«Mambo No. 5» is a mambo and jive dance song originally recorded and composed by Cuban Pérez Prado in 1949.

The song’s popularity was renewed by Lou Bega‘s sampling of the original, released under the same name on Bega’s 1999 debut album A Little Bit of Mambo.

The song became a controversy in September 1999 when the Los Angeles Times reported that the song’s actual theme was related to street drugs with the women’s names being «street names» for illicit narcotics.

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