Who Let the Dogs Out?

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"Who Let the Dogs Out?"
Single by Baha Men
from the album Who Let the Dogs Out and Rugrats in Paris: The Movie soundtrack
Released 25 July 2000
Format CD single
Genre Soca, junkanoo, Calypso (Original)
Eurodance (Barking Mad Remix)
Length 3:18
Label Edel, Artemis, S-Curve, Maverick, Nick
Writer(s) Anslem Douglas
Producer(s) Scott Brooks (original)
Steve Greenberg
Certification Platinum (BPI)
Baha Men singles chronology
"That's the Way I Do It"
(1997)
"Who Let the Dogs Out?"
(1998)
"You All Dat"
(2001)

"Who Let the Dogs Out?" is a song written and originally recorded by Anslem Douglas (titled "Doggie") for the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season of 1998.[1] It came to the attention of Steve Greenberg, who produced it with a group he was promoting called The Baha Men. The Baha Men covered the song and placed it in the movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and on its soundtrack album and then released it as a single in 2000, when it became the band's first hit in the US and the UK.

The song reached number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in the United Kingdom. It was the 4th biggest-selling single of 2000 in the UK, and went on to become one of the highest-selling singles of the decade not to reach number-one. It was also a big hit in Australia, where it reached number-one. The track went on to win the Grammy for Best Dance Recording on the 2001 Grammy Awards. It was the subject of a major lawsuit over copyright ownership that was settled.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

In the original music video, a parody of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire (then hosted by Regis Philbin) is depicted at the start.

Critical reception[edit]

In a poll conducted in 2007 by Rolling Stone to identify the 20 most annoying songs, this song was ranked third.[2] It was also ranked first on Spinner's 2008 list of "Top 20 Worst Songs Ever".[3] Most recently, in 2010, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at No. 2 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, exclaiming, "We try to forgive, but admit to daydreaming about supergluing an iPod with this [song] on it to Michael Vick's head."[4] Rolling Stone also ranked it at No. 8 on a poll to identify the worst songs of the 1990s.

The Anslem Douglas version was played throughout the English-speaking Caribbean and in cities with large Caribbean populations in 1998. After the Baha Men re-released the song, it became a ubiquitous sports anthem at stadiums and arenas throughout the world based largely on the efforts of a sports marketing company hired by the song's producer, Steve Greenberg. Pro Sports Music Marketing founder Frederic Traube introduced and marketed the song to sports stadiums, following the lead of Wingspan Records, which first introduced the song to the Mississippi State Bulldogs who made it their theme song.

Performances at sports events[edit]

The first use of the song at an American sporting event was at Mississippi State University.[5] The university's mascot is the Bulldog, and the university school first played the song during football games in the fall of 1998 using the version sung by Chuck Smooth. It was accompanied by the crowd singing along and the team performing a dance on the field called "The Dawg Pound Rock" just before a kickoff.[6][7] Later the Southeastern Conference ruled that they could not perform the dance on the field, so the team moved it to the sidelines. Several other teams followed suit, and the song quickly became a national phenomenon.[8]

In June 2000, Gregg Greene,[9] then Director of Promotions for the Seattle Mariners, was the first to play the Baha Men's version of "Who Let the Dogs Out" at a Major League Baseball game.[10] He debuted the tune as a joke for the team's backup catcher, Joe Oliver. Two days later, shortstop Alex Rodriguez requested the ditty for his batter introduction music and the song quickly became the Mariners team anthem. The Baha Men played live at Safeco Field during a Mariners game in September 2000. The New York Mets, however, claimed that they were the first MLB team to adopt the song (ESPN.com later commented, "This is a little like scientists arguing over who discovered a deadly virus"). The Baha Men recorded a version of the song that changed the chorus to "Who let the Mets out?" and all the lyrics to reflect the team and its players, which was played at Shea Stadium throughout the Mets' 2000 postseason run, including a live performance on the Shea Stadium field before Game 4 of the 2000 World Series against the New York Yankees. The song was written by David Brody of Z100 New York and recorded by the Baha Men initially for Z100. Brody then gave the song to the Mets to play at Shea. Brody has also written songs for the 2006 and 2007 Mets. Richard Hidalgo used the original song as his entrance music while playing for the Houston Astros.

The song is the theme song for Monster Mutt & Monster Mutt Rottweiler while freestyling in Monster Jam.

In the UK, the song was quickly appropriated by Liverpool supporters under then-manager Gérard Houllier. Regular chants of 'Hou led the reds out' by Liverpool fans (a reference to Liverpool's cup treble in 2001) were followed soon after by opposition fans' chants of 'Hou had a heart attack' (a reference to Houllier's illness in October 2001).[11] The song was also played after every goal which Dougie Freedman scored for Crystal Palace F.C. at Selhurst Park, with fans singing "Who let the Doug out? Who? Who?" with reference to him. Similarly, Chelsea F.C. fans sing "Who let the Drog out? Who? Who?", in reference to Didier Drogba. The song was also heard at Hillsborough for a visit of rivals Sheffield United with the words changed to "Who let the Pigs Out", United having been known as "The Pigs" since the early 1960s. (The song was also modified by Celtic F.C. supporters to "Who let the huns out? Who? Who?", aimed squarely at supporters of their arch rival, Rangers F.C.. Hun in modern Scottish and Ulster parlour is a pejorative for perceived Protestants, Celtic being a predominantly Irish Catholic-supported team tend to aim aggression towards the other big Christian denomination in Scotland, Ulster and Ireland.

In popular culture[edit]

  • This song was used as one of the theme songs in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie. To promote this, the music video of the song was remade using clips from the film. Since its inclusion, the song has also been used in other movies such as Rat Race, Men in Black II, The Shaggy Dog, and The Hangover. It has also been used in the trailers of movies such as Snow Dogs, Good Boy, and Open Season 2.
  • This was used as the theme song for the Nickelodeon show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd
  • A 2001 Visa Check Card commercial featured a guy in charge of music during Pittsburgh Steelers games trying to buy a copy of this song on CD with a check, but the clerk needed to see ID, thus continuously playing the song "Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton.
  • A 2004 Dish Network commercial featured this song where pigs are stealing money from their cable bill, changing it to "Who Let the Pigs In?", a reference to the fact that customers should "stop feeding the pig" and switch to Dish.
  • The song was parodied on The Simpsons. In Large Marge, Marge and Maggie, while listening to the radio, namely "The Disney Station", played the version of the song called "Who Left The Milk Out" respectively by the Baha Men. At the end of the episode another parody of the song for this episode titled "Who Let Her Jugs Out?" plays over the closing credits. The third parody "Who Wants a Haircut?" appeared in "Thank God It's Doomsday".
  • In Luigi Mansion: Dark Moon Polterpup The music video of the song was remade using clips from the film.
  • As recently as July 2013, the electronic group Knife Party incorporated a remix of the song into their live sets.
  • The song is sung by the characters in the episode of South Park, "Wing"
  • The song appeared in the 2005 Telugu movie, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana and its version Something Something.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999–2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 27
Canadian RPM Dance Top 40[13] 21
Canadian RPM Top Singles[14] 14
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 18
France (SNEP)[12] 60
Germany (Media Control Charts)[15] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[16] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 3
New Zealand (RIANZ)[12] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 6
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[18] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 40
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[19] 6
US Billboard Latin Pop Airplay[19] 35
US Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay[19] 20
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40[19] 22
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[19] 18
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks[19] 21
Preceded by
"Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
26 November 2000 – 17 December 2000
Succeeded by
"Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writer (3 November 2000). "Dog fight over song". Caribbean News Agency. p. Pg. 3. Retrieved 3 April 2010. "Port of Spain, Trinidad CANA – A major legal battle in a New York court over the rights to "Who Let The Dogs Out" was settled. The 1998 calypso which has been transformed into a major international hit by the Bahamian group Baha Men, according to local Press reports. Trinidadian soca artiste Anslem Douglas, who was originally credited as the composer of the calypso, found himself at the centre of a battle over rights to the song. Involved was St. Vincent-born musician Ossie Gurley in whose Toronto recording studio the original calypso was created, and two recording labels – Deston Records and Wingspan Records. Deston Records is the company which gave the song to the Baha Men to record on the S-Curve label, while Wingspan is the record label of rapper Chuck Smooth and Scott Brooks whose release was a Top 10 Billboard Rap Single." 
  2. ^ Rolling Stone. "Rolling Stone : The 20 Most Annoying Songs". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 15 December 2007. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  3. ^ Top 20 Worst Songs Ever, Spinner, 1 August 2008. Retrieved on 2008-09-13
  4. ^ Wilkening, Matthew (11 September 2010). "100 Worst Songs Ever – Part Five of Five". AOL Radio. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  5. ^ 1999 Egg Bowl on YouTube
  6. ^ "MSU special teams unit covers the field, cuts a rug – University Wire | HighBeam Research – FREE trial". Highbeam.com. 17 September 1999. Retrieved 2010-10-07. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Baha Men – Who Let The Dogs Out". Ejams.com. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  8. ^ "List: Bands". Musicfanfair.ca. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  9. ^ Damon Agnos (4 April 2012). "The Dogfather – Page 1 – Music – Seattle". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  10. ^ All Things Considered (3 October 2000). "Dog Chant". NPR. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  11. ^ 19:46. "Cheesy Chants For Teams/Players". RedCafe.net. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Who Let the Dogs Out?", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  13. ^ "Who let the dogs out in Canadian Dance Top 40 Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "Who let the dogs out in Canadian Top Singles Chart". Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  15. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  16. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  17. ^ "Single top 100 over 200" (PDF) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  18. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  19. ^ a b c d e f g "Baha Men awards on Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 

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