The song received generally positive reviews from music critics who praised the liveliness of the track and noted the consistency with other songs performed by Martin. It peaked at number five on the US Hot Latin Songs and became Martin's 23rd top-ten single on the chart. An accompanying music video, directed by Kátia Lund and Lívia Gama of Bossa Nova Films, was shot in Rio de Janeiro. It features Martin singing and dancing on the beach accompanied by around 100 other people. Martin performed the song on several occasions including at the 2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards and on season eighteen of the Dancing with the Stars US series.
In December 2013 FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment launched a worldwide music contest inviting aspiring musicians and football fans to submit original song proposals. The organizers received over 1600 compositions from musicians and fans originating from 29 countries. In February 2014 it was announced that Elijah King and his track "Vida" had won the contest; it was chosen by Martin, a judging panel, and by public vote. The song was co-written by Ricky Martin, King and Salaam Remi with additional writing from Afo Verde and Roxana Amed for the Spanish and Portuguese version of the song. It was produced by Remi under his production name Salaamremi.com. Subsequently, the song was set to be recorded by Martin himself and included on the One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album (2014). The singer previously recorded and sang "La Copa de la Vida (The Cup of Life)", which served as the official song of the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
Following the announcement, King traveled to Miami where he worked with Martin and Remi to finish the track. Gleyder "Gee" Disla recorded the song at the Instrument Zoo and Hit Factory Criteria in Miami and Louder than Life Labs in New York City. Enrique Larreal provided the vocal engineering and editing, while David Cabrera served as an additional vocal producer. Disla mixed "Vida" at Instrument Zoo, while Ari Blitz and Larry Ryckman served as the mastering engineers. Martin, King and Domingo Ramos sang the background vocals. Vincent Henry and Dan Warner played the guitar, the latter also provided the ukulele, Hal Riston played the horn and Robert Villahara was responsible for the percussion.
The Spanglish version of the song was released as the second official single from One Love, One Rhythm – The 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album. On April 22, 2014 it was digitally launched in Austria, Germany, Switzerland the United Kingdom, and the United States. An extended play consisting of Spanish, Portuguese, and Spanglish versions together with a remix from David Cabrera Bahía was released on May 6 in France and Italy. Additionally, the EP was released in the United Kingdom and the United States among other countries on the same date. Apart of that material, the Spanish extended play release also contains the Predikator Remix, Brian Cross Extended Club Remix and Brian Cross Remix of "Vida". On June 10, a Bubu Borgex Remix of "Vida" was released worldwide including in Austria, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. The Afrojack remix of the song was launched on July 1.
On April 25, 2014 it was announced that Hundred Proof Club, Think Famous Productions, Akela Family and JDK Entertainment were suing Sony Music and King for fraud in the Sony and FIFA's SuperSong competition. The lawsuit claimed that the competition was rigged and that King, who co-wrote "Vida" was always going to win, cheating the other entrants out of their chance of winning the competition. Although the contest was open to applicants worldwide, King had a contractual agreement and Sony apparently asked King to enter the song "Vida": Sony allegedly pressured the plaintiffs to release King from his contract so that he would be eligible to win, in return for compensation.
The lawsuit alleges that Sony induced King’s release from his publishing contract and refused to pay compensation. The attorney Alicia Roman told The Huffington Post, "[We’re looking to] annul the release due to the fraud they committed. When it’s annulled, all of the rights to Elijah’s songs are returned to my client, particularly the song 'Vida' that Ricky Martin sang." Martin has not made any comment on the lawsuit. Additionally, Luis Adrian Cortes Ramos, a finalist from the first season of Idol Puerto Rico filled a $10 million lawsuit towards Martin. He sued the singer for releasing "Vida" despite claims that he submitted his version of the track as part of SuperSong contest, a version that was never recognized. Ramos' lawyer released a statement saying "Ramos was surprised, disillusioned and suffered mental anguish because the song was almost identical to the one he composed. Until that moment, Martin was an idol for Ramos." However, Martin's representative never commented on the lawsuit.
"Vida" is a Latin pop song that lasts for three minutes and twenty-five seconds. It features guitar, ukulele, percussion, guitar and "exotic sounds, with a Caribbean feel". Carolina Moreno of The Huffington Post described the song as upbeat and energetic. Lyrically, the single is about the ability of the football tournament to bring people from different parts of the world together to celebrate and enjoy 'the good life'.
Melissa Redman of Renowned for Sound gave the song three and half stars out of five and wrote that "the track is everything you would expect from Ricky Martin and a single for a global sports event." She also stated that although the song is not "groundbreaking" it is "a lively and exuberant track that people are bound to bop away to". Redman concluded that it is better than Pitbull's "We Are One (Ole Ola)", which serves as the official song of the tournament. Mike Wass of website Idolator wrote, "there's something to be said for consistency and Ricky sure knows how to knock out a summery smash with generic Spanglish lyrics that probably sound pretty inspiring after a couple of Coronas." "Vida" received nomination for a Start-Party song at the 2014 Premios Tu Mundo held on August 21, 2014.
Following Martin's performance of the song at the 2014 Latin Billboard Music Awards "Vida" entered at number four on the US Latin Digital Songs chart after selling 6000 copies in its first week. Subsequently, the single debuted at number 10 on the US Hot Latin Songs; it became Martin's 23rd top 10 single on the chart. It peaked at number five on the latter chart. It was more successful on the US Latin Pop Songs chart where it peaked at number four. "Vida" debuted at number 20 on the Spanish Singles Chart. In its fourth week the single reached its peak of number five. Additionally, it peaked at number 12 in the Dominican Republic and number 16 in Mexico, a pop charts part of Monitor Latino. It was less successful in Australia and South Korea where it peaked at number 75 and 146 respectively.
The music video for "Vida" was filmed at the beaches of Rio de Janeiro.
The music video for "Vida" was filmed in Rio de Janeiro and was directed by Kátia Lund and Lívia Gama of Bossa Nova Films. According to Lund, "The lyrics and the emotion that are reflected in the video for "Vida" inspire a celebration of life, in a way that is pure and simple: the sun, coming together and the energy." She said that the visual is about life in which differences are celebrated and appreciated easily and with happiness and claimed that was the reason Martin "just wanted it to be natural" and to differ from what he had done before with choreography, big sets and directed scenes. Martin also commented the shooting process, "It's an incredible feeling to have had the opportunity to participate in a global initiative like SuperSong. I'm very excited to finally be able to sing 'Vida' and share this special song with the world." On April 21, Martin released a teaser from the video on his official social networks, while the full video premiered on his Vevo channel on YouTube the next day. It features the singer relaxing in shorts and a tank-top while he sings on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. The video also contains around 100 extras including kids, samba dancers, models and others intended to represent the diversity of the Brazilian nation. Wass of Idolator praised the video, writing that Martin "looks great" in it and mentioned the Brazilian scenery was "pretty awesome".