Chart Performance: Pop (#1 for 14 weeks); 1996
Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne
A tune inspired by the sight of a beautiful woman dancing at a party capped the career of Los Del Rio; a career begun in 1962 when Antonio Romero and Rafael Ruiz first performed together. The primary audience for their 30+ albums was made up primarily of older Spaniards living in towns similar to Antonio and Rafael’s birthplace. So when Romero spied the young woman in Caracas, Venezuela in 1992, little did he know that they were on the brink of international fame and fortune. The Spanish language version of Macarena broke out of Los Del Rio’s 1993 album A Mi Me Gusta, and began its worldwide chart domination. The U.S. didn’t hop on the Macarena bandwagon until a Miami radio station aired a specially commissioned English mix named after the studio that spawned it. Macarena bounced on, off, and then back on the Hot 100 before reaching #1 and becoming the top single of the rock era.
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- Los del Río
Lyrics Written by:
- Rafael Ruiz Perdigones
- Antonio Romero Monge
- “Macarena (bayside boys mix)” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1997