Objection (Tango)
Writer(s) Shakira
Producer(s) Shakira
Length 3:42
From    LSLogo
Singles "Whenever, Wherever"
"Underneath Your Clothes"
"Objection (Tango)"
"The One"
"Te Dejo Madrid"
"Que Me Quedes Tú"
Laundry Service track listing
"Underneath Your Clothes"
Shakira singles chronology
"Underneath Your Clothes" "Objection (Tango)" "The One"

"Objection (Tango)" and "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)" (English: I Warn You, I Announce to You) are Latin pop-rock/tango songs written and composed by the Colombian pop star Shakira for her 2001 breakthrough English language album, Laundry Service.

Background and compositionEdit

"Objection" is the first song written by Shakira purely in English. "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio", on the other hand, is sung in Spanish. Both songs share the same rhythm, which is quite similar to the Uruguayan tango "La Cumparsita". This tango is sampled in the intro, only modulated. The song starts out as a classical tango, with a piano, accompanied by a contrabass, and a bandoneon. However, when the drums join in, it turns more into a latin rock song, with two e-guitars, and bass. Interestingly, the bandoneon (on the off-beat) turns into an accordion. In the music video, Shakira is later depicted playing an e-guitar.

Chart performanceEdit

The English song reached #55 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, while the Spanish version reached #16 on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks chart. Although "Objection" did not live up to the success of Shakira's previous Top 10 singles - "Whenever, Wherever" and "Underneath Your Clothes" - the song became a hit on MTV's TRL, peaking at #1 and staying on the countdown for 45 days. In addition, the song fared well commercially in Europe where it peaked at #12. Objection (Tango) had a successful performance in European and oceanic countries's charts, being Top 10 in almost all. The Spanish version of the song became another hit for Shakira in the Spanish-speaking world as well.

Music videoEdit


A screenshot for Shakira where show the correct subtitles appear in the animated segment of the music video.

The music video opens with Shakira and her ex-lover doing a tango. When the tango stops, he leaves, the music picks up, and Shakira begins dancing. Shakira goes to a club where she finds her ex-lover and his new girlfriend, played by Tabitha Taylor. An animated sequence begins in which Shakira pokes holes in the new girlfriend's breast implants and knocks her ex-boyfriend through a window into another room. The animated sequence ends and Shakira confronts the lovers but is pushed down onto a glass table. Two superhero parodies (one played by Daniel Southworth, best known for playing Eric Meyers in Power Rangers Time Force) of Batman and Superman (referred to in the "Making the Video" as Package Man and Zuperman by the music video's director Dave Meyers) come to her side and, with their help, she knocks out both lovers. Shakira is then seen from a Tarantino style trunk shot, smiling sadistically at the two lovers who are now bound and gagged in the trunk of her car. They attempt to scream from behind the gags, begging for freedom, but Shakira simply continues to smile at them and slams the trunk shut. The video then switches to Shakira performing in a mechanical room and reveals that she tied both of them to a spinning wheel. The wheels accelerate until they come loose and fly away.

Formats and track listingsEdit

CD single
  1. "Objection (Tango)" (radio edit) — 3:29
  2. "Objection (Tango)" (album version) — 3:42
12" maxi
  1. "Objection (Tango)" (album version) — 3:42
  2. "Objection (Tango)" (Jellybean's funhouse mix) — 7:55
  3. "Te aviso, te anuncio (tango)" (Gigidagostinopsicoremix) — 10:53
Netherlands Maxi-CD[2]
  1. "Objection (Tango)" - 3:42
  2. "Underneath Your Clothes" (Acoustic Version) 3:56
  3. "Objection (Tango)" (Kupper's Deep Future Radio Edit) - 4:27
  4. "Objection (Tango)" (Jellybean Mix) - 7:56
CD maxi
  1. "Objection (Tango)" (radio edit) — 3:29
  2. "Objection (Tango)" (album version) — 3:42
  3. "Objection (Tango)" (Kupper's Deep future radio edit) — 4:26
  4. "Te aviso, te anuncio (tango)" (Gigidagostinopsicoremix edit) — 6:10
  5. "Objection (Tango)" (music video) — 3:42


Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 9
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia) 8
Denmark (Tracklisten) 20
European Hot 100 Singles 13
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 10
France (SNEP) 10
Germany (Media Control AG) 19
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 1
Hungary (Single Top 10) 16
Ireland (IRMA) 12
Italy (FIMI) 6
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 5
New Zealand (RIANZ) 8
Norway (VG-lista) 8
Romania (Romanian Top 100) 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 17
US Billboard Hot 100 55
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 25
US Latin Songs (Billboard)

Spanish version: "Te Aviso, Te Anuncio (Tango)

US Pop Songs (Billboard) 21

Lyrics and videoEdit

Shakira objection tango

Shakira objection tango

It's not her fault that she's so irresistible
But all the damage she's caused isn't fixable
Every twenty seconds you repeat her name
But when it comes to me you don't care
If I'm alive or dead, so

I don't want to be the exception
To get a bit of your attention
I love you for free,
And i'm not your mother
But you don't even bother
I'm tired of this triangle
Got dizzy dancing tango
I'm falling apart in your hands again
No way
I've got to get away

Next to her cheap silicone I look minimal
That's why in front of your eyes I'm invisible
But you've got to know small things also count
Better put your feet on the ground
And see what it's about, so

[Chorus (with a slight change)]
?- The angles of this triangle ?-

I wish there was a chance for
You and me
I wish you couldn't find a place
to be away from me

This is pathetic
And sardonic
And sadistic
And psychotic
Tango is not for three
Was never meant to be
But you can try it
Rehearse it
Or train like a horse
But don't you count on me
Don't you count on me boy

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