“Macarena” is a Spanish dance song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1994 album A mí me gusta, it was an international hit in 1995, 1996, and 1997, and continues to have a cult following. One of the most iconic 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. It is also Billboard’s No. 1 dance song and one of six foreign language songs to hit No. 1 since 1955’s modern rock era began.
The song was originally recorded in 1992. It was 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, anew 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.