Selena Quintanilla-Pérez always wanted to be like her idol Donna Summer. During her last concert, held on Feb. 26, 1995 at the Houston Astrodome, the Queen of Tejano performed a medley of disco songs originally sung by her favorite, which she delivered flawlessly. Selena wanted to sing and become a success in the English-language market — and right before her untimely death a month later, she came very close to making that happen.
At the time of the album’s release, the president of EMI Latin, José Behar, and Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla, praised the singer and her ability to reach the English-language audience seamlessly. They said she would’ve ranked with the likes of Janet Jackson and Madonna. Fast-forward 25 years and we know this to be true.
The album’s title single, “Dreaming of You,” and “I Could Fall in Love” became two of Selena’s most popular English songs. Jennifer Lopez, who famously portrayed Selena onscreen, has paid homage to the late Tex-Mex singer by performing “I Could Fall in Love” in concert. Artists as wide-ranging as Solange and Bruno Mars have also covered that song onstage, and Camila Cabello performed “Dreaming of You” in one of her shows in 2019. “I Could Fall in Love” even made its way to TikTok, with users imitating the scene in the Selena biopic where Lopez is seen recording the single in a vocal booth. Though the song is being used in a comedic format common to TikTok videos, it’s brought Selena’s name and music to new generations nonetheless.