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One Hit Wonders - LOU BEGA (1999)
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Mambo No. 5 by Lou Bega - 

This song was originally done in 1952 by the Cuban-Mexican bandleader Perez Prado. Known as the 'King of the Mambo,' Prado recorded numerous mambos and when he ran out of inspiration, he would simply number them, and "Mambo No 5" was one of a series of 8.
 
Perez Prado's version was instrumental and in 1999 German Pop musician Lou Bega added lyrics to it, transforming it into a love song for several women, namely Angela, Pamela, Sandra, Rita, Monica, Erica, Tina, Mary and Jessica. It was reported that the girls he mentioned were all Lou's former girlfriends but it is probably beyond coincidence that eight of the girls in the song have names that happen to end in "A."
 
On VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders, Lou Bega said: "When I wrote the song, I believed it could be the thing it is today. All people hate it completely, that's what I thought. I knew it wouldn't swim in the middle because it was too different from all the stuff that was outside, so I'm quite happy with it. Mambo makes you happy, Latin music makes you happy, its sexual, its erotic, energetic, I think that's the point."
 
This was a #1 hit in Germany for over 10 weeks and when import copies started to sell in the UK, RCA released it and it went to the top. It was also a record 20 weeks #1 in France and topped the charts in most other European countries. (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England, for all above)
 
Bob The Builder, who is a cartoon character, had a #1 UK hit with his version of this song.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=7789

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1999 - Year End Charts

1 Cher Believe
2 TLC No Scrubs
3 Monica Angel Of Mine
4 Whitney Houston Heartbreak Hotel
5 Britney Spears ...Baby One More Time
6 Sixpence None The Richer Kiss Me
7 Christina Aguilera Genie In A Bottle
8 Sugar Ray Every Morning
9 Deborah Cox Nobody's Supposed To Be Here
10 Ricky Martin Livin' La Vida Loca

42 Lou Bega Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)

| Closed on 07/25/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
13 Fans 
0%a. 10 - Great Song
31%b. 7-9 - (Good Song)
15%c. 5-6 - Ok Song
15%d. Who? What? Huh?
38%e. A little bit of sucky in that song.

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#5 | 427 days ago

the part of the story I don't like, Ms. Lippy, is the fact that Believe by Cher was the #1 billboard hit of 1999
A little bit of sucky in that song.  
  
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#1 | 428 days ago

I've made plenty of 'Lou Bega Music Story Tellers' jokes, this is almost as good.
A little bit of sucky in that song.  
#2 | 428 days ago

I just liked it because I could dance to it and he says my name. 
7-9 - (Good Song)  
#3 | 428 days ago

Never heard it before.....don't feel like I missed anything ....
Who? What? Huh?  
#4 | 427 days ago

wife didn't like it so it was a reason for me TO like it....can only take so much of it though
5-6 - Ok Song  
#5 | 427 days ago

the part of the story I don't like, Ms. Lippy, is the fact that Believe by Cher was the #1 billboard hit of 1999
A little bit of sucky in that song.  
#6 | 427 days ago

catchy tune always put you in a lively mood when heard

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