- For other uses, see Bamboleo (disambiguation)
|Single by Gipsy Kings|
|from the album Gipsy Kings|
|Released||1987 / 1988|
|Producer||Dominique Perrier (arrangenets)|
"Bamboléo" is an internationally famous Spanish language song made famous by The Gipsy Kings in 1987 appearing in their self-titled album Gipsy Kings. The writing credits are: Tonino Baliardo, Chico Bouchikhi (J. Bouchikhi) and Nicolas Reyes and arrangements by Dominique Perrier.
The now iconic song has been a worldwide hit for the Gipsy Kings and has been covered by tens of artists. It has also been translated into a great number of languages. There are also only-music arrangements, samplings and adaptations.
The word "bamboleo", means swaying in Spanish. The catch phrase of the song says: "Bamboléo, Bamboléa, Porque mi vida yo la prefiero vivir asi".
Part of the song is an adaptation of a Venezuelan classic folk song called "Caballo Viejo". The definitive refrain of "Bamboleo" is Brazilian and was performed by Brazilian Carmen Miranda. Julio Iglesias famously performed it as "Caballo Viejo (Bamboleo)".
- A-Side: "Bamboléo" (4:39)
- B-Side: "Quiero Saber" (4:09)
- 1988 12" UK version
- A-side: "Bamboléo"
- B-side: "Bamboléo (Single Version)" (3:25) / "Quiero Saber" (4:10)
- 1988 US version
- A-side: "Bamboléo" (3:28)
- B-side: "Bamboléo (LP version)" (3:28)
- 1988 long 12" version
- A-Side: "Bamboléo (Latin single)" (3:45)
- B-side: "Bamboléo (Latin Extended version)" (7:17)
Other Gipsy Kings recordings 
The Gipsy Kings included the song again on their album Greatest Hits as track #3.
|This section requires expansion with: further versions, translations, adaptations, samplings and usage in other media. (December 2012)|
- Famous Spanish language versions include those done by Celia Cruz, Julio Iglesias
- The Spanish teen band Gypsy Teens released a revamped recording in 2001.
- Argentine David Bolzoni recorded it in his 2007 album Estigmas de amor
- Many music-only arrangements have been released without lyrics
- Ensiferum used the refrain in a bonus track titled "Bamboleo (Gipsy Kings cover)" on their 2012 album Unsung Heroes
- The American television series Glee featured a version of the song as a mashup mixed with Enrique Iglesias's "Hero". The release from the twelfth episode (called The Spanish Teacher) in season 3 of the show is named "Bambolero/Hero" and main vocals is by Chord Overstreet (playing the character Sam Evans on the show)
- "Sunshine", a song by Umboza, their biggest hit in UK is based around a sample of The Gypsy Kings' "Bamboléo"