#7 – Ricky Martin – “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – (1999)

This song kicked off the Latin music boom of 1999. I remember where I was when I first heard this song and I knew right away it was going to be huge. It is catchy in a way that most songs can only hope to be. It hit #1 on the Hot 100. Everyone thought they could speak Spanish when they became able to roughly translate “la vida loca” into “the crazy life.” Congratulations multi-lingual population. Ricky had some other hits in the 90s before moving into the 00s. Also from his self-titled album was “She’s All I Ever Had.” “The Cup of Life,” from a year earlier, was named the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Some lyrics: “She’ll make you take your clothes off and go dancing in the rain. She’ll make you live her crazy life but she’ll take away your pain. Like a bullet to your brain, come on!” And the chorus: “Upside inside out, she’s livin’ la vida loca. She’ll push and pull you down, livin’ la vida loca. Her lips are devil red, and her skin’s the color mocha. She will wear you out, livin’ la vida loca.”