Los Del Río* ‎– Macarena

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The song 'Macarena' originated when the Sevilla-based group Los Del Rio was attending a jet-set party in Venezuela in 1992, and witnessed flamenco dancer Diana Patricia Cubillán Herrera. On the spot, singer Antonio Romero Monge came up with the chorus of what would come to be 'Macarena', although originally he referred to Cubillán as 'Ma'dalena'.

The original version of 'Macarena' first appeared on Los Del Rio's 1993 album A Mi Me Gusta, and was released as a single in Spain, where it became the duo's biggest hit to date. The rumba flamenco tune also charted in The Netherlands and the United States, and did very well in several Latin-American countries.

By the summer of 1996, 'Macarena' took the world by storm in a half-Spanish, half-English, sample-heavy remix, made by Miami-based group Bayside Boys, which in turn was based on the earlier 1993 River Re-Mix by Fangoria and Big Toxic. The Bayside Boys' version became one of the best-selling singles of 1996 globally, and is arguably one of the most recognizable Spanish language songs of all-time.

A 1995 cover version by studio group Los Del Mar charted simultaneously with Los Del Rio's 1996 hit version in the UK, France, Belgium, Australia, and New Zealand. Remarkably, in Canada, Los Del Mar's recording even eclipsed the Los Del Rio version in sales, peaking at number 1 in July 1995 - a year prior to the international dance craze. Another cover version, Fuck Macarena by MC Rage, cracked the top 10 in The Netherlands in early 1997.

After its phenomenal success in 1996, Los Del Rio tried to continue the 'Macarena' hype by incorporating an interpolation of its chorus in their next single La Niña Del Pañuelo Colorado, but the song failed to make any significant impact on the charts, only (barely) reaching the Top 40 in France. However, a new holiday-themed medley, Macarena Christmas, incorporating various famous Christmas carols, did manage to crack the top 10 in Australia, and became a Top 40 hit in several European countries.

Later attempts were made to again capitalize on the song's astonishing success, including new versions by Los Del Rio themselves, although none of them was met with an enthusiastic response by the general public, marking Los Del Rio as a one hit wonder in many countries around the world - despite their impressive back catalogue, dating all the way back to the late 1960s.

Versions (46)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
20113226 Los Del Río* Macarena(12") Zafiro 20113226 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
20113031 Los Del Rio Macarena (Version Maquina)(12", Maxi) CFE 20113031 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
P-450 Los Del Rio Macarena (Version Máquina)(7", Promo) CFE P-450 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
KD-51305 Los Del Rio Macarena(12", Single) Ariola KD-51305 US 1993 Sell This Version
p-419 Los Del Rio Macarena(7", Single) CFE p-419 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
743211978125 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi) Ariola, BMG Bertelsmann De Mexico, S.A. De C.V. 743211978125 Mexico 1993 Sell This Version
BUCS 1009 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Single) Bunny Music BUCS 1009 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
743211 978149 Los Del Rio Macarena(Cass, Single) Ariola 743211 978149 Mexico 1993 Sell This Version
829-1028, 20113031 Los Del Rio Macarena (Version Máquina)(12", Maxi) Ariola, Serdisco 829-1028, 20113031 Ecuador 1994 Sell This Version
74321 33204 2 Los Del Rio Macarena (New Remix By Bass Bumpers)(CD, Single) Zafiro, BMG 74321 33204 2 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
74321307721, 74321 30772 1 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix By Bayside Boys)(12") Zafiro, Zafiro 74321307721, 74321 30772 1 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
74321 30772 1 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix By Bayside Boys)(12") RCA 74321 30772 1 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321 315552 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix By The Bayside Boys)(CD, Maxi) RCA, Zafiro, BMG 74321 315552 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321307722 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix By The Bayside Boys)(CD, Single, Car) RCA, Zafiro, BMG 74321307722 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321307722 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix)(CD, Single) BMG France, Zafiro, Ariola 74321307722 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321 307722 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix)(CD, Single) Zafiro 74321 307722 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
74321307722 Los Del Rio Macarena (Remix)(CD, Single) BMG France, Zafiro, Ariola 74321307722 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321 332041 Los Del Rio Macarena (The Bass Bumpers Remixes)(12") Zafiro 74321 332041 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
RDJ 64408-2 Los Del Rio Macarena (The Bayside Boys Mix)(CD, Single, Promo) RCA RDJ 64408-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
2171-1RLDJ Los Del Rio Macarena Mix(12") BMG U.S. Latin, Ariola 2171-1RLDJ US 1995 Sell This Version
2166-1RLDJ Los Del Rio Macarena Mix(12", Promo) Ariola, BMG U.S. Latin 2166-1RLDJ US 1995 Sell This Version
743213077222 Los Del Rio Macarena Remix By The Bayside Boys(CD, Single) RCA 743213077222 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321307722 Los Del Rio Macarena Remix by The Bayside Boys(CD, Single) Zafiro, Ariola, Bertelsmann Music Group 74321307722 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321307721 Los Del Rio Macarena(12") BMG 74321307721 Spain 1995 Sell This Version
21345377JB Los Del Rio Macarena(7", Single, Jukebox) RCA 21345377JB Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321345372 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi) RCA 74321345372 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
CDBMGS(WS) 109 Los Del Río* Macarena(CD, Maxi, Car) RCA CDBMGS(WS) 109 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
74321414992, 74321 345372 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi, Ltd, Dig) RCA, RCA, Zafiro 74321414992, 74321 345372 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
74321 31555 4 Los Del Rio Macarena(Cass, Single) BMG New Zealand 74321 31555 4 New Zealand 1995 Sell This Version
74321345374 Los Del Rio Macarena(Cass, Single) BMG Australia Limited 74321345374 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
74321-41143-1 Los Del Rio Macarena (The Bass Bumpers Remixes)(12") BMG U.S. Latin 74321-41143-1 US 1996 Sell This Version
74321-41143-2 Los Del Rio Macarena (The Bass Bumpers Remixes)(12") BMG U.S. Latin 74321-41143-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
2252-1RLDJ Los Del Rio Macarena (The Bass Bumpers Remixes)(12", EP, Promo) BMG U.S. Latin, Ariola 2252-1RLDJ US 1996 Sell This Version
74321-41143-2 Los Del Rio Macarena (The Bass Bumpers Remixes)(CD, Maxi) BMG U.S. Latin 74321-41143-2 US 1996 Sell This Version
74321401331 Los Del Rio Macarena Ibiza Party(12") Zafiro 74321401331 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
74321376151 Los Del Rio Macarena(12", Maxi) Zafiro 74321376151 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
MACARENA 1 Los Del Rio Macarena(12", Promo) RCA MACARENA 1 UK 1996 Sell This Version
MACARENA 2 Los Del Rio Macarena(12", Promo, 2) BMG UK & Ireland MACARENA 2 UK & Ireland 1996 Sell This Version
74321 345372 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi) RCA, Zafiro, BMG 74321 345372 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
BVCP-8837 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi) BMG, Ariola BVCP-8837 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
74321 345372 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi) RCA, Zafiro 74321 345372 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
74321 345372 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Maxi, Dis) RCA, BMG, Zafiro 74321 345372 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
74321 345372 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Single) RCA, Zafiro 74321 345372 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
74321376152 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Single) Zafiro 74321376152 Spain 1996 Sell This Version
74321345374, 74321 345374 Los Del Rio Macarena(Cass, Single) BMG Ariola S.A., RCA, RCA 74321345374, 74321 345374 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
74321493562 Los Del Rio Macarena(CD, Single, Car) BMG France 74321493562 Europe 1997 Sell This Version

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AaronsFutureStore

AaronsFutureStore

March 22, 2018
referencing Macarena, CD, Maxi, 74321 345372
Actual track lengths from my CD player:

1 (Bayside Boys Remix): 3:45
2 (Bass Bumpers Remix Club Mix): 5:44
3 (Pulsar House Mix): 5:44
4 (La Mezcla Guerrillera 130 BPM): 5:38
5 (River Re-Mix 103 BPM): 5:04
sam-smiles

sam-smiles

June 16, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
referencing Macarena (Remix), CD, Single, 74321307722
The Macarena, perhaps one of the cheesiest songs ever made - yet it was so popular. Every child of the Western world who was between the ages of 4-17 in the 90s probably knows this song, and they probably all know the dance too!

From its simple synth intro (which sounds a bit like something from a pedestrian crossing), to its rubbish lyrics ("When I dance they call me Macarena/And the boys, they say que soy buena/They all want me, they can't have me/So they come and dance beside me") this tune stormed the charts reaching number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and staying there for 14 weeks.

Prior to the Bayside Boys remix (which adds english lyrics) it was released entirely in Spanish and was a hit in Spain and Mexico (in 1993).

There was also the iconic (line) dance that went with the song.

The song really is rubbish, but it's part of the 90s (and my childhood) that many people will remember for a few more years at least - perhaps it will even be seen as an icon of the time.