She Bangs

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"She Bangs"
Single by Ricky Martin
from the album Sound Loaded
Released September 19, 2000 (2000-09-19)
Format CD single
Recorded May–June 2000 in Playroom Studios
Genre Pop
Length 4:02 (Single version)
4:40 (Album version)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Desmond Child, Walter Afanasieff, Draco Rosa, Glenn Monroig, Julia Sierra, Danny López
Producer(s) Walter Afanasieff, Draco Rosa, Desmond Child
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Private Emotion"
"She Bangs"
"Nobody Wants to Be Lonely"
Alternative cover

"She Bangs" is a song performed by Ricky Martin, from his 2000 album Sound Loaded. An up-tempo, salsa-influenced song with double entendres about the singer's infatuation with a woman, Martin's recording earned him continued crossover success around the world.

The song was co-written by Desmond Child, who co-wrote Martin's number one hit "Livin' la Vida Loca" as well as several hits for Bon Jovi and other rock artists in the 1980s and '90s. Another co-writer was Martin's former Menudo bandmate Draco Rosa. The song was produced by Rosa and co-writer Walter Afanasieff; Afanasieff had won the previous year's Grammy Award for Song of the Year for producing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On".

Sound Loaded was the follow-up to Martin's 1999 crossover breakthrough album Ricky Martin and "She Bangs" was released to radio in advance of the album as its first single. By 2000, the main Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Latin Songs charts had splintered into a myriad of sub-charts and the song became a hit on several of these, debuting on the Hot 100 and other charts beginning the week of October 7, 2000, and reaching its various chart peaks throughout November, December and January.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in mid-August, directed by Wayne Isham was the subject of a season 3 episode of the MTV series Making the Video, a behind-the-scenes documentary style show that features the on-set filming and in-studio editing of popular artists' clips. It aired in September 2000 and became an MTV hit, receiving heavy rotation on the channel. Dancer, Channing Tatum is also featured.

Chart performance[edit]

The song reached number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while a Spanish-language version reached number one on the Hot Latin Songs for one week. The song hit number one on the Tropical Songs chart for five weeks. The song also hit number two on the Latin Pop Songs chart, and number eight on the Hot 100 Airplay and Pop Songs charts. "She Bangs" went to number twenty-four on the Adult Pop Songs and number thirty on the Rhythmic Top 40. In December, remixes debuted on the Hot Dance Club Songs chart, ultimately peaking at number twenty-seven in January 2001. Although released long before the digital era, it has sold 152,000 digital copies in the US.[1] The song also peaked at number two in Canada.

In the United Kingdom, "She Bangs" became Martin's second most popular song, peaking at number three. In Australia, the song debuted at number three and remained in the top ten for six more weeks. The song also hit the top five in Spain, New Zealand, Finland and Norway, going to the number one spot in Sweden and Italy. The single was certified Gold in Sweden and Silver in the UK.


"She Bangs" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 43rd Grammy Awards. The Spanish-language version of the video won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video at the Latin Grammy Awards of 2001 and Lo Nuestro Award for a Video of the Year.[2] "She Bangs" also won an International Dance Music Award for the Best Latin 12-inch Single.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Australian CD maxi-single

  1. "She Bangs" (English Edit) – 4:02
  2. "She Bangs" (Obadam's English Radio Edit) – 3:59
  3. "Por Arriba, Por Abajo" – 3:07
  4. "Amor" – 3:27
  5. "She Bangs" (Obadam's Afro-Bang English Mix) – 7:28

European CD single

  1. "She Bangs" (English Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "She Bangs" (Obadam's English Radio Edit) – 3:59

European CD maxi-single/UK CD maxi-single #1

  1. "She Bangs" (English Radio Edit) – 4:02
  2. "She Bangs" (Obadam's English Radio Edit) – 3:59
  3. "María" (Spanglish Radio Edit) – 4:30
  4. "She Bangs" (Video)

UK CD maxi-single #2

  1. "She Bangs" (English Edit) – 4:01
  2. "Amor" – 3:27
  3. "She Bangs" (Obadam's Afro-Bang Mix) (Spanish) – 7:28

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Ven a Mí" by Oscar de la Hoya
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Songs number-one single
November 4, 2000 - November 11, 2000
Succeeded by
"A Puro Dolor" by Son by Four

William Hung cover[edit]

American Idol alumni William Hung auditioned for the third season of the series in San Francisco in September 2003 by performing the song. Although he didn't make it to the next round, he had already garnered a cult following after the audition and received a record deal from Koch Entertainment where he released three albums; the first album, Inspiration included "She Bangs".

A music video for the song was made to promote the album. Directed by Jeff Richter (who also appears in the video as one of the members of the production team), the video depicts a news coverage with two reporters from separate networks outside the Mayan Theater where the video shoot is being held: David Yuri from the fictitious KDD-TV and Jason Feinberg from the E!. William pulls up to the theater in a vehicle with the license plate titled "I ♥ FUSE". He meets with Joey the "record company guy", who introduces to him his "new girlfriend" (played by actress Amanda Swisten). The video than adopts a 'behind the scenes' style as the video is being made with the production team being seen throughout and shots being interrupted. The video spoofs two Ricky Martin videos, the aforementioned title and "Livin' la Vida Loca". The video concludes after the end of the 'raining in the streets' scene, with William having had enough of the shoot and asking for his backpack back. Amanda asks him what about her and replies "Your not my real girlfriend anyway. Sorry", with Amanda replying back "Sorry? Whatever" as he leaves with someone not seen in the video telling him to come back for one more shot.

See also[edit]


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