'Hotel Transylvania 3' Brings the 'Macarena' Back to Life
Los Del Rio’s indomitable novelty hit sees streaming surge from animated movie’s soundtrack.
What do Dracula and the “Macarena” have in common? Both, it seems, are immortal.
"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Spanish duo Los Del Rio -- an unlikely hit when it topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for an astounding 14 weeks in 1996 -- has (again) found new life via the soundtrack for the animated movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.
In the first tracking week after the release of Hotel Transylvania 3 on July 13, Los Del Rio's "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” earned 114,000 on-demand U.S. streams (in the week ending July 19), according to Nielsen Music, a 69 percent increase from the week prior. Last week, that total rose to 142,000 on-demand U.S. streams, a 24.8 percent increase from the week before.
The third installment of Hotel Transylvania, which features Adam Sandler voicing Dracula and Selena Gomez as the voice of his daughter Mavis, was the number one movie in the U.S. the week of its release. Last weekend, it came in fourth.
“La Macarena” is featured in the climactic final scene of the animated comedy, which takes place on a holiday cruise for monsters gone afoul. In order to save Dracula and his companions from a giant octopus, Mavis’s human husband Johnny (Andy Samberg) faces off Dracula adversary Van Helsing in a DJ battle.
“We’re going to use good music to defeat his evil music,” says Johnny, suddenly pulling out his decks as he quips, “Once a Bar Mitvah DJ always a Bar Mitvah DJ.” He starts his toast with “Good Vibrations” and “Don’t Worry Be Happy” before desperately scrolling through his playlist for “something more positive.”
“Wait..this is it!” he cries, and the familiar intro to “Macarena” begins.
Mel Brooks, as Dracula’s father Vlad, gets to playback the reaction of many who lived through the height of the song’s success.
“That stinks!” he scoffs, just before he breaks out doing the “Macarena” dance.
Needless to say, the song saves the day: cue the really adorable dancing monsters.
Ready for your own “Macarena” reprise (or are your kids now asking for it?) Here is the original video.