The Bayside Boys remix was released 21 years ago, and 20 years ago it was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It started, as so many things do, with a girl.
Antonio Romeo Monge and Rafael Ruiz -- two gypsy musicians from Seville, Spain, better known as Los del Río -- were at a private party when a beautiful Venezuelan girl walked by. “Rafael, what a beautiful thing,” Monge told his friend. And right there and then, he made up a little ditty for her: “Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Madalena/ Que tu cuerpo es pa' darle alegria y cosa Buena” (which roughly translates to: “Give your body happiness, Madalena, for your body is made to give it happiness and good things”).
That night in his hotel room, Monge played with the lyrics, changed the girl’s name to Macarena in honor of his daughter, and that was it.