This song was originally done as an instrumental in 1952 by the Cuban-Mexican bandleader Perez Prado. Known as the ‘King of the Mambo,’
Prado wrote and recorded so many mambos that he ran out of ideas for titles, so he would simply number them, and “Mambo No 5” was one of a series of 8.
German pop musician Lou Bega added words to it and recorded a version in 1999 that became an international hit.
This song was the original theme song for the 2000 Democratic Convention (Bill Clinton’s party), until someone noticed the line, “A little bit of Monica in my life.”