” Macarena ” by Los del Río is a song about a woman called surprisingly “Macarena”. This song was first released in 1995 and went on to be a monster hit in the clubs worldwide. Along with the hit year of 1995 it also enjoyed success in 1996, and 1997 with continuing success as a floor filler even today.
” Macarena ” was certainly one of the most iconic 90s dance tracks and in 2002 was ranked Number One of the ” Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time ” by VH1. The song is built around a type of clave rhythm which is a rhythmic pattern used in much Afro-Cuban music including rumba, conga, son, mambo, salsa and songo.
” Macarena ” is ranked by Billboard at number seven on the All-Time Top 100 along with a rank of Number One on the Billboard All Time Latin Songs. Along with these two achievements, this song has been Billboard’s Number One dance song and one of six foreign language songs to reach the top spot since 1955.
1992 was the year the song was initially recorded and 1993 the song was released as a sort of Rumba; this version is just one of six that can be associated with Los del Río. A flamenco rumba version fused with pop and Spanish only lyrics gained success in countries like Spain, Colombia and Mexico.
The song became a substantial worldwide hit when in mid-1996 a trio of producers called The Bayside Boys consisting of Mike Triay, Carlos de Yarza, and Jammin Johnny Caride remixed it adding English lyrics written by Yarza and Triay.
A new dance beat was added and targeted to American and British audiences with the English lyrics sung by Carla Vanessa. The final version was named ” Macarena (Bayside Boys Remix) “. The remix reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1996 and was so popular it stayed there for fourteen weeks which is one of the most prolonged stays at the top in Billboard Chart history.
Although ” Macarena ” enjoyed huge success Worldwide and enjoyed the longest Number One stay in Billboard history the song just failed to reach the top spot in the United Kingdom reaching number two, denied the top rank by the Spice Girls song ” Wannabe “.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria ( Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Canada (Dance (RPM) 16, Denmark (IFPI) 1, Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 1, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 3, Italy (FIMI) 1, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 2, Norway (VG-lista) 2, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1, US Billboard Adult ( Top 40 ) 19, US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 28, US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 46, US Billboard Rhythmic ( Top 40 ) 7, US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5
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