- Insider listened to all eight of Jennifer Lopez’s studio albums.
- We selected each album’s absolute best song – and its absolute worst.
- “Waiting For Tonight” and “Tu” came out on top, while “Emotions” and “Brave” were labeled as misses.
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Worst song: The very tired, prescriptive R&B track “Too Late” sounds like any other mainstream song of the time.
The chorus, “First you say that you have to go away (Oh) / I never should’ve been with you anyway” only adds to the song’s overall genericness with its lack of ingenuity. It also gets old way before the track concludes.
On the track, Lopez fully takes charge, embracing her security and independence as a woman, with straightforward lyrics like, “Think I’m gonna spend your cash (I won’t)” and “If I wanna floss, I got my own.”
Worst song: “Secretly” is the only ballad on this album, which breaks up the flow of the upbeat tracklist.
While this track isn’t necessarily bad on its own, it’d probably feel more at home on an album that isn’t grounded in electronic and R&B numbers.
Everything from the bluesy introductory vocals to LL Cool J’s echoing vocals to the excellent hook (“All my pride is all I have”) makes this a lasting hit.
Worst song: “The One” should be deleted from this album. We wouldn’t even miss it because there’s another, slightly better, version of it on the same tracklist, called “The One – Version 2.”
There’s no reason to include two versions of the same song, especially since they’re near-identical. It just adds unnecessary clutter.
Worst song: “Whatever You Wanna Do” is all noise and no creativity. The track is agonizingly carried by the titular phrase and a blurted “Woah,” which gets monotonous less than halfway into the song.
The bridge is also fully comprised of the same toneless phrase, but with the addition of an elementary “Hey,” ultimately creating one big filler track made up of filler words.
Lopez uses the length of the track to really showcase her vocal range and breathing techniques over peeled-back production.
Alongside moving violins and spirited electric guitar work, she elegantly stretches out the word “Tu” (Spanish for “you”) through an enchanting chorus.
Effort was clearly put into “Tu,” both vocally and instrumentally, enabling the listener to really feel the passion and love she has for that special someone, making this track feel like a genuine love song.
Worst song: The title track stands out in the worst way possible: with a runtime of six minutes, it’s the longest track on the album. My attention span is only so wide, and the piano-heavy, slow-moving orchestration only makes me want to tune out sooner.
The song does start to build closer to the two-minute mark, but by then it’s too late.
The striking sound of a marching band in the background keeps everything animated while Ludacris’ clever wordplay and hybrid English-Spanish rap verses add another dimension to this already fun track.
Worst song: “Brave” is another title track lacking quality and luster.
Over some very bland production, Lopez explores lessons of love and sides of vulnerability. Her vocals here are rather restrained compared to the rest of the album, and the instrumentals are nothing special, making it a forgettable track and a deep cut to rarely be revisited.
Worst song: On “Good Hit,” Lopez’s voice is distorted via chaotic, Black Eyed Peas-like autotune, which mostly makes her sound like an unsolicited robot.
Also, lyrics like “I got that good hit / Don’t you wish I was your boo,” and “Got that New York swagger,” are especially cringeworthy and surely didn’t age well.
It’s a playful ditty with a simple, cutesy hook and French Montana’s verse only elevates it.
Worst song: Despite the title, “Emotions” doesn’t give much emotion — and lacks variety when it comes to the note changes.
Rather than attempt to flex her range, Lopez settles for unconvincing vocals in a spiritless piano-based ballad carried by a repetitive hook (“Someone took my emotions / Don’t forgive me, I didn’t ask”).
This is definitely no “Emotions” by Mariah Carey.