Who Let The Dogs Out – Baha Men | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#40); 2000

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

The 2000 Grammy award for Best Dance Recording went to the Baha Men, from the Bahamas of course, and their infectious tune Who Let The Dogs Out.

The Baha Men signaled their intention to stray from traditional island Junkanoo music early on when they recorded a Lenny Kravitz song and a medley of hits by KC and The Sunshine Band.

1998’s Doong Spank offered up a cover of the Caribbean-lite Beach Boys hit Kokomo, yet, nothing to date hinted at the future success awaiting the Bahas. Guided by Desmond Child – who’d worked with Bon Jovi, Joan Jett, and Ricky Martin, to name just a few – Who Let The Dogs Out, the album, sold over three million copies, topped the world music list, and reached #5 on the mainstream chart.

The single’s popularity spread across the Top 40, Latin, and Dance lists, and became a “must play” at sporting events. Dogs made the inevitable movie appearances in Rugrats In Paris and Men In Black II.

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Produced by:

  • Steve Greenberg
  • Matthew Traynor

Lyrics Written by:

  • Anslem Douglas