Approaching their momentous 30th anniversary as a musical ensemble, the Baha Men have traversed an extraordinary journey, marked by a seismic surge of success in the early 2000s, chiefly catalyzed by their iconic hit single, ‘Who Let the Dogs Out.’ This sensational track not only dominated the airwaves but also left an indelible mark on American pop culture, resonating far and wide.
‘Who Let the Dogs Out’ earned the band a slew of prestigious accolades, including the coveted 2000 Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. Billboard Music Awards followed suit, recognizing the Baha Men as the World Music Artist of the Year and acknowledging their album as the Year’s Best. Further showcasing their widespread popularity, the group received Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite Song and Favorite Band in the same year, in 2000 and 2002, respectively.
Beyond the realm of music, the Baha Men’s triumphant voyage extended into the film industry, where their songs found a home in major motion pictures. Their tracks graced cinematic experiences such as ‘Miss Congeniality,’ ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ ‘Garfield: The Movie,’ ‘Men In Black II,’ and most notably, ‘The Hangover.’ Notably, their hit song ‘Best Years of Our Lives’ also featured prominently in the internationally beloved film, ‘Shrek,’ in 2003.
A fruitful collaboration with Disney further enriched their musical journey. In 2002, the Baha Men lent their vibrant rendition to the beloved ‘The Lion King’ classic, ‘Hakuna Matata,’ for DisneyMania’s inaugural album. Their engagement with Disney continued with ‘Bahama Roller Coaster Ride,’ their spirited take on ‘Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride’ from the animated film ‘Lilo & Stitch,’ featured in DisneyMania 4.
Recognized by Rolling Stone as “Bahamian junkanoo pioneers,” the Baha Men have persistently achieved monumental milestones. With the backing of Sony Music Entertainment, the group unveiled ‘Night and Day’ in 2014, earning the distinct honor of being included alongside celebrated artists like Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Santana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Official Album. In 2015, they released ‘Ride With Me,’ their first album in over a decade, following a captivating halftime show performance during a New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys game. This album marked the inception of a fruitful collaboration with producer Troyton Rami (known for his work with Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Wayne Wonder). As the Baha Men approach an impressive 100 million cumulative streams worldwide, their musical prowess continues to shine on major platforms, including appearances on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ and ‘The Bachelorette.’ Additionally, their collaboration with Our Last Night has garnered over a million views on YouTube, testifying to their enduring popularity and vibrant presence in the music scene.