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. We all remember how it goes, both the lyrics and the dance. As soon as the song starts playing, anybody who was alive in the '90s will immediately bust out the moves. Has any dance since been as iconic? No, really, let's think about it. Everybody knows how to do the Macarena, and the same can't be said for any other dance. Even the "YMCA" dance doesn't stand a chance against the Macarena. And don't even argue with me that "The Cha Cha Slide" was a more iconic dance craze. Just don't.
The song was released by Spanish pop duo Los del Rio (aka Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruíz). They had been around since the 1960s, but "Macarena" ended up being a multi-platinum hit for them. I can only imagine the crazy residuals these guys are getting. After all, the song is still played all the time. Really. All. The. Time. You go to a wedding... "Macarena." You go to your holiday work party... "Macarena." You play some random party playlist on Spotify... "Macarena." Even though it's been over 20 years since the song's release, the song and the dance are still everywhere. We'll never escape it.
Let's talk about some of the facts behind this global sensation. "Macarena" was first released in 1993 in Spain, where it did fairly well on the charts. It took another three years for the song and the dance to become a huge hit in the U.S., but once it did, the craze spread like wildfire. The song stayed on the US Top Charts for a whopping 60 weeks, setting a record... which was eventually passed by LeAnn Rimes' hit single, "How Do I Live," which tbh, is a pretty great song.
This is my favorite theory of them all. If you think about it, she has a good point. The motions of the Macarena really do prepare you for one of life's simple yet sometimes difficult tasks: folding sweaters. Hmmm. Nope, probably still about the philandering girlfriend.