Dragostea din tei

Dragostea din tei
"Dragostea din tei"
Single by O-Zone
from the album DiscO-Zone
B-side Dragostea din tei (DJ Ross radio RMX)
Released April 19, 2004
Format CD single, CD maxi, 12" maxi
Recorded 2002
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:34
Label Ultra
Producer Dan Bălan
O-Zone singles chronology
"Numai tu"
"Dragostea din tei"
"Despre tine"
Music sample
"Dragostea din tei"

"Dragostea din tei" (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈdraɡoste̯a din tej], English: Love from the Linden Trees),[1] also informally known as "The Numa Numa Song" (or "Mai Ya hee" – see lyrics), is the most successful single by the Moldovan pop group O-Zone, sung in Romanian. It shot to the number one spot on the Eurochart Hot 100, where it remained for 12 weeks between June and early September 2004.[2] It reached number one in Germany and stayed there for 14 weeks, number three in the United Kingdom and 72 on the U.S. Pop 100, and it was number one for 15 weeks in France. A popular cover of the song was made by Haiducii, which also charted in many countries, especially Italy and Sweden where it topped the singles charts. The original song was made notable in the United States by the viral video of Gary Brolsma dancing to the song, calling it "Numa Numa". In 2008, the song's hook was sampled by T.I. / Rihanna in their hit "Live Your Life", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number two in the United Kingdom.


O-Zone version

A still image from O-Zone's music video


The best-known lyrics are the repeated line "nu mă, nu mă iei" from the chorus, hence the name "Numa Numa song". Literally "nu " means "not me" in Romanian (cognate to "no me"), while "nu mă iei" means (in this context) "you won't take me" (word-for-word: "not me you take"), so the repeated chorus is "you won't, you won't take me" (literally: "not me, not me you take"). In full, the chorus, which also includes the title of the song, reads:

Vrei pleci dar nu , nu mă iei,
Nu mă, nu mă iei, nu mă, nu mă, nu mă iei.
Chipul tău și dragostea din tei,
Mi-amintesc de ochii tăi.

which translates as:[3]

Want to leave but I do not take me, Not me, not you take me, I, I, I do not get. Your image of love, I remember your eyes.

Background and writing

The song was written and composed by Dan Bălan, and the original version was sung by Bălan, Arsenie Todiraş, and Radu Sârbu. The single was first released in 2003 in Moldova, where the group lived and produced at that time, and in the spring of 2004 in most other European countries, where it became a summer hit. In as late as 2006, the song was still in the lower reaches of some Eastern European singles charts.

O-Zone's version was the most popular across Europe, with the exception of Italy, where it was only known by discogoers, and Sweden.[citation needed] A cover version of the song performed by the Romanian singer Haiducii, who released the song in Europe around the same time, was more popular in Italy and Sweden (it reached #1 in the singles charts).

"Dragostea din tei" has also inspired a number of parody videos distributed over the Internet, most notably Gary Brolsma's popular "Numa Numa Dance" video in 2004. The "Numa Numa Dance", which first appeared on the flash site Newgrounds.com, has become so notable that it has sparked numerous parodies of the video itself in the United States over the years since 2004.[4]

In addition to filming the music video in a recording studio, the group also shot footage on an actual airplane's wing.[citation needed]

English language version

The American release of DiscO-Zone features an English version of the song performed by Dan Bălan and Lucas Prata. This version focuses on the "It's me, Picasso" lyric from the original to provide a theme of an artist who has lost his muse. Bălan and Prata performed the English recording of "Dragostea din tei" entitled Ma Ya Hi on The Today Show on February 22, 2005. Unlike the original recording, however, this version was not as successful, charting at 72 on the Billboard Charts.

The original Romanian song and music video are also available on the iTunes Store in North America.

T.I. recently took the opening lyrics and incorporated them into his song "Live Your Life" which was sung with Rihanna.

Other languages

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original Romanian version) — 3:33
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross radio RMX) — 4:15
CD maxi
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original Romanian version) — 3:33
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross radio RMX) — 4:15
  3. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross extended RMX) — 6:22
  4. "Dragostea din tei" (original Italian version) — 3:35
  5. "Dragostea din tei" (Unu' in the dub mix) — 3:39

Charts and sales

Peak positions

Chart (2004) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[7] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Ultratop 50 Singles Chart[7] 2
Belgian (Wallonia) Ultratop 40 Singles Chart[7] 1
Danish Singles Chart[7] 1
Dutch Top 40[8] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart[7] 2
French SNEP Singles Chart[7] 1
German Singles Chart[8] 1
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[8] 1
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[7] 17
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart[7] 1
Romanian Singles Chart 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 1
UK Singles Chart[8] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Airplay[9] 14
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[10] 72

End of year charts

End of year chart (2004) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[12] 7
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[13] 1
Dutch Top 40[14] 1
French Club Chart[15] 17
French Singles Chart[16] 1
German Singles Chart [17] 1
Irish Singles Chart[18] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 1
UK Singles Chart[20] 28

Decade-end charts

(2000–2009) Position
German Singles Chart[21] 3


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[22] Platinum September 13, 2004 30,000
Belgium[23] Gold 2004 20,000
Denmark[24] Gold September 22, 2004 4,000
France[25] Diamond September 15, 2004 750,000
Germany[26] 2× Platinum 2005 600,000
Netherlands[27] Platinum 2004 60,000
Sweden[28] Gold September 2, 2004 10,000
Switzerland[29] Platinum 2004 40,000

Chart successions

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Rise & Fall" by Craig David featuring Sting
Romanian Singles Chart number-one single
September 1, 2003 - September 22, 2003 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Know What You Want" by Busta Rhymes featuring Mariah Carey
Preceded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featiuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
French SNEP number-one single
April 18, 2004 – July 27, 2004 (15 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Femme Like U" by K-Maro
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
May 15, 2004 – July 24, 2004 (11 weeks)
Preceded by
"Fuck It (I Don't Want You Back)" by Eamon
German number-one single
June 4, 2004 – September 3, 2004 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Obsesión" by Aventura
Swiss number-one single
June 20, 2004 – September 19, 2004 (14 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Femme Like U" by K-Maro
Austrian number-one single
June 20, 2004 – September 12, 2004 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Obsesión" by Aventura
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
June 26, 2004 – September 11, 2004 (12 weeks)
Preceded by
"Standing Tall" by Kjartan Salvesen
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
27/2004 - 35/2004 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Despre Tine" by O-Zone
Preceded by
"Holiday in Spain" by Counting Crows and Bløf
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
July 10, 2004 - September 18, 2004 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wat Zou je Doen" by Marco Borsato and Ali B
Preceded by
"Dry Your Eyes" by The Streets
Irish IRMA number-one single
August 12, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield
Preceded by
"Team Easy on" by Drengene Fra Angora
Danish number-one single
August 27, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"City of Dreams" by The Loft

Haiducii version

"Dragostea din tei"
Single by Haiducii
B-side Remixes + "Spring"
Released 9 February 2004
Format CD single, CD maxi
Genre Electronic
Length 3:33
Label Digidance, Muve
Writer(s) Dan Bălan

A cover version by Haiducii, with a strong dance impact, was charted at the same time as the original version by O-Zone. Although it had a great success in many countries, including Sweden, Austria and Italy, where it topped the chart, it was less successful than O-Zone's version. Haiducii was later sued by O-Zone for copyright infringement, since she had neither obtained permission from O-Zone to record the single nor given due credit to Dan Bălan for being the original writer of the song.[citation needed]

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original mix) — 3:35
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs. Gabry Ponte radio version) — 3:42
  3. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 the radio RMX) — 4:15
  4. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs. Gabry Ponte extended version) — 6:30
  5. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 The Club RMX) — 6:22
CD maxi
  1. "Dragostea din tei" (original mix) — 3:33
  2. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs Gabry Ponte radio version) — 3:43
  3. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 Radio Mix) — 4:16
  4. "Dragostea din tei" (Haiducii vs Gabry Ponte extended version) — 6:32
  5. "Dragostea din tei" (DJ Ross 4 club mix) — 6:20
  6. "Dragostea din tei" (Potatoheadz club mix) — 6:58
  7. "Spring" — 7:16

Charts and sales

Peak positions

Chart (2004) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[30] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[30] 5
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[30] 2
Danish Singles Chart[30] 7
Dutch Singles Chart[30] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[30] 2
German Singles Chart[31] 2
Italian FIMI Singles Chart[30] 1
Norwegian Singles Chart[30] 4
Swedish Singles Chart[30] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[30] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales 24
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 60

End of year charts

End of year chart (2004) Position
Austrian Singles Chart[11] 3
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[12] 14
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[13] 22
Dutch Top 40[14] 82
French Singles Chart[16] 39
German Singles Chart[17] 9
Swiss Singles Chart[19] 9

Decade-end charts

(2000–2009) Position
German Singles Chart[21] 95


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[22] Platinum July 20, 2004 30,000
Belgium[32] Gold June 26, 2004 25,000
France[33] Silver December 8, 2004 125,000
Sweden[28] Gold August 11, 2004 10,000
Swiss[29] Gold 2004 20,000

Chart successions

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Shut Up" by The Black Eyed Peas
"Amazing" by George Michael
Italian FIMI number-one single
January 29, 2004 - February 26, 2004 (5 weeks)
March 11, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Amazing" by George Michael
"Left Outside Alone" by Anastacia
Preceded by
"Yeah!" by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris
Austrian number-one single
May 9, 2004 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Vorbei" by Christina Stürmer
Preceded by
"Ingen vill veta var du köpt din tröja"
by Raymond & Maria
Swedish number-one single
August 20, 2004 - September 17, 2004 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Elegi" by Lars Winnerbäck

Remixes, parodies and other cover versions

  • In Israel, the song was translated and used as a theme song for the children's show Festigal.
  • Frederik made a Finnish cover named Kumimies.
  • In Panama, the humoristic TV Program La Cascara for the 2005 Carnival made a parody (name Marica tú) in reggaeton, while Mala Fe, a Dominican merengue comedian soloist recorded a merengue version.[citation needed]
  • Regional Mexicano artist Montez de Durango took out a version of the song titled "El Amor en un Arbol de Tilo". The lyrics meaning are very close to the original Moldovian song.[citation needed]
  • A spoof of the song was released by the Romanian metal band "Trooper" under the name of "Zorzon", as a bonus track on one of their albums. The track is unique in Trooper's repertoire not only because of the clearly awkward melodic line for a metal song, but also because it features distinctly foul language and racist remarks towards the Moldovan singers.
  • In South Korea, Hyun Young, a Korean model/actress/singer, released a Korean version of the song, titled “누나의 꿈 (Nuna-ui Kkum; Sister's Dream)”, which ranked among the top on various Korean charts in March 2006, within weeks from release.[34]  The song preserves the “ma-ia-hii” and “nu mă, nu mă iei” choruses from the original; however, while the “ma-ia-hii” does not carry any meaning, but is merely used as a rhythmic interjection, the “nu mă iei” is approximated as "누나의" (nuna-ui, often pronounced nuna-e), which means "elder sister's". [2] "Nuna" is also an affectionate title a Korean man calls a woman who is older than he is. The lyrics of Sister's Dream are about a romance between a younger man and an older woman.
  • In Japanese, the song's refrain sounds similar to the phrase noma noma (飲ま飲ま "drink! drink!") giving it currency as a popular drinking/party/karaoke song in Japan. It has served as the basis of numerous parodies, most notably Maiyahi, made by substituting similar-sounding but ultimately nonsensical Japanese words for the original Romanian lyric. The resulting bizarre interpretations became well known in Japan in the song's heyday.
  • An Austrian version with German lyrics was released in 2004 by the artist "Antonia aus Tirol feat. Sandra S.". The music was mixed with tuba and accordion sounds, the lyrics were changed to a story about flirting in the office. A snippet in MP3 format can be heard on Antonia's official page [3] [www.antonia.at]. It was topping the Austrian charts quickly after the release. The Austrian version is called "Wenn der Hafer sticht."
  • A Eurobeat version of the song was remixed by Italian artist Sergio Dall'Ora in early 2005 for release to the Japanese market. Fusing the original song with the popular fast-tempo stylings of the Eurobeat format, the release was one of the few occasions a commercial Eurobeat song has been remixed from an already-existing European track.[citation needed]
  • In Brazil, the singer Latino created his own version of "Dragostea din tei". Called "Festa no Apê" (Party at the Pad), talking about a party (held by the singer himself) that became wild. The song resembles "Dragostea din tei" only in rhythm and melody.
  • A Dutch version by the Belgian trio De Feestridders (The Partyknights), which criticizes the use of speed cameras also exists. Other Dutch parodies include "Muggen Hier, Muggen Daar" (Mosquitoes Here, Mosquitoes There) by Gebroeders Ko, "Lekker Lekker" (Nice, Nice) by Ome Henk (Uncle Henk), and "Duitsers Hier, Duitsers Daar" (Germans Here, Germans There), by Edwin Evers.
  • A Taiwanese version (怒罵怒罵) depicts the legislative violence in the Taiwanese parliament.[citation needed]
  • Professor Lebedinsky (Профессор Лебединский), Russkij Razmer (Русский размер) and Dmitri Nagiev (Дмитрий Нагиев) released a Russian single "Ya yeyo hoy!" ("Я её хой!") mixing drunken slur, mocking gay-like intonations, out-of-context foreign language and utterly meaningless lyrics.[citation needed]
  • The late Swedish comedian Svullo made his own version of "Dragostea din tei", and in the song he sings off-key.[citation needed]
  • The crew of the United States naval vessel USS Enterprise made a spoof of the original video that swept across the world as an internet viral video.[citation needed]
  • The English version has been parodied by an Elmo Numa Numa song. It features Sesame Street characters Elmo and Grover, as well as a few toys, such as R2D2, Robosapien, American Godzilla and more.[citation needed]
  • American beatmaker Just Blaze sampled this for the song Live Your Life he produced for rapper T.I. and singer Rihanna on T.I.'s new album Paper Trail. The song has been successful in the United States, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. However the refrain is in a slightly different order due to copyright issues.[citation needed]
  • A popular video named Numa Numa on Newgrounds features a man named Gary Brolsma singing the song while dancing.[35]
  • A remix/cover with the words Rabbi Nachman, Nachman Me'uman is popular among many Jewish youth.[citation needed]
  • Crazy Frog made a remix of "Dragostea din tei" only taking the chorus part and renaming it Maya Hi, Maya Hu.[citation needed]

Charts by other versions

"Ma cé ki? Massimo" by Massimo Gargia
Chart (2004)[36] Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 13
French SNEP Singles Chart 9
Swiss Singles Chart 38
"Le Poulailler" by Le 6/9
Chart (2004)[37] Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 8
French SNEP Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 30
"Argent Argent" by Cauet featuring Mopral
Chart (2004)[38] Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart 14


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