«Bailamos» (English: «We Dance») is a single by Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias sung in Spanglish. It was released in June 1999 as part of the soundtrack to the film Wild Wild West (1999), and later as the lead single from his fourth and debut English-language album Enrique (1999).
It was the debut single of Iglesias in the English-language market and attained immense success, reaching the number-one spot on the Spanish Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as becoming a top-three hit in Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden. In New Zealand it was the second-most successful single of 1999. . «Bailamos» was written by Paul Barry and Mark Taylor and produced by Barry and Brian Rawling, the same team which wrote and produced Cher’s hit «Believe». The track first appeared on a limited edition of his Spanish studio album Cosas del Amor and was released as a single in parts of Latin America and Europe. After attending one of Enrique’s concerts in March 1999, Will Smith asked Enrique to contribute to the soundtrack of his upcoming movie Wild Wild West and «Bailamos» was chosen to appear. The song quickly became most requested on pop radio in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Due to the song’s popularity, it was released as a single throughout the world.
In English, «Bailamos» means «We Dance» (We Are Dancing). In the United States, the song was seen as part of a wave of crossover music from Latin American singers and a general increase in interest in Latin music, which was started by Ricky Martin’s release «Livin’ la Vida Loca» as well as Carlos Santana’s collaboration with Matchbox 20 frontman Rob Thomas of «Smooth».The success of «Bailamos» was a breakthrough for Iglesias, which enabled him to sign a multi-album deal with Interscope Records. The song would go on to appear on his debut English album Enrique, though slightly altered to fit with the sound of the album. The soundtrack version has a different arrangement in mix from the version of the album. . The track peaked at number one for two weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the 11th number-one single for Iglesias on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart for one week. The single also peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs, while on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart, it reached number 25. Internationally, «Bailamos» topped the Spanish Singles Chart for five weeks and reached the top 10 in Walloon Belgium, Canada, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In New Zealand «Bailamos» was the second-most successful single of 1999, behind Lou Bega’s rendition of «Mambo No. 5»..