The Cup of Life

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"The Cup of Life"
Single by Ricky Martin
from the album Vuelve
Released March 3, 1998 (1998-03-03)
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Latin pop
Length 4:28
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Luis Gómez Escolar, Desmond Child, Draco Rosa
Producer(s) Desmond Child, Draco Rosa
Ricky Martin singles chronology
"Vuelve"
(1998)
"The Cup of Life"
(1998)
"La Bomba"
(1998)
Alternative covers

"The Cup of Life" (Spanish: La copa de la vida) is a song recorded by Ricky Martin. It was released on March 3, 1998, as the second single from Vuelve. "The Cup of Life" became the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and topped the charts in many countries around the world.

The 41st Grammy Awards are widely remembered for Ricky Martin's performance of "La Copa de la Vida", which was later included on his DVD, The Ricky Martin Video Collection. The song was remixed by Pablo Flores.

Music videos[edit]

The music video to "The Cup of Life" was shot by Wayne Isham in 1998 in a concert in Puerto Rico and later aired in April 1998. In the video, Martin performs the song energetically before a sold out concert audience. The music video to the Spanglish version of the song, known as "La Copa de la Vida", basically consists of the performance in "The Cup of Life" video, but starts with Martin kicking a soccer ball to the screen while being filmed, presumably for the song's video. This video is also interspersed by added scenes of the audience singing and dancing to the song, plus shots of different soccer players playing during the FIFA World Cup, which in turn are being projected onto a wall while Martin sometimes poses before it.

Chart performance[edit]

"The Cup of Life" became one of Ricky Martin's most successful songs. It topped the charts for six weeks in Australia, France and Sweden, for four weeks in Germany, for two weeks in Spain, and for one week in Switzerland and Belgium Wallonia. "The Cup of Life" reached also top ten in Norway, Austria and the Netherlands. In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 in 1998, peaking at number sixty. However, after the success of "Livin' la Vida Loca", it re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 in 1999, and reached number forty-five. In the United Kingdom, "The Cup of Life" peaked at number twenty-nine.

The single was certified platinum and gold around the world. It has sold 563,000 copies in France,[1] and although released long before the digital era, it has sold 141,000 digital copies in the US.[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single

  1. "La Copa de la Vida (Album Version) – 4:28
  2. "La Copa de la Vida (Spanish Remix - Radio Edit) – 4:37

European CD maxi-single

  1. "The Cup of Life" – 4:28
  2. "The Cup of Life" (Remix - Long Version) – 8:39
  3. "La Copa de la Vida (Spanglish Remix - Radio Edit) – 4:37
  4. "La Copa de la Vida (Album Version) – 4:28

UK CD maxi-single #1

  1. "The Cup of Life" (English Radio Edit) – 4:37
  2. "The Cup of Life" (Spanglish Radio Edit) – 4:37
  3. "The Cup of Life" (Original English Version) – 4:31
  4. "The Cup of Life" (Extended English Version) – 8:39
  5. "The Cup of Life" (Extended Spanglish Version) – 8:39

UK CD maxi-single #2

  1. "The Cup of Life" (English Radio Edit) – 4:37
  2. "The Cup of Life" (The Dub of Life Mix) – 7:44
  3. "María" (Spanglish Radio Edit) – 4:31
  4. "María" (Jason Nevins Remix) – 3:45

US CD maxi-single

  1. "La Copa de la Vida (Album Version)
  2. "La Copa de la Vida (Spanish Remix - Long Version)
  3. "La Copa de la Vida (Spanglish Version - Radio Edit)
  4. "The Cup of Life"

US CD maxi-single

  1. "The Cup of Life" (English Radio Edit) – 4:37
  2. "The Cup of Life" (Spanish Radio Edit) – 4:37
  3. "The Cup of Life" (Spanglish Radio Edit) – 4:37
  4. "The Cup of Life" (The Dub of Life Mix) – 7:44
  5. "María" (Jason Nevins Remix) – 3:45
  6. "Maria" (Spanglish Radio Edit) – 4:31

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Gloryland" by Daryl Hall and Sounds of Blackness
and "We Are the Champions" by Queen
FIFA World Cup theme song
1998
with "Together Now" by Jean Michel Jarre and Tetsuya Komuro
Succeeded by
"Boom" by Anastacia and "Anthem" by Vangelis