The song was written by Eiffel 65 members Gianfranco Randone and Maurizio Lobina along with Italian composer and producer Massimo Gabutti. “Blue” was first released in October 1998 in Italy by Skooby Records and became internationally successful the following year. It is the lead single of their 1999 debut album, Europop.
“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” achieved massive success internationally, topping the charts in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, and Canada. It also reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. The song’s popularity helped Eiffel 65 gain widespread recognition and contributed to the rise of the Eurodance genre in the late 1990s.
“Blue (Da Ba Dee)” is known for its catchy melody and upbeat electronic sound. The lyrics of the song revolve around a fictional character who lives in a world where everything is blue. The character describes his blue house, blue window, and blue Corvette, and expresses his feelings of isolation and sadness due to his monochromatic surroundings. The repeated phrase “Da ba dee, da ba daa” in the chorus doesn’t have a specific meaning but adds to the song’s energetic and playful nature.
The song’s music video, directed by Federico D’Ascanio, features the members of Eiffel 65 in a computer-generated cityscape, with various blue elements throughout. It showcases the group’s futuristic and visually captivating style.
Despite its initial success, Eiffel 65 never replicated the same level of mainstream triumph with subsequent releases. Nevertheless, “Blue (Da Ba Dee)” remains their most recognized and iconic song, often associated with the late ’90s and early 2000s music scene. It continues to be played at parties, sporting events, and nostalgic gatherings, maintaining its status as a beloved dance anthem.