The Story of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" by Eiffel 65

  • Published on Mar 21, 2019
  • When Eiffel 65 released 'Blue (Da Ba Dee),' it was a flop. They sold around 200 records, shrugged it off as a loss, and forgot about it. But in a wild turn of events, the track got picked up by a small local station before getting airplay on one of the biggest radio stations in Italy-and within days, it was steamrolling its way to becoming one of the biggest hits of the late 1990s, taking the electronic music group touring around the world as their song shot up the charts.

    We met up with the members of Eiffel 65-Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio “Maury” Lobina, and Gabry Ponte-to find out the origin story behind "Blue," and hear what it was like to become international superstars in the blink of an eye.
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Comments • 6 255

  • VICE
    VICE  4 months ago +4762

    What were the actual lyrics?

  • Ask Ask
    Ask Ask 4 hours ago

    Mój ulubiony zespół z dziecinstwa az do dzis.Dalej ich slucham😁

  • Notpoop
    Notpoop 14 hours ago +1

    LMFAO "I'm blue, if I was green I would die" is definitely one I heard as a kid

  • Galib Hossain
    Galib Hossain 17 hours ago

    Saw the music video in 1999 while living in Bangladesh.
    Now seeing this video in New Zealand...
    Long live E65

  • Alex Cas
    Alex Cas 19 hours ago


  • masterxk
    masterxk 20 hours ago

    April 1st 1999, metal gear, PlayStation? This is a JoJo reference? Jk

  • cebotet
    cebotet 20 hours ago

    Ironman 2

  • Elisia Sampson
    Elisia Sampson 21 hour ago

    "Big Fat Liar" introduced me to this song when I was a child.

  • Stijn G
    Stijn G Day ago

    You could say the song came out of the blue

  • Andrea Maisto
    Andrea Maisto Day ago

    Ecco perché ha avuto successo ..perché Ponte non ci ha messo mano ...ora capisco

  • Steve Rogers
    Steve Rogers Day ago +2

    The origin of Area 51

  • Lordautist
    Lordautist Day ago

    I am watching this at 1:33 am instead of sleeping. I feel that everyone should now that I am a disappointment to myself and others.

  • Klara Mendy
    Klara Mendy Day ago

    Unbelievable that song is 20 years now ! I remembered that I bought two albums of “Europop” just in case I might lose one. All songs from the album were as good as “blue”. My fave is “Dub in life” , while you are listening the music it takes you out of space.

  • Gui
    Gui Day ago

    Ninguém conhece a referência aos extraterrestres azuis do plano astral???????????????????????!??

  • Freddy French Official

    👽🛸👽Please Everybody come to listen my “blue” trap remix on my channel 🙏🙏🙏

  • Θεόφιλος Βρατσίδης

    Now the Freestyler by Bomfunk.

  • CB
    CB 2 days ago +1

    "I'll die in Aberdeen" that's all i can hear! Even years later!!! Ha Ha!!!!

  • Mr white 0001
    Mr white 0001 2 days ago


  • Gaming's Finest
    Gaming's Finest 2 days ago


  • 808 Fierce
    808 Fierce 2 days ago

    Hardest song of all time

  • Arvind Thiagarajah
    Arvind Thiagarajah 2 days ago

    Top ten anime origin stories

  • Travis Bean
    Travis Bean 2 days ago

    Gm F Eb Cm7

  • pelulici
    pelulici 2 days ago

    We as humans have just one big changes the way we think....if we stay united and i mean spiritually and moraly united, than we can achieve anything....but,only together.....if Ponte had the power for a solo artist from the benning he would never needed Eiffel65....think about it!

  • Richard Hastings
    Richard Hastings 2 days ago

    I hated this song but respect the video and the guys for making it in the industry it’s jus crazy 😜 so Salute to them

  • Draaghail
    Draaghail 2 days ago

    What's the music that starts at 1:35?

  • Sam Hopper
    Sam Hopper 2 days ago

    A lot of people sing "I'm blue if I were green I would die, if I were green I would die, if I were green I'd die..."

  • Steve Woodard
    Steve Woodard 2 days ago

    Rember the old days in the church basement... Loved it back then still doo2019

  • Violette Fefeld
    Violette Fefeld 3 days ago

    Where can I have one of those blue dudes ? Did you go to aria 51 to get one ?

  • Jenga Gurl
    Jenga Gurl 3 days ago


  • Joey Feniello
    Joey Feniello 3 days ago

    now all i need is one for the hamster dance

  • Call Me maybe
    Call Me maybe 3 days ago

    God, I remember being a kiddo when I was introduced to this track

  • Elijah Salazar
    Elijah Salazar 3 days ago

    We need a remastered version

  • Oscar Zanchi
    Oscar Zanchi 3 days ago

    Figa la zarro

  • Yes Indeed
    Yes Indeed 3 days ago

    Who else was bopping they’re head like crazy at the beginning

  • Miss Sadie
    Miss Sadie 3 days ago

    Intergalactic legends

  • C9 Novitech
    C9 Novitech 3 days ago

    Growing up this song was very close to my childhood made me happy I was born In the 90s and made me feel invincible when I listened to it, to this day it’s my favourite song and nothing comes close

  • Diego Just Diego
    Diego Just Diego 3 days ago

    nostalgic hit fuck proud to born in 1997

  • Millou1
    Millou1 3 days ago

    Un'altra Italia

  • CrazyD MUSIC
    CrazyD MUSIC 3 days ago

    Con tutta la grande musica che abbiamo avuto in Italia, dovete tirare fuori la più grande cagata commerciale che ci sia... mah

  • Clarisa Quintana
    Clarisa Quintana 3 days ago

    I love this and so happy I was recommended this😭

  • Cintia Pamela Quispe Morales

    Que canción es la del minuto 4:20??? Suena bien

  • Matthew Watson
    Matthew Watson 3 days ago

    Wow--this was my first favorite song. Europop was my very first album and really influenced my music taste
    Also my dad thought the lyric was "I will beat up a guy" which I had to convince him wasn't true haha

  • noor rahik
    noor rahik 3 days ago

    Area 51 sent me here

  • Man Guy
    Man Guy 3 days ago

    I thought this was about thanos

  • Amy Pdiddy
    Amy Pdiddy 3 days ago

    My favourite fkn song AND era 😭😭😭

  • jose Brenes
    jose Brenes 4 days ago

    For sure this is better than Despacito

  • Bosko423
    Bosko423 4 days ago

    I remeber the first time hearing the song..... Boom... I feel old XD
    Grazie infinito per quella!

  • Poopy
    Poopy 4 days ago

    Remember when the radio would play different genres like this?

  • Steel Shadow
    Steel Shadow 4 days ago

    They should make one based on scatman john

  • CBD Review UK
    CBD Review UK 4 days ago

    Im blue I got beat up and died got beat up and died...... I was beat up and died I was beat up and died.

  • Liebes Wölkchen
    Liebes Wölkchen 4 days ago

    Wait they arent blue?
    What the fuck man?

  • Lorenzo Casini
    Lorenzo Casini 4 days ago

    Viva l’Italia🇮🇹

  • Joshua Pfeifer
    Joshua Pfeifer 4 days ago

    These guys were ahead of their time

  • pinkmilc
    pinkmilc 4 days ago

    17:00 to make ya smile

  • Sebastiano Costa
    Sebastiano Costa 4 days ago

    dio è grande

    ROCKSOLID 24 4 days ago

    best song ever by far

  • NihilGuru
    NihilGuru 4 days ago

    Quanti ricordi...

  • Talking Parrot
    Talking Parrot 4 days ago +50

    Who’s ready to play this song at Area 51?

    BRO GAMER 4 days ago


  • dayofthedog
    dayofthedog 4 days ago

    I just wasted 25 mins to watch euro trash dislocate their shoulders from patting themselves on the back
    "The track was really pushing people's minds" really? Who the fuck do they think they are, Frank Zappa?

  • Jorge Sanders
    Jorge Sanders 4 days ago

    Europop is such a great álbum a real electronic music máster piece this song marked my youth!!

  • a guy with mustache
    a guy with mustache 5 days ago

    So aliens were people

  • TechnicBee
    TechnicBee 5 days ago +1

    I would beat up a guy

  • T. Jones
    T. Jones 5 days ago +1

    Quindi nessuno vuole parlare del rancore che hanno verso Gabry?

  • Tedi Shuqja
    Tedi Shuqja 5 days ago

    Of course you were lucky. Lucky you met Gabry

  • Andrea Schettino
    Andrea Schettino 5 days ago

    Great song

  • tigrey tigrey
    tigrey tigrey 5 days ago

    Wtf they speak a different language in Italy?

  • Sushi Mario
    Sushi Mario 5 days ago

    I also play ⚽ soccer and 🎹piano

  • Giada De Fazio
    Giada De Fazio 5 days ago

    Proudly italian!!!

  • Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg

    21:00 So what the hell did he do? I mean, specifically. It's not that complicated to explain what his contribution is, yet he vaguely stated, that "the arrangement was wrong and he fixed it". That's a bit shady.

  • Noe VazquezTV
    Noe VazquezTV 5 days ago

    Legendary forever para siempre !!

  • Mauro Porcu
    Mauro Porcu 6 days ago


  • Albo Nezi
    Albo Nezi 6 days ago

    i was 20 at that time, i remember i played blue at the disco i worked as Dj, good times ....

  • danny C.
    danny C. 6 days ago

    Big guys🔵

  • nardonardo _
    nardonardo _ 6 days ago

    Are they italian?

  • w4rell
    w4rell 6 days ago

    Love this song so much, and I'm born in 1996 :)

    CRAB JAB 6 days ago

    One more thing. As a team you all want diff things. Make a deal with each other to keep things fair. Nobody is the leader , you all are.
    My partner is a brilliant producer into the real house music. From tech to deep house to whatever. Anything house music is his soul where as I’m more grime focused or Synthwave. It’s gotta be more musical for me. So we made a deal.
    Work on a project his way and I fully back it. Then the next song/ album is more my focus and he has to back it. We are still a team but it took us time to get this respect for each other as we have our own goals.
    Another idea is we are currently banging out some tech house and it’s not really my thing. I’ll do the bass and the pluck lead and maybe another. He does the bulk. Track B on the EP will be a Synthwave remix that I will do. So we are both happy.
    I don’t care about popular opinions and that sort of trend. I want my people who love what I produce and I’m cool with that.
    Find what it is you want. What is your goal? Make that happen

    CRAB JAB 6 days ago

    Great video. I was around then and never was a big fan. Utter cheese but I rate them for sticking it out and they had a global number one and retired rich.
    I love videos like this. Get all those 90s acts when you can. Anyone that you can get then do it. These videos are great for producers to watch. It’s helping me a little cos I produce Synthwave and we don’t have a giant scene. This keeps me believing I should stick to my guns. It’s the genre that hits me most

  • Ivana Humpálot
    Ivana Humpálot 6 days ago

    I used to spank my nipples to this track.

  • Tap In
    Tap In 6 days ago

    This song sucks...but it’s so amazing...idk how to feel

  • michael del piano
    michael del piano 7 days ago +1


  • Ryan M
    Ryan M 7 days ago

    wasnt expecting much, and i got way more than i expected, and it was great.

  • Riseout
    Riseout 7 days ago +3

    I also really love their song "Too Much of Heaven"

  • Kholebeatz
    Kholebeatz 7 days ago

    loved it!

  • RandomRyan09
    RandomRyan09 7 days ago

    Wait, what is that I see? A 25 minute video with only 2 ads?
    *SIGN ME UP*

  • Daryl Vargas
    Daryl Vargas 7 days ago

    I always thought it was I would bleed I would die hahaha

  • Princess Olmeca
    Princess Olmeca 7 days ago

    Obla-dee, obla-dai!

  • Raffo Slash
    Raffo Slash 7 days ago


  • Justin F
    Justin F 7 days ago +1

    Nice to be rich

  • boris
    boris 8 days ago


  • AplexaS 420
    AplexaS 420 8 days ago

    I rememer playing Stronghold and rocking this music haha, it was in early 2k's, time flies 🤣🤣

  • CSX RF&P Guy
    CSX RF&P Guy 8 days ago

    For any railfans in this comment section, this song will always scream CONRAIL QUALITY!

  • Nileshwar
    Nileshwar 8 days ago

    I need the story behind the Darude -Sandstorm

  • Devin Brittain
    Devin Brittain 8 days ago

    If you listen it sounds like “I’m blue I would beat off a guy”.

  • Ruan Yuri
    Ruan Yuri 8 days ago +1

    Essa Música marcou a minha infância no fim dos anos 90. Parabéns a esses compositores que escreveram uma bela história Amei d+ viver essa época bons tempos das batidas eletrônicas dos anos 90. Tri massa

  • Gi Ro
    Gi Ro 9 days ago

    I don't know if you still blue but be sure you are fat bro!!

  • Todd ZiLLa
    Todd ZiLLa 9 days ago

    Legendary Song. Not a ton of those anymore

  • shadow boy plays
    shadow boy plays 9 days ago

    Can people stop making a freaking joke out of it gosh

  • Flex Sharingan
    Flex Sharingan 9 days ago

    Da ba dee da ba die