Gasolina

Album: Barrie Fino (2005)
Charted: 5 32
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Songfacts®:

  • This was the first ever worldwide reggaetón hit. The genre is a Latino-inspired fusion of dancehall, salsa and hip-hop and had been popular amongst the Puerto Rican community in America since the 1990s.
  • The song was set to an infectious dance beat with lyrics almost entirely in Spanish describing a woman who likes to go out and have a good time. Daddy Yankee commented to Billboard magazine: "I think part of the success of the track was people looking for some hidden meaning: Was I talking about alcohol, about drugs? That track is completely literal. It's the most innocent song I've ever written."
  • The chorus "A mi me gusta la gasoline, dame más gasoline" is a very popular Puerto Rican saying. It translates as "I like gasoline, give me more gasoline."
  • The line "dame más gasolina" was sung by reggaetón singer Glory (born Glorimar Montalvo Castro), who is also known as "La Gata Gangster."
  • This was used in a TV advertising campaign for the 2006 Citroën C2 Deejay, which ran through the spring and summer of 2005.
  • The Barrie Fino album was the first-ever reggaetón long player to sell over one million copies in the United States and be certified platinum by the RIAA. It was the best-selling Latin album and tropical album of the 2000s.
  • This also helped bring reggaeton's dembow rhythm to the mainstream. Dembow, named for the 1990 dancehall classic "Dem Bow" by Shabba Ranks, features a driving, steady kick under a syncopated backbeat: boom-ch-boom-chik. Daddy Yankee also guests on a remix of Luis Fonsi's 2019 chart-topper "Despacito," which prominently features the rhythm.

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