Macarena (song)


One of 1993 early releases
Single by Los del Río
from the album A mí me gusta and Fiesta Macarena
Released August 15, 1995 (U.S.)
Recorded 1992
Length 3:51 (Bayside Boys mix)
Label RCA
  • Rafael Ruiz Perdigones
  • Antonio Romero Monge
  • SWK
Producer(s) Los del Río
Los del Río singles chronology

"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)"
"Macarena Christmas"
"Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix)

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"Macarena" (Spanish pronunciation: [makaˈɾena]) is a Spanish dance song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1993 album A mí me gusta, it was an international hit in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and continues to be a popular dance at weddings, parties, and sporting events. One of the most iconic examples of 1990s dance music, it was ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of All Time" by VH1 in 2002. The song uses a type of clave rhythm. The song ranks at No. 7 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It also ranks at No. 1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs.[2][3] It is also Billboard's No. 1 dance song and one of six foreign language songs to hit No. 1 since 1955's rock era began.


Macarena's composition features a variant on the clave rhythm. The song is written in the key of Ab Mixolydian, and it follows a repetitious chord progression of Ab–Gb throughout.[4]

Origin and history

As a result of their lounge act, Los del Río were invited to tour South America in March 1992 and, while visiting Venezuela, they were invited to a private party held by the Venezuelan empresario Gustavo Cisneros. Many prominent Venezuelans were in attendance that night, including former president Carlos Andrés Pérez.

Cisneros had arranged for a local flamenco teacher, Diana Patricia Cubillán Herrera, to do a small performance for the guests, and Los Del Rio were pleasantly surprised by Cubillán's dance skills. Spontaneously, Antonio Romero Monge, one half of the Los del Río duo, recited the song's chorus-to-be on the spot, as an accolade to Cubillán, but naming her "Ma'dalena" (Magdalena): "Dale a tu cuerpo alegría, Ma'dalena, que tu cuerpo e' pa' darle alegría y cosa' buena'" ("Give your body some joy, Magdalene, 'cause your body is for giving joy and good things to it"). In Andalusian culture labeling a woman "Magdalena" is to give her a faint association with Mary Magdalene's reportedly seedy past, and more accurately describes her as being sassy or sensuous.[5]

Record breaking and worldwide impact

The song was originally recorded in 1992, and released in 1993 as a rumba. This was the first of six versions of the song that can be associated with Los Del Rio. Another version, a new flamenco rumba pop fusion theme with fully Spanish lyrics, attained significant success in Spain, Colombia and Mexico. It also became popular in Puerto Rico because of its use as an unofficial campaign theme song for then-governor Pedro Rosselló, who was seeking reelection under the New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico's ticket. Being the base for many cruise ships, visitors to the island were constantly exposed to the song during their stay in Puerto Rico. This may explain how the song spread to—and became a hit in—cities with sizable Latino communities in the United States, particularly Miami and New York City.

English-language remix

In mid-1996, the song became a worldwide hit when the Bayside Boys—a trio of producers composed of Mike Triay, Carlos de Yarza, and Jammin Johnny Caride—produced a remix of the song which added English lyrics.[6] Jammin Johnny Caride, a radio personality at Power 96 in Miami, first learned of the "Macarena" when clubgoers at a club where he worked as a deejay requested the song.[6] Caride brought the "Macarena" to his supervisors at Power 96 who asked him to create an English-language version of the song.[6]

Caride recruited his two partners at Bayside Records, Mike "In The Night" Triay and Carlos de Yarza, to remix the original song.[6] The new, English-language lyrics were written by Yarza and Triay. The trio, known as the Bayside Boys, added a new dance beat specifically targeted to American and British audiences with English-language lyrics sung by Carla Vanessa.[6] The finished version was called "Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix)."[6] The Bayside Boys remix hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1996 and remained at the top of the chart for fourteen weeks.[6]


The reworked "Macarena (Bayside Boys remix)" spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,[6] one of the longest runs atop the Hot 100 chart in history. The single spent its final week at No. 1 on its 46th week on the chart, recorded as the latest No. 1 single in Hot 100 history. Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song for 1996.[7] In the United Kingdom the song was released in June 1996 and peaked at No. 2 on August 17, 1996,[8] kept off the No. 1 spot by the huge popularity of the Spice Girls song "Wannabe."[9]

"Macarena" remained popular through 1996, but by the end of 1997, its popularity had diminished. The song stayed in the Hot 100 chart for 60 weeks, the longest reign among No. 1 songs, only surpassed fifteen years later by Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". The Bayside Boys remix includes a sample from Yazoo (also known in the United States as Yaz) track "Situation"—the laughter of Yazoo vocalist Alison Moyet. The chorus uses female vocal samples previously used by The Farm in their song "Higher and Higher (Remix)" from their album, Spartacus. The Bayside Boys toured the U.S. and the world, and featured singer Carla Vanessa.

By 1997, the song had sold 11 million copies. While having only a 25% take in royalties from the song, Romero and Ruiz became immensely wealthy. According to the BBC News Service, during the year 2003 alone—a full decade after the song's initial release—Romero and Ruiz made USD$250,000 in royalties.[10] Julio Iglesias is quoted as congratulating the duo personally: "My success singing in English from Miami is nothing compared to yours; coming out of Dos Hermanas with little international exposure elsewhere and selling these many records in Spanish takes two huge sets of cojones."[11]

In VH1's 2002 documentary 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders, "Macarena" was ranked as No. 1. "Macarena" was also ranked No. 1 on a different VH1 documentary, 40 Awesomely Bad No. 1 Songs.

On America's Best Dance Crew, it was danced to on the Whack Track Challenge, given to the Ringmasters.

1996 Democratic Convention

In the United States, the song, and its corresponding Macarena dance, became popular during the same week as the 1996 Democratic National Convention in August that year. C-Span filmed Delegates dancing to the song in an afternoon session, still a popular view on YouTube. [12] Vice President Al Gore, having a reputation for stiffness, made a joke about doing the Macarena dance during his speech. He said, "I would like to demonstrate for you the Al Gore version of the Macarena," then remained motionless for a few seconds, and eventually asked, "Would you like to see it again?"[13]

Music videos

There are two different music videos. The most common one, based on the Bayside Boys Mix and directed by French director Vincent Calvet, was created in 1996, featuring Los del Rio performing on a white backdrop. Ten women are also seen dancing with the band. Among them are Mia Frye, who choreographed the video. This version, where nine of the ten women lip sync the English lyrics, samples a line from The Graduate ("I am not trying to seduce you!") that had been earlier used by George Michael in "Too Funky," but was later removed due to possible copyright issues. The other, similar version of the music video was in black and white and was more instructional in that the women and men are clearly shown performing the specific dance moves.

Charts and certifications


End of year chart (1996) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
End of year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 82

"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)"

Chart (1995–96) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[16] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[19] 1
Canada (Dance (RPM)[20] 16
Denmark (IFPI)[21] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[22] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 1
France (SNEP)[24] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[25] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[26] 3
Italy (FIMI)[27] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[28] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[29] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[30] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[31] 2
Spain (AFYVE)[32] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[33] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 1
UK (Official Charts Company)[35] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[36] 1
US Billboard Adult Top 40[36] 19
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[36] 28
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[36] 46
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[36] 7
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[36] 5

End of year charts

End of year chart (1996) Position
Australia (ARIA)[37] 1
Canadian RPM Dance[38] 10
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 1

End of decade charts

Chart (19901999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[39] 2

All-time charts

Chart Position
US Billboard Hot 100[40] 7

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[42] Platinum 50,000*
France (SNEP)[43] Diamond 910,000[44]
Germany (BVMI)[45] 3× Gold 750,000^
Sweden (GLF)[46] Gold 25,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[47] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[48] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[49] 4× Platinum 4,300,000[50]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

"Macarena Christmas"

Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[51] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[52] 12
France (SNEP)[53] 34
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[54] 31
Norway (VG-lista)[55] 16
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[56] 40
US Billboard Hot 100[36] 57
Preceded by
"The X-Files" by Mark Snow
"Tic, Tic Tac" by Carrapicho
French SNEP number-one single
15 June 1996 6 July 1996
3 August 1996 17 August 1996
Succeeded by
"Tic, Tic Tac" by Carrapicho
"Killing Me Softly" by The Fugees
Preceded by
"You're Makin' Me High" / "Let It Flow" by Toni Braxton
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
3 August 1996 2 November 1996
Succeeded by
"No Diggity" by BLACKstreet featuring Dr. Dre
Preceded by
"Because You Loved Me" / "The Power of the Dream" by Celine Dion
Australian ARIA Charts number-one single
31 August 1996 25 October 1996
Succeeded by
"Wannabe" by Spice Girls
Preceded by
"Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio featuring L.V.
Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year
Succeeded by
"Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John

Remixes, covers and parodies

Single by Los del Mar
from the album Macarena: The Hit Album
Released 1996
Recorded 1995
Length 3:49
Label Lime Inc.
Producer(s) Los del Mar

Los Del Mar version

The song was covered by Los del Mar featuring Pedro Castaño. It was first released in 1995 and then again at the same time as the original in the United Kingdom and Australia. In the UK it only reached No. 43 in the charts, but remained charted for almost two months; however, the Los del Rio version peaked at number two. In Australia, the Los del Mar version was more successful than in the United Kingdom, and peaked at No. 2 whilst the Los del Rio version was still at No. 1. In Canada, the Los del Mar version was quite popular on MuchMusic and top 40 radio in 1995, eclipsing the later popularity of the original.

Chart (199697) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[58] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[59] 22
Canadian RPM Dance[60] 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles[61] 1
France (SNEP)[62] 4
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[63] 22
UK (Official Charts Company)[64] 43
US Billboard Hot 100[65] 71
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[65] 46

Track listings

Australian CD single

  1. "Macarena" (Radio Mix) 3:49
  2. "Macarena" (Bola Mix) 6:08

The Chipmunks and The Chipettes

In 1996, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes recorded the song, in separate English and Spanish versions, for their album Club Chipmunk: The Dance Mixes. The English version remains one of the groups' most popular and recognizable covers.


Also in 1996 Rhode Island Soft Systems developed Hey, Macaroni, a screensaver for Windows. It features 3D animated noodles dancing to a parody of "Macarena", with lyrics such as "My name is Mary Ann, and I'm an elbow macaroni" and "Macaroni's best when it's cooked al dente... Hey, Macaroni!".

MC Rage vulgar parody

MC Rage released the single "Fuck Macarena" in November 1996. It is a parody of Los Del Rio's "Macarena" and mocks the original version's lyrics, as do the dancers in the music video. MC Rage sings vulgar mocking lyrics as an outburst against the huge success of "Macarena". It is notable for becoming the first ever hardcore song to enter the top 10 mainstream charts, peaking at number 7 in the Dutch Top 40 on December 27, 1996, and at number 8 in the Mega Top 100 on January 25, 1997.[66][67]

Bollywood usage

In 1997, Bollywood composer Anu Malik used the tune to record for each of his song compositions for two movie soundtracks for Auzaar and Dhaal: The Battle of Law Against Law with rewritten lyrics in Hindi.

The GrooveGrass Boyz version

In 1997, The GrooveGrass Boyz recorded a country music version of the "Macarena", with re-written lyrics.[68] This rendition peaked at number 70 on the Hot Country Songs charts and number 7 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100. This version was released on Imprint Records and sold over 80,000 copies.[69]

"The Macadamia Nut"

In 1997, the characters of the popular animated series Animaniacs appeared in a music video parodying the song as "The Macadamia Nut" with Yakko, Wakko, and Dot singing the lead vocals.

Black Lace

As part of a long string of cover versions, Black Lace released their version in 1998.

The Art of Sound Group Mix

In 2008, Los del Río recorded a remix of the song in honor of the Macarena's 15th anniversary. The song, which was featured on their album Quinceañera Macarena, was produced by The Art of Sound and featured T Lopez, Yeyo of The D.E.Y. and El Chino Dreadlion. Recorded in both Spanish and later in English, the remake received moderate airplay on some Spanish-language music stations in the United States of America, such as WSKQ-FM, KVVZ, and WMEG.

The song and album were released in November 2008 by IMC records, who said "We totally reinvented the Macarena with the help of The Art of Sound boys in Miami and artists like El Chino DreadLion and Yeyo, but were lacking that feminine touch, and thanks to Cash Money Records we found that in T Lopez," IMC Records came across T Lopez when she was in Los Angeles recording at Candor Entertainment Studios.[70]

The Muppets

In 2014, the song was performed by Miss Piggy and two Muppet flamingos for the film Muppets Most Wanted and its soundtrack. Some words have been changed in this version including the boy's name being Kermitino instead of Vitiorino

2015 Rugby World Cup

For the 2015 Rugby World Cup the English side formed a hybrid cross of the Macarena and the New Zealand All Black haka called the "Hakarena" and is led by former English rugby captain Matt Dawson. It uses the instrumental of "makarena" and the body actions of the haka. Although it is "tongue in cheek" it has been considered by some as "culturally insensitive" and disrespectful.


Mexican pop band Mestizzo also covered the song.


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