LIVIN’ LA VIDA LOCA by Ricky Martin

December 2, 2022

“Livin’ la Vida Loca” was released on March 23, 1999 in Ricky Martin’s 5th studio album Ricky Martin. The song title translates to “Livin’ the Crazy Life.” 

Although Martin had spent years with the boy group Menudo and released four other albums, this song took Martin to the next level in his career and is even credited with making a way for other Latino artists, such as Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Santana and Enrique Iglesias.

Fun Facts:

  • The song was written by Desmond Child and Robi Rosa.
  • Ricky Martin came from a musical family and was known for singing into wooden spoons at the young age of 6. 
  • He grew up Catholic and was known as “Kiki” to those closest to him. 
  • He auditioned multiple times to join the Latin boy band Menudo. He was turned down three times because of his height but was finally accepted on his fourth audition because of his tenacity. 
  • “Livin’ la Vida Loca” was listed as the Top 1990 Pop Song and as well the best Latin Song by Billboard.
  • It’s considered Ricky Martin’s best selling single of all time.
  • It spent more than six weeks on top of the Canadian Top Singles. 
  • In the UK, “Livin’ la Vida Loca” debuted at #1 and held the slot for three weeks
  • The song also received lots of certifications, including the United Kingdom Double platinum.
  • At the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, “Livin’ la Vida Loca” was nominated for Song of the Year, Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s), and Best Record of the Year.
  • It was the only song to be nominated for Record of the Year for both a Grammy and Latin Grammy until 2017 when “Despacito” reached the milestone. 
  • Martin has sold over 70 million albums worldwide and won a number of awards, including 2 Grammy Awards, 5 Latin Grammy Awards, numerous Billboard Music Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Lyrics 

She’s into superstitions

Black cats and voodoo dolls

I feel a premonition

That girl’s gonna make me fall

She’s into new sensations

New kicks in the candlelight

She’s got a new addiction

For every day and night

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!

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

Come on!

Livin’ la vida loca

Come on!

She’s livin’ la vida loca

Woke up in New York City

In a funky cheap hotel

She took my heart, and she took my money

She must’ve slipped me a sleeping pill

She never drinks the water and

Makes you order French champagne

Once you’ve had a taste of her

You’ll never be the same

Yeah, she’ll make you go insane

Come on!

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

Come on!

Livin’ la vida loca

She’s livin’ la vida loca

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!

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

Come on!

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

Come on!

Livin’ la vida loca

Come on!

She’s livin’ la vida loca

Come on!

Gotta la vida loca!

Gotta, gotta, gotta la vida loca!

Gotta, gotta, gotta la vi’…

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