Let's go dance crazy for Ai Se Eu Te Pego

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

A catchy Brazilian tune sweeping the world is set to be the new ridiculous ditty that gets our weddings rocking

Just when you thought it was safe to go back out on the dance floor, a new dance craze – craze being the apposite word – is coming, and it's set to be the new staple at every wedding for the next decade. A slice of Brazilian pop is following in the dodgy footsteps of "The Birdie Song" in the exotic guise of "Ai Se Eu Te Pego", or "Oh If I Catch You", by Michel Teló.

The UK is late to the party, with the track already racking up global sales of 15 million and hitting the top spot in 35 countries. The original video has been viewed more than 420 million times on YouTube, with the dance being replicated by Cristiano Ronaldo and other goal-scoring footballers. Latin America and most of Europe has fallen under the spell of this so-catchy-you-will-be-humming-it-for-weeks ditty.

Notice of its potential chart dominance was served when the song hit the top of the commercial chart – which reflects orders from nightclubs and discos - last month, meaning that DJs across Britain already see it as a way to pack the dance floor.

In an attempt to guarantee a debut high in the pop charts and seed the song in clubbers' minds before unleashing it on the public, Sony has pushed back the release a month to 14 October. So would-be fans have plenty of time to perfect the full dance routine illustrated here (see right), while our own Matthew Bell nobly demonstrates it and some other dreadful dance routines that have cast a shadow over our lives.

Additional reporting by Megan Archer

'Macarena' by Los Del Rio

One of the first songs that most think of when it comes to dance crazes. Selling over 400,000 copies in the UK in 1996, the jumping, hip-twirling, hand-flipping routine was voted the greatest one-hit wonder of all time by music channel VH1 in 2002. Reached number two in the charts

'Oops Upside Your Head' by the Gap Band

Reaching number six in the UK chart in 1980, it has one of the strangest dances on the list, involving sitting on the floor one after the other, swaying forward and back, left and right and doing a lot of clapping. It's a song that DJs love at parties to get people "involved" on the dance floor

'The Birdie Song' by the Tweets

Peaking at number two in the UK, the entirely instrumental track, released by the Tweets, has been irritating people since 1981. The dance of beak-snapping and bum-shaking is one the whole family can do, not that you would want them to, and is now restricted to such gatherings

'YMCA' by the Village People

The quintessential dance hit known by virtually everyone, which is unsurprising considering it sold 12 million copies worldwide. Released in November 1978, the dance is ubiquitous at parties, despite – or because of – its double-entendres

'Saturday Night' by Whigfield

Spending four weeks at the top of the charts in autumn 1994, "Saturday Night", by the Danish Sannie Charlotte Carlson, sold more than one million copies in the UK. The arm twirl with finger pointed upwards, and the hand-over-hand roll associated with the song have become wedding staples

Arts and Entertainment
Nick Hewer is to leave The Apprentice after 10 years

TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice

Arts and Entertainment
Female fans want more explicit male sex in Game of Thrones, George R R Martin says

film George RR Martin owns a cinema in Santa Fe

Arts and Entertainment
Clued up: John Lynch and Gillian Anderson in ‘The Fall’

TV review

Arts and Entertainment
The Baker (James Corden) struggles with Lilla Crawford’s Little Red Riding Hood

film...all the better to bamboozle us
Arts and Entertainment
English: Romantic Landscape

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

Arts and Entertainment
Mark, Katie and Sanjay in The Apprentice boardroom
Arts and Entertainment

Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites

Arts and Entertainment
Frances O'Connor and James Nesbitt in 'The Missing'

TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations

Arts and Entertainment
Joey Essex will be hitting the slopes for series two of The Jump


Who is taking the plunge?
Arts and Entertainment
Katy Perry as an Ancient Egyptian princess in her latest music video for 'Dark Horse'

Arts and Entertainment
Dame Judi Dench, as M in Skyfall

Arts and Entertainment
Morrissey, 1988

Arts and Entertainment
William Pooley from Suffolk is flying out to Free Town, Sierra Leone, to continue working in health centres to fight Ebola after surviving the disease himself

Arts and Entertainment
The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin

Arts and Entertainment
Matt Berry (centre), the star of Channel 4 sitcom 'Toast of London'

TVA disappointingly dull denouement
Arts and Entertainment
Tales from the cryptanalyst: Benedict Cumberbatch in 'The Imitation Game'

Arts and Entertainment
Pixie Lott has been voted off Strictly Come Dancing 2014

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

    Homeless Veterans appeal

    In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
    Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

    Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

    As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
    The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

    The Interview movie review

    You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
    Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

    How podcasts became mainstream

    People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

    Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

    Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
    Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

    A memorable year for science – if not for mice

    The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
    Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

    Christmas cocktails to make you merry

    Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
    5 best activity trackers

    Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

    Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
    Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

    Paul Scholes column

    It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

    Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
    Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

    Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

    2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

    Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

    Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

    Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

    The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
    Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

    Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

    The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
    Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

    The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

    Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas