I’m sure you are familiar with the song that’s featured today! If not, I bet your students are.

Here are some song facts about Despacito:

  • This was the first time in 21 years that a primarily Spanish-language song had topped the Hot 100. The previous one to do so was Los Del Rio’s “Macarena,” which spent 14 weeks on the summit in 1996.

 

  • The song’s video broke the record for the most-watched of all time on YouTube, despite not featuring Justin Bieber. (It is the original track not the remix). On August 4, 2017, the clip hit 2.9 billion views, surpassing the previous record-holder, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again”. (A YouTube search shows that this number is now 3.9 billion)

 

  • The song topped the Hot 100 for 16 consecutive weeks, equaling Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day,” as the longest running #1 single in the history of the chart.

 

  • The pop princess, Taylor Swift,  knocked “Despacito” from the peak position with her single “Look What You Made Me Do”.

 

 

Check out this piano cover of Despacito!

 

I love this cover and this version from Peter Bence inspired some of the variations that I’ve got for you today. Turn on the song and jam with your students!

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