1996. This was the year I graduated college. I was still a few years out from listening to the radio regularly again. There were some great #1’s this year in “No Diggity” and “Tha Crossroads“, of course Mariah Carey held it down for like 16 weeks with a couple different songs, but then there was some real rough stuff in the #1 spot that year too. Somehow Los Del Rio held the #1 spot for 14 weeks with “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)“.
This song has stuck its claws into our cultural fabric rearing its head at weddings and other such gatherings where people might be inclined to do line dances for some reason.
I think the “Bayside Boys Mix” is just the version with the English female rap portion of the song. It’s pretty weak but from those lyrics you get some of the sense of the song, that it is about a woman dumping her man for two of his friends. Thanks to watching this video they make it more clear that the situation is that her boyfriend is getting conscripted into the military so she has an affair with these two other guys. Seems a weird song to dance to at weddings, but then lots of people also choose “Every Breath You Take” as a wedding song, so the world is a funny place where people pay little mind to the lyrics of songs.
Also, the group Los Del Rio are two guys who formed the band in 1962, which makes these guys likely in their mid-50s when they released this song? Not what I expected. Anyway, generally terrible song. Would have preferred to have gotten “Tha Crossroads” cuz that video is insane in the best possible way.