HISTORY OF THE MACARENA

The "Macarena" instantly became one of the most famous dance songs in the world when the single was first released on August 15, 1995 by Los del Rio. Los del Río (meaning "Those from the River") is a Spanish music duo composed of musicians Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruíz. As a duo, Romero and Ruiz were a consistent act since the early 1960’s but, in the summer of 1996, they enjoyed the success of their multi-platinum smash summer hit, Macarena, which sold over four million copies in the United States and spent a record 14 weeks at #1. The "Macarena" became the longest running #1 and best selling debut single of all time in American music history. It was ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time" by VH1 in 2002. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard's All Time Top 100 and ranks at #1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs.

ORIGIN
The Spanish song is about a woman of the same name, or any woman from the La Macarena neighborhood of Seville, Spain. Los del Rio originally used the name "Magdalena", but changed it since it was also the title of another song by Spanish singer Emmanuel quite popular at the time. Macarena is the girlfriend of a recent recruit to the Spanish Army named Victorino, who celebrates his being drafted by hooking up with two of his male friends. She has a weakness for males in uniform, spending summers at Marbella, and dreams of shopping at El Corte Inglés (the major Spanish department store chain), moving to New York City and getting a new boyfriend.

BREAKING RECORDS
The song was recorded in 1992, and released in 1993 as a rumba. This was the first of six versions of the song that can be associated to Los Del Rio. During its heyday, the song was played frequently at athletic games, rallies, conventions, etc. In 1996, many believe a world record for group dancing was set, when a crowd of 50,000 people danced the Macarena in Yankee Stadium in NYC. The song also broke records by remaining in the Hot 100 chart for 62 weeks. In 1997, the song had sold 11 million copies.
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