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B-side  "Machete"
Format  12" CD
Genre  Reggaeton
Released  November 1, 2004
Recorded  2004
Length  3:15

"Gasolina" (English: "Gasoline"), is a reggaeton song written by Daddy Yankee and Eddie Ávila for Daddy Yankee's 2004 album Barrio Fino. It features Glory, who sings the line "dame más gasolina". The song was released as the album's lead single in late 2004 and became a hit, peaking inside the top ten on some of the charts it entered. "Gasolina" is the first reggaeton song to be nominated for the Latin Grammy Award for Record of the Year. In 2015, the song reached the number 9 position on the 50 Greatest Latin Songs of All Time list according to Billboard.



"Gasolina" became a worldwide hit, letting Daddy Yankee gain popularity among Latino mainstream music fans as well, becoming a hit in Puerto Rico, the rest of Latin America, the Caribbean, United States, Canada, and Europe. "Gasolina" is one of the songs attributed with opening the door for reggaeton and creating a pathway for other stars in reggaeton. The song is said to be inspired by Daddy Yankee's one time love Nerea Sanchez. The song stayed true to reggaeton's musical stylings of synthesized beats yet had a catchy chorus.

Formats and track listings

Australian CD single

  1. "Gasolina" – 3:15
  2. "Machete" – 3:04
  3. "Gasolina" (Remix) featuring N.O.R.E., Gemstar and Big Mato – 4:54
  4. "Gasolina" (Music Video) – 2:58
  5. "Papa Frita" (di'.'b version) by Victote and Usra

Belgium CD single

  1. "Gasolina" – (3:12)
  2. "Like You" – (3:22)

UK 12-inch vinyl

  • A1: "Gasolina"
  • A2: "Gasolina (Remix)" (Featuring Big Mato, Gem Star and N.O.R.E.)
  • B1: "Gasolina (Instrumental)"
  • Credits and personnel

  • Daddy Yankee – vocals, songwriting
  • Glory – additional vocals
  • Eddie Dee – songwriting
  • Luny Tunes – producers, composers, electronic keyboards
  • Uses in the media and live performances

  • During his performance at the 2005 Lo Nuestro Awards, Daddy Yankee came into the show in a red Lamborghini, which was pulled down from the roof of American Airlines Arena in Miami, while singing "Gasolina". This moment was voted as the best moment of the show by online voters at Univision's website.
  • The song was featured in the 2006 comedy film, The Benchwarmers and was also featured in Fast Food Nation.
  • The song is used as a warm-up song by the New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana and Texas Rangers closer Neftalí Feliz, as well as Julio Lugo's music.
  • The song was used in a TV advertising for the 2006 Citroën C2, which ran through the spring and summer of 2005.
  • At a campaign stop for Republican presidential nominee John McCain, Daddy Yankee endorsed McCain and performed this song live for students at Phoenix's Central High. A New York Times blogger has questioned if McCain and his campaign understood the song's double-entendres.
  • The song is used in a portion of the Studio Tour in Universal Studios Hollywood.
  • The song was used on seventh week of Dancing with the Stars as the music for James Maslow and his professional partner Peta Murgatroyd's during the night.
  • The song was used as MMA Fighter Eddie Sanchez's entrance theme at UFC 67: All or Nothing
  • This song was used in Sivaji: The Boss
  • Papa A.P. version

    Salvadoran singer Papa A.P. released a cover version of "Gasolina" in Europe in 2005. It caused some controversy for being released there prior to Daddy Yankee's version, which had been released the previous year in the United States. It was the first single from his second studio album, Assesina.

    Papa A.P. said that he initially refused to release the single before Daddy Yankee but was convinced to do so by his producers. He said about his version: "I do not regret that choice because even if it's not my title, everyone has very well accepted my version, even in the hood of New York". He claims his producers "came to an arrangement" with Daddy Yankee's producers. One week after the recording, his producer proposed shooting a music video, which was eventually shot in Tunisia.

    His first European hit, the song reached the top ten in France, and also charted elsewhere around Europe.

    Track listings

    CD single
    1. "Gasolina" (radio mix) – 3:13
    2. "Gasolina" (bikes club mix) – 4:45
    3. "La noche" – 3:30
    CD maxi
    1. "Gasolina" (radio dy bikes) – 3:15
    2. "Gasolina" (club dy bikes) – 4:46
    3. "La noche" – 3:30
    4. "Gasolina" (video)
    CD maxi – Finland
    1. "Gasolina" (radio mix bikes) – 3:14
    2. "Gasolina" (club mix bikes) – 4:45
    12" maxi
    1. "Gasolina" – 3:13
    2. "Gasolina" (club mix) – 4:44
    3. "Gasolina" (bikes club mix) – 4:45
    4. "La Noche" – 3:30

    Other versions and remixes

  • The song was remixed in late 2004 by DJ Buddha, featuring Pitbull and N.O.R.E., and was also a smash hit. Later, Lil Jon mixed his own vocals to the remix, which is featured on the Crunk Juice remix CD.
  • This song was also recorded by La Fabrica and released in Europe before the song's official release by Daddy Yankee. La Fabrica's version peaked at number 3 in Greece before the original "Gasolina" was released.
  • References

    Gasolina Wikipedia