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What Does "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" Actually Mean?

A BuzzFeed special investigation from Corpus Christi, Texas.

So, we all know the classic Selena masterpiece "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom," right?

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If you don't know the song... shame on you. It was released 1994 in Selena's hit album Amor Prohibido. It's highly regarded as one of Selena's most popular songs, peaking at #1 on Billboard Hot Latin Tracks.

Now, the chorus for this song goes like this:

BIDI BIDI BOM BOM.

BIDI BIDI BOM BOM.

BIDIBIDIBIDIBIDIBIDI BOM BOM.

BIDIBIDIBIDIBIDIBIDI BOM BOM.

While listening to the song for the 2,458,343th time, I wondered, "What does Bidi Bidi Bom Bom ACTUALLY mean?"

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It's catchy. It's fun to say. But seriously... what are those words that vibrate out of Selena's grandiose vocal chords? What do they actually mean?

To get to the bottom of this very serious issue, BuzzFeed asked fans attending the Fiesta de la Flor festival in Corpus Christi, Texas.

So, Selena fans, what does "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" ACTUALLY mean?

1. "To shake your butt!!"

Norberto Briceño

Corpus Christi, Texas.

2. "Shake your booty."

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McAllen, Texas.

3. "It's a dance! (GO ROCKETS!)"

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Houston.

4. "Washing machine."

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San Marcos, Texas.

5. "SHAKE YOUR ASS... in a classy way!"

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Boston.

6. "Mexicana."

Norberto Briceño

San Antonio.

7. "Shake it! Shake it!"

Norberto Briceño

San Antonio.

8. "The moment that makes your heart flutter. <3"

Norberto Briceño

Corpus Christi, Texas.

9. "Shake, shake, move, move."

Norberto Briceño

Houston.

10. "Shaking your hip side to side..."

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Austin.

11. "The beat of your heart!"

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12. "Dance + have a good time!"

Norberto Briceño

Alice, Texas.

13. "To Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is to attract a mate."

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14. "Shake it!"

Norberto Briceño

Crystal City, Texas.

15. "The heart beat of Tejano."

Norberto Briceño

San Antonio.

16. "Bootyliciousness!"

Norberto Briceño

San Antonio.

While fans have different answers, a closer look at the lyrics reveals the truth. Selena sings, "Cuando escucho esta cancion, mi corazon quiere cantar asi," which translates to "When I hear this song, my heart wants to sing like this."

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So, Bidi Bidi Bom Bom is Selena's heart... singing.

There you have it. At the end of the day, it means... pretty much whatever you want it to mean! So Bidi Bidi Bom Bom the night away and SHAKE THAT BOOTYLICIOUSNESS.

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