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Bidi Bidi Bom Bom

"Bidi bidi bom bom"
A woman, who is smiling, is posing.
Single by Selena
from the album Amor Prohibido
Released 13 August 1994 (1994-08-13)
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 1993–1994
(Corpus Christi, Texas)
Genre Tejano, Roots reggae, colombia cumbia, rock fusion
Length 4:14
Label EMI Latin
Writer(s) Selena Quintanilla, A.B. Quintanilla III, Pete Astudillo
Producer(s) A.B. Quintanilla III, Abraham Quintanilla Jr, Bebu Silvetti
Selena singles chronology
"Amor prohibido"
"Bidi bidi bom bom"
"No me queda más"
Alternative cover
Mexico Release

"Bidi bidi bom bom" is a song by American Tejano pop singer Selena from her album Amor prohibido (1994). The album's second single, "Bidi bidi bom bom" was written by Selena and Pete Astudillo. It was produced by A.B. Quintanilla III – Selena's brother – and Bebu Silvetti. It was released on 13 August 1994 in the United States. It was picked up by Tejano, rhythmic contemporary and Contemporary Latin radio stations.

"Bidi bidi bom bom", regarded as Selena's signature song, was an unplanned song. After its first draft by Selena, the unfinished song was performed during her Entre a mi mundo Tour from 1992 to 1993. Selena wanted to see her fans' reaction before completing it. Despite the positive reaction of her fans, the song was not recorded at the time. It was modified to a roots reggae style to become accessible for Hispanics who were unfamiliar with her music. It won the award for "Most Performed Song of the Year" at the 1996 Broadcast Music Incorporated Latin Awards. At the 1994 Tejano Music Awards, "Bidi bidi bom bom" won "Song of the Year", while at the 2010 ceremony, it won "Best 1990s Song". "Bidi bidi bom bom" received unanimous positive reviews from contemporary music critics.

The song had extensive airplay in the United States, peaking at No. 1 on Billboard Hot Latin Tracks, the second consecutive number-one single from Amor prohibido. Selena had promoted the song during three world concerts, including the Entre A Mi Mundo Tour (1992–93), Selena Live! Tour (1993–94), and the Amor Prohibido Tour (1994–95). The accompanying music video was released on 10 May 1994, on the major Spanish-language television channels and received positive reviews from music critics. "Bidi bidi bom bom" has been covered by many artists since its release.

Background and production

"Bidi bidi bom bom", one of the first songs composed for Selena's fifth studio album Amor prohibido (1994), is regarded as Selena's signature song.[1] It was written by Selena and backup dancer Pete Astudillo before being arranged by Roger Emerson.[2][3] The song was produced by Selena's brother and music producer A.B. Quintanilla, her father and manager Abraham Quintanilla, Jr. and Bebu Silvetti; Brain "Red" Moore, a family friend, mixed the song. Selena recorded the song at Q-Productions, her father's recording studio, in Corpus Christi, Texas.[2]

Due to the support of her previous album, Entre a mi mundo (1992), during the Entre a mi mundo Tour (1992–1993), Selena decided to sing a song which she had recently written.[3] Initially, the song described a fish swimming freely in the ocean. Originally dubbed "Little Bidi Bubbles", then "Little Bubbles" and "Swim Swim Swim!", the song was a combination of roots reggae and cumbia music.[2][4] It was used for sound checks at the band's rehearsals.[3] Selena wanted to witness her fans' reactions to the song before completing it. Despite her fans' positive reactions, this version was not recorded following the tour. While gathering inspiration to release an exotic progressive album to help expand Selena's fan base, A.B. decided to complete "Little Bidi Bubbles". A.B. had wanted to finish the song as a Caribbean reggae song mixed with Colombian cumbia to attract fans from Latin America. Band members and Astudillo helped A.B. with writing the song, while Selena's widower Chris Perez helped gather Rock fusion and guitar solos into "Bidi bidi bom bom".[2][4]

Within a couple of weeks of the lyrics completion in early 1994,[4] Selena began recording her fifth studio album. A.B. was nervous about the song because the mixed compositions had never been done before for a Tejano artist. EMI Records had a difficult time picking the lead single for the album. Selena and EMI wanted "Amor prohibido" as the first single, whereas A.B. wanted "Bidi bidi bom bom" first, and he unsuccessfully tried to convince his sister and EMI.[2] Selena had done takes for "Bidi bidi bom bom" at Q-Productions. The song took less than three days to record. After Selena was murdered, by which time she was working on a crossover album, EMI Latin wanted to release the unfinished album, but they were short of songs.[4] A.B. had remixed the song for Dreaming of You (1995).[2]

Composition and lyric content

"Bidi bidi bom bom" is composed in common time and written in the key of F major. Selena sings with a soprano voice, spanning two octaves. It was written by Selena, Astudillo and produced by A.B., A. Quintanilla Jr and Moore.

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"Bidi bidi bom bom" is an uptempo roots reggae[5] song mixed with Colombia cumbia[4] music, which draws influences from rock fusion,[3] Latin rock[6] and Caribbean reggae.[2] With 90 beats per minute, the original version is set in common time and written in the key of B-flat major.[6] "Bidi bidi bom bom" incorporates music from several musical instruments, including the drums, violin and keyboards.[6] Selena sings with a soprano voice, spanning two octaves.[6] The song's chorus has a basic chord progression B–E–F7.[6][7] The song's lyrics describe a woman who is interested in a guy. Her heart would palpitate ("Bidi bidi bom bom") every time he walks near her. The feelings inside her begin to be a bit too much for her, and emotionally she cannot control it. Her knees and her heart begin to tremble, when she hears his voice. The song ends with the woman saying, "When I hear this song, my heart wants to sing like this".[8]

Critical reception

"Bidi bidi bom bom" was popular with children and young adolescents. Billboard's Ramiro Burr noted that, with French lyrics, it could have been popular in European night clubs.[9] Kristine Helen Burns, in her book Women and Music in America Since 1900 (2002), stated that "No me queda más" and "Bidi bidi bom bom" helped Selena peak in her fan base by 1995.[10] Ilan Stavans and Harold Augenbraum reviewed Amor prohibido and stated that "Bidi bidi bom bom", "No me queda más", and "Techno Cumbia" are the "key hits of the album".[11]

Antonio Morales of Gringo Gazette stated that "Bidi bidi bom bom" was one of his favorite songs, while he opined that "Selena was having fun with this track. You could really hear her excitement, enthusiasm and lovely voice in this gem."[12] Aaron Sebastian Cruz, also from Gringo Gazette, wrote that "Selena's passion and conveying abilities, helped her with recording "Bidi bidi bom bom" – a fun reggae song that is a great choice anywhere at any social gatherings."[13] In Cruz's Top 100 Fun Summer Songs, "Bidi bidi bom bom" was positioned at number six.[13] Diosdada Sagarra Díaz of Adelante highly praised "Bidi bidi bom bom"'s mixing styles and the "addicting rhythms" of the song. Díaz also said that the song is "catchy and romantic".[14] Alberto Rivera, of El Universo believed that it was one of the first Spanish-reggae songs to have ever reached number-one on Billboard‍ '​s Hot Latin Tracks. He highly praised Jennifer Lopez's performance of the song during the Selena movie.[15]

Alexio Almeirão of Expresso believed that "Bidi bidi bom bom [was] one of Selena's best songs during her career, and one of her [best known songs] internationally". Almeirão complained that " the song could have been way better if it had more of a cumbia sound – then reggae. Something similar to "Ya no" with a mixture of "No me queda más", would've topped the charts internationally".[16] Xosé Rodríguez of La Opinión A Coruña wrote down that "Bidi bidi bom bom" is a "classic" and believed "It hits all the right keys and melody",[17] while Devanté Williams of Las Cruces Sun-News stated that "Bidi bidi bom bom" was a "Hit in the making for non-Spanish-speaking countries".[18] "Bidi bidi bom bom" was highly liked by children[19] and was covered in various children compilation albums after Selena's death.[4]

Music video

Background and development

The music video for "Bidi bidi bom bom" was filmed from 28–30 April 1994 and was directed by Cecilia Miniucchi.[20] The video was shot in Santa Monica, California at the Santa Monica Pier.[21] On 10 May, it premiered on the major television channels in Latin America. Produced by Tango Productions, Philip Holahan served as the director of photography, while editing was done by Clayton Halsey. Fans were asked to volunteer as backup dancers and random people during some takes of the video. EMI had a casting call for a handsome guy to be Selena's crush. Selena wore summer-clothing, bottom-styles depicting an Indian woman.[22]

The clothing that Selena wore for the music video was subsequently stolen by Yolanda Saldivar (former president of Selena's fan club and of Selena Etc.), who kept the clothing as a shrine in her room. After she had murdered Selena, the Quintanilla family tried to retrieve Selena's stolen belongings from Saldivar's parents, but they decided not to hand-over Selena's clothing to them, as well as a suitcase filled with other belongings of Selena's.[23][24][25]

The music video opens up with fans throwing their hands up high in the sky, while Selena gently onto a pier, in slow-harmony "yeah". The video then transitions to Selena pumping gas into her Jeep Wrangler, watched by a handsome man nearby. Selena notices the guy looking at her, then she looks away smiling. Meanwhile, she begins to sing the song "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom". She then says in Spanish, "I don't know what's going to happen next." They then meet at a traffic light, in their adjacent vehicles. A street-seller approaches the guy to sell roses, and is successful, as he asks for one. The guy then gives the roses to Selena and asks her (by gesturing with a nod of his head) to follow him. Selena's car signal then transitions to the guy's direction, while she sings, "I can't control my heart, and it sings" (in Spanish). As she begins to follow the guy's car, he moves his rear-view mirror to see Selena. They later appear at a festival and enjoy games together. Music solos begin, as the guy wins a prize teddy bear and gives it as a gift to Selena. Videos of their relationship begin to play, now showing both enjoying various activities. At sunset, they leave the festival, laughing together. The video ends with a flashback scene to an alternate reality, where the street-seller is unsuccessful. The guy decides not to buy the roses, resulting in Selena and the guy leaving in opposite directions.


The music video was welcomed with positive reception from music critics. In 2002, a snippet was featured on CBS's The Early Show with Julie Chen, while she interviewed Selena's family about the upcoming release of Ones (2002).[26] On 4 March 2007, "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" entered MTV Spain's Top20 MTV Selection at number 11.[27] It climbed to No. 1 during the week of 31 March, the twelfth anniversary of Selena's death.[27] Selena was featured on Fugues, an LGBT-related French magazine, during their "Top 10 Most Widely Played Songs in Gay Clubs in Canada".[28] Fuegues editor, François Petit, said, "The music video for 'Bidi Bidi Bom Bom' was astonishing and greatly appreciated among French gays for its grooves and addicting lyrics, in nightclubs across Canada." It was positioned at number ten.[28]

Track listing

US promo single
  1. "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" – 4:14
Mexico promo single
  1. "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" – 4:14

Credits and personnel

All credits were taken from the album's liner notes.[29][30]


Chart (1994) Peak
US Hot Latin Tracks (Billboard)[31] 1
US Latin Regional Mexican Airplay (Billboard)[32] 4
US Latin Pop Songs (Billboard)[33] 11
US Regional Mexican Digital Songs (Billboard)[34] 1


Year Awards ceremony Award Results
1994 Tejano Music Awards Song of the Year[35][36] Won
1996 Broadcast Music Incorporated Latin Awards Most Performed Song of the Year[35] Won
2010 Tejano Music Awards Best 1990s Song[37] Won


"Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" has been recorded or performed live by many artists. During the Selena ¡VIVE! concert (2005), a tenth anniversary remembrance concert, Alejandra Guzmán sang the song live with backup dancers accompanying her.[38][39] In 2007, Wyclef Jean added Selena's vocals of "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" along with Melissa Jimenez for his sixth studio album Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant.[40] Selena Gomez, who was named after Selena,[41] sang the song in San Antonio, Texas, for Nick Jonas during her Selena Gomez & the Scene: Live in Concert tour in 2010.[42] A virtual duet with Gomez and Selena was recorded on Selena's remix album Enamorada de Ti (2012).[43] This virtual duet was also included on Gomez's greatest hits album For You, and is released on November 24, 2014 by Hollywood Records.[44] "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" was also included in a lesbian pride event in Long Beach, California.[45]

Puerto Rican boy band, Tick Tock, covered the song, as well as creating a music video to promote the song in 2004.[46] Colombian reggaeton band BIP covered the song and released a music video.[47] Mexican singer Ely Guerra released her version of the song.[48] Sara Tavares covered the song in Portuguese.[49] Ana Isabelle sang the song live during Univision's V.E.S. Show in 2009.[50][51] Banda El Grullo recorded the song in 2009 in remembrance for Selena in their cover album 30 Numeros 1 En Banda.[52] Los del Mar (an Andalusian group) recorded the song for their cover album, featuring Blankita in 2010.[53] Mariela Matos recorded the song in 2005 for the compilation album Nuevas Voces De América.[54] Blianca recorded the song in Bachata for the album A Fuego – Merengue Bachata Reggaeton in 2008.[55] Lole – Lolay recorded the song in Haitian Creole entitled "Sensation".[56]

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Preceded by
"El Día Que Me Quieras" by Luis Miguel
U.S. Billboard Hot Latin Tracks number-one single
22 October 1994 – 12 November 1994
Succeeded by
"Ni El Primero Ni El Ultimo" by Los Rehenes
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