The official home of the Macarena song and viral dance that changed the media landscape.
Though the original version of the Macarena debuted in 1993, it was not until the english language release (or re-release) in 1995 that the Macarena really took off. Within a year, the song would inspire a viral international dance craze and this was before social media even existed. Though the song was named by VH1 as number 1 on their list of the Greatest One-hit Wonders, the song was nonetheless prolific internationally. The song spent 14 straight weeks ranked number one on the billboard rankings. Only three other songs (Old Town Road, Despacito and One Sweet Day) have enjoyed a similar run at number one.
To watch the original version of the song, play the video below. Don’t forget to check out other great covers of the song (as well as flash mobs) that we have compiled at the bottom of this page.
Also if you’ve forgotten the Macarena Dance over the last twenty years, we’ve provided our favorite YouTube video that walks through the steps. It will come back to you in no time.
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 song 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.
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 did the dance 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. However the popularity of the song and it’s international acclaim would wear off during the year and would remain dormant till the 2018 Macarena Challenge took off again. As of 2020, the song still brings Romero and Ruiz royalites in excesss of six figures every year.