If you have ever been to a sporting event, wedding or dance party, you’ve more than likely heard the “Macarena”. The track was originally released in 1993 by Los del Río and truly blew up when it was remixed by the Bayside Boys in 1996. The song flew up to No. 1 for 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.
The track is ranked No. 7 on Billboard‘s list of The All-Time Top 100 Songs and earned spot No. 50 on All Time Latin Songs.
When the Macarena dance debuted in the music video, the song became a national phenomenon. This has led to the hundreds of renditions of the record. Billboard Dance has gathered the five best remixes and covers of “Macarena”.
1. Los Del Río – “Macarena” (Mave & Zax Nicole Chen Remix)
Although future house may not be the first genre that comes to mind when you think of “Macarena”, this remix delivers a perfect blend. Los del Río’s vocals are laid over electronic drums with a fresh melody introduced in the drop.
2. Los del Río – “Macarena” (Dawson & Creek vs. Daniel Rost Remix)
Want to hear “Macarena” in the club? This big room remix has a flair of Melbourne bounce and is driven by booming synths.
3. Los del Río – “Macarena” (Metal Cover by Leo Maracchioli)
If Latin music is not your style, listen to Leo Moracchioli transform “Macarena” into a head-banging metal anthem. He completely guts the original record and swaps the instrumentation with crunchy electric guitars, pounding drums and, of course, his raspy scream.
4. Los Del Río – “Mas Macarena” (Gente de Zona Cover)
Gente de Zona delivers a tropical Cuban makeover of the iconic song with fresh Spanish verses and lighthearted instrumentation.
5. Los del Río – “Macarena” (DJ Dero Latin Piano Remix)
Argentina’s DJ Dero propels the “Macarena” into an energetic electronic Samba. The sped up vocals, cowbell and fast changing piano chords are sure to get you in the mood for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.