to earth persona.
We look at some of Rivera’s most iconic videos, popular compositions and highlight some of her Top 10 Regional Mexican Airplay songs just as her newest album1969-Siempre – Live from Monterrey, Part 2 went on sale this week.
10. “Se Las Voy A Dar A Otro” (I’m Giving Them to Someone Else)
One of Rivera’s earlier music videos introduces the singer herself as a honey blonde who tells the story of a woman scorned by her man’s indiscretions. Incidentally, Rivera says at the start of the video that the male lead is her thankfully her ex-husband. Guess who has the last word?
9. "Love Again" featuring MC Magic and Chino Brown (Rivera sings in English)
The American-born Rivera, who performed mostly in Spanish, enjoyed singing in English as well. This bilingual song features the songstress singing lines like "You showed me how to love again," while MC Magic raps his heart out.
8. “Besos y Copas” (Kisses and Drinks)
The boom of brass instruments compliment Rivera’s swagger and vocal chops in a song about a woman’s disappointment with men. This live version shows the entertainer with her band. The song peaked at No. 10 in in October of 2006.
7. "La Gran Señora" (The Grand Lady)
Performing with a mariachi band at one of her milestone Nokia Theatre concerts, Rivera shines brightly in a song about the other woman, declaring, “I’m this man’s grand lady … I’m not liking this triangle.” Performed with relentless bravado, Rivera wins over her fans once again.
6. "Ahora Que Estuviste Lejos" (Now That You’ve Been Far Away)
Dressed all in pink, Rivera swiftly walks across the stage singing about her new found freedom since her lover is away. “Now that you’ve been far, I’ve tasted freedom … and I liked it.” The song peaked at No. 3 in January of 2008.
5. "Ya Lo Se" (I Already Know)
Along with the powerful backing of a mariachi band, Rivera delivers a vocally demanding song in a highly spirited performance. She sings about the man who is “not going to return.”
4. "Inolvidable" (Unforgettable)
A milestone concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2011, Rivera perform to a packed house of fans who sang along with lyrics that includes the line: “I was the best thing in your life and you can’t deny it.” The song peaked at No. 6 in June of 2008. Fans, especially the women, could not get enough.
3. "Culpable o Inocente" (Guilty or Innocent)
This banda themed song features a sensuous Rivera in a video singing atop a bed declaring love for the man she yearns for whether he’s guilty or innocent. “Love, they say you are pure falsehood … but they won’t convince me.”
2. “De Contrabando” (Of Contraband)
This signature Rivera song, in which the female protagonist awaits the return of her lover, features the singer in a bathtub looking sultry. The song made it to No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Airplay songs chart in June of 2006 and became a staple at many of the her shows.
1. "Basta Ya" (Pop) featuring Marco Antonio Solis
This is one of Rivera’s most iconic songs thanks to the lyrics from Solis. Originally made famous by Puerto Rican singer Olga Tañon in the '90s, the new version became a favorite of Rivera fans as she performed it in two versions: banda and pop. The last few seconds will leave you inspired.