The song „Macarena“ represents one of the very big classics of the 1990s and can still be seen very often on the radio, on TV and on social media. In the original version, „Ey Macarena“ became a worldwide hit and is regarded as a significant song for a whole generation of dance enthusiasts. At the same time, „Macarena“ embodies the typical spirit of that era, which is showcased by the song’s carefree and uncomplicated lyrics. Due to its catchy melody and smart lyrics, the song „Macarena“ was celebrated not only in its native Spain, but all over the world.
Meanwhile, there are a lot of remixes that take up the original 90s song called „Macarena“. However, the lyrics have remained exactly the same until today. „Macarena“ is therefore still extremely popular, even though many people who do not speak Spanish usually do not understand the lyrics. The following article will explain the lyrics in detail. Also, the origin and meaning of the song will be explained, respectively its still lasting importance for pop culture will be shown.
Definition of „Macarena“
The word „Macarena“ comes from the Spanish language and can have many different meanings. On the one hand, „Macarena“ is a popular Spanish first name. On the other hand, „Macarena“ indicates a designation of origin – namely for the women from the Sevillian district of Macarena. Furthermore, boastful, superficial and self-absorbed women in Spain are called „Macarena“.
In the context of the song „Ey Macarena“, the exact meaning cannot be narrowed down. Presumably, the listener is given some room for interpretation. For example, the song may refer to a woman named „Macarena,“ to whom the performer informally calls out in the song. On the other hand, „Macarena“ can also refer to an unknown woman who possesses the above characteristics.
Reference to „Macarena“ is further made in the song. „Ey Macarena“ is considered a refrain and is repeated several times in the song, which is why the word itself is quite memorable to the listener.
Origin and meaning of the song „Macarena“
The song „Ey Macarena“ comes from the Spanish band called „Los del Río“ (in English: „Those from the river“). The popular song is based on traditional flamenco rhythms and combines them with modern elements. The lyrics of the song tell the story of a young woman called „Macarena“, who is able to twist men around her finger with her style and looks. The line „Dale a tu cuerpo alegría Macarena“ (in English: „give joy to our body“) is sung over and over again in the course of the song. On the one hand, this ambiguous phrase is meant to express that the listener should dance along and find the song fun, and on the other hand, „Macarena“ is meant to encourage people to allow approaches. „Ey Macarena“ in its year of creation 1993 a number one hit on the charts for weeks and is still considered one of the most famous and successful 90s hits ever.
Analysis of the lyrics of „Macarena“
In the original song, an English-speaking singer sings the individual verses in English. She repeatedly implies that any advances from men will not be reciprocated by her. For example, „Macarena“ is asked to dance several times, but she rebuffs this with „you can’t have me“. This is followed by the chorus, which is as follows:
„Give your body joy, Macarena.
Your body is meant to give pleasure
Give your body joy, Macarena
What is meant by this is that „Macarena“ is meant to allow a little joy after all (be it from dancing together or having a hot affair) and „give joy“ to himself (and thus the singer’s body). The song gradually develops into an unrequited flirtation, with all advances being rebuffed by „Macarena“ until the very end.
Historical and cultural context of „Macarena“
The song „Macarena“ was created in a time in which musically many fusions with different elements, such as folk songs and electronic beats were created. Also, the mixing of Spanish tradition and modernity was considered an absolute trend at that time. The Latin American influences of „Macarena“ are also undeniable, which is why „Macarena“ became so successful internationally. „Macarena“ further hits the nerve of a generation that was characterized by carefreeness, fun and love of life. The enthusiasm for this song is still so great that it is not only played at classic 90s parties, but still on the radio and television. There are also quite a few remixes to this song.
Importance of the song „Macarena“ for pop culture
Since „Macarena“ continues to have a great influence on pop culture, the following remixes, among others, have come about in recent years:
- Macarena Bayside Boys Remix
- Ayy Macarena (Remix) ft. Snoop Dogg
- Tyga, Ozuna – Ayy Macarena
In addition, the song „Macarena“ is considered a popular track for dance choreographies and flash mobs and is a real party hit.
Social classification of the song „Macarena“
Socially, the song „Macarena“ can be assigned to a variety of generations. Among them especially the generations „X“ and „Y“ as well as the younger generations „Millenials“, „Z“ and meanwhile also „Alpha“. The latter are especially familiar with the many remixes. Among older groups, however, the song „Macarena“ is rather less known. This is especially true for people older than 70 or 80 years old.
Criticisms of the song „Macarena“
Although „Macarena“ is a comparatively catchy and popular party hit from the 1990s, the song is still criticized in places. The supposed superficiality of the song is often criticized. In addition, the song puts too strong a focus on the melody, which often overlooks the rather clumsy lyrics. Artistically, however, the latter is rather of a low value.
Conclusion on „Macarena“
So, to sum up, „Macarena“ is one of the most popular hits of the 1990s and thematizes a young woman who is glamoured by men but rejects any advances. Inspired by flamenco rhythms, the song has been remade several times since its creation in 1993 and is very popular among almost all age groups.
Related to the lyrics of „Macarena“ are, for example, the Spanish songs „La Bamba“ by Ritchie Valens and „Living la vida loca“ by Ricky Martins. These songs also feature flamenco rhythms and combine English and Spanish song lyrics in a clever way.