"Macarena" is a Spanish song by Los del Río about a woman of the same name. It was popular between 1995 and 1996, although it continues to have a cult following to this day.
The "Bayside Boys Mix" became the most well known version of the song, as it had English lyrics, sung by uncredited artist, Carla Vanessa. Often mistaken for the original female vocals, sung by Alaska.
The song became the second longest running #1 and best selling debut single of all time in the U.S. It was ranked the "#1 Greatest One-Hit Wonder of all Time" by VH1 in 2002.
The song uses a type of clave. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard's All Time Top 100. It also ranks at #1 on Billboard's All Time Latin Songs.