Originally cut for Sex and Love with the Cuban reggaetón group Gente de Zona and Cuban singer Descemer Bueno, a Spanglish version was re-recorded for the United States and Europe market featuring a guest rap from Jamaican Dancehall artist Sean Paul.
The "Bailando" song title translates to "Rhythmic Dancing" in Spanish.
An accompanying music video for the Spanish version was filmed in the Dominican Republic and directed by Cuban producer Alejandro Perez. The lead girl is played by Ana Karla Suárez whilst the featured dancers are from Havana's Ballet Lizt Alfonso.
The uptempo tune was used as the theme song for the Telemundo soap opera, Reina de Corazones. It was the fifth time that one of Iglesias' tunes had been chosen as an opening theme of a telenovela following "Nunca Te Olvidaré," "Cuando Me Enamoron," "Marisol." and "El Perdedor."
The song broke the record for the longest-running #1 ever on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart. It overtook Shakira's "La Tortura," which reigned for 25 weeks beginning in June 2005.
Enrique Iglesias said during the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami that he originally wrote the song in 2013 with his longtime collaborator Descemer Bueno. He shelved it, but near the end of the year, he came across a version Bueno had recorded in Cuba with Gente De Zona. "I went to YouTube to find this song and I said, 'Holy s--t, I wrote it!'" Iglesias recalled. "So I listened to the song with Gente De Zona, and I start going nuts with them."
Bueno recalled during the same conference: "Enrique and I worked on the song and kind of left it there. Then I met up with Gente De Zona in Havana, and they added the 'I wanna be contigo' bridge and the 'Oh, oh, oh.' That's the new version Enrique heard. And really, it added and important and energetic element to the song."
South Floridans Cristian Mauricio Escuti and German Schulz filed a suit on January 26, 2015 in Miami's US District Court claiming that this song rips off their original track, "Quiero Bailar Contigo." The plaintiffs stated that they recorded their tune on or about May 2009 and submitted a recording of their song to Sony/ATV three years later, but never heard back. However, Escuti and Schulz's case is not helped by the fact that "Bailando" was released by Republic, a company with no connection to Sony.
Here is a video of Chayanne performing "Quiero Bailar Contigo." Do you think they are similar?
This was the first ever Spanish-language song to reach one billion views on YouTube.