Top 5 Despacito Facts

Written by Sadie Perkins If you’ve got access to a radio, a TV, or the internet - you’ve heard this song more times than you can count. Welcome to MsMojo’s Top 5 Facts. In today’s installment, we’re counting down the top 5 facts about the hit song Despacito. Thought you knew everything about this track? Think again, because we’ve found some interesting tidbits that might surprise you.
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Top 5 Despacito Facts


If you’ve got access to a radio, a TV, or the internet - you’ve heard this song more times than you can count. Welcome to MsMojo’s Top 5 Facts. In today’s installment, we’re counting down the top 5 facts about the hit song Despacito.

Thought you knew everything about this track? Think again, because we’ve found some interesting tidbits that might surprise you.

#5: The Song Is Actually About a Slow Love Affair

Though everybody can agree that the tune itself is catchy and is one of the best dance hits of summer 2017… very few actually know what the song means. The title of the song “Despacito” translated into English means “slowly”, and that’s the message the song tries to get across. Written about a slow, romantic love affair, the lyrics are about two people madly in love who can’t get enough of each other, but who also want to take their time. Sexy and filled with passion, the song is also about enjoying the journey of love and being in no hurry to rush things along.

#4: The Song Was Used In a Political Ad

When “Despacito” comes through your speakers, politics probably aren’t the first thought that comes to mind. Apparently Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro thought otherwise when he played a remixed version of the song during one of his rallies. Re-written with lyrics such as "It is the call to the constituent that only wants to unify the country”, Maduro’s remix of the song was used to encourage citizens to vote for a new political body that would have the power to rewrite the national charter. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee weren’t very happy with this, however, and took to Instagram to call out Maduro for both using and altering the song without permission and employing it for political campaigns they do not support.

#3: It Boosted Puerto Rican Tourism

Who knew that a song could affect a country's economy? Barely two months after the release of “Despacito”, tourism companies including Hotels.com and TripAdvisor went public with the information that tourist searches for Puerto Rico had jumped significantly. Ranging from a 24% to a 45% increase largely based on this line; even tourism companies within the country have begun to offer trips to the filming locations in the music video, including the La Perla district and the Club La Factoria.

#2: Justin Bieber Came Up With the Idea of a Remix

After hearing the song for the first time while in a Colombian nightclub, the Biebs himself decided that he wanted a piece of the Despacito action and contacted Fonsi to work on a remix. The entire process happened over 4-5 days after originally contacting Fonsi before Bieber’s remix was released. Crediting Bieber with taking the song into the English speaking market, Fonsi also said how impressed he was with Bieber learning the Spanish lyrics and managing to work through the pronunciation, even though Justin hasn't always exactly nailed the language on stage.


#1: It's Shattered YouTube Records

Beating out both PSY’s career making hit and “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, Despacito broke the YouTube record of most watched video of all time only months after its release. Smashing records like the fastest and first video to hit 2 billion views - only 154 days after release - most liked video of all time and first video to ever hit 3 billion views, the music video for the original version of the song lit YouTube on fire. The video hasn’t slowed down, either and with the amount of attention it’s been getting, that big 4 isn’t far off.
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