The mid-'90s will always be marked with the popularity of the "Macarena." The catchy song straight up dominated airwaves, spending a record 14 weeks at No. 1 on the charts.
The song was released by Spanish pop duo Los del Rio (a.k.a. Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruíz). They had been around since the 1960s, but the Macarena ended up being a multi-platinum hit for them.
Literally everyone was doing the dance. It was a plague spread among weddings, proms and basically any gathering of two or more people.
It was so popular that it was even the theme song for the 1996 DNC. Al Gore tried to hop on the bandwagon and attempted to do the dance as best as he could.
But the catchy song that was omnipresent in your childhood has lyrics that are darker than you could have ever guessed.
Let's take some time to really slow down and listen to the lyrics.
Give your body joy, Macarena
Because your body is meant to be given joy and good things
Give your body joy, Macarena.
Okay...So far so good. It's about a woman named Macarena...
Macarena has a boyfriend who is named
Who is named with the last name Vitorino
And while he was being sworn in as a conscript
She’s giving it to two friends
Macarena dreams of the Corte Inglés*
(*Spain’s biggest department store)
and she buys herself the most modern clothes
She would like to live in New York
And seduce a new boyfriend... aaay!
Did we just read that right?
Yup. You guessed it. "Macarena" is about a girl who cheats on her boyfriend with his two best friends while he's away in the army. Just hope it's not the guys in the video!
Here's the video for the "Macarena" — just be careful it doesn't get stuck in your head all day!