Mambo No. 5

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"Mambo No. 5"
Song by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Released1949
GenreMambo, jive dance
Length2:10
WriterDámaso Pérez Prado
 
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"Mambo No. 5"
Song by Dámaso Pérez Prado
Released1949
GenreMambo, jive dance
Length2:10
WriterDámaso Pérez Prado

"Mambo No. 5" is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado in 1949.[1]

The song's popularity was renewed by German artist Lou Bega's sampling of the original, released under the same name on Bega's 1999 debut album A Little Bit of Mambo.

Lou Bega version[edit]

"Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit of...)"
Single by Lou Bega
from the album A Little Bit of Mambo
ReleasedApril 19, 1999
(See release history)
FormatCD single
GenreLatin pop
Length5:14 (extended version)
3:39 (radio edit)
LabelRCA
Writer(s)Dámaso Pérez Prado, Lou Bega, Zippy Davids
ProducerGoar B, Frank Lio, Donald Fact
Lou Bega singles chronology
"Mambo No. 5"
(1999)
"I Got a Girl"
(1999)

Lou Bega's cover was a hit in the United Kingdom, and Australia, where it reached number one in 1999. It stayed at number one in Australia for eight weeks, ultimately becoming the best-selling single of the year. It also topped almost every chart in continental Europe, including Bega's home country, Germany, and set a record by staying at number one in France for 20 weeks (longer than any stay at the top spot ever on the US or UK charts). The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on November 2, 1999, giving Bega his only Top 40 hit in the US.

Originally written by Lou Bega's nephew and Chicago musician Paul Grachan after having been introduced by Super Happy Fun Club member Phil Kosch and Dianna Warren, co-writers of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing". Ultimately Grachan was left uncredited after a writing dispute prior to the final version.

In turn, many artists covered variations of Bega's version, including Radio Disney and Bob the Builder. It was also used as the theme for Channel 4's cricket coverage.

The following is a list of names mentioned in Bega's song, in order: Angela, Pamela, Sandra, Rita, Monica, Erika, Tina, Mary and Jessica.

Radio Disney edit[edit]

A version of "Mambo No. 5" was aired on Radio Disney, in which the women's names were replaced with the names of legendary Disney characters, in order: Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Pluto, Huey, Dewey, and Louie and Goofy. Additionally, references to a "liquor store" were replaced with a "candy store" instead, "ice cream" was used rather than "gin and juice," "flirting" was replaced by "dancing," and the "beer bust" referred to was changed to a dance party with the quote, "Let's dance 'til we all fall down, We'll really party hearty to the Mambo Sound", rather than, "Beer bust, like I had last week, I must stay deep, 'cause talk is cheap" in the Radio Disney edited version for children.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Jorn Heitmann, features Lou Bega singing and dancing with flappers, possibly a homage to the music of the 1920s and 1930s. The video includes clips of old-style movies and newsreels showing trumpets, big bands and the like. The Disney version of the music video features Lou Bega performing against a white background with a live band. Footage of old Mickey Mouse cartoons and clips of Lou Bega performing against a checkered background is intercut throughout the video.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Mambo No. 5" (Radio Edit) – 3:39
  2. "Mambo No. 5" (Extended Mix) – 5:14
  3. "Mambo No. 5" (Enhanced CD-ROM Video) - 3:42
Maxi single
  1. "Mambo No. 5" (Radio Edit) – 3:39
  2. "Mambo No. 5" (Extended Mix) – 5:14
  3. "Mambo" (Havanna Club Mix) – 5:48
  4. "Mambo" (The Trumpet) – 6:01

Charts and sales[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2]1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3]1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4]1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5]1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary[6]1
Canadian RPM Dance 30[7]1
Canadian RPM Top Singles[8]1
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9]1
Eurochart Hot 100[10]1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11]1
France (SNEP)[12]1
Germany (Media Control AG)[13]1
Ireland (IRMA)[14]1
Italy (FIMI)[15]1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16]1
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[17]1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18]1
Norway (VG-lista)[19]1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20]1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21]1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22]1
UK (Official Charts Company)[23]1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[24]2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[24]3
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary[24]26
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[24]26
U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical Airplay[24]37
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[24]1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[24]1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks[24]1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999)Position
Australia (ARIA)[25]1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[26]1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[27]2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[28]4
Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart[29]7
France (SNEP)[30]1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[31]4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[32]1
UK (Official Charts Company)3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[33]42

All-time charts[edit]

ChartPosition
France (SNEP)[34]11

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertificationSales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[35]4× Platinum280,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[36]2× Platinum60,000x
France (SNEP)[37]Diamond1,532,000[38]
Germany (BVMI)[39]3× Platinum1,500,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[40]Gold75,000[41]
Netherlands (NVPI)[42]Platinum75,000^
Sweden (GLF)[43]3× Platinum90,000x
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44]2× Platinum100,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[45]Platinum600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
French SNEP number-one single
(Lou Bega version)

August 28, 1999 – January 8, 2000 (20 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Move Your Body" by Eiffel 65
Preceded by
"Mi Chico Latino" by Geri Halliwell
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(Lou Bega version)

August 28, 1999 – September 11, 1999
Succeeded by
"We're Going to Ibiza" by Vengaboys
Preceded by
"Too Close" by Blue
UK Singles Chart number-one single
(Bob the Builder version)

September 8, 2001 – September 15, 2001
Succeeded by
"Hey Baby" by DJ Otzi
Preceded by
"When You Say Nothing at All" by Ronan Keating
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
(first run) (Lou Bega version)

September 11, 1999 – September 25, 1999
Succeeded by
"Can You Hear Us" by Neil Finn
Preceded by
"Last Kiss" by Pearl Jam
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
September 18, 1999 – November 13, 1999
Succeeded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65
Preceded by
"Bring It All Back" by S Club 7
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
(second run) (Lou Bega version)

October 16, 1999 – October 23, 1999
Succeeded by
"Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"Heartbreaker" by Mariah Carey
RIANZ New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
(third run) (Lou Bega version)

November 6, 1999
Succeeded by
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65

Release history[edit]

CountryRelease date
Germany19 April 1999 (1999-04-19)
Worldwide17 August 1999 (1999-08-17)
Re-recorded1 January 2009 (2009-01-01)

Other cover versions[edit]

Parodies[edit]

Legacy[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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