#1 Song May 23 1996

3 min read Jun 11, 2024
#1 Song May 23 1996

The #1 Song on May 23, 1996

Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio

On May 23, 1996, the music world was dancing to the beat of "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" by Los Del Rio. This catchy tune was not only a chart-topper but also a cultural phenomenon that defined the summer of 1996.

The Song's Origins

"Macarena" was originally released in 1993 as a rumba-flavored dance track by the Spanish duo Los Del Rio, composed of Antonio Romero Monge and Rafael Ruíz Perdones. However, it was the Bayside Boys Mix that catapulted the song to global stardom.

The Dance Craze

The song's success can be attributed to its infectious beat and easy-to-follow dance moves. The "Macarena" dance, which involves a series of hand claps and footwork, became a staple at weddings, parties, and sporting events. The dance was so popular that it even inspired a line of merchandise, including instructional videos and Macarena-themed clothing.

Chart Performance

"Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" spent 14 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it one of the longest-running number-one singles of all time. It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for five weeks.


"Macarena" has become an iconic song of the 1990s, symbolizing the decade's carefree spirit and love for dance music. The song has been covered and parodied countless times, cementing its place in pop culture history.

Interesting Facts

  • "Macarena" was the best-selling single of 1996, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide.
  • The song was featured in several films, including Space Jam (1996) and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).
  • "Macarena" was the first song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart without being released as a commercial single.

On May 23, 1996, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)" was more than just a song – it was a cultural phenomenon that brought people together through music and dance.

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