Mexican superstar Paulina Rubio celebrates 25 years as a solo artist with the release of her debut single "Mío" in Aug. 1992. Rubio originally started out in music 10 years prior as member of the children's group Timbiriche. After leaving the band, "Mío" marked her breakout and led to a lengthy career as one of Latin music's queens. Ten albums, including an English-language crossover in 2002, have given Paulina a chance to constantly reinvent her style and sound over the decades like Madonna. To commemorate Rubio's lasting impact on the industry, here are 10 of her best singles.
No. 10 - “Boys Will Be Boys” / Bravísima! (2012)
Rubio returned to the English music scene in 2012 with the sexy “Boys Will Be Boys.” Atop rapid synthesizers, Spanish guitar and an urgent accordion, Paulina recounted the times boys played her. Producer RedOne (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez) perfectly melded Latin pop and dance music on “Boys." She blew away any shred of the player's ego with “pa pa papa pa prrra pa papa” gun-sounding hook. "Boys" was an electronic blast in a bop.
No. 9 - “Ayúdame” / Ananda (2006)
Rubio teamed up with Argentine singer-songwriter Coti to write “Ayúdame” (“Help Me”), a rock-tinged love song from her Ananda album. Using picturesque lyricism about nature, she detailed how awful the world would be without that loved one close by to enjoy it all. The guitar kick and dreamy synths on the track gave added weight to Paulina's heartfelt words. “Ayúdame” was one of the more sincere moments in her songbook.
No. 8 - “Si Te Vas” / "Si Te Vas" single (2016)
"Si Te Vas" ("If You Go") is one of Rubio's most recent efforts. Latin rock-tinged sounds and colorful production backed Paulina informing an ex that they're done no matter any flowers or gifts he sends afterword. She let him down in a beautifully resolute performance. Burning bridges had never sounded so breezy and freeing until this return to form for Rubio.
No. 7 - “El Último Adiós” / Paulina (2000)
Rubio dabbed in some ranchera music by bringing in a full Mexican band for “El Último Adiós” (released in English as: “The Last Goodbye”). Backed by big horns and electronic production, she let it be known how a cheating boyfriend left her hurt. Rubio stood her ground during the track's massive chorus, singing that his pleading and begging will never bring them back together. “El Último Adiós” was a bold and empowering anthem with a major kiss-off message.
No. 6 - “Y Yo Sigo Aquí” / Paulina (2000)
If a Paulina bash were thrown, it wouldn't be complete with “Y Yo Sigo Aquí” (“And I'm Still Right Here”), a Spanish pop track injected with a huge dose of dance music. An Autotuned Rubio got the celebration going over perky house beats and tropical production. Being a good host, Rubio put out an open invitation to the guy of her eye on the purely fun track and waited for his response. “Y Yo Sigo Aquí” was the party event of the new millennium.
No. 5 - “Te Quise Tanto" / Pau-Latina (2004)
Argentine singer-songwriter Coti also wrote “Te Quise Tanto” (“I Loved You So Much”), the lead single from Rubio's Pau-Latina album. Paulina lamented a lost love that she could not get over. While sad in lyricism, “Te Quise Tanto” ran on Latin rock and very groovy electronic music. The song was experimental in sound, but it worked for Rubio in all the right ways.
No. 4 - “Causa y Efecto” / Gran City Pop (2009)
Paulina introduced her Gran City Pop album with the extremely upbeat “Causa y Efecto” (“Cause and Effect”). Don't mistake the track as fluff, though, for its light piano opening because some rock music kicks in soon after. While still cheerful, Rubio packed “Causa y Efecto” with bite as she cut a controlling boyfriend down to size with clever lyricism. The laws of cause and effect had never been better applied to a pop song until Paulina's catchy tune.
No. 3 - "Don't Say Goodbye" / Border Girl (2002)
When other Latin artists were starting to break the American market, Rubio decided to throw her hat in the ring with “Don't Say Goodbye." The pulsating electro-pop track (also released in Spanish as: “Si Tú Te Vas”) introduced Paulina and her crossover Border Girl album to a wider audience. Rubio yearned for the lover that left her wanting more, pleading for him to not leave her behind. As Paulina's hello to English music, "Goodbye" was an irresistible dance track.
No. 2 - “Mío” / La Chica Dorada (1992)
Following her breakthrough with Timbiriche in the '80s, Rubio decided to go solo so she became “La Chica Dorada” (“The Golden Girl”) with her debut single “Mío” (“Mine”). Over a pounding beat and dazzling production, Paulina marked her territory, belting that her man belonged to her and no one else. With the possessive conviction in Rubio's performance, it's safe to say that her claim remains uncontested. “Mío” is quintessential '90s and, most importantly, signature Paulina Rubio.
No. 1 - “Ni Una Sola Palabra" / Ananda (2006)
Rubio did not rock any harder than she did on “Ni Una Sola Palabra” (“Not A Single Word”) from 2006's Anada album. Rolling guitar and steady drums backed Paulina noticing trouble in paradise. The man Rubio once loved was not returning her affection. She made the eeriness of the situation known with her chilling yet captivating vocal delivery. "Palabra" was Paulina Rubio at her most awesome.